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Old 03-18-2009, 08:12 PM   #21
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Lynn, I have a 1980 Caravelle and my insurance company told me to track Ebay sales of like airstreams to obtain a fair value for my Caravelle. Since there are very few 80 Caravelle's forsale, I've been following restored values of Globe Trotters and the early Caravels that sale on Ebay. That's my approach , Good Luck getting the right value for you rig! Don

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Old 03-18-2009, 10:52 PM   #22
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Old 03-19-2009, 07:21 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by Nuvite-F View Post
Theory 2--vastly more romantic--is that they built the Caravelles, narrow and light weight, for the China caravans. I have heard arguments both ways on this. Some say it's pure fiction but at the International at Bozeman one visitor told us their parents went across China in a trailer just like ours.

If you know any more about the latter I would be interested in hearing it!

See you down the road,
Well, I did look into what years there were China Caravan's, and according to the WBCCI Directory they were held in 1985, 86, 87, & 88, so that sort of kills the China theory for the 1980/81 Caravelles.

That of course does not mean that the trailers used for the 1985-88 China Caravan's weren't also 7' wide, just that it's doubtful they used 1980/81 trailers.

One other interesting fact I have read about the 9 China Caravan's held over 1985 to 88 is that they just reused the same trailers and tow vehicles over and over again. I assume they were left in China at the end of the last Caravan.

I wish there was more to read about the China Caravan's. I haven't been able to locate much, but I did find this story a few years ago: "Modern Marco Polos" Travel trailer adventure in the People's Republic of China. Story by travel writer Charles N. Barnard, article from Travel Classics

It's probably getting late to expect a book about the China Cravan's to ever be written. I wonder how many participants are even still living 20+ year later.
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Old 04-28-2009, 10:42 PM   #24
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1980 22 foot Caravelle

I just inherited a 1980 Airstream Caravelle, 22 feet in length and dual axle. I just started looking at it and haven't decided whether to keep and restore it, or whether to sell it. I know that it needs some repairs....such as a door latch for the closet and a couple of minor reattachments of folddown trays, etc. Overall it in not in bad shape. It has been sitting on a concrete pad next to my parents home since about 1996. The parents loved it and used to eat dinner in it after their health precluded further travelling. Does anyone have any idea of the value?
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Old 04-29-2009, 05:26 AM   #25
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As for value you can take a look at the Price VS Condition Guide and hopefully arrive at a ballpark value. If you are looking to keep the trailer and get her into traveling trim you may want to get in contact with Frank (62Overlander), he is in Catonsville, MD and owner of Frank's Trailer Works.

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Old 04-29-2009, 06:46 AM   #26
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Airstream Caravelle - need info

Greetings Ed!

Welcome to the Forums!

You have inherited what many would consider to be a gem in the Airstream Family. The Caravelle was a relatively short-lived model. Speculation is that it was introduced to capitalize on the popularity of the discontinued Argosy Minuet series of coaches. The 1980 Caravelle was offered in the same three sizes as the Minuet (20', 22', and 24') with very similar floorplans. The biggest difference was that the 22' Caravelle was a tandem axle while the 22' Minuet was a single axle. The coach according to my understanding also shares the Minuet's narrower width 7' rather than the more typical 7' 8" width of its peers. The short life of the model means that Caravelles don't often appear on the market.

I would encourage you to keep the coach and make it roadworthy, then try the Vintage Airstreaming lifestyle and see if you enjoy it as much as many of us here on the Forums. The Caravelle will be one of the easiest towing travel trailers that you could find. Good luck with your decision!

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Old 05-06-2009, 07:41 AM   #27
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Thumbs up Airstream 1980 Caravelle 24' pics

Hi folks,

here some pics of our 1980 Airstream Caravelle 24'. We purchased this beauty 2 years ago from an Air Canada pilot who bought it from the original owner in Florida. He then restored it like new .

Our plan was to use it as a chalet on warm summer week-ends at our country lot in Eastern Townships Southern Quebec (near the Vermont border). Compare to our Volkswagen Westfalia, the Airstream is like staying at a 5 star hotel.

We now want to build a country home and have decided to sell the Airstream.

I figured i'd contribute to the forum before we fade away and post some pics for your viewing pleasure and for the record..

I read that only 150 1980 Caravelle 24' were ever build...

We had some quality family time with the Airstream...

She will be missed!
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Old 05-16-2009, 04:14 PM   #28
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Bouncing Betty's initial cleaning pics

I finished my initial cleaning of my 1980 22 foot caravelle today. Not ready for prime time, but beginning to be presentable. I am enclosing some pictures for those who might want to see what a 22 foot Caravelle looks like. Again, she is rough, but a bunch better than when I started. I cleaned off the green moss from the outside except the top, and unloaded the detritus my Mom had loaded her with...using her as a storage container. She has been sitting up since about 1995 or 1996 in my parent's yard on a concrete pad they poured for her by the house. I am going slowly with her, but my first priority is to clean out the house and get it ready for sale. The carpet is original, 1980, but in fair condition after I vacuumed her out. I checked in closets and storage and saw no bad spots on the wooden floor. The carpet and drapes are period pieces....more for the era of Leisure Suits than today....but we will get there. I am thinking of calling her "Bouncing Betty" after a particularly nasty piece of mine munitions I had to contend with at age 20 in Viet Nam. Like the mine, cleaning her is about to kill my 63 year old knees.
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PS: I was going to attach pictures, but even though I clicked "go advanced" and clicked on Manage Attachments, I found no way to add pictures. Can anyone help? Thanks.
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Old 05-16-2009, 04:28 PM   #29
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Uploading pictures

You click on "Manage Attachments"
then click on browse to find the location of your photos on your hard drive and click on upload. Make sure your photos are not to big pixel wise as there is a limit to how large the file can be.....looking forward to seeing your photos. pj
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Old 05-16-2009, 05:30 PM   #30
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Bouncing Betty pics

Trying again. I think I have them this time....1980 22 foot Caravelle. Ed
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Old 06-27-2009, 06:25 PM   #31
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Has anyone figured out how to take the curtains off the holders in the Caravelle? I am ready to have mine drycleaned, and I don't seem to be able to get them off the rod/slider. The sliders have two different types of ends holding the curtains on. One has a beige plastic plate on the end (I don't want to break it, so I am asking advice). The other has a screw through the end of the rod, and the rod is spread open around the screw. I can't get the plastic sliders holding the curtains off of either type.
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Old 07-29-2009, 07:22 PM   #32
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I have just taken off all the curtains by unscrewing one end......

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