1965 Airstream Caravel 17 - Utah

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1965 Airstream Caravel 17 - Utah
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We’re selling our 1965 Caravel with most of the hard work already finished!

Last year I sold a ’67 Caravel to buy this ’65. Although the ’67 was great, it didn’t have interior aluminum end caps like the ’65, which I planned to strip and polish to create a glam, MCM Mad Men emporium! Plus, I would have still had to remove everything from the ’67 to replace the floor under the rear bath, repair the rotted frame, buy a new axle, wheels, etc. On this little ’65, all that’s already done!

Outside this little Caravel, the shell was lifted off the frame, and the frame was wire wheeled, inspected, and all questionable areas repaired before the whole frame was repainted. It has a new, adjustable height, torsion axle with electric brakes. The DOT wiring is new Polar Wire arctic flex, which won’t crack in ultra low temps. It has new galvanized wheel wells, new tires, a new floor with rigid foam insulation underneath, 2 20-gallon grey tanks with SeeLevel II tank monitors, new C-channel, a new 7-pin pigtail, and a new heavy-duty belly pan.

The shell is in better-than-average condition, though I would probably replace the curb-side front panel since it was aggressively sanded by the prior owner and is really pitted anyway. There is a small tear in the aluminum under the battery compartment, which I’ve photographed.

Things you still have to do:

The 1 1/2″ drain collar on one of the new tanks broke off when a tool fell on it while it was upside down. That will need to be replaced before the belly pan in the rear of the trailer is riveted back on (the 3 pieces on the rear are ready to go back on).

I temporarily riveted the shell to the C-channel/belly pan sandwich to bring it home. You will need to drill those olympic rivets out and replace with buck rivets. ** You will not have to remove the shell to do this if you don’t want to! ** You can do this by working on one part of the trailer at a time and work your way around the trailer. No wrestling with ill-fitting corners!

The original bumper will need to be welded back on, though we can do that before it leaves if you want. I’ve been looking for a curved replacement but haven’t found one.

The curbside kitchen window is missing. The frame which mounts to the trailer is there, only the window and crank are missing. The window is made like a picture frame from an aluminum extrusion and could be cut down from any window of that era. Airstream Supply sells the extrusion on their website, but I don’t know if they’re still in business. The front window is missing one crank handle. I broke the glass on one of the street-side windows moving a piece of molding(@#*&%!). Since they have to be re-weatherstripped anyway, replacing the glass won’t be tough. We have all the screens.

The fridge vent on top will need to be replaced since the existing one is cracked along some of the rivets, same with the stove vent. They could be repaired if you want to take the time. New ones are pretty cheap ($32.99 & $29.99 at VTS)

It will need new marker lights for the sides and top of the trailer. The tail lights are in usable condition, plus I have an extra plastic tail light lens.

I have an original Hehr aluminum ceiling vent cover to go with the trailer. I don’t know if that would have been original in ’65, but they’re in high demand and I have one which I’ll let go with the Caravel.

The interior of the trailer was completely removed for the frame-off restoration. I have all the interior cabinets which are the gorgeous ribbon mahogany in good, restorable condition. The insides of the closets were painted as were the closet and gaucho doors (one coat). The walls were not, thank goodness! I still have the countertop with sink mounted in it, though it isn’t the most attractive. It swelled from water leaking in the fridge vent. I was planning on replacing it with new MCM formica. I have all the curved, aluminum trim pieces to reinstall the cabinets. I don’t think I have the little drawer that went under the fridge. The gauchos are intact and work great!

You will need to choose your insulation (we used 2 layers of Prodex on our Casita trailer), decide on your interior wiring needs, and run the interior wiring. I’m a fan of the Mighty Mini sold at Bestconverter.com wired to 2, 6V Trojan T-105s. As seen in the pics, the interior skins will need to be reinstalled thereafter.

I have the original stove and stove-vent, but it comes with a newer Norcold 3-way fridge instead of the original (see pics).

I don’t have the water heater since I was going to put in an Excel, on-demand, vent-free heater, which I have in another trailer and really love! The original fresh-water tank and fresh water fill are there and in good condition, but the fill is missing its cap (can be found at VTS).

I can’t for the life of me find the old furnace :(

All the spider cracks in the rear bath’s fiberglass have been hollowed out with a dremel and re-fiberglassed. We will be painting it with the white 2K epoxy VTS sells before you pick it up (if it ever stops raining here). Hubby is a painter by trade and has all the right equipment to make it look great. The tank that goes under the one-piece bath was cracked and the prior owner threw it away. But the tank can be purchased from VTS for $179, and I have a brand new ceramic toilet.

I have a roll of red marmoleum that will go with the trailer if you want it. It’s a super-cool, vibrant, mottled red (see pics).

I think that’s about it! I have the title in hand in my name. Please call with any questions.

** I can deliver the trailer within 500 miles at a full-price offer. It tows like a dream! Farther than that and we’ll have to talk.


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