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1967 Caravel 17-ft BIG

03 Oct 1967 Caravel 17-ft BIG

Although Matthew called a 25′ Tradewinds “home” for more than a year, he now says, “It was a bit too spacious.”

Really? I (Wally) would have to see it to believe it.

The thing we do agree on is this:  the 1967 Caravel is one of our favorites. And with this one, we have a few surprises up our sleeves. We’re going to push design to a level our clients haven’t seen before.  This will be our most incredible mobile live-work space, yet.

We’ll start with a few photos showing the beginning, then we’ll provide updates in the coming weeks.

What we like best about this little beauty is its compact size. It’s a feather… perfect for a traveling couple or businessperson on the go. The tongue weight is just 300 lbs, and the towing gross weight rating is less than 3,000 lbs.

The 17′ Caravel model Airstream was built for only 4 years in the mid-’60s (1965-69) during one of Airstreams busiest production periods. An 18′ model was built for  two more years (1968-69). (Click here for more information about the Airstream family of trailers.)

Prior to 1952 all Airstreams were built in Jackson Center, Ohio. But in 1967, half of the Caravel models were constructed right here in California. By 1979, the last Airstreams would be produced in the Golden State.

But let’s get back to our “Teacher’s Pet” of an Airstream.  Some novice Air-heads, as Airstream-fanatics refer to newbies, would assume that the floorplan is too cramped to be of any value. Not true. Check it out for yourself:

For our needs, it’s everything you need, and nothing you don’t.

Keep in mind, this is the original floorplan and we’ll be custom-designing our own. But this shows IT CAN BE DONE in just 17-feet!

In reality, the living space is only about 13.5 feet long because Airstreams are measured from the outside edge of the back bumper to the tip of the front tongue.

And check out the low WBCCI number (#833) on the back. The Wally Byam Caravan Club was created during a 1955 rally in Kentville, Nova Scotia, Canada. The “I” for “International” was added later. But for decades, the WBCCI was  known best as the “Wally Club.”

Wally Club members join together for one large International Rally each summer (which by club rules always includes the dates of July 1 and July 4), and hundreds of smaller local rallies are held coast-to-coast by chapters.

So, join us for this renovation process, and call me, Wally at (805) 618-2461 x102 to talk more about your very own “BIG” right-sized renovation.


  • jamie
    Posted at 09:53h, 15 November Reply

    thanks, looks great

  • WallyHof
    Posted at 10:33h, 23 February Reply

    The 1967 Caravel is currently leased to a developer who’s utilizing it as a mobile office for renting new apartments, known as The Loopp located next door to UC Santa Barbara’s campus in Isla Vista.

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