If..........you had of asked me ....I would have said she was older than 1950s....maybe mid 1940s . The outside (from what we can see of it) looks kind of similar to the old "Windmill" caravan. Very different inside though, what do you think? Did you get a look or a photo of the front or rear windows ?
Post by Don Ricardo on Sept 3, 2012 21:25:55 GMT 10
Hi Winterwood and Cobber,
My thoughts were much the same as Cobber's based on the shape, the wooden draw bar and some of the fittings...
I guess if it is home made as stated, then the builder may have followed an older design, or perhaps taken quite a while - years maybe - from starting it to finishing it. In any case it looks as if it is in pretty good condition. I like the paintwork as well - actually the livery is very 1940's also, although that may not be the original design?
Nice find Winterwood - doesn't it give you a thrill when you come across something like that?
Who knows aye? A handyman caravan builder probably took his inspiration from a lot of different ideas and adapted the plans to suit his own needs in line with the standards of the day......that's why I like to keep my vans as they were built, to show what the standards were in those days It's interesting to note that "Home Beautiful" published a few plans for home built caravans over a period of years, what year was the one you have shown us published ?
That page is from "Home Beautiful" Caravans and Boats magazine. The copy I have has no cover, but it appears to be an early post war issue, maybe 1948. It devotes 16 pages to the caravan plan, basically the same illustrations and detail as the pre-war version, but the last page has details and photo of a 10 foot version, and elsewhere this photo which has a small dingy included in the design:o
No doubt the original plan provided many home builders the 'guts' of what they needed and many would have built to their own requirements.
And so while on the job you may as well have a look at the 'small' HB van with rather novel roof hatch. The original plan doesn't seem to give any detail of a hatch.
This magazine also includes five pages of plans for the Caravanette by Mr. C. M. Tindall, in which the last paragraph of text is lamenting the increase in costs over the pre-war version. A sixth page is devoted to some improvements made to the earlier design by Mr Tindall, who it indicates was now deceased. A note they will make about all of us given enough time