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Old 08-28-2019, 05:31 PM   #1
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Caravel 20FB Thread!

The new 20FB Caravels are starting to show up at dealers!

We have just placed our order for the new 2020 Caravel 20FB and can't wait to start adventuring.

Looking forward to hearing from the other new 2020 Caravel owners out there and sharing pics and stories about their new Airstream adventures.
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Old 08-28-2019, 05:46 PM   #2
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Thats a great floor plan, especially if you like to cook! Im sure its going amazing in the caravel trim.
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Old 10-15-2019, 03:31 PM   #3
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Just heard from the mothership that they started building our 20FB Caravel yesterday (10/14/2019) and that it should be off the assembly line 10/21/2019 and delivered to our dealer about a week after that.

Can't wait! This has been a long 2 months of waiting! We ordered ours with the awning package, no solar or convection microwave. Our dealer did not have that in stock so we had to wait for the next run of Caravels to be built. Already have a few small modifications that we want to make.
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Old 11-21-2019, 06:52 PM   #4
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Angry Recall

We picked up our Caravel 20FB last month and have been thrilled with the space and features when compared to our Sport 16. We were extremely disappointed to hear of the recall on the Demco hitch coupler. When we saw the new hitch we thought it seemed odd and probably too good to be true...it seems that it is too good to be true. Apparently a manufacturing flaw leaves it vulnerable to disconnecting from the tow vehicle.

Before our first trip we are faced with a long dangerous drive to a dealer who will most likely procrastinate on this warranty work.

Be sure to have the Demco hitch coupler tested at the dealer before taking ownership.
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Old 11-21-2019, 06:55 PM   #5
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We picked up our Caravel 20FB last month and have been thrilled with the space and features when compared to our Sport 16. We were extremely disappointed to hear of the recall on the Demco hitch coupler. When we saw the new hitch we thought it seemed odd and probably too good to be true...it seems that it is too good to be true. Apparently a manufacturing flaw leaves it vulnerable to disconnecting from the tow vehicle.



Before our first trip we are faced with a long dangerous drive to a dealer who will most likely procrastinate on this warranty work.



Be sure to have the Demco hitch coupler tested at the dealer before taking ownership.


Contact Airstream and get the safety lock kit before you travel to get it inspected.
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Old 04-24-2020, 08:24 AM   #6
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My wife and I are shopping Caravels. The 20FB is high on the list because of the kitchen.
The videos make it appear as if all the under bed storage is through one flip down door. Is that right? Or does the bed platform lift up on a hinge?
Is there a convenient was to set her overnight water cup in the sleeping area? (She sleeps on the insterior side of the bed.)
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Old 05-21-2020, 06:52 AM   #7
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Picking our 20FB up in a few weeks

@Jason in TX

How's it going with your 20FB? Looks like it has been a few months since you picked it up, have you had any issues with quality, what have you learned? We're picking ours up from Airstream Northwest in a few weeks, can't wait to hit the road!
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How's it going with your Caravel 20FB>

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Just heard from the mothership that they started building our 20FB Caravel yesterday (10/14/2019) and that it should be off the assembly line 10/21/2019 and delivered to our dealer about a week after that.

Can't wait! This has been a long 2 months of waiting! We ordered ours with the awning package, no solar or convection microwave. Our dealer did not have that in stock so we had to wait for the next run of Caravels to be built. Already have a few small modifications that we want to make.
@Jason in TX

How's it going with your 20FB? Looks like it has been a few months since you picked it up, have you had any issues with quality, what have you learned? Have you had any issues with the Demco hitch coupler mentioned in this thread? We're picking ours up from Airstream Northwest in a few weeks, can't wait to hit the road!
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Old 05-31-2020, 09:02 AM   #9
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Demco hitch coupler

How has that Demco coupler recall worked out? What was the fix for them?

For those that have a 2020 Airstream with the Demco coupler what are you using to lock the coupler latch and how long and what diameter of a shank/pin do you need? I thought I read somewhere that you need a 3 shank/pin and looking online I see 2-2.5, 2 3/4, 2 and 7/8, 3.5 (however that one said for surge brakes).

Has anyone seen a coupler / receiver lock combo keyed alike that will work?
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Old 05-31-2020, 04:07 PM   #10
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Welcome to the forum, 4Runner. FYI there are plenty of threads/posts on the Demco coupler:

https://www.google.com/search?q=Demc...=airforums.com

. . . and Demco has replied in this one about locking it: https://www.airforums.com/forums/f46...er-204936.html

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Old 05-31-2020, 04:12 PM   #11
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Just heard from the mothership that they started building our 20FB Caravel yesterday (10/14/2019) and that it should be off the assembly line 10/21/2019 and delivered to our dealer about a week after that.

Can't wait! This has been a long 2 months of waiting! We ordered ours with the awning package, no solar or convection microwave. Our dealer did not have that in stock so we had to wait for the next run of Caravels to be built. Already have a few small modifications that we want to make.
I see from other threads that you [edit -- the OP here] have been on the road and camping with your new 20' -- great!

Is the coupler working OK?

Thanks,

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Old 05-31-2020, 05:01 PM   #12
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Not really a place for a cup. My wife just hooked a hanging pouch to the small holder installed there and she put her bottle of water there
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Old 05-31-2020, 05:18 PM   #13
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New Caravel now in use!

We are proud owners of a 2020 Caravel 20fb which we picked up in mid-February and promptly parked due to the Covid19 crisis. As things are gradually opening up here in North/South Carolina, we are only now making our first camping trip.
We are had a small motor home for 5 years but decided to give it up after putting 80,000 miles on it making long trips in the US and Canada. We bought the AS to give us more freedom to explore a given area.
Im happy to report that everything worked perfectly in the trailer. We couldnt be happier with the design and the build quality. The only problem encountered was a stripped door latch which is a common problem in all RVs using composite wood panels. A toothpick and a dab of wood glue was the fix.
I feel a little guilty, not complaining about the quality, but there has no real issue yet. We hope everyone is enjoying their AS as much as we are.
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Old 05-31-2020, 05:23 PM   #14
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Have not had any problem with the coupler so far, but we are new to towing and might not notice. I lift the rear of the Jeep quite a bit (12 in or so) to check before installing the hitch bars.
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Hitch jack base diameter

Hi owners of the 2020 Caravel,

Can you tell me what the diameter is of the hitch jack base plate? Do you use a support under it?

Do you use supports under your stabilizer jacks?

Thank you.
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We always put wood under the jack base plate, to distribute the weight better, and to keep moisture away from the steel. Ditto for the stabilizer jack pads especially if your campsite is not paved or a concrete pad.

We carry lots of misc. 2x6, 5/4x6 etc. wood scraps for this, and for dealing with out-of-level campsites, using a bottle jack to lift the trailer to fix a flat, etc.. If the pieces are roughly 6" x 12", you can cross-stack them, two at a time, to create a stable 12" x 12" platform. Some of the wood scraps are construction cedar, which can be split for kindling for a fire, as needed.

Happy trails,

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PS -- Older model 20-footer thread FYI: https://www.airforums.com/forums/f54...rs-127845.html
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Old 06-01-2020, 06:03 AM   #17
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Hitch Jack plate

The diameter of the foot is 6 inches. We use the plastic LEGO blocks under the plate and the jacks. They are water proof and light weight.
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Spare Tire Lock

Does anyone lock their spare tire?

I wonder if you can use a coupler lock (shank/pin) to lock your spare tire.

Is there anyone out there with a 1/4 coupler shank/pin lock that can tell me if it can replace the shank/pin that the cotter pin holds in place to support the spare tire support bracket?
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Under Bed Opening in Caravel 20FB

Do any of the Caravel 20FB owners know how wide the opening is under the bed?

Im wondering if a Zamp portable solar panel can fit in there.
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Hitch Jack Plate Removable

Is the hitch jack plate removable on the 2020 Caravel 20FB?

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