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18 Jun 2017 @ 17:45:09 pm
Bob
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Hi all

I'm new to this forum and the caravaning lifestyle.

My wife and I live in Cape Town, SA. We have no kids (our choice) and enjoy camping every chance we get. In the past we have always camped in tents and have spoken on several occasions about purchasing a caravan.

Last week while browsing gumtree I came across a 1980's gypsey caravan, caravette 5 for a bargain (in my opinion anyway). Chatted to wife and we agreed to make an offer. It's needs a little bit of work, but overall good condition.

Looking forward to learning lots from the members
19 Jun 2017 @ 07:24:39 am
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Hi Bob, and welcome to the forum. Congrats too on joining the caravan fraternity. There's no shortage of tips/advise from very experienced members on this forum, all you need to do is ask!
A good thing to do from the get-go is to have the van checked for wood-rot. From there you can dickey it up to your liking. Keep us posted.
19 Jun 2017 @ 10:49:41 am
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Good advice given here,
Welcome to the forum...
On The Road Again
19 Jun 2017 @ 17:20:05 pm
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Hi Bob, and welcome to the forum.
19 Jun 2017 @ 18:49:10 pm
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Wellcome to the forum Bobby.

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19 Jun 2017 @ 19:09:01 pm
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Hi, welcome here.  Great step to buy a caravan. One that old must be checked for woodrot.  I would suggest you take the van for a run over.

This sounds as a bargain that could become a big expense. Just make sure!!!!!!

Sonder Jesus is ek niks! ! ! !
20 Jun 2017 @ 03:56:49 am
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Morning all.

Thanks for the warm welcome.

Regarding having the caravan checked for woodrot, who would do something like that? Would it be the caravan spares and repairs place?

Thanks
20 Jun 2017 @ 06:11:53 am
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Welcome Bob!
20 Jun 2017 @ 06:41:02 am
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You could take it to your nearest Camporld or caravan dealer. I understand that there is some kind of gadget nowadays that can detect the moist or woodrot.

A trained eye would also be of help.

Sonder Jesus is ek niks! ! ! !
20 Jun 2017 @ 06:47:53 am
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Thanks Leon
Thanking you

Bob
22 Jun 2017 @ 19:52:53 pm
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Bob welkom op die forum sterkte met wa en geniet
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Welkom op die forum.
As jy wil he jou drome moet waar word, moet jy eers wakker word.

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28 Jun 2017 @ 13:07:44 pm
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Thanks for all the warm welcomes guys.

Havent really been busy with caravan as life just got a bit busy and havent had the time to scratch and check things - although i am itching to go camping in it!

Will try this weekend to tak it around to a place to check for the woodrot. Have checked myself and only found issues in the door, which i will easily fix myself by repalcing the plyboard and then the floor at the door entrance also seems to have some movement (i think both issues are linked tot he door that doesnt seal / close properly, which i will be attending to ASAP).

Have a good rest of the week!
Thanking you

Bob
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