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Looking for help got a swift classic alouette 1996 caravan to day but the bottom where the door is its coming away at the bottom looking for some advice was looking at doing the repair over the winter but was not sure if it was just a case of replacing the wood  any help would be great 

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Maybe a photo of the problem would help?

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Did you realise this when you bought it?

Graham

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Is this wood dry or damp and rotting.

I suggest you get say a mobile engineer to do a full damp test for you so you know what you bought and your future work.

Regards, David
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It's my dad's old one he got a new one when he seen this was not sure if it's worth putting some money in to it

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The wood seems dry

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I would pull the carpet back and see if there is any signs of damp and rot.

It may be possible to splint the damaged section with a wooden batten underneath or a piece of exterior plywood ?

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As others have said, you need to find out the extent of any damp that's present.   If there's rotting timbers and linings they will need to be replaced but not before you've found the entry point for the rain and dealt with it.     Is there a chance that the van has been broken into?   From your picture there seems to be some forced damage to the end panel of the oven unit.   Not only is it bowed, but it seems to be coming away from the wall.

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Cheers for the reply a will see if there is any sing of more damp or where the water might be coming in don't think it has been broken into that a no of but on the side where the damage is the tyre is smaller then the other side 

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6 minutes ago, Gav19871 said:

 but on the side where the damage is the tyre is smaller then the other side 

 

That needs putting right!   But see if the body repair is viable first.

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This caravan needs a thorough examination by someone who knows what they are doing!

Almost anything on a classic caravan can be repaired on a DIY basis, BUT it is very easy to start spending money before assessing the extent of the work required.

Your descriptions and photo's reveal that some repairs are needed and you need to be certain of their extent and just where they are going before you start.

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As am new to caravan where do a look to find someone will a just look for local caravan shop and ask for help there 

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5 minutes ago, Gav19871 said:

As am new to caravan where do a look to find someone will a just look for local caravan shop and ask for help there 

 

No good asking at a caravan shop (unless they have a workshop attached).   Your best bet is to look on line and mind a mobile caravan engineer.

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Gav19871 where are you located - maybe someone can recommend someone local to have a look at the van?

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His profile states the NE of England

Graham

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3 hours ago, Gav19871 said:

Amble Northumberland

Here is a link.  Input your post code and select a technician and ask them if they can do a damp check and report on the caravan. 

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