Free 7 Day Trial RV GPS App RV Trip Planner Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Free 7 Day Trial ×

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 03-17-2018, 10:29 PM   #1
New Member
Currently Looking...
Molalla , Oregon
Join Date: Mar 2018
Posts: 2
What to look for on an AS that has sat for over a decade

We are looking to possibly purchase a 1970 Caravelle that has sat for over a decade. It appears to be in good condition, and we know we will need tires, new axle, battery and a few other things. What should we be worried about since it has sat for so long? This will be our first trailer of any kind.
bergie7girl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2018, 12:41 AM   #2
3 Rivet Member
1980 24' Caravelle
vallejo , California
Join Date: May 2016
Posts: 241
Thumbs up

welcome to the forums and the world of vintage AS .if current owner does not have power nearby, a small geny will help seeimg what works and what does not. with a icepick lightly check the 4 corners for rot. see if all propane appliances work. the univolt should work, but plan on replacement so you don't over- charge your battery. it may seem overwelming at first., but we have all started at the same place. good luck and post photos as you progress if you buy the AS. kurt
ke6gkv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2018, 06:42 PM   #3
New Member
Currently Looking...
Molalla , Oregon
Join Date: Mar 2018
Posts: 2
do we have to worry about the propane lines being bad? I know he has a replacement hot water heater ready to go in, the oven doesn't work and the fridge is propane/electric and one of those modes does not work - I haven't been able to find any models close to this year so we have no idea of a good starting price for negotiation.
bergie7girl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2018, 07:37 PM   #4
Rivet Master
dbj216's Avatar

1986 34' Limited
1975 27' Overlander
Conifer , Colorado
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 7,073
Images: 1
Hello from Colorado: Welcome to Air Forums. I presume that Caravelle sat in the Oregon woods for 10 years. It is wet in Oregon, right? Moisture is one enemy of Airstreams.

So you have to presume there is moisture damage, varmint infestations, mold and mildew everywhere. It's will be a big project to get this trailer back on the road. Maybe even taking the body off.

Assessment of a project trailer is pretty easy. It needs everything. Your assessment might focus on the possibility of towing it home. Tires, bearings, brakes, frame, coupler and exterior lights need to be working. Next is the body. Big demerits if a tree fell on it, or hail damage, or missing and/or broken windows, and the door won't shut tight. If it has a good body, well, that is the most valuable part. Airstream aluminum bodies last a very long time.

If I recall correctly, the Caravelle line was built as a lightweight trailer so you could tow it with the light weight cars of the 70s.

So if the body is good, and if you can tow it home, it might be worth $4000 or so max. And then budget maybe $12000 and 1000 hours of labor to get it fully functional with upgraded stuff.

Just my friendly opinion.

WBCCI #8607 VAC Region 11
KnowledgeBase trailer renovation threads: 69 Globetrotter, 76 Sovereign, 75 Overlander, 66 Trade Wind Such fun !
dbj216 is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Calling all 70's decade(70-79) EXCELLA 500 owners jaco Airstream Trailer Forums 41 03-19-2018 08:53 PM
Moraine View 2013--The second decade begins jcanavera Forum Rallies & Meet Ups 202 06-25-2013 09:09 PM
Moraine View 2012-- Celebrating a Decade jcanavera Forum Rallies & Meet Ups 144 06-18-2012 02:09 PM
1972 airstream **look**look**look** eBay Watch Airstreams on eBay 0 07-03-2010 05:20 PM
Airstream designs for the next decade qdp General Motorhome Topics 72 03-03-2009 04:14 PM

Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:13 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.