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She's in the doghouse!! So, I found this group last week and haven't put my phone down all week. Joined yesterday and created my first post in the new members section (#doghouse). Thank you to everyone that commented. Your advise is very much appreciated. Just to clarify I'm a 42 year old man, married with 3 teenage kids stressed builder with my own business for 20 years that absolutely loves to load my newish transit custom van on Friday afternoon, wait for the wife and kids to get home from school and go and pitch up somewhere. One problem. The kids are not really kids anymore and do NOT want to come. 2 years now I haven't lived in the great outdoors even for 1 night. They are so so not bothered with me and my wife, we are embarrassing apparently lol and worst of all for them the tent has no WIFI. So without consultation or any research my wife the crazy woman, last week, brought a 1999 Avondale dart 510 5 and got the man to deliver it during the day. What the hell, I haven't even got a towbar. 1 week in and I've got the bug. Really can not wait to get back in there today to carry on. RENOVATION DAY 1 - INTERIOR Went really well. All soft furnishings out. Curtains washed and ready to dye. Cushions have been shaved (quite bobbly) and ready for a deep clean. All carpets gone. Entire bathroom rip out and all gone but PLEASE NOTE - I couldn't get the swivel toilet out and very quickly decided in my head to buy a new toilet instead. Got my mint angle grinder and cut the toilet out while my wife was really really slowly looking for new one she said STOP too late. £400 for a new one. Couldn't believe what I'd done. It really only needed a deep clean but thought I could get a new one for bout £100 GRRRAHHHHGH. Sodit, didn't like it anyway too many gaps I couldn't get my hand down to clean. Wardrobes and tables and all the rest from the OS storage gone but all wood saved. Fire/heater gone but kept the airflow tubing in to bathroom and under one of the seats and vented at foot level (plans to put a central fugal fan to push dry air into bathroom controlled by a manual switch in new kitchen). Kitchen sink and taps gone. Oven gone. Both OK too but as said in my new members post my wife has also gone a bloody ordered new SMEV gas grill, taps and combined sink and hob coming on Tuesday. ***** fly door off and gone from main door to caravan. Sliding doors off and saved. Runner off and saved. Top bunk gone. Plans to build a more substantial one. So then it was really bare, no damp, no rot, very slightly sagged floor but wood inside and underneath in near perfect condition. Plans to 6mm ply board and laminate. So next I had a good look at the water heater. Where it was and how this works. Not connected it up yet but all looks in good order and now understand the runs. Did find a clean water filter with a faint white watermark around it on the floor under one of the seats. Plans to renew and connect up better than this one! Electrics. Now I'm no electrition but all wiring again looks in good order. Looks like it's recently or within last couple of years had a new 12v aerial fitted. They have taken the feed from a 240v JB supply into a 12v battery charger which powers the aerial booster box. From that I have 2 line outs into caravan aerial and 12v mounted sockets and the line in from the aerial. No leaks but I think he drilled the hole with a spoon! There endeth day 1. Pictures to follow. Mark
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