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Old 01-08-2013, 10:58 AM   #1
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'67 Caravel Shell Off Project

We just started a total remodel on our 67 Caravel that we bought last April.
After about 4,000 miles and 12 nights we decided that it needs a remodel
The water system did not work, the refer only worked on electricity
Lights would flicker and it was just a bit worn out.

As we go along I will try and post as many pics as possible
So here we go
To date we have gutted the interior and of course we found rot in all 4 corners and around the door. Designing a new interior that we feel that suits the design of the Carvel is not and easy task. Using a computer program our design looks good but to get the real feel of it we made a pre interior from cardboard panels we bought at the local art store.
Now we need to figure out where to put a new water heater, tanks etc

I have been saving all the old bits, and if anyone is interested I will gladly
send photos.

More to come
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:13 AM   #2
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Little beauty!

What a lovely little TT, good luck with the reno! Looks like you are getting on very well with the preliminaries.
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:38 AM   #3
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That is a great looking trailer. I'll bet that will end up being a very satisfying project.
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:14 AM   #4
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Good luck on your remodel, but the photos show that the interior looked pretty good initially, and the layout, I believe, is one of the best that Airstream has ever had. I probably would have just fixed the electrical, plumbing and fridge problems. Remember that new solutions have new problems. It is your trailer though. You now have a clean canvas to work with.

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Old 01-09-2013, 08:53 AM   #5
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I like our Caravel's interior for the flexibility it provides. It would be nice if it had a full time bed, but converting the bed to a couch during the day works well for making the most of the space. I particularly think the bathroom is the best design they had. Good luck improving on it. I can't wait to see what you do! The most important part is that YOU love it!

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Old 01-10-2013, 10:16 AM   #6
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Thanks everyone for your comments. Yes the interior looked wonderful
The one big issue was that the floor had rotted through on all 4 corners and under the door.
I agree that the layout is good and we sought after a Caravel for years. This is the one we lusted over and yes we love it.
Maybe from reading many books on Airstreams one issue that we agree with is the outside does not represent the inside. The inside is too much
like "grandmothers kitchen". Also we felt that the shower area took up a lot of space. Our new design allows us to put in a full size bed, move the galley to the opposite side, put the tanks in the frame area. Of course the goal is to keep weight down and use the most modern materials available. My other half is a professional furniture maker and is skilled and steam bending. This is a really fun project and we can't wait to get back on the road.
Now to get the shell off.
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