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Old '72 York Caravan reno

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HandyH
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Re: Old '72 York Caravan reno

Hey @twocutekelpies,
I too have discovered the use of the electric knife for cutting foam, works a treat. If anyone is going to have a go I suggest practice on some scrap foam, to get the feel for it :smile:
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Community Manager Jason
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Re: Old '72 York Caravan reno

Thanks for joining in the discussion and sharing your experience @HandyH. Great to see you make your first post! We look forward to reading more about your plans and projects soon. Please feel free to post anytime you need a hand or have something to share. 

 

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twocutekelpies
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Re: Old '72 York Caravan reno

Today I've been having fun with the Permastik magnetic insect screens from Bunnings.

My original flyscreens had seen better daysMy original flyscreens had seen better days      Ready to assembleReady to assemble      The grid pattern on the tiles came in handyThe grid pattern on the tiles came in handy      Backing magnets in place with supplied self adhesive tapeBacking magnets in place with supplied self adhesive tape      My walls aren't smooth so I didn't trust the tape to last long, hence the added security of rivetsMy walls aren't smooth so I didn't trust the tape to last long, hence the added security of rivets      I'm very happy with how they are looking and still flexible enough to allow my airhose throughI'm very happy with how they are looking and still flexible enough to allow my airhose through


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echopepper18
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Re: Old '72 York Caravan reno

Hi There, My daughter has   AN OLD CARAVAN that she has been working on now for some time  she also has  condition  called  FIBROMYALGIA  that stops her enegy leavels .What I would like to know is Do you have a Work shop in christchurch so she can contact like minded people as she sometimes find it a struggle. Sereena is my daughter. Thanks Rosemary [MUM]

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twocutekelpies
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Re: Old '72 York Caravan reno

Hi Rosemary @echopepper18 

I don't know of any work shops as such but I know there's quite a few like minded people on facebook. I'm in a few caravan renovation groups and there are a lot ideas thrown around and everyone is very encouraging. I'm not sure if I'm allowed to put links up but there's 2 main groups (fix it or renovate that caravan and caravan renovations), mainly Aussie but there are a few New Zealanders in there, they may have an idea of other groups over there. :smile: 


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Community Manager Jason
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Hi Rosemary (@echopepper18)

 

Welcome to Workshop, a community for D.I.Y. and gardening discussion. Your daughter will be more than welcome to join our community. We have wonderful people sharing helpful advice and inspiration every day. I'm sure she would get plenty of support and engagement for her caravan renovation. @RobPegley's How to renovate a caravan series would be a good place to start.

 

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twocutekelpies
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A little more progress to report. I've made my own blinds and hung the side ones, I still haven't tackled the big front and back windows with the magnetic flyscreens yet, putting them up is definitely a 2 person job.

Very easy to make with material, a piece of timber, dowel and fastenersVery easy to make with material, a piece of timber, dowel and fasteners    The material is stapled to the piece of timber, with a scrap over the end to cover, then the timber is screwed to the wall. The material hides the screws when put down.The material is stapled to the piece of timber, with a scrap over the end to cover, then the timber is screwed to the wall. The material hides the screws when put down.     A full length of dowel in the bottom adds weight and makes it easy to roll up.A full length of dowel in the bottom adds weight and makes it easy to roll up.     

I've also built the first lower cupboard. I'll put a bench top on this once I've done the kitchen side. I've used FJ pine stapled together with wide crown staples using the same construction methods as used during the 70s and 80s and maybe still today (I haven't pulled a newer van apart to see 😏 ). I've added a few screws where I couldn't staple both sides of the pieces and I've only used glue to put the ply on, no glue in the joins.

Stick frame cabinetry is the best way to build caravan cupboards to keep everything lightweight. (the enclosure on the lower side is for the fire extinguisher just inside the door)Stick frame cabinetry is the best way to build caravan cupboards to keep everything lightweight. (the enclosure on the lower side is for the fire extinguisher just inside the door)      The frame is fastened through the walls to the caravan frame and into the floorThe frame is fastened through the walls to the caravan frame and into the floor       I haven't finished cutting the trims etc to size yet but the 3mm ply panels are all cut and ready to be glued on. I've used the 3mm wall art corners, joiners etc from the bathroom area at Bunnings.I haven't finished cutting the trims etc to size yet but the 3mm ply panels are all cut and ready to be glued on. I've used the 3mm wall art corners, joiners etc from the bathroom area at Bunnings.   

Out of interest, I weighed this cupboard as it stands there with the ply lining and it weighed 6.5kg, a similar sized flatpack cupboard weighs 19.2kg. Weight and weight distribution is very important when rebuilding the interior, I try to stick to the same layout as original as close as I can, I believe that's the weight and distribution that caravan was built to take. 
I hope this helps anyone embarking on a similar project.  😊  

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twocutekelpies
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1972 10ft York (almost) complete caravan rebuild

For some reason, I'm unable to post any more photos on my original thread so I hope it's ok to put this up with before and current photos of my almost complete little caravan rebuild. My boilermaker hubby did the chassis work and I had an electrician fit off the 240v wiring but the rest is all me learning as I went. I hope you like it 😊

Shelley 

I have more details of the build in my other thread.

BeforeBeforeNow (roll down blinds, magnetic flyscreens, tic tac tiles and original table leg)Now (roll down blinds, magnetic flyscreens, tic tac tiles and original table leg)

BeforeBeforeNowNowA 35L car fridge is planned for here but for now it houses the esky.A 35L car fridge is planned for here but for now it houses the esky.

BeforeBeforeNowNowUnderbed storage with gas struts for full access and sliding doors for quick accessUnderbed storage with gas struts for full access and sliding doors for quick access


BeforeBeforeNow (there is now a flyscreen insert up there not in the photoNow (there is now a flyscreen insert up there not in the photoBefore (can you see the broken drawbar?)Before (can you see the broken drawbar?)DuringDuringDuring chassis rebuildDuring chassis rebuildDuringDuringBeforeBeforeNowNow


IMG_20191113_121134_resized_20191113_121350427.jpgEach cupboard has a different theme from 1972 NewspapersEach cupboard has a different theme from 1972 NewspapersIncluding positions vacant back thenIncluding positions vacant back then


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Community Manager Jason
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Re: 1972 10ft York (almost) complete caravan rebuild

Many thanks for the comprehensive update Shelley (@twocutekelpies). How exciting that the caravan is almost complete! Do you have your first trip planned?

 

Sorry that you seem to have had trouble making your post. I've merged it with your original thread so members get all the context and see everything together. I will send you a private message to try to better understand why you weren't able to add photos. 

 

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twocutekelpies
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Re: 1972 10ft York (almost) complete caravan rebuild

Thanks for fixing that up Jason. No trip planned just yet, I do have another little caravan in the pipeline ready to have her own rebuild though 😎


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