Hello Don Ricardo, the Vacation van you have pictured from Broken Hill belongs to my husband & I.
Thanks for letting me know that the Vacation at Broken Hill belongs to you and your husband. I should have been able to put 2 and 2 together and worked that out for myself! Sorry.
I have added that information to the photos of your van on this thread, and to the Broken Hill Nationals thread.
Your van is the earliest Vacation we've seen, so that makes it quite a significant caravan. I've noted your comment about it being built somewhere between 1958 and 1962. Hopefully one of these days we'll find some more info that will help us narrow down the date range.
Post by Don Ricardo on Sept 7, 2014 21:44:31 GMT 10
Photos of a Vacation branded caravan posted by Peteandtrish on 16 February 2011:
The sellers of the van dated the van as 1963. It looks as if it may have been significantly modified. For example, the external cladding on the side walls is a bit patchwork, which suggests that it is after-market, and possibly home done, and of course the checker plate is obviously a later addition. However, I am presuming that the shape is original.
This van is unlike any of the other Vacation caravans we've seen on the forum, and as shown on this thread, so I am not sure whether it is a Vacation van built by Evans Bros in Ballarat, or not. However, I've posted the photos on the possibility that it may help us learn something about the history of Vacation. It may also be that the van was built by somebody other than Vacation and that 'Vacation' is the model name, or that a previous owner called the van 'Vacation'.
The interior of the van has been extensively re-modelled, so I haven't re-posted the photos. You can find them here if you're interested.
Hi I read with interest about the Vacation Caravan. I have a bondwood Vacation caravan that I am restoring. When I pulled out the beds I found written in texta underneath one of them 3/16 Seray. Underneath the other bed was written in chalk Vacation. I am guessing someone decided to sign their name, I maybe wrong. I have been searching for any other signs of the year it was built but cannot find anything yet. My caravan has a sign on the front 'Betsy', I am not sure if that was put on whenn she was made or done by the owners. I found her sitting under a pine tree in a paddock, I think she may have been there for a long time. She has an aluminuim roof and bondwood sides. I will try to work out how to attach a photo. I am working on an ipad at the moment. I would really like some help aging her. Thank you
I'm new to here not sure what I'm doing yet?? I am restoring an old VACATION van I recently purchased from Benalla Vic, bondwood sides aluminum front, back and roof. When my father saw it he was able to give me the complete run down, he done his trade with Coronet and Franklin back in the day 50+ years ago. He attended trade school with the guys that made these vans and can still rattle off their names. One that comes to mind was Brian Cooper who went on to run Brimarco Industries where my father worked as well for a number of years. My father Barry Franklin (no relation to the caravan) has old documentation from the early 60's that he is attempting to find and should be an interesting read.
If I find out any more interesting facts or if there is anything anyone would like to ask my Father let me know.
Post by Don Ricardo on Sept 5, 2015 20:35:13 GMT 10
Hi Hughdeani and Luke77,
By coincidence I was reading through Keith Winser's 1968 Caravan Manual and Tourist Park Guide this afternoon looking for some other information, when I came across the following comment:
"Several well-known names have ceased production from this year, as their owners have branched out into other fields - these include Rowvans of South Australia...and Vacation vans of Victoria have come to a halt" (page 61).
Of course the tricky thing about Winser is to know quite what 'this year' means! I have a hunch that the Caravan Manuals were published at the very beginning of the year they are dated, or possibly at the end of the year before, which would mean that the article was probably written in 1967. In turn that would mean that Vacation ceased production in 1967. That's just surmising on my part, but either way it seems that production may have stopped in 1967 or 1968. Hopefully Luke77 can narrow it down a bit from there or get the correct date if Winser was up the creek with his info (which is not unknown!).
Post by Don Ricardo on May 18, 2016 10:49:11 GMT 10
Advertisement for Vacation caravans from the 1967 Winser caravan manual:
(Source: K Winser, Caravan Manual & Tourist Park Guide, 1967 edition, p 184)
As noted in the post above on this thread, the 1968 Winser caravan manual noted that Vacation had ceased production 'this year' (meaning 1967 or possibly early 1968), so the Avon models shown in the advert may have been Vacation's 'last gasp', so to speak.
Interestingly, the Avon Standard model also seems to have been sold by Johns Caravans, and possibly badged as such.
Hi all, I'm in the process of restoring my Vacation. Not certain of the year, but it has aluminium front, rear and roof, with bondwood sides. It's pretty sound, apart from one of the sides and door, where the bondwood is 'peeling'. I'll try to post some photos :-) Cheers, Cat
Post by Don Ricardo on Nov 7, 2016 21:41:16 GMT 10
Welcome to the forum. And great to hear about your Vacation - I've had a look at the photos by clicking on the links.
I see you've had a couple of goes at displaying the photos in your post, and you're on the right track by doing it via Flickr. However, if you copy and paste the 'BBCode' from the share window (rather than the 'Share' code you've copied), you'll find that the photos then display in your forum post.
There's some instructions on how to post photos from Flickr in the 'Forum Guidelines & Helpful Hints' section of the forum - click here. Or if you can't make it work, let me know and I'll send you a PM (Personal Message).
There are a couple of Vacations which have the same profile aluminium cladding on the front and rear as yours, so they're probably around about the same time - I'm guessing 1963 - but others may be able to help further once they see your pics.
I thought you might be interested to see the photos of a posse of Vacation caravans which attended a vintage caravan event held in Maldon in February 2016. Two of them are already featured on this thread, but I have put the photos in what I think is build date order to show how Vacation Caravans developed their vans over time. First up is Frances' circa 1958 model, although the wrap around front windows might make it slightly later (1959 or even 1960?)...
...an early 60's Vacation...
...another early 60's but later Vacation...
...and Prem's 1966 Vacation:
Your van has wrap around front windows and ribbed aluminium cladding on the front (rather than just the plain unribbed cladding), and the black Vacation logo within a shield shape, so I think probably sits somewhere between the second and third caravans.
Can you find a serial number anywhere, eg on the A-frame or on a little plate near the door? Frances' van has the serial number 'VC49'.