THE ONLY FORUM FOR ENTHUSIASTS OF CLASSIC SAFARI CARAVANS MADE BETWEEN 1948 AND 1982.
This group was started in 2003, with the aim of encouraging the preservation and enjoyment of all Safari Caravans made before 1978 and of the classic shape with the drop front side window made until 1982.
We try to assist owners in preservation, restoration, sales and purchase of these excellent Caravans. Membership is open to anyone who owns, has owned, or would like to own a Safari caravan, or is a supplier of products or services directly related to these Caravans.
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we plan roller painting our van. I've sucessfully brush painted a car in the past. We just can't afford to have her sprayed and have no where to spray it ourselves. What are you planning for your baby?
My experience of high quality hand painting is on boats, and although I have never tried the technique myself I understand that if you have two people working simultaneously it is possible to get an excellent finish fairly rapidly by using both roller and brush in tandem. One person applies the paint by roller, and the second person them immediately goes over it with just the tip of a good quality brush, smoothing out the paint.
Strange isnt it, Ive had this about 4 years and never noticed the plastic doors on the plate cupboard are an add on, not original at all. Its so obvious when I actually looked at it rather than just knowing it was there if that makes sense... seeing another on here made me look. Something else to remove then, always thought the plates wouldnt be held in that well.
Next question, should there be a shelf or something there instead?
Hi, there is a shelf in mine where your plate cupboard is...think it's all original. In the cocktail cabinet, the right hand side has a wooden 'thing' in the bottom which I have my plates stood in...dunno if this was it's original intention?
I have been working on the caravan today and have removed the offending cupboard and the lower panel turned out to be the middle shelf, albeit with an inch chopped of the back not factory done as it weaves a bit. The holes all lined up there was even a slight faded line where the holes and shelf lined up, pretty sure its been there before. I stripped and serviced the door lock and handle and made a spare caravan key fit the lock by finding the nearest one and filing off the extra bits so the key worked, now I can lock it without wiggling my garage key in it!
I have had the table up today for the first time in 5 years as I found the mounting clips in the bottom of the wardrobe.
I removed the rest of the bathroom wall and was happy to see it bone dry and in good condition, a couple of the metal links have rusted and broken so will repair them but its all good.
Sorry to tell you but the top on the cupboard is not original nor is the table top or the bedside unit top i cant rember but they were formica the same as the kitchen with a polished edgeing and some years they were polished and some had formica edgeing but they would haved matched the kitchen tops hope this helps
Nothing has happened for a while, I have had a busy year or so. I have space to keep it at my new house now so when I get a few other jobs sorted it will come back out of storage and get some work done again. Its a long job I got this is 2006 and its still looking rough.
On the plus side though I have a good tow hitch and A frame for it as they are rotten and were a big stumbling block but other than getting it welded on its all there.
The interior is still dry and not getting any worse, I have no walls in the back half inside and its not getting wet which is a good thing.
fantastic, have you set yourself a deadline for when you plan to get the old girl recomishoned ?. I want to get my Safari sorted before the Stapleford open weekend. Just got the plastic trim to replace that goes in the ally mouldings and the watepump left to do (I think) but you never know what else might crop up.Chassis, hubs, brakes, lights and body all seem ok, and the gas all works and seems free from leaks
I normally decide on a deadline 2 months before I need to use it! Not set one yet but the towcar is being rebuilt as we speak so hopefully if I get it back home I can do a bit here and there. Looks bad but doesnt need that much doing compared to my old Thomson Glenalmond!
I brought it home today as while its in storage im not doing anything with it. It has towed it last tow on this A frame its gone..considering it was bad when I got it 5 years ago imagine how it is now!! Was a careful slow tow the 10 miles back along quiet back roads. I parked it on my drive, pulled the handbrake on and the top half broke off its so rotten ;D
I have scrapped an old caravan which has a good A frame and hitch so they will be welded to the Safari soon, that way I will feel like im getting somewhere
Mick, I know its a big county that you come from, but will you be visiting the Lincon steam fair next weekend? I shall be there with my Stirling in the bygons section if you are. come and introduce yourself and join us for a cup of tea. Nich