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Old '72 York Caravan reno

twocutekelpies
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Old '72 York Caravan reno

I got an email last night from Workshop with a few Caravan reno threads so thought I'd add a thread of my own now that I've made a bit of progress on it. I've been working on this little 10ft York caravan for just over a year, mostly just me but hubby helps with the mechanical side (he also rebuilt the chassis as he's a boily) and if I need a second pair of hands like when I put the ceiling up.

I don't have a trade, I am self taught and follow a lot of other renos on FB and Instagram. The only tradie I will get in will be the electrician to hook up a few power points and add a safety switch, I won't be fitting gas so no need for a fitter. 

You'll see many items in the below photos from Bunnings, I almost live there. :smug:

20180514_115912.jpgOn the tilt tray coming home.   IMG_20180517_100603.jpgLots of things had been living in it and the chassis had rusted out in most places   IMG_20190128_090830_resized_20190202_090611741.jpgLong story short, disassembled, new chassis, reassembled.   

IMG_20181108_144449_resized_20181108_052434230.jpgIncluding new floor, 12mm formply   IMG_20190309_130539_resized_20190309_045508418.jpg2 layers of ametalin foil insulation with air pocket  IMG_20190616_132130_resized_20190621_081648926.jpgInterior relined with 3mm caravan ply (poly coated, no painting needed)  IMG_20190705_114906_resized_20190710_075852360.jpgWinton floor tiles with sanded and bondcrete prepped floor   IMG_20190720_071656_resized_20190720_071740364.jpg12v lights to fuse block under front seat. I've run and connected all of the wiring for this and used LED lights  IMG_20190802_135601_resized_20190807_064547640.jpgHinged slat double bed, 12mm ply and pine, will add gas struts later  IMG_20190802_121418_resized_20190802_123543078.jpgBedhead storage, tassie oak rail made from dowel, cover strap and shelf lipping   IMG_20190803_120440_resized_20190803_073241237.jpgUnderbed access when you don't want to lift it, not yet fastened in place so currently looks crooked. Baskets and sliding door track from Bunnings.  

This is where I'm up to now and will post more photos as I get the next stages done. Hope you like it :grin:

 

Community Manager Jason
Community Manager

Re: Old '72 York Caravan reno

Fantastic work @twocutekelpies, many thanks for sharing your first project on the site. 

 

I'm sure our growing cohort of caravan renovators and the rest of the Workshop community will really enjoy seeing your progress. Let me tag @RobPegley as I know he will be particularly keen to see your handiwork. 

 

Jason

 

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twocutekelpies
Budding Contributor

Re: Old '72 York Caravan reno

Thanks Jason :grin:

I'm loving the challenges she's throwing at me. Admittedly this is my second caravan reno, the first was a 23ft Viscount which was also a full gut and rebuild but nowhere near to this extent.

Cheers

Shelley

Community Manager Jason
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Re: Old '72 York Caravan reno

Awesome Shelley (@twocutekelpies). Would love to see photos of your Viscount project if you've got any. 

 

I assume you've seen Rob's How to renovate a caravan series (although you might be too advanced for it!) and some of his projects on the site? I love his Kerouac-themed van.

 

Jason

 

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twocutekelpies
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Re: Old '72 York Caravan reno

I have seen his threads, very nice work :bigsmile:

I completed this one 3 years ago and it took me about 16mths as I wasn't working at the time and had a lot to learn. I sold it shortly after and bought a smaller Viscount, that one is still a work in progress. :smile:

After.jpgBefore and after paintingIMG_6029.JPGComplete reseal done after painting  IMG_5373.JPGPre-reno, looks great but a lot of water damage around windows, bottom corners, around hatches etc   IMG_5793.JPGI removed all of the interior lining, something I wouldn't recommend for a sandwich panel caravan knowing what I know now. Old vinyl floor also taken up in strips

IMG_6688.JPGI relined and rebuilt the interior from scratch using the original construction methods, I kept almost the same layout as I figured that's the weight distribution the van was designed for.   IMG_6594.JPGI built an island bed with gas struts and porta potti drawer (for storing only)    IMG_09.JPGI made all 35 cupboard doors and drawer fronts

IMG_20190222_104416_resized_20190429_052629327.jpgThere was originally 2 single beds at the front so I built them back in with an option to change to an eastwest double if required. The middle cupboard has a hinged top so can still be accessed when the bed is across. I did all the upholstery too.

redracer01
Super Contributor

Re: Old '72 York Caravan reno

This is so beautiful. I want to do one so badly but have no space in my backyard.
Kermit
Trusted Contributor

Re: Old '72 York Caravan reno

Wow, that photo of the rust and all the things living in the old van is amazing @twocutekelpies!  

 

Looking forward to seeing how it comes together. 

twocutekelpies
Budding Contributor

Re: Old '72 York Caravan reno

Thanks @redracer01 and @Kermit :grin:

 

IMG_20180516_083232.jpgThere was no end of rust in this, even the drawbar had broken, it was that bad   20180514_130719.jpgA few interior before photos   20180514_130851.jpgVery heavy bed but quite small   IMG_20180516_083919.jpgRich compost in the back corner  IMG_20181127_153859_resized.jpgTreasure found in amongst the thick layer of mouse and roach poo in the overhead cupboards   IMG_20181030_102721_resized_20181102_070206322.jpgWhile we had the chassis off, these guys took up temporary residence on a shelf.   IMG_20180724_153026_resized_20180724_051044286.jpgThe mess in the ceiling from the mice, there was also evidence a snake had been living in there.

Shelby
Junior Contributor

Re: Old '72 York Caravan reno

Wow this is so amazing @twocutekelpies well done and I can't wait to see how it ends up!!
twocutekelpies
Budding Contributor

Re: Old '72 York Caravan reno

I still have a few things to build, ie kitchen bench area, bedside cupboard, table etc but who can resist a good sale? I went to Spotlight yesterday and picked out my cushion and curtain materials, fabric choices are not my strong suit but the staff were very helpful so I was in and out of there pretty quickly. And the best part was, they were both on clearance so I paid $5/m for great quality fabric!

IMG_20190812_113050_resized_20190813_034044668.jpgSpotlight sale and a trip to Fantastic Furniture for foam mattresses. The top fabric isn't that dark, it's picked up the blue around it but it's not blue at all.       IMG_20190812_140853_resized_20190813_034045908.jpgI've thrown the double bed in so it can settle back down after being squashed into my car      IMG_20190812_173302_resized_20190813_034046500.jpgAnd I cut the single bed mattress up to use for seat cushions with a little help from my Grandmother's old electric knife.      IMG_20190812_181333_resized_20190813_034047011.jpgSeat cushions ready to go    IMG_20190810_142827.jpgI just have to finish making the seats, they're both at this stage, neither are fastened in place yet except for the framework.

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