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  1. Hello! So I have two 25ft 1976 Airstream Caravans and I want to renovate and refurbish them and turn them into a visitors home for when family and friends come to visit and have them right next to my house. I want to turn one of them into a little kitchen, dining area/living area and a bathroom and make the other caravan into a 2 bedroom space. The caravans will be static as I am planning to have them by my house and not travel with them. Since I am on a budget, I'm not looking to restore them into their vintage original state with all the original parts and interior. I am simply looking to renovate them and make them into a cosy visitors area. Also since the caravans are gonna be static, I won't be needing any special lightweight and expensive materials for the renovations. I am looking for someone that truly loves renovating mobile homes and caravans and understands both the technical and creative process of the entire thing. If you know ANYONE, a service, company or an independent individual that does this in the London or Suffolk area or if you are one, please let me know!Send me your email in PM and I will get back to you as soon as I can! Thank you in advance.
  2. Mark dalt

    Avondale renovation

    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
  3. 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
  4. Hi all, I am in the process of customising a 1995 Jubilee Viceroy (4 berth) the metal has been stripped back to aluminium and polished or being polished, but that's another thread, the roof is my concern. I have 2 options one is to wrap it in a metallic alumnium vinyl (can be expensive and tricky) or I wondered if there was a metallic spray you could use on the roof. A make or brand maybe? It's a quirky renovation but I know but meant to be fun. Has anyone used such a product for the roof of a caravan which is obviously plastic. Any help or advice would be great. Thanks Gunpowder Pete
  5. I've been working to renovate a waxwing to a good useable condition. I'm having problems with the hot tap in the kitchen. I can get the pump to run but little if anny water out. No problem with the cold or the hot water in the bath room. Any ideas out there?? I would also like o obtain a hand book for the "old gal". Lastly, the plastic plugs have fallen out of the double glazed windows during the past ownership. A couple of the windows have small dead flies inbetween the panels, Any ideas how to get them out? the windows are in great shape.
  6. Ok this is my first ever blog so bear with me! I've mentioned in posts when giving advice and also when i've asked for advice. I'm going to cheat a bit in this blog and add a link to my photos as there's loads of them and not sure how to upload them all and if I can yet. The project is now finished and we've used it loads and I like sharing how I managed at different stages, good and bad. Anyway in August 2012 I wasn't really needing a new caravan but me being me and loving old, basic type caravans seen a very cheap spares and repairs / project caravan advertised on Gumtree. I decided to go with a friend to see it knowing it would be ALOT of work and time if I took it on but I wanted to try a much bigger project than the repairs i've did in the past. Got there (Traveller's site) and the girl came over and let us see. She was nice enough and tried to say it was towable but would need a light board and you could go away a wee holiday in it now if you wanted. No chance!! But nice try. Firstly we noticed the dent in the roof that had cracked so was leaking, the back wall was totally rotten. No lights were on the back and it was as if someone had tried to fit a trailer board to it but it was so rotten it wouldn't hold. Because of the rot the window was screwed closed but the screws were only through the aluminium as there was plenty rotten wood flaking away. The dented roof if you can see it through the dirt! Near the front there was also a drip above the front window and more rot on that wall along the walls and corners. The girl said all gas and electrical appliances worked but I would never have used them so knew if I took it on it would all be getting ripped out and redone professionally. Outside apart from the obviou rot at the back and hole in the roof there was no jockey wheel and the tyres MY GOD!! Cracked or what? one even had big gouges out of it! Apart from all that I still seen life in it but I got driven back home after saying i'd get back to her about it. So we sat and worked out an approximate cost of the obvious repairs needing done and allowed for extras. We're not on a big budget at all but I wouldn't have went OTT as it is a 1974 caravan after all. So later on that night I asked if they could deliver it and I would buy for the £150 and she said yes she'd get her husband to deliver that night. So whilst I went to the gym I warned my Husband a caravan may turn up on a low loader as even to a non professional like me it was no way towable! I got back in and my God what an eyesore in the front garden! I got my Husband to give me a hand to at lease level it as it was nose down and stinking of damp so left the door open all night! By the way they towed it in the dark with no trailer board!! Window must've been rattling and surprisingly the tyres made it even though it was not far from the house, well a few miles, (Thornton - Cowdenbeath for those who know the area) The following day I got right in about it and lifted the two thick carpets out of it (yuk) and got ripping the roof boards off. Right along both awning rails was black rotten wood and as it's a flat roof every timber baton was rotten at either end, one at the front actually fell down soon as I took the board off it was so rotten! The pictures of the rot are above. Then to the back wall. Didn't take much to get the board off that and what little timber was left I tried to get a photo of so I could build a new frame but alot of it was guess work. Same with the front wall and both the back and front corners. Underneith the seating felt a bit crunchy to my mate and being a man panicked it was right along so I cut a big bit board away and apart from a tiny bit of rot which I replaced that's all it was, crunchy wallboard so I stapled it back down. Over that weekend when I was off work I went to the timber merchants for some 2x1 batons after measuring roughly what i'd need and also a bit extra as i'm not a joiner to trade. Got it that day and got back and wanted to get tore in. There was a bit head scratching as to where to start as I stood inside but I took the awning rails off both sides and started measuring the sizes for the roof batons and getting them cut and ready. I also sawed the rotten ends off the old ones and saved the wood for spares. The wood I got from the timber merchant was rough treated 2x1, under £15 for 15 8ft lengths. I understand this will make the caravan a tad heavier but weight is not much of an issue as the towcar is my Dad's and it's going on a seasonal pitch as we always do. I also got cutting new lengths of wood for wither side of the awning rail to be screwed into and got that stuck up first with some no nails just to hold it in place until it was time for the awning rails to go back up. The curves down the sides are not cut perfect but again, i'm not a joiner! Then I got stuck into the ceiling batons fitting them where the old ones had came out attaching them with angle brackets (I think that's what they're called) and plenty of them! I could see on the ceiling where the old ones had been. I called it a day after getting this all done. It still reeked of damp so left the door open as it was dry weather, oh, and I taped over the crack in the ceiling just in case of a downpour. On the Sunday I decided to take out the back and front windows and get the new wooden frames built. I also removed the back and front rails. So the frames were no problem to put together really and got all that done whilst my middle son scraped all the old sealant off so I could mastic / reseal the windows as they both screw shut - and there was actually now some sound wood to screw into! After that I spent time scraping all the old sealant off where the awning rails and window rails were. Wasn't hard, most of it just crumbled! Then I got some help replacing the rail. I used tape mastic, 32mm then put the new screws in. Some were tough going into the new wood but got there! Then I beaded around the top with Seamseal CV sealant (great stuff and cheap). Again left the door open as much as possible, even overnight (but not with tools in!) if it was dry as there was still the damp smell. So even though from the outside it looked like i'd done nothing I was actually making great progress, just not much during the week due to work and plus we were still going away before our site closed for the season at weekends. I work from home and a couple, one in particular, was clearing out his garage and said he had alot of hardboard / ply / wallboard if I wanted it I would have it so got that free. And also some offcuts of wood. I took out the gas appliances and battery operated lights as the site we're on and have been for years has EHU we use plus a generator if need be. I also took out the sink as we like to keep things basic, the caravan is only really a base for eating and sleeping in and if we want hot water we boil the kettle and do the dishes in a basin! Use showers on site and have a portaloo for "night time emergencies". To the outside world it must've looked like all I did in the caravan was sweep the floor and shift stuff about in it as it all came to a bit of a halt due to the guy doing the rewire being busy with work. In the meantime I kept finding a leak at the back even after all my hard efforts so tried the sealant again and also a bit aluminuim tape over where I thought it may be leaking down the side of one awning rail. I was demented but eventually located the leak higher up on the awning rail over a couple of days and also in the skylight. Never had a leak there before at all but I had disturbed all the wood and replaced it etc so put it down to this. Because not much happened over the next few weeks and i'd done all I could, there was nothing more I could do until the wiring had been done. There were also days when I was tempted just to jack it all in and stick to my old caravan. But in the meantime I did what odd jobs I could like filling in the dent on the roof with car body filler. I got the wallboards all cut to size in the meantime and the plastic bumper on the back was broken. I was going to try and fix it but broke it even more so ended up taking it off as it was just too brittle. I temporarily put some wooden ply over the back of it just to protect it from the elements as winter was drawing in. By November time the wiring began. I decided to get new sockets as these were really old. I kept most in the same place, just adding in an extra double socket in the "kitchen" area. I also got given a fuse box thing out of one of my customer's old caravans so really so far the wiring was the most expensive layout so far. It got started but again still looked like nothing had been done! It was done in a couple of days again due to work commitments etc. Not much to take photos of but I did just to prove something was being done! Now that the wiring was done I made a fixed worktop adding in a couple of batons of wood for support. I kept the fold down flaps and put bard over it but got given a nice wood effect wardrobe door so this got cut to size and used! I also got some smoked glass tiles off a friend that were lying about for above the worktop so used them. Then the insulation went on the walls. I kept the "santa's beard" stuff from the roof and did the walls with expanding foam I had to use up. I also put extra polystirene (3mm) all around for a bit extra as we intend to use the caravan in the winter (although the start of the season was still like winter until recently). Then got the wallboards up. After my "should I just scrap it" moments once the wiring was done that was me keeping it and I could finally see it taking some shape - so could others!! Then with help from the same friend in February we got some boards for the ceiling and some beading to cover joins. Again from the timber merchant. Can't remember the cost but not half as dear as Homebase etc. This really is a two person job, one holds, one screws it up once in position, plus you need someone else to help manouver it into place. After a slow start it took 2 days to get it done. However during the roof fit there was an accident with the skylight. We removed it, left it on the roof and forgot about it. I gust of wind and. .. smash!! Temporary repair with some clear tape until I hit the salvage year to try and pick up a new one! I got a new one off this caravan though which looks like it needs a bit more than my First Aid skills can offer! Now i'm excited cos it's really taking shape but the outside still looks grim after all the work and even washing several times. I'd filled the dent using car body filler so was going to paint but with the weather and not having a huge dry place to work I got some advice on here about wrapping. I did my homework and ordered some sign making vinyl. Alot cheaper than car wrapping. I ground out the holes where the grab handles had been and went over any rough edges with the angle grinder. The plan was to do the roof only as it was grotty but decided to go for a totally different colour (forrest green) to blend in with our location and to be a bit different I suppose! My Husband helped with the roof and I was really chuffed with the result so ordered more! Not to do the whole caravan but to do the horrid brown colour that was on it. It was all going well and managed the rest myself. Yes I had a few bubbles and tears in it but that's life and it just gets redone. I wanted to keep the original Target signs as I couldn't find any decals so I worked round these. I was going to wrap the front locker but it was too tricky so painted this black when I painted the awning rails and wheel arches black also! I didn't replace the grab handles as I don't like yanking old caravans about plus it's not going far anyway. Now time for the inside and it's paint time as you'll see! Then I had an off cut of carpet from my work place enough to do the caravan and also underlay. It's really looking great (to me anyway). I got some single flat bed sheets in a sale, folded them over to line them a bit, cut them to size and sewed them to fit. I cleaned the cushions and used some throws I had already at home that matched the paintwork. Then there was the service checking brakes, wheel bearings and changing those ****** tyres! No problem and all batons underneith solid and floor sound stil so now it's a case of "Dad, when can you tow to the site?" and before I knew it we were off and using it! I've had the odd skylight leak where some sealant had came off and one at the front window that really demented me as I couldn't possibly need more sealant on there! but I did! Yes there are still a few dings and dents, scratched windows, bend in the awning rail but all in all it honestly cost us £500 tops for a now finally guaranteed dry caravan and also built to suit! Yes i've made it heavier and if I was towing all the time i'd look further into this but we're happy with it and that's the main thing, so just remember nothing is impossible. Yes it's very time consuming and you'll feel your going nowhere fast but then it suddenly comes together! I will update this blog regularly with any problems, misshaps and photo evidence in case it can help others, sorry it's not all in exact order as some of the photos were mixed up! The latest misshap was the legs / steadies actually. I was levelling the caravan but it still felt as though it could be lifted up at the back a bit but a couple of times it felt was getting worse. A couple of times I checked and one of the back legs was off the block by about an inch, then the opposite front one was. I thought I was going mad with all this checking but no these legs just decided to give up the ghost! Still wound up and down but just didn't support the caravan so I wound all thelegs up, went to Halfords and bought 4 axle stands! It's seasonal so it's staying put for now anyway. Also, there was a deep scratch in the back window when I got the caravan but I could live with it. However one night about three weeks ago in the caravan during a rain shower I noticed water drops gathering around the scratch which had now became a crack. I sealed it the following morning with a bit clear tape but there was about half an inch of water already in between the window panes so I took the bungs out and thought it would eventually dry out. I put it down to the weather getting warmer meaning the caravan was heating up big time. However when I went up the following weekend the crack had actually grown and went around in a curve!! I tried to gently pop it back into place so I could tape over it and keep an eye out for a new window but SMASH! A big chunk came out so I thought i'd leave it until the following day and grind the front glazed window out leaving it as a single glazed one for the time being but that night I decided not to hammer the window out obviously but got most of the plastic out and eased the edges out with the claw of the hammer and it actually looks ok as a single glazed window. It's an old caravan so not going to spend loads and loads of money on brand new bells and whistles for it so again will do me for now. It's amazing how clear the window now is!
  7. Good morning soon to be friends I have just spent a week in a hired tourer to see if I liked the lifestyle - it was great. I want to go further and get the caravan of my dreams. It appears that this is not available so I am just going to have to do it myself. Has any one done a total renovation? Do you have any tips on structural things? Please let me have your advice and tips
  8. Hi, We're doing up an ol' Avondale Perle Orion Custom SE 1993 (did they have to give it so many names?) that's new to us. It's cleaning up very nicely. One remaining issue is the broken awning light fitting shown in the photo below. To me, it looks suspiciously like the remains of a Maypole MP35 Awning Light (as sold at http://www. amazon. co. uk/Maypole-MP35-Awning-Lamp/dp/B005NY5JFY). I'm just a little concerned that it's described as an "Interior awning lamp" when it's on the outside of the van, exposed to the weather. Of course, if we do put up an awning, it'll be inside the awning. .. Anyhow, any reassurance that the MP35 is intended for the 'outdoors' in spite of being described as 'interior'? Or any suggestion as to a better alternative welcome. I like LEDs, where possible. Thanks for any help!
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