1958 Airstream Caravanner 22 - California

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1958 Airstream Caravanner 22 - California


This trailer is a project well on its way. The trailer is fully towable and rides like a dream.

The trailer is a 1958 Airstream Caravanner at 22ft with a 19ft body and is currently around 2100-2200lbs empty. I was going for 3000-3200lbs when complete. That is why single axle models retain such high value, they can be towed by almost anything. A current 16ft airstream starts at 3500lbs before the water hits the tank which takes it out of the range of most small SUVs. If you can keep it below the 3500lb mark when finished it pretty much adds $20K to the value of an airstream. The project is about halfway done. It took me more than two years to find this trailer and it has been really tough to come to the decision to sell it, but I don’t have a place to work on it, which does no one any good. I would rather get it into the hands of someone that can finish it out and enjoy it the way it should be.

No expense has been spared when it comes to making sure that the work done so far has been the best quality available. Here’s a list of what I’ve done so far:

-The frame has been re-welded with new steel where it was needed
– Larger dents have been removed from exterior panels
– New LED marker lights have been installed
– A velocity switch braking system that can work with any car has been installed
– the subfloor has been replaced. I have had a couple of people look at the center subfloor that doesn’t, to my eye look as stable as the front an back pieces I had replaced a second time. The centerpiece though, I have been reassured is more than stable enough, especially after the flooring would be installed. It just isn’t as aesthetically pleasing. It should be tacked down though before flooring is installed.
– custom wheel wells installed
– I had a brand new updated axle, braking system, suspension and 4-inch lift done by Airstream of Orange County in mid-2018 with full factory warranties. This is the same system used on their brand new trailers. All wide pictures of the entire Airstream are before the 4″ lift. The picture of axle and underside are after the new work.
– Brand new custom made black, fresh and grey water tanks installed with a top of the line monitoring system
– I have had a new dc converter installed with mounts for two batteries under what will be the bed.
– I have had tested all of the current (original) 110 wiring and it works. I was going to rewire the 110 and 12v with new higher voltage cabling to take an a/c down the road and of course enough power to run a Vitamix blender in the galley!
– Stripped the paint from the long interior shelf along with the door and the area around it.
-I have had weight distribution hitch points installed on the frame. I will include a weight distribution hitch with the sale. Makes for easy towing in high winds with lighter vehicles.

The next step was going to be replacing the windows with new tempered glass all the way around and putting new rubber seals on them. There is a lot of original window hardware but some needs to be replaced. Other than that it just comes down to framing the interior, running the gas for the appliances (I was going with new professional RV appliances) and the interior. I have more than $12K in receipts for the trailer and work done on it so far not even including more than $3K of consumable items needed like sandpaper, etc. I am asking $20k/obo for it and there is probably about another $10-25K of work in realistically depending on how much you are going to do vs having someone else do it along with the quality of the interior you put in. That being said it would be worth between $65-90k when done – the higher side when polished. I personally like the patina of the past 60 years.

I have the title in hand and a certificate and medallion from Airstream with her registered with the name Amelia Airstream. I have attached some pictures, a sketch of the floor plan with the tanks I had installed. There are some close-ups in there of a dip in the aluminum in the ceiling that I have been told would be no problem to re-rivet, especially if you are pulling it all down in the first place to rewire.

I was personally going for an interior that was white paint, reclaimed wood and aluminum/stainless. It is obviously a blank slate though. The floor plan is not original and with the tanks installed, there is really not much variation that can be taken on that. I have altered it though to a more desirable floor plan than original that keeps the weight distribution proper. The floor plan I was going for has a bed in the rear (there are 47.5″ x 78″ mattresses with a 10º radius cut out for Airstreams), with a bathroom with a shower and a kitchen in the center with the front being a seating area that can convert to a second sleeping area. The original plan had the bathroom at rear with the front being a fold-out “gaucho couch” to sleep on. The altered floor plan I was working with separates the “master bedroom” at the rear from the rest or the trailer. You can see all of this in the attached pic of the floor plan sketch.

All of the work I have had done by The Airstream Guy in Witchita, KS (where I purchased the trailer from), C&G Trailer in Los Angeles (the best in the country when it comes to vintage Airstream) or Airstream of Orange County. I was going for a quality trailer that had a 1958 exterior but all top of the line, modern interior features.

I really don’t want to part with this beauty, but it needs to move on to the adventures that it deserves.

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