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    Hi all,
    I viewed an older 1984 Caravette 6 for sale today and would like your opinion on the state of the panels on the underside.

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    The wooden panels have obviously seen better days and I suspect look like this because of water splashed upwards while driving in rain for instance.

    I've never bothered to look underneath a caravan before and don't know if this much of warping from water is normal - I'm obviously trying my best to keep away from wood rot.

    Thanks!
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    Default Re: Need second opinions regarding panels on older caravan

    That caravan is rotten imho. Probably find panels under outer skin are also rotten. BIL friend bought similar looking caravan, half way home it fell to pieces, had a good chassis though.
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    Don't touch it.
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    Plenty of work on that one
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    Quote Originally Posted by duncang View Post
    Don't touch it.

    I already paid a holding deposit. The seller has fixed other rotten parts on the van and will maybe be reasonable regarding this bit when I alert him to it. I'm still keen to take the caravan though. Obviously the rot has to be fixed sooner rather than later.

    I was thinking of spraying rubberising underneath for protection in future.

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    I think if you are getting it for a reasonable price then maybe go for it

    One issue to be aware of is fasteners like screws and panel pins etc. Once the wood around them starts to go, you will lose rigidity which could be interesting to say the least, particularly on a long anticipated and looked forward to trip somewhere.

    Hopefully, its limited to the underpinnings you have illustrated and you can easily remedy. Its the areas around the roof and windows that might be harder to detect.

    YT has advice on what to look for

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    Default Re: Need second opinions regarding panels on older caravan

    Also look at all sides where they meet the top and under windows and around screws where chassis is bolted to floor.

    I stick with my original suggestion tho......rather look for one that has been under cover.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Estee View Post
    One issue to be aware of is fasteners like screws and panel pins etc. Once the wood around them starts to go, you will lose rigidity which could be interesting to say the least, particularly on a long anticipated and looked forward to trip somewhere.

    Hopefully, its limited to the underpinnings you have illustrated and you can easily remedy. Its the areas around the roof and windows that might be harder to detect.
    Good advice

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    Quote Originally Posted by duncang View Post
    Also look at all sides where they meet the top and under windows and around screws where chassis is bolted to floor.
    I had a pretty close look previously, will check these areas when I see it again.

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    Default Re: Need second opinions regarding panels on older caravan

    Walk away.
    To repair/replace rotten woodwork will cost a bundle because there is no quick fix otherwise the body falls off the chassis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Damdan View Post
    Walk away.
    To repair/replace rotten woodwork will cost a bundle because there is no quick fix otherwise the body falls off the chassis.
    Got the tshirt.
    The challenge for me will always be wood rot because Iím looking at an 80ís model van due to budget.

    Even if I walk away from this one with visible rot which has to be replaced, how can I be 100% sure the next 80ís model is rot free? The next one Iím exited about may have wood rot where itís difficult to detect.

    Iíll see if thereís anybody providing a wood rot inspection service and let them check it out first.

    I appreciate your honesty

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    Default Re: Need second opinions regarding panels on older caravan

    Most caravan dealers have a device to check the moisture in the van frame, I can't think of anyone else who would.
    Press the outer panels with the heel of your hane where yo know he frame sections are, is shot they will give.
    Reading the replies you have already had the right advice, walk away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alansut View Post
    Most caravan dealers have a device to check the moisture in the van frame, I can't think of anyone else who would.
    Press the outer panels with the heel of your hane where yo know he frame sections are, is shot they will give.
    Reading the replies you have already had the right advice, walk away.
    Kool - Iíll try the dealers closest to me.

    So Iím intrigued - the majority opinion is to walk away from this van but how come no one suggests fixing the rot if the price is still reasonable and happy camping?

    Are the odds of finding a rot-free van in Gauteng for max R35k better than 50/50 which means I should just carry on shopping?

    If 80/20 then I maybe need to fix this one and check regularly for signs of wood rot and fix.

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    Default Re: Need second opinions regarding panels on older caravan

    Keep looking.

    Be patient.

    There are plenty vans out there and there will be one that has been looked after properly.

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