I have neglected my blog but now I have my head back in the game as they say but for today I am parking up the campers and sharing another project with you.
I have spent the last couple of years dreaming of owning my own vintage caravan. At the last house we had no room for a caravan so there was little point. When we bought this house, it came with a 'secret garden' however there is no access but my husband liked the house and suggested we could crane a caravan in to the garden.
|The Secret Garden|
I think he thought I would go off the idea but I didn't and as some of you will know I finally purchased my very own space on wheels. If it works out safe enough to tow then that is what I'll do but if I can't manage a good enough restoration than it will live in the Secret Garden.
|Unamed Fisher Holivan|
She is a Fisher Holivan believed to be from 1969 but I can’t be certain on this. She is in a bad state with a LOT of damp, even more than I had originally thought. However this does mean I don’t need to be too precious with her and worry about ruining her as she couldn't get any worse.
These are the pictures from just after I bought her.
|You can't see the damp but the whole corner is rotten|
The first issue was where to work on her, so the first few weeks were spent securing my very own workshop, helpfully this came about at the same place I store my campers so it has doubled as a work space for the vans.
|Give a week or two & bunting will start appearing in the workshop!|
Once I had it sorted and cleaned I began work, stripping out the rotten parts of the Holivan. There is lots but the worst is down the rear corners, the wood here has crumbled to nothing.
I have been very busy trying to get the campers all working correctly so I haven’t progressed much but this week I am determined to spend some time on the caravan.
|Floyd setting off on another adventure|
After checking Floyd back in yesterday and sending him back out on a new adventure, I got stuck into removing the other seating carcass in the Holi and stripping the ply off the back wall.
Today is time for shopping…..top of the list is a jigsaw as I managed to break my last one on some stupid DIY job that it probably wasn’t meant for! Thanks to the lovely Sally from the Vintage Caravan For Beginners facebook group I have a list of what else I need to purchase. So a cup of tea and then I’m off to B&Q.
I will update again in a day or two and I might actually share some campervan news as well.