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Cheap caravan - great for festivals

Paul Reade 13 Apr 10 - 05:24 PM
Richard Bridge 13 Apr 10 - 05:34 PM
Soldier boy 13 Apr 10 - 07:15 PM
Richard Bridge 13 Apr 10 - 09:07 PM
katlaughing 13 Apr 10 - 09:19 PM
Soldier boy 13 Apr 10 - 10:47 PM
theleveller 14 Apr 10 - 03:32 AM
Richard Bridge 14 Apr 10 - 04:48 AM
Dave the Gnome 14 Apr 10 - 04:54 AM
theleveller 14 Apr 10 - 05:44 AM
Zany Mouse 14 Apr 10 - 09:11 AM
romanyman 14 Apr 10 - 01:02 PM
GUEST,Richard Bridge on the dark side 14 Apr 10 - 01:15 PM
VirginiaTam 14 Apr 10 - 01:24 PM
kendall 14 Apr 10 - 01:57 PM
GUEST,Richard Bridge on the dark side 14 Apr 10 - 03:30 PM
Paul Reade 15 Apr 10 - 05:38 PM
Suegorgeous 16 Apr 10 - 03:09 PM
maeve 16 Apr 10 - 03:51 PM
Paul Reade 18 Apr 10 - 07:37 PM
Suegorgeous 19 Apr 10 - 07:13 PM
Soldier boy 19 Apr 10 - 08:13 PM
GUEST,punkfolkrocker 19 Apr 10 - 08:23 PM
The Fooles Troupe 19 Apr 10 - 08:35 PM
Richard Bridge 20 Apr 10 - 03:42 AM
Paul Reade 20 Apr 10 - 05:15 AM
Black belt caterpillar wrestler 20 Apr 10 - 07:19 AM
GUEST,Silas 20 Apr 10 - 11:55 AM
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Richard Bridge 20 Apr 10 - 02:07 PM
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Subject: Cheap caravan - great for festivals
From: Paul Reade
Date: 13 Apr 10 - 05:24 PM

"Family heirloom" for sale - 1988 Cotswold Windrush 132 2-Berth. A coachbuilt classic - just the job for festivals. Big car not needed for towing - currently VW Golf. On EBay with no reserve - see http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Cotswold-Windrush-132-Caravan_W0QQitemZ250614188371QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Campers_Caravans_Motorhomes?hash=

For more info PM me or contact details on EBay.


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Subject: RE: Cheap caravan - great for festivals
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 13 Apr 10 - 05:34 PM

I would point out that you should never never ever go near caravans with pressure washers - they blow the Sikkaflex out of the seams and then the van will indeed leak.

Buyers may want to know which series Carver Cascade it is - fitting a replacement series 2 is not hard, but a series 1 can be a nightmare to get all the nuts and bolts off because they are EXTERNAL combustion and the burners and stuff are in a metal box under the van.

Also, the 80% rule would indicate that the towcar should be over 1000 kg.

Having said that it does look nice, though.


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Subject: RE: Cheap caravan - great for festivals
From: Soldier boy
Date: 13 Apr 10 - 07:15 PM

I'm jumping in quick to register my interest.
I know it's not on a first come first served basis and that it's on auction on EBay but I am a great believer in getting off your butt to chase your dreams - and I WANT this caravan! yes sir.
My tired folkie bones can't do no more camping in a tent so I'm PMing you now to put me on your radar and get more info.

Chris


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Subject: RE: Cheap caravan - great for festivals
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 13 Apr 10 - 09:07 PM

The control box appears to be for a series 2 Cascade, so a replacement boiler should be pretty plug-in.


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Subject: RE: Cheap caravan - great for festivals
From: katlaughing
Date: 13 Apr 10 - 09:19 PM

It's a cutie. Good luck with your sale!


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Subject: RE: Cheap caravan - great for festivals
From: Soldier boy
Date: 13 Apr 10 - 10:47 PM

That's comforting to hear Richard, many thanks for that.

Chris


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Subject: RE: Cheap caravan - great for festivals
From: theleveller
Date: 14 Apr 10 - 03:32 AM

Very nice, but we'll try to get another season out of the Green Slime Caravan now that I've mended the hole in the side.


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Subject: RE: Cheap caravan - great for festivals
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 14 Apr 10 - 04:48 AM

Now here's a suggestion! A photopage for 'catters' caravan wrecks! My last one had a dent in the roof - the first time I took her out I went under a tree with an overhanging limb. My present one has a mis-shapen front from where the previous owner put it too close to a camp-fire and was then rather vandalised internally and to the door and kitchen window.


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Subject: RE: Cheap caravan - great for festivals
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 14 Apr 10 - 04:54 AM

Entitle the photopage 'Caravandals'?

:D


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Subject: RE: Cheap caravan - great for festivals
From: theleveller
Date: 14 Apr 10 - 05:44 AM

Sounds like a great idea.


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Subject: RE: Cheap caravan - great for festivals
From: Zany Mouse
Date: 14 Apr 10 - 09:11 AM

Can we add aged campers to that please?

I have the tiniest camper in folkdom! It looks better inside now that I've "renovated" it. The first time I closed the curtains they fell into shreds at the side

Rhiannon


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Subject: RE: Cheap caravan - great for festivals
From: romanyman
Date: 14 Apr 10 - 01:02 PM

reckon a page of fest wrecks would be a good idea lets do it, but uuummm how do ya get a picture on the page, yeh i know im fick but we cant all be computer experts


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Subject: RE: Cheap caravan - great for festivals
From: GUEST,Richard Bridge on the dark side
Date: 14 Apr 10 - 01:15 PM

The easiest two ways of doing it (sort of) would be to use Fakebook photo albums or a photostream thing like Flickr


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Subject: RE: Cheap caravan - great for festivals
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 14 Apr 10 - 01:24 PM

flickr lets you set up a group account where members of the group can upload pics to that account.

I can provide after pics of Richard's dented roof van. When I finish the work inside I will be able to provide after pics too.


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Subject: RE: Cheap caravan - great for festivals
From: kendall
Date: 14 Apr 10 - 01:57 PM

We just bought a 20 foot NOMAD camper for $1600 delivered. It's in great shape and everything works.


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Subject: RE: Cheap caravan - great for festivals
From: GUEST,Richard Bridge on the dark side
Date: 14 Apr 10 - 03:30 PM

That's dear, Kendall. My little dented roof van (before the roof was dented) cost £250, and my current van £500 for each purchase.


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Subject: RE: Cheap caravan - great for festivals
From: Paul Reade
Date: 15 Apr 10 - 05:38 PM

Just over 3 days to go - see http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Cotswold-Windrush-132-Caravan_W0QQitemZ250614188371QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Campers_Caravans_Motorhomes?hash=


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Subject: RE: Cheap caravan - great for festivals
From: Suegorgeous
Date: 16 Apr 10 - 03:09 PM

Rhiannon

What make/model is your tiny camper? I keep fantasising about getting a small one (as I don't want to drive something big) for festies and trips into the wilds.

I'd also be interested to know what small vans are available (already converted), if anyone can suggest any.

Ta
Sue


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Subject: RE: Cheap caravan - great for festivals
From: maeve
Date: 16 Apr 10 - 03:51 PM

Around these parts Kendall got a great deal. I hope we can make as wise a purchase as he and Jacqui did so we'll have a place to live for a few months.

Happy trails.

maeve


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Subject: RE: Cheap caravan - great for festivals
From: Paul Reade
Date: 18 Apr 10 - 07:37 PM

Only 18 hours left!!!


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Subject: RE: Cheap caravan - great for festivals
From: Suegorgeous
Date: 19 Apr 10 - 07:13 PM

So who got it? anyone from here?


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Subject: RE: Cheap caravan - great for festivals
From: Soldier boy
Date: 19 Apr 10 - 08:13 PM

It was sold for £542. Far more than I could afford, but hey ho!

I PM'd Paul in the hope that a good deal could be struck between him and another fellow genuine folkie festival-goer to negotiate a fair price but it appears that the caravan is now in the hands of his son who was supposed to email me back, but never bothered to, and was just after the fattest, greediest, price he could get.

Anyway, I guess that's life!

What I don't like is the fact that Paul started this thread as the seller when he wasn't the actual seller after all. So in my PM to him I was just wasting my breath.

Also, why put a commercial sale on Mudcat aimed at fellow folkies when the actual sale was nothing to do with him or folkies at all and his posting led you to the biggest commercial site on the ruddy planet - EBAY !!

Also, isn't there something against the 'trade description' act when a product described as a "Cheap caravan - great for festivals" actually then goes on to achieve one of the highest sale prices on ebay for a caravan of that age and condition.

I guess that what I am trying to say is that people selling things should not appear, or be allowed to post on Mudcat, at all. Period.
It can taint the site and bring it into disrepute and the Mudcat police should not allow it especially when it is under fase pretences.

I rest my case.

Disgruntled.

Chris


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Subject: RE: Cheap caravan - great for festivals
From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker
Date: 19 Apr 10 - 08:23 PM

are there any cheap quick and easy to erect and dismantle flat pack Sheds
you can take on the car roofrack to sleep in at festivals..????


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Subject: RE: Cheap caravan - great for festivals
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 19 Apr 10 - 08:35 PM

Well, you can get such flat pack garden sheds in Australia, but they usually break down to pack in a carton that is larger than will fit on a car roof rack. And they take quite some time to assemble/disassemble - with bolts and nuts or pop rivets.


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Subject: RE: Cheap caravan - great for festivals
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 20 Apr 10 - 03:42 AM

I watched a lot of caravans when buying the successive ones I had, and that's a perfectly fair price.

It may be better to buy late autumn or winter, Soldier Boy, if you have free storage. It helps to be a bit of a handyman too. My current van had been vandalised, and the plastic front a bit melted by putting it too close to a campfire - but it is watertight and now comfy and cosy, with all mod cons. I do recommend being fussy about the shower, and a cassette lavatory is so much better than a portapotti.


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Subject: RE: Cheap caravan - great for festivals
From: Paul Reade
Date: 20 Apr 10 - 05:15 AM

I'm sorry Chris feels like this. There seems to be a misunderstanding here - I was not actually selling the item via Mudcat but merely pointing out that it was for sale on Ebay and that festival-goers may be interested. There was never any intention that " ...a good deal could be struck between him and another fellow genuine folkie festival-goer ..." - in fact this would be against the Ebay rules, which explicitly prohibit "Cancelling bids and ending a listing early in order to sell the item off-eBay. You should be aware that as well as avoiding fees, you risk fraud by selling items off the eBay website".


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Subject: RE: Cheap caravan - great for festivals
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 20 Apr 10 - 07:19 AM

I used to know someone who had an interesting frame tent that was fitted to the car as a roof rack. You folded the sides down and drove the car out from underneath!


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Subject: RE: Cheap caravan - great for festivals
From: GUEST,Silas
Date: 20 Apr 10 - 11:55 AM

Paul, he is being a dickhead.

I have on a couple of occasions sold stuff via ebay to relatives - its the only fair way of getting the right price. I has an oldish yamaha guitar that I mentioned to a cousin that I was selling, he expected me to let him have it for a song, so I told him he could bid for it like anyone else - he bought it for a fair price in the end and we were both happy.


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Subject: RE: Cheap caravan - great for festivals
From: Zany Mouse
Date: 20 Apr 10 - 12:57 PM

Sue: I have a tiny van. It's a Bedford Bambi. I bought it last year because I was going to move to France and I wanted a csmper I could use as a car, would park in car park (in only one bay) and would go on the ferry for the price of a car. The Bambi filled sll the criteria.

Rhiannon


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Subject: RE: Cheap caravan - great for festivals
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 20 Apr 10 - 02:07 PM

However, the Bedford Bambi is also very very slow and not very stable in cross-winds (as well as not having, for reasons of space, cassette toilet or shower). Don't even think of flinging it at a corner on an adverse camber, and the engines and gearboxes tend to disintegrate too.

I'd suggest instead the campervan versions of teh Citroen C15D: a much better drive. If you fit the 1.7 or 1.9 turbodiesel versions of the same engine it will go pretty adequately and still do 50mpg.

Both however rust.


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