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restoring a 1979 12-2 just taken all the rooflights off for repaint and found that the plastic surrounds with wooden battens inside are crumbled beyond rescue. has anyone got any spare. thought from memory that older models had an aluminium version. do these fit the 1979 does anyone know and has anyone got any spare. may be able to bodge of not by just mounting the windows closer to the caravan roof. but the seams may be a problem and i will have a lot of screwholes to fill where the old screws went. any tips on filling screwholes?
Regarding the window surrounds. The original "hard" plastic surrounds are impossible to remove without cracking them. I have tried using the flexible plastic trim that is used on the large opening windows, but it does not bend very well at the ends of the top windows but does look better than nothing. I have stocks of the trim. I have also seen a Safari where the edges were covered with "hockey stick" wood mouldings, but they had squared off the ends of the openings on the inside so this had to be done when the frame was being replaced. I am in the process of breaking a 12-2 and will check later today on the condition of the surrounds on it.
Brian Miller Group Founder 1978 Safari 15-4 and 1970 Volvo Amazon
thanks for that brian. safari project got put on hold for a while but its back on now. still need to get back to you about the trim inlay. pretty much need a full set. what ive taken out is very cracked and sad for some reason.
great to hear you are breaking a 12-2 there are a few little bits i need. will get back to you with a list. nothing major.
with the windows i am talking about the plastic trims on the small windows on the central raised bit that have a wooden batten down the inside and hold the windows about 15mm away from the the outside of the roof. wasnt sure you were talking about the same bits because there is no way these can be part of the frame. the inside parts are broken too bit i will replace these with lengths of standard window trim
sorry for the massive delay in getting back to you again. have been very distracted by my new baby. back on sorting out this caravan now tho so will get together a list of what i am after in the next day or so. its finally at the putting back together stage after one of those can of worms rebuilds where the job just keeps getting bigger and bigger. (looked pretty tidy when we got it apart from the green barn paint) have had the front and back off to rebuild the timber frames (luckly sides were in good nic) and now full bare metal resprayed. just got trims and insides to sort out now.
did a bit of research today and went to look at a friends 12-2 (1976) and found that the bits of plastic mountings around the top windows that have crumbled on mine are metal (aluminium i think) on his . but only the inner 4 rooflights have the metal surround. this was the same on mine with the plastic surrounds but i had assumed the outer ones has crumbled and been removed and the windows mounted flush to the roof instead. looks like they were supposed to be this was anyway.
so i now understand why there was confusion as to what bits i was after.
brian- if you have four of these aluminium window mountings that would be ideal.