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Old 18-02-2011, 06:44
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The old Is anyone else modernising an 'old girl'? was a brilliant idea, thanks Angela, but it kind of lost its way and some posts just couldn’t be allowed to stay.

I have gone through it and deleted some threads o that I could reopen it, but in all honesty I think a new thread, under the new forum rules will be better served to allow the thread to be of the greatest benefit.

There are a number of legal issues and issues around insurance policies etc when making fundamental/structural/ purpose of use of static caravans, just like brick and mortar homes. To save any legal problems can we keep the discussion about cosmetic changes to caravans please?

Remember this thread is a place for discussing refurbishing an old static caravan so let’s keep the discussion on track

This could be one of the most useful threads on the forum, so remember

s- As in the gallery please just post a link to any photos
On Topic- Keep the thread on topic
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Construction- Any posts mentioning any changes to the construction of the van will be removed.
Ventilation- Any mention of covering vents etc will be removed.

So here it is, Is anyone else modernising an 'old girl'? mark 2, let’s keep the thread one of advice, enjoy.
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Old 18-02-2011, 06:54
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Ok my friends ... Off we go again!

Just to re-cap ...
I have a 1995 ABI PHOENIX 3 bed 34x10 that I am planning to modernise during the coming season. My changes will be cosmetic, I have already begun by removing the heavy curtains and pelmets and thick net curtains, and replaced them with cream venetian blinds - total transformation in one fell swoop! The upholstery is undamaged, but is a pale green colour due to the sun fading it somewhat over the years. As I have been quoted around 800- 1000 pounds to re cover, i'm going to make the best of what I have, and remove dark colours and replace them with more modern neutral tones of beige and browns. I'm removing the dark carpet and replacing with a lighter brown, and replacing vinyl go corridor and kitchen/bathroom with vinyl that looks like laminate. I also intend to replace the oven and hob when I can find an lpg with a double oven.

If you are modernising your caravan or making any cosmetic changes or have done one in the past, we'd love to share ideas, recommendations on this thread.
Perhaps post some before and after photos in the gallery?

~ As soon as the season has started, I'll take some pics to add to my photobucket, so I can share her mini~makeover with you. At the moment though, bear with me, cos they are showing her in her 'Before' state!!
Its great to have the thread activite again. Thanks darren
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Well as you know I have a Cosalt Carlton 2003, central opening van.. my plans for 'her' are generally cosmetic.... including making new curtains, covering the headboards, a new gas fire( as it has seen better days and takes ages to light)..
i know there is more but i will add more later....
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Old 18-02-2011, 08:54
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Hi Folks.

I too have an older caravan ,about 1995 a Willerby Granada,Just bought it the end of August last year. I have changed the curtains and put up new nets, and a blind in the kitchen,also recovering seating.still have not decided if i want carpet or laminate flooring for sitting area.The rest of the carpets are fine so i am not changing them ,Sooo looking forward to March so we can go to caravan .
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The double bedroom in our caravan thankfully has plain beige neutral walls, but get this the carpet is pink ( same all through the van ) and the headboard and curtains are orange, brown, cream, and a bit of green WITH A PINK CARPET I have bought a cream quilt cover but I am thinking of changing the curtains and headboard to go with the carpet, easier than changing the carpet to go with the headboard and curtains do you think ? Also there is so little of the carpet showing it seems a bit of a shame to rip it all up its in good clean condition - but I hate pink !
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The double bedroom in our caravan thankfully has plain beige neutral walls, but get this the carpet is pink ( same all through the van ) and the headboard and curtains are orange, brown, cream, and a bit of green WITH A PINK CARPET I have bought a cream quilt cover but I am thinking of changing the curtains and headboard to go with the carpet, easier than changing the carpet to go with the headboard and curtains do you think ? Also there is so little of the carpet showing it seems a bit of a shame to rip it all up its in good clean condition - but I hate pink !
pink is quite unusual. isnt it? bet someone tells me otherwise

Maybe her previous owners liked pink? if there's nowt wrong with it then I wouldnt change it.... BUT if you really dislike it then it might be worth getting a quote for a new one.. might be cheaper than getting new curtains and material for the headboards....
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The double bedroom in our caravan thankfully has plain beige neutral walls, but get this the carpet is pink ( same all through the van ) and the headboard and curtains are orange, brown, cream, and a bit of green WITH A PINK CARPET I have bought a cream quilt cover but I am thinking of changing the curtains and headboard to go with the carpet, easier than changing the carpet to go with the headboard and curtains do you think ? Also there is so little of the carpet showing it seems a bit of a shame to rip it all up its in good clean condition - but I hate pink !
Yup arron, sounds the sensible thing to do, I'm going to (hopefully) re do our headboards, i don't want to spend much more for now, I've bought loads of stuff, and it adds up when you check your receipts!
Our lounge carpet is really dark green, plain, i don't like it, but as you say, there's nothing wrong with is, so maybe a cream rug?? (but I've got 2 dogs)
I'll have to do the vinyl in the hallway and bathroom though its got holes in it in places. We plan to do some painting as well, parkand leisure recommends eggshell, so that's what we'll be using to neutralise and cover up any scuffs, I think it will make a huge difference

Dare I ask about the blinds?
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Just as a point , anybody thinking of re-upholstering furniture or headboards , that these must be covered in a material that meets fire/match regulations as laid down by law.
The only way round this law is to use a schedule 3 interliner which will then make any overlaid fabric meet regulations.
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Thank you for pointing that out, we're going to need all the guidance you can give us - we've got lots of ideas, but are unfamiliar with safety guidelines. So your advice will help us keep our feet firmly on the ground!
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Just as a point , anybody thinking of re-upholstering furniture or headboards , that these must be covered in a material that meets fire/match regulations as laid down by law.
The only way round this law is to use a schedule 3 interliner which will then make any overlaid fabric meet regulations.
i presume it's ok to cover what you already have though, as the existing headboard would/should comply shouldn't it...
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