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    Other wheelarch and part of the wardrobe VERY untidy, but will finish off.

    There's huge space here for a DC Battery, and its on the axle, so yes - I cant really see a better place for the DC than here.

    Will put strong battery bracket there.

    The side of the cupboard will get some canvas treatment anyway, so yes.........will look neat and tidy
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    That liqour cabinet could be a perfect candidate to house a power box, as mentioned earlier in the Thread. Its also right above the existing 220v inlet and very near a 220v plug.
    Measurements are spot on to house that pack.
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    Still lots of graft here to finish off as nice as possible - but getting there.

    Fastened a nut here and there underneath, and will be paying attention to chassis detail the next few days. The sides at the RHS wheel arch still feels loose.

    And then a finishing strip here and there, and those "skirtings".

    But yes, at the end of the day the 2 beds fore and aft, and the planned alu framed cupboards and fridge stand will "hide" most of the imperfections.

    I'm saying that but yes. I'll be trying to perfect the imperfections.

    TONNES and TONNES of fun, this whole project!!!!
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    To post #71

    Good quality marine ply is the correct material. I do not know what thicknesses and wood you get here. These old vans are light compared to new. They used thin plywood, aluminium skin... New vans are heavy compared. I like light but may not be strong on sand.

    Plywood is not easy to keep clean. Our old van has original "plastic" flooring on plywood. Easy to clean. Then we have couple dirt trappers, not the one in #56 picture. We have those lose trappers in the main house, van and cottage. In the back it says "Original DirtTrapper". Cost money but they work. When they get dirty they go to washing machine. Up to now we have not managed to destroy one.

    Double check condensate situation in the mornings. If you see condensate on the roof improve the cover. We learned the lesson.

    I did put one of those laptop safes into the van. Lose ring bolt with nylock inside and thick bicycle lock to an other ring bolt, which is through the floor. Cannot trust anybody anymore. Doesn't take a lot of space and takes two laptops, wallets, cameras... Quickly R100 k. Recommended investment.
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    If SWAMBO caught me “fooling around with a middle aged Gypsy... with pics” boy will I get it!!!🤠

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    Quote Originally Posted by Petri Oosthuizen View Post
    Floor in. Obviously need to finish off the edges with either wood or alu plate or whatever I can think out tonight

    6mm ply on the existing 9(ish) mm, secured with white glue (forgot the name) and screws.

    Not a pro job by a VERY long shot, but feels VERY secure, and I think will be nice when finished off.

    Under the beds I'm leaving it as is, but will get some lekker interlocking rubber tiles on the "walk space".

    Pic is of rear of van.
    If that was my van, I'd be really chuffed with myself, BUT being me, I'd also be buying some sort of sealer to liberally apply to the floor before I go any further as a bootstrap against spillages and eventualities.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Petri Oosthuizen View Post
    That liqour cabinet could be a perfect candidate to house a power box, as mentioned earlier in the Thread. Its also right above the existing 220v inlet and very near a 220v plug.
    Measurements are spot on to house that pack.
    Please remember to allow for ventilation...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnoK View Post
    Please remember to allow for ventilation...
    NET toe ek dink ek raak nou slim met die caravan goete..............

    Thanks anyway John
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    Petri, your ideas are great, I just add my tuppence worth if I see a potential issue or advantage, as the case may be, based on my idea of things, probably wrong in most cases..
    An extra pair of eyes, sort of thing.
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    I'm also adding a sort of Cost Breakdown in OP, in Green. For my own records as I move along with this, but maybe of interest to others, too
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    Quote Originally Posted by Petri Oosthuizen View Post
    I'm also adding a sort of Cost Breakdown in OP, in Green. For my own records as I move along with this, but maybe of interest to others, too
    That will be great to know what to offer you for the caravan once you are done...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dewald Posthumus View Post
    That will be great to know what to offer you for the caravan once you are done...
    My Hourly rates are VERY high Dewald.

    Jy betaal vir ervare Vakmanskap.

    EN my hande gaan 'n helse knock vat, hierdie splintertjies gaan oral in
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    Quote Originally Posted by Petri Oosthuizen View Post

    EN my hande gaan 'n helse knock vat, hierdie splintertjies gaan oral in

    Ek glo ook meeste kere dat handskoene net vir sissies is, maar partykeer, net partykeer is dit die moeite werd om hulle te dra...

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    Die Voorkant pla my.

    Al die plankies en goedjies uitgehaal, gaan more met alu square tubing replace, dan wobble daai voorvenster nie meer en nie weer nie.

    Gaan dalk sommer van buite af ook hier en daar pop rivet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Petri Oosthuizen View Post
    So yesterday I was in Roodepoort for a Contract, and decided to sommer go pick up the caravan I bought from a very good friend and Client of mine in Edenvale.Actually stole it, not bought it. Thanks again Doug1983 Gypsey Caravette 6, with 15' tyres, upgraded axle, nicely done oustide.The interior is a wee bit crappy........BUT the Seller gave me a ton of camping goodies, shower, water tanks, etc etc etc with to make my dreams come true.Towing it back home, I just could'nt believe how light she is behind the Prado.I also took the Frankfort - Reitz road on purpose, to see how she behaved on that semi Baboons Pass potholes.No issues, with only one little cupboard door open when I arrived home.Got MANY MANY cool plans with this..............I'd like to ask questions/advise as I move along, if that's OK with everyone.In the mean time here she is in all her glory, taken yesterday on her way back to the beautiful Eastern Free State:I'm adding a sort of Cost Breakdown as I'll be moving along, actually more for my own records but may also be of interest to others:1) Price Paid.............................................. .........................................R 300002) Ply boards, adhesives, screws, etc etc on 10/04...................................R 1800PLEASE SEE POST 14 UNDERNEATH, I'M ASKING ADVISE AND QUESTIONS IN THERE, ALL AND ANY HELP GREATLY APPRECIATED!!

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    what aluminium boat is that in the front window

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    I have a Caravette 2 and what a pleasure. Used caravans in good condition are such a bargain, why anyone in their right mind would pay up to R100K for a camping trailer simply defies logic...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 64056385N View Post
    I have a Caravette 2 and what a pleasure. Used caravans in good condition are such a bargain, why anyone in their right mind would pay up to R100K for a camping trailer simply defies logic...
    Aaag each of them has a place.

    Those new Ratels and Xplorers etc etc are also SO nice.

    But ja, this is something "different", I wanted something cheap to turn into something funky and sort of personalised for the odd weekend away, the kids can also use it, and something to stay in when we go fishing and boating at Sterkfontein and Midmar and so on.

    We're not really this "dedicated" caravanners/campers (yet), so a R 300 000 van just doesn't warrant the financial outlay for now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Petri Oosthuizen View Post
    Die Voorkant pla my.

    Al die plankies en goedjies uitgehaal, gaan more met alu square tubing replace, dan wobble daai voorvenster nie meer en nie weer nie.

    Gaan dalk sommer van buite af ook hier en daar pop rivet.
    Sika should be fine for that, remember, pop rivets are not watertight...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnoK View Post
    Sika should be fine for that, remember, pop rivets are not watertight...
    John - if you ask for Sika Flex in Bethlehem, the usual reply is "Nee Oom maar die Sealy is ook 'n goeie matras".
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