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Cotswold Windless 13.2 1982


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We have just picked up today the above caravan which has been purchased second hand (obviously considering its age).

We are caravan virgins - never slept in one before let alone own one.

 

The person who we bought it from never actually used it so didn't know anything about the caravan at all.

 

Is there anyone who can offer guidance on several basic things:

 

getting water into the caravan - we have a water carrier but no hoses etc, do we need a water pump?

how does the waste water work, what equipement do we need for waste to go out the van.

 

how do the two couches turn into a bed, there is a detachable table but it appears too short to bridge the gap between each surface where the couche cushions sit (when in couch form) - could we be missing a large table that converts into the base of the bed. The two cushions that are against the wall of the caravan are hinged to the walls of the caravan, other than sitting against them, are they supposed to be used to make up the mattress because they are fixed to the wall not free moving.

 

In other words for two complete novices who have no idea of caravaning with older vans, can anyone give us any really basic tips on how to make the caravan habitiable to sleep in and be in over night.

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Hi - welcome to the forum.

 

What you have is a Windrush manufactured by Cotswold Coachcraft of Grimsby. They were makers of high-quality clubman vans but have been out of business for many years. For their day, they had a high level of equipment which included an oven, a Carver heater, a Cascade water heater, a mains input with a charging system.

 

On the outside of the van there should be a socket into which you plug a water pump. Probably the pump is missing. Perhaps if you put a picture on the forum of the socket, someone will be able to suggest a solution. Likewise with the 240 volt inlet. Under your sinks you should be able to follow the drain outlets and see where they pass through the floor. Waste water is collected at the outlet in anything from a bucket to a Wastemaster.

 

Making a guess - your bed is probably made up by dropping a table between the two seat units. If the table is not long enough, it's likely that some pieces are missing, but they can be replaced. Usually the two back rests are packed between the two seat cushions.

 

It's very likely that your van has not been used for some time. Before venturing far on the road it's most important that you have the van checked for road worthiness, looking particularly at the tyres.

 

Generally, caravans of the 80's and early 90's are much lighter than the vans of today because present day van are equipped with more appliances, however your Windrush has a delivered weight of just under 814 Kgs and a maximum weight of 930Kgs.

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As far as water is concerned, under the offside bunk you should find a Carver Cascade mk1 water heater and possibly a very early 'Surflo' internal water pump, a green one perhaps?

 

If so, the water connection from the pump can be followed outside to a similar but smaller connection to waste outlets, these just allow an extension hoses to be pushed in and then each to it's respective container.

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Arc Systems are specialist Carver caravan product repairers, committed to providing a comprehensive service as well as spare parts for these popular heaters.

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Hi,

Thank you both for your very helpful advise. It is very much appreciated. We went back to see the caravan today where its being stored and got to grips with most of the things today. The table for making up the bed is missing so my fiancee is making up slats to substitute the table for making into a bed so that should work as well if not better than a table.

 

We figured out the water pump, its on the main switch board and is internal, we just need the hoses to connect to the holes at the back (thanks for advising this ).

 

other than that all else seems fine and in very good condition considering its age and the fact that it clearly hadn't been used for a long time. We have thoroughly cleaned it now and it looks really good, and will look forward to spending many hours in it over the coming years.

 

We're really looking forward to meeting all the friendly caravan fans out there (we've already met 2 really friendly and helpful caravan enthusiasts on the site where we store our beauty and they have been really really kind and helpful - we are starting to become part of the caravan fan club already)

 

We are going to look after our old girl and bring her back to her former glory with love and attentio

 

thanks again

 

Teresa and Pete

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Slats are a great idea. Link them together with lengths of seat belt from a scrap car. You might want to consider using an inflatable mattress instead if cushions which tend to sag or have raised edges. A cheap air pump from a camping shop saves a lot of huffing and puffing and some can be reversed for deflation.

 

Also. .............if you're going out to eat at night make up the bed before you go. nothing worse than coming home full of the joys and having to struggle with slats and cushions. Been there. .done that. (many moons ago. . :(

 

Have fun. :D

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Hi,

Thank you both for your very helpful advise. It is very much appreciated. We went back to see the caravan today where its being stored and got to grips with most of the things today. The table for making up the bed is missing so my fiancee is making up slats to substitute the table for making into a bed so that should work as well if not better than a table.

 

 

Teresa and Pete

 

did the same on my old topaz, you will find it easier to stop the slats from moving is to put a dowel in the first slat pull it tight and then one in the last slat. this also stopped the seats getting damp from body heat

hope this helps

bill

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Hi Teresa and Pete

 

Someone has already mentioned tyres. This is hugely important - I know as I've had tyre failures more than once. Tyes deteriorate with age not just usage, even if they look perfect - Caravan Club recommends changing tyres when they are 5 years old, maximum 7. Last year a 7 year old tyre failed on me so in future I won't go above 5 years.

 

If you go to tyresafe. org and click on Tyre Safety Information you can download caravan tyre info including how to find the code which tells you the year and week number in which tyre was manufactured.

 

Also I suggest joining a roadside repair / recovery service which guarantees to recover car and caravan in the event of a problem with either. Don't want to sound negative but if you need them you really do need them! I have had to use the Caravan Club's Green Flag now and again over the years and can highly recommend them (if it's a tyre problem they'll change it for you using their own jack provided you carry a spare). You need to join the Caravan Club but that's not expensive and well worth it anyway - they have some great sites. And their caravan insurance is good.

 

End of commercial.

 

Enjoy caravanning.

 

BigTow

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Hi there. We also have a Windrush. Ours is a 1986 model. You might find that the little shelf under the drawers below the front window, pulls out and the slats are all joined together, forming the centre of the double bed. To do this, give the shelf a pull and it should start to slide out, with the slats following it. Our is the final shape of van before Swift took it over, produced the Celeste and then closed Cotswold down in 1991. There also is a very good Cotswold owners club, who hold rallies and have quite a bit of information on their site, although I think they`re updating it at the moment.

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We have just picked up today the above caravan which has been purchased second hand (obviously considering its age).

We are caravan virgins - never slept in one before let alone own one.

 

The person who we bought it from never actually used it so didn't know anything about the caravan at all.

 

Is there anyone who can offer guidance on several basic things:

 

(snip)

 

Hi peteteresa.

 

I've just found your post. I have had a 1983 Windrush 15/2 van for about 12 years. We take it abroad nearly every year. Last year the extremes of our travels were Loch Lomond in the north, at Easter, to Saumur on the Loire, in August. You can see some photos at www. hawkhurst. f2s. com/caravan. I must get round to updating the site with some newer photos, but it should give you some indication of the van and its travels.

 

We are booked Dover - Dunkerque again for summer and hope to head for Germany.

 

I have all the original info for the van - handbook with circuit diagrams, fridge, cooker, heater and water heater handbooks. As regards the Carver 1 water heater, I had it mended last year by a man in Nottinghamshire. His web address is www. arcsystems. biz.

 

The Windrush is an excellent old van and if looked after should give many years of service. I have had to replace a few parts, but have always been able to get them 'off the shelf'

 

We have a small and a large table. The small one lives under the mirror next to the wardrobe when not being used and the large one, which we use as the bed base, lives in the bathroom.

 

If you have a problem with the water heater, contact Gary at Arc Systems. See www. arcsystems. biz or ring him on the number listed on the site. He has info and parts for most Carver units.

 

The water pump can run dry without problem but to make sure it works properly, check that water is being sucked up into the system without air. When the system is full and presurised, the pump should switch off. It will come on again when a tap is opened.

 

It is very important to check tyre age. 5 or 6 years max! I have suffered two blowouts in the past before I realised why. Both happened on motorways but fortunately no damaged was caused to the van except that I lost the 'Windrush' named mudflaps. At the last service, there were no problems with the van, but needed two new tyres due only to age.

 

Enjoy your Windrush.

 

John B

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Is there anyone who can offer guidance on several basic things:

 

getting water into the caravan - we have a water carrier but no hoses etc, do we need a water pump?

how does the waste water work, what equipement do we need for waste to go out the van.

 

how do the two couches turn into a bed, there is a detachable table but it appears too short to bridge the gap between each surface where the couche cushions sit (when in couch form) - could we be missing a large table that converts into the base of the bed. The two cushions that are against the wall of the caravan are hinged to the walls of the caravan, other than sitting against them, are they supposed to be used to make up the mattress because they are fixed to the wall not free moving.

 

In other words for two complete novices who have no idea of caravaning with older vans, can anyone give us any really basic tips on how to make the caravan habitiable to sleep in and be in over night.

 

Hi,

 

I have a 132C which makes two singles 6' x 2'2" or a double 6' x 6'5" (152C is longer and has a 5'10" bed and a 6'1" bed) Celeste 1988 which is the last "windrush" shape before Swift took over. The Swift Celeste was more of a Swift van as far as I am aware. Galvanised Steel Alko chassis with shockers

 

Bed slats are pulled out of a little box front centre. The table is freestanding and stores in the washroom

 

Has an onboard tank under the offside seat and a shurflo pump in the wardrobe. Heating is Alde gas boiler with wet radiators and hot water cylinder and electric immersion heater and thermostatic shower

 

Waste outlets are at rear of the van

 

Electrics are Zig CF9B system

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Hello, I'm a very new member, and hope you are enjoying your Cotswold Windrush. We bought a 1989 version about 8 years ago and like it very much except that little bits are beginning to go wrong now and it's hard to find parts. We don't get a lot of time to go away in the van, so it's a once or twice a year use.

 

Does anyone know, please, whether it's possible to buy window stays? The newer ones just don't match ours. Also we've damaged the shower tray (I think I need to lose weight!) and though John did a repair with fibre glass, it hasn't lasted.

 

We're in Kent - comment from any Windrush owners in the Southeast would be of great interest.

 

Valerie

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