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Old '72 York Caravan reno

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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:

On the tilt tray coming home.On the tilt tray coming home.   Lots of things had been living in it and the chassis had rusted out in most placesLots of things had been living in it and the chassis had rusted out in most places   Long story short, disassembled, new chassis, reassembled.Long story short, disassembled, new chassis, reassembled.   

Including new floor, 12mm formplyIncluding new floor, 12mm formply   2 layers of ametalin foil insulation with air pocket2 layers of ametalin foil insulation with air pocket  Interior relined with 3mm caravan ply (poly coated, no painting needed)Interior relined with 3mm caravan ply (poly coated, no painting needed)  Winton floor tiles with sanded and bondcrete prepped floorWinton floor tiles with sanded and bondcrete prepped floor   12v lights to fuse block under front seat. I've run and connected all of the wiring for this and used LED lights12v lights to fuse block under front seat. I've run and connected all of the wiring for this and used LED lights  Hinged slat double bed, 12mm ply and pine, will add gas struts laterHinged slat double bed, 12mm ply and pine, will add gas struts later  Bedhead storage, tassie oak rail made from dowel, cover strap and shelf lippingBedhead storage, tassie oak rail made from dowel, cover strap and shelf lipping   Underbed 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.Underbed 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:

 


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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. 

 

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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


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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.

 

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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:

Before and after paintingBefore and after paintingComplete reseal done after paintingComplete reseal done after painting  Pre-reno, looks great but a lot of water damage around windows, bottom corners, around hatches etcPre-reno, looks great but a lot of water damage around windows, bottom corners, around hatches etc   I 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 stripsI 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

I 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.I 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.   I built an island bed with gas struts and porta potti drawer (for storing only)I built an island bed with gas struts and porta potti drawer (for storing only)    I made all 35 cupboard doors and drawer frontsI made all 35 cupboard doors and drawer fronts

There 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.There 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.


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Re: Old '72 York Caravan reno

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

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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. 

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Thanks @redracer01 and @Kermit :grin:

 

There was no end of rust in this, even the drawbar had broken, it was that badThere was no end of rust in this, even the drawbar had broken, it was that bad   A few interior before photosA few interior before photos   Very heavy bed but quite smallVery heavy bed but quite small   Rich compost in the back cornerRich compost in the back corner  Treasure found in amongst the thick layer of mouse and roach poo in the overhead cupboardsTreasure found in amongst the thick layer of mouse and roach poo in the overhead cupboards   While we had the chassis off, these guys took up temporary residence on a shelf.While we had the chassis off, these guys took up temporary residence on a shelf.   The mess in the ceiling from the mice, there was also evidence a snake had been living in there.The mess in the ceiling from the mice, there was also evidence a snake had been living in there.


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

Spotlight 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.Spotlight 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.       I've thrown the double bed in so it can settle back down after being squashed into my carI've thrown the double bed in so it can settle back down after being squashed into my car      And I cut the single bed mattress up to use for seat cushions with a little help from my Grandmother's old electric knife.And I cut the single bed mattress up to use for seat cushions with a little help from my Grandmother's old electric knife.      Seat cushions ready to goSeat cushions ready to go    I just have to finish making the seats, they're both at this stage, neither are fastened in place yet except for the framework.I 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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