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Hey everyone 👋 New here and just bought our 2003 Avondale Dart last week, our first caravan. I have always camped but now with 3 little ones this is the practical alternative. So I am a Pinterest addict and after a week of renovating our soon to be home from home I’m questioning taking out the fold out beds on one side and replacing with a sofa bed. The price of upholstery is crazy (and the cushions NEED covered, plus the foam smells a bit) so I wondered if it would be worth buying a sofa bed and freeing up lots of space from getting ride of the middle table and other sofa that makes the bed (they probably have proper names 🤣). It just seems cheaper to do this especially if we buy new foam and with the storage being difficult to access to me it makes sense to free up the space for the same size bed. Has anyone done this? or something similar? Or any cheaper alternative to paying 1k for them to be upholstered? My main concern is I don’t want to devalue the caravan and want to make the most of the space especially with little ones to occupy. Thanks in advance.
Hi all My wife is in the doghouse and really needs your help! We've been very happy campers for 15 years while kids were young and really loved it but decided last year was actually going to be the last year and said that this season we would look at caravans instead. Now last week after a brief chat about this season I came home from work and my wife had brought A 1999 Avondale dart 510 5 with "absolutely no damp whatsoever" she said. That's all fine but we've never ever stayed in a tourer before let alone owned one. I got a detachable brink towbar fitted this week and manged to get it home and I'm looking at it now out of my front window. It has been smoked heavily in and it stinks but it's not in too bad shape. I haven't checked electrics, water or gas but I'm a builder so I'm hoping I will get my head around all that with a bit of a look. She's showing me googled pictures of all these old caravans that people have renovated and a its got me excited now so we are starting it today with plans of renewing the kitchen and bathroom, modernising and decorating the rest. My only concern isnt the new Smev appliances she's odering it's all the chair and bed cushions she wants to reuse. My worry is the smell and hygiene ughhh. She said she'd clean and dye them and with a new throw and new cushions will look as good as new but I've got to sleep on them. OK it's getting late now so I'm starting. Thank you all for reading and ANY help or advise, what to do and deffinatly NOT TO DO'S will be EXTREAMLY appreciated. Oh and this site is absolutely awesome. My tea age children have told me off all this week for being on my phone all the time. Ha ha how the tables have turned lol. Thanks all Mark