Thursday, 18 August 2011

I have some very exciting news.

Guess what we bought???


It’s a little scary at the moment but hopefully it will be very pretty, very soon. It’s been used as a travelling billboard to promote a backpacker hotel in Sydney. A lot of sanding & a few coats of paint & it will be lovely.

beds beforedining before

I’d already taken down the curtains & started cleaning in this shot.


The top bench lifts up & the towel rail is a handle to pull the front down. There should be a gas stove in there but it’s missing, so we’ll be on the look out for one.cupboard

The inside is pretty much original it just needs a damned good scrub!!!!!

I did plan to take lots of before pics but after opening the door & finding it ‘very’ musty I got stuck in opening the windows, getting the cupboards open & pulling out all the drawers to try & freshen it up. I quickly took a few pics then reefed out all the mattresses, which are mouldy underneath, that certainly didn’t help with the smell.

Details: It’s a 14’ Don caravan, which were manufactured in  Oakleigh, Melbourne from 1923 to the early 60’s. We believe this one was built in the late 50’s. The interior is a very original & is in very good condition. It was owned by a family in Queensland until a year ago when it was purchased for a hotel promotion. Luckily all the changes are external & easy to rectify.

If you should know anything about Don vans I’d love to hear from you.

Oh & of course she needs a name. The frontrunner at the moment is Lucy for several reasons.

a. I love Lucy. (Lucille Ball) Smile

b. I love the Lucy movie, The Long, Long Trailer

c. Last Saturday was the 100th anniversary of Lucy’s birth.

All name suggestions welcome.

I’m still on the look-out for a little bubble caravan As long as I don’t get carried away & end up with a collection of caravans like I did antique sewing machines, lol.

I’ve bought a few bits & bobs to go in it. I’ll save them for the next post. Smile



Karen said...

This looks like great fun! Good luck with the cleaning and have a great time with the decorating!

Polly Dolly said...

OMG you did it, its so exciting. I cannot wait to see what you with her. Lucy is a really cute name. Good luck xx

Jenny said...

You will have such fun going on trips in your caravan.

Or...... are you going to keep it at home and use it as extra space?

We get away in our caravan very regularly and just love it, we take the cat too.

Love Bears All Things said...

Hope you got a good deal....we had been thinking of buying one, even put a trailer hitch on my van...but the ones we saw that we would even think about buying were so much that we decided against it.
Mama Bear

Julie said...

I was just about to tell you that you must check out Polly Dolly then before my very eyes she has already been to your blog and checked out Lucy? Perhaps in a similar vein she should become Lucy Locket?

Jan Quigley said...

Thanks all, I'm so sorry I've taken so long to comment, I have so many balls in the air at the moment I don't know what day it is!!!!
We have spent many long days working on Lucy, it seems everything we start, needs a lot more work than we thought, but we'll get there. At least she's all complete so we don't have to source anything which makes life easy.
Jenny we'll use her more for day trips & the odd weekend than any long trips. We have a dog & a cat, the cat sings forlornly when he goes in the car & the dog gets car sick so they stay home. :-)