Well we too delivery of our new 19cb Caravel
on September the 30th. We took out first trip a week later from Wedowee AL to St George Island FL. This is my first impression of the new Caravel
is generally good.
First of all, I have to say that the fit and Finnish on the cabinets IS NOT very good!!! There are way too many sharp edges and crevices where the white lamination surfaces meet. This is a big step down in quality from the previous flying Cloud models.
While I like the sliding doors better than the lift up doors (I am 6'-4" tall) they tend to slide open while towing. I will add a rubber strip to the edge of one door and see if that helps.
I really like the new 12V/120V compressor based refrigerator. It is very efficient and works well while towing. It is a bit odd that the only way to turn it off is to turn the temperature dial all the way counter clockwise until you hear a click. (you can also just hit the battery disconnect switch by the door). I would note that I am 100% sure the plastic pull handle at the top of the door will break off in short order. I would also note that the freezer section us not very tall and this significantly limits what you can put into it.
The larger 29 gallon grey tank and 28 gallon fresh water tank is a welcome upgrade over the pervious Flying cloud models. Also, since the larger water tank is now mounted near the axle there is a new large storage compartment under the port side bench seat.
The deeper pantry is welcome, but it turns the coat hooks into key hooks. Hanging a coat on them is impractical. The dark wood looks good against the white cabinets, but again the fit and Finnish is poor.
In measuring the hitch weight, it came out to 500 lbs empty which is about 50 lbs lighter than what is stated in the manual.
There is NO WAY to play the sound from the DVD/BLUE ray player through the stereo. This seems absurd considering how good the stereo sounds. I corrected this with a HDMI audio splitter and a Blue tooth transmitter for about $50 worth of parts and cables. At some point I will pull the DVD player out and move the HDMI sound splitter to the back of the DVD player. The Stereo has a AUX input but Airstream chose not to hook it to anything and did not expose the left and right AUX sound ports outside the housing. It will be easy to correct, but it is beyond stupid to have to do this on a modern trailer.
I like the new touch operated light switches and dimmers. They work good for the lights you can see. However the one for the LED light strip on the awning is problematic. When it is retracted you cannot tell if it is on or off and it is easy to accidentally touch it to turn it on. It would be better served with the older style switch/dimmer on this light. I would also note that the LED's on the new touch switches are quite bright at night. They make a good night light, but some people may think they are too bright.
I found the rear mattress to be comfortable. However, I am so tall I prefer to sleep on the 91" Front dinette made into a bed. I decided that it needed a little more padding and made a 2" memory foam topper the I roll up and store on the rear bed when not using it. Seemed to work good. My short wife loves the rear bed and it became here personally space as well.
I did like the extra space in the cabinets over and under the refrigerator. The lower one now goes up and over the wheel well, It was the perfect place for our toaster. I like using it outside to bake vs heating up the cabin.
In conclusion I really like the trailer over all, but it is my first Airstream and I am obvious disappointed with the fish and Finnish and the silly whay they installed the sound/entertainment system. Given the price tag, I am not sure I would recommend this Airstream model to anyone. I can easily correct the minor flaws, but should I really have to at this price point????