posted by cusso57, Apr 11, 2007: Hi all, We are new to these threads & am looking for some info on 1966 quest van that we have just purchased, all we know at this stage is that they we made here in Adelaide at Taperoo. It has a 1966 electricity trust sticker on front window so we are presuming it is that model.
Photos showing the restored Quest caravan. Ron59 decided to put the aluminium cladding back on...
Ron59 posted during the restoration: yes its an all timber frame, it looks like it started out as an original plywood van and then clad with aluminium at a later date. Why else would you go to the trouble of painting and striping the ply if you were gunna clad it with aluminium? Anyway the back and front windows leaked and rotted out all the timber frame and the ply from under the aluminium, so that all needs to be fixed and then the aluminium goes back on. I think its probably easier to polish the aluminium than sand and paint the ply.
(source: posted by pymie2, Feb 13, 2007, who wrote: Does anyone know what type of van this is or approx. what year it was made. This is another van for the collection, the husbands plan for the future travel. ...we like the shape & it's different. We have only seen one other van like this by chance, in Murray Bridge at a servo, it was white with a blue stripe. ...The lady who sold it to us bought it new about 50years ago from a caravan yard in Taperoo, she said it is a "Quest". ...It's a strange layout inside, a 16ft caravan with 2 singles & not much up front, the table can be put front or rear & the bench seat is very narrow. ...Our van's interior has been modified at some stage, we're just about to do a quick fix on a few items to use it for a short break. We have noticed the floor at the front has been repaired as well as the left rear has had a hit at some stage. The ''A'' frame seems to have been upgraded at some stage also.)
reply by rtcruiser: There's one very similar to this sitting in a front yard at North Gosford on the Central Coast. Not sure though because it's covered in crap. It's one of those real Steptoe and Sons houses.
reply by jailbarjuice: ... We saw a Quest at Morgan, in the yard of the guy that owned the houseboat we went on. It had moulded glass front, rear & I think roof panels, with I think alloy sides. The front & rear were moulded in the pattern of a diamond checkered shape. It was very similar in construction to a Chesney thats sitting in Lismore near us at present.
Obviously they were an adventurous builder, as unusual vans & cars are generally too radical for the masses, & fold up fairly quickly. Any idea if any history is available on the company, or did everything go to the tip when they closed up like the Sunliner records & everything else did reasonably recently?
Quest caravan: [appears to be similar to the Quest Trendsetter shown above in this thread.]
Description: Quest All Fibreglass caravan, 15foot, 4 berth, One of only 6 made in Australia. Electric brakes, electric/gas fridge, large opening hatch, big opening windows, Excellent condition, Nunawading Vic.
Post by Don Ricardo on Jul 11, 2010 18:27:35 GMT 10
On 9 July 2010 Mwp posted:
HI MY NAME IS JULIE
MY FATHER WAS THE OWNER AND BUILDER OF QUEST CARAVANS, I HAVE SPOKEN TO HIM AND HE IS HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE VANS, INDICATIONS ON WAYS TO TELL THE YEAR BUILT,ETC EMAIL IS O.K email@example.com ATOG responded on 10 July 2010:
Hi Julie And WECOME
Definitely nice to have a family member of the Quest family ;D ;D
Being a fibreglass fanatic the only real question I have is What happened to the fibreglass moulds???
Cheers Atog And Mwp replied:
Hi Atog Thanks for the welcome, I have spoken to dad and that is probably the only question he doesnt know, from what i understood he left the company a while before it folded, at that time the new company also went into transportable homes . The fiberglass moulds were last seen by dad left at the Rosewater factory in S.A Sorry I wasnt much help Julie Sheppo posted:
Hi Julie, Welcome to the forum, great isn't it. My dad worked for Quest in the late 70s as a cabinet maker, i went to work with him once and it was in Quenstown that the timber work shop was . Dad was known by the nick name "SNOW" or SID. Will have to ask Mum more details as i forget lotsa stuff now ATOG replied on 11 July 2010:
No problems Julie ;D ;D It would have been interesting to know
Most likely ...... cut up and dumped.... they are not something you keep in the backyard or cupboard ;D ;D
Would have been nice to make one out of the original moulds though ...
Cheers Atog Also on 11 July, Boblor posted:
Hi Julie Would Dad be able to indicate when he started building the fibreglass caravans , and how many were produced during his time with the Company and when he finished with the Company . I have viewed a few of these great van and have a file in my archives devoted to the van. Cheers boblor
Post by uglyroadkill on Mar 19, 2013 16:54:15 GMT 10
Hi All, newb to this forum. I have a Quest Trendsetter that I bought off my grandpa before he died. My main quest, so to speak is to re-register it. It was last regoed in SA in 1988. I am unable to find the 3 digit chassis number, any ideas where to look? Cheers
Post by Don Ricardo on Nov 30, 2013 19:59:03 GMT 10
Internal photos of Woddaquest's 1967 Quest caravan posted by Quest76 on 22 March 2009:
Woddaquest described his van as follows: "It is a Quest 10 or 11 footer they told me ,it has an alloy roof the front and sides are moulded fibre glass very thin in the same pattern as most other vans with alloy sides, it has Quest also moulded into the front and rear panels".
The reason that the fibreglass is "...in the same pattern as most other vans with alloy sides..." is that Quest used aluminium cladding to make the moulds for the fibreglass. For more information about this caravan click here
The following Quest with similar fibreglass cladding was on display at the Vintage Caravan Parade in Adelaide in February 2013:
This photo shows the cladding in more detail, and clearly shows the imprint of the aluminium sheeting used for the moulds:
Hi Case and Louise What a great finish you have given this van, a credit to you both, now go and enjoy using it whilst you are fit to do so. I look forward to seeing the van in the flesh, maybe at Broken Hill. Cheers boblor
I don't know if anyone is interested, but while recently passing through Borrika in rural SA, I noticed an old caravan behind the Institute hall. Upon further inspection I found it was a Quest Swagman, with some old rego papers inside which suggested it may be a 1975 model. It was just the aluminium shell but windows seemed intact, a bit of wood paneling and lights inside. If someone wishes for the remainder of the rego details regarding possibly the last owner, let me know. Regards, Bob.
Post by Don Ricardo on Jun 13, 2016 23:09:50 GMT 10
Welcome to the forum, and congratulations on the acquisition of your caravan.
To post photos on the forum, you will need to do it via an online photo storage website, such as Photobucket (our recommended method) or Flickr. Unfortunately you can't use the 'Add Attachment' button - it doesn't operate on this forum. There are instructions on posting photos in the 'Forum Guidelines & Helpful Hints' section of the forum.
Once we've seen some photos of your van, hopefully we'll be able to give you an indication of its build date. However, we won't be able to help you much regarding value, because there is no real guide to values. In the case of vintage caravans, it all depends on what a buyer is willing to pay and what the seller is willing to accept, and there can be a number of factors that affect that.
In any case, let's start with the date of your van. As soon as you post some photos of your van we'll see what we can tell you.