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  1. Hi, We've owned a 1950's Ace Emperor for a couple of years now and as it was watertight when we got it we concentrated on making the interior livable. But we'd now like to try and start on the exterior. The aluminium panels all seem ok (but in urgent need of a coat of paint) but the horozontal rubbing strip and vertical strips that hold the panels in place all need looking at. For a start ALL the plastic/rubber insert has gone "crispy" and lots of it is missing. All the screws we can see are badly corroded and some have given up entirely. I think all of the rubbing strips are salvegable if I c
  2. 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 ki
  3. Maybe not in the correct forum but not sure where else to put it! I inherited a c1992 Swift Corniche 14/2E caravan (one owner from new) a couple of years back and it's been sitting in the garden in Glasgow since then. Exterior's a bit grubby but interior is in very good condition for age. There's a awning in it's bag and one or two other bits and bobs. Just wondered if it would be of interest to any CT member as a doer upper or perhaps as a donor vehicle for someone perhaps doing a conversion \ renovation of some description. Not a lot of info, I know, but didn't want to waste
  4. Hi! New to the world of owning a caravan. We picked up a retro Monza a fortnight ago and are in the process of stripping it out and completely restoring it o take on honeymoon in August. Having trouble finding replacement aluminium trim and seals. Not sure what the correct terminology is for searching for them. Need to replace all aluminium rails that join the bodywork and replace all the seals. Any advice would be much appreciated! Not sure of the year but it's a Monza model M1000 Thanks
  5. Hi Everyone, Thanks for all your help and advice thus far. The caravan is coming along, and will hopefully be going away in it soon. The chassis on my Sprite compact (early 80's) has rusted and needs restoring. It's ok in terms of welds, towing, etc, it just needs looking after and repainting. I just wanted to check that this is what should be done; 1. Remove rust and old paint with wire brush 2. Treat the steel with rust eater (Does anyone recommend a brand and where to get it. I've seen KURUST in Halfords, but has anyone used it?) 3. Paint with rust resisting
  6. We’re looking to buy a caravan with a budget of £5,000 (for everything) but we’re finding the interiors a little old fashioned. We would like to say we’re creative people but unfortunately this is not so, that’s why we’re here asking for your assistance. The caravan we’re looking at is an Elddis Typhoon EX which is in good condition but the interior is a little worn. The main things we’d like to update are the cupboard doors and the seating area fabric – could maybe even just brighten the area with some fancy cushions! Hope you can give me some advice on simple changes we could make
  7. 2nd day of project Alpine. Yesterday I picked up a 1970s sprite Alpine 4 berth caravan. A steal as it was free. Same old story. . Left in a field all alone with a few animals for company for 5+ years. .. Why does it always start like this? Weather was poor yesterday (typical British summer weather) so all I did was power wash and remove interior curtains and cushions. Today a more thorough clean for assessment of potential problems. Slight damp but may be due to being left with window seals that had perished and front window open (easy for putting number plate in). Will hire a heat fa
  8. Those who regularly read Caravantalk will know I am the first one to criticise when things go wrong or don't do what they say they will. It therefore gives me great pleasure to report that after 9 years of use, my Hymer was treated to the works by Paul and Lee from Tourershine. He stressed right from the start that the price quoted was between best condition and worst condition where a lot of restorative work would be needed. As it happened, Paul said mine was in really good condition because I had really looked after it, therefore I paid a lot less. I am very sceptical of claims that
  9. Hello all I am restoring a beautiful 5 berth Sprite Musketeer. Does anyone have any tips or tricks they could advise with this model please?
  10. Having just bought my first classic caravan, I thought Id put a few pictures and things here if anyone is interested! It's a Cheltenham Sable, and was made in 1980 (Apparently they started making them again at another factory from 1980-82!!)....Double glazing it would seem was fitted almost from new, though wasnt a factory option. The gas locker box is original - Only it wasnt for gas, it was for a heating system & shower pump (I think) which were options at the time - Thats why it has a vent in the lid. Its actually in very good shape for its age - despite years of damp getting in th
  11. Hi all - I'm looking to restore my first vintage caravan and alas don't really have the room where I live. I was wondering if anyone else has the same problem and knows of some common workarounds. The only options in my head were to: a) Use a caravan storage facility, but that wouldn't really allow me to do any serious restoration work, and security would be an issue if I had to leave it without a wall, door etc. Hire a shed etc, but the only places I can find are way too expensive as they are commercial properties, or they are garage bays for cars, so are too low. Does anyone have any
  12. Hi we went to see an Abi Monza 1400ct (1973) yesterday with the intention of restoration. We are looking for some tales of past ownership and maintenance on this or similar construction van. We are very realistic, and know this is going to be a long journey. There are signs of some damp, and we would be interested to find out more about the wall structure; as well as the floor structure, which appeared to be single wood thickness. (Possibly ply.) The floor seemed pretty solid, and I couldn't break through - even with plenty of poking and prodding. However, would any repairs to the floo
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