I have just agreed to purchase a 66 Caravel--sight unseen. It's located in Boise, ID, a long day's drive from home in Silverton, OR. A bit scary, but my brother lives in Boise, and from a quick look thought it looked good. That, plus the photos and a couple of good conversations with the sellers convinced me it's the one I want, and at a fair price. My wife and I plan to drive over there and pick it up next week-end. Meanwhile I will be asking the seller to take it to a local service center this week, to service sthe wheels, and otherwise make sure its roadworthy. I'll be pulling it with a 2004 Honda Pilot. They are rated at 3500 lb. (4500 for boats) with 450 tongue weight. Near as I can tell that should do it. We'll take to days to drive back. Any other advice?
Our plan is to restore it as original except for safety-related upgrades. Actually the trailer looks to be in very good shape and well-maintained. No skin damage except a small tear near a wheel well that looks repairable. There seems to be a wealth of info. available both on restoration "ethics" and tips/techniques. That's great. I'm sure I will be posting questions too. A few years ago I restored a 1933 Old Town wood and canvas canoe, that was close to "kindling" when I got it. An often discouraging project, but I'm proud to say it turned out just beautiful, and is a dream to paddle. It actually hangs in our family room and I'm looking forward to putting it on top of the Honda with the Caravel
in tow.The only help I could find for that project was a book. It was very helpful, but a resourse like this website would have made it SO much easier.
Looking forward to getting into the "Vintage Airstream thing"!