Hi! Just brought home what I beleive is a Franklin Freeway. I was told she was a 1967 model but when I replaced he tyres I was told they are dated 1962 and from what I can understand reading the thread she and comparing it to her Chassis number (603E) is she is a 1963 Franklin Freeway, is this correct or did I miss something?
She has no badging and beautiful curved windows on each corner and I'm so in love 😍
Post by Don Ricardo on Sept 1, 2020 22:18:38 GMT 10
Welcome to the forum and congratulations on becoming the owner of a vintage caravan. It’s a great experience.
I’d interpret the serial number 603E as being from 1964 (that’s the E) and the 603rd van built in that year.
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Well, the number of axles on any given caravan is determined by weight. With modern vans having a tare of 2.5 tonne and up twin axles are a common sight that we've all become used to. The suspension on my Mini is one of the lightest on offer from Alko. With a 45mm axles and 6 or 7 leaf springs (I can't remember which) it has a maximum carrying capacity of 1300kg.
The original factory tare on the Mini was 600kg. I'm estimating I've increased my tare to maybe 800kg so I would theoretically have a 500kg load capacity, on the lightest spring set offered. (Appropriate tyre size notwithstanding)
I wonder what the tare would have been on this Regent. Would it have exceeded 1000kg?
To the best of my knowledge, double axles do not contribute anything over what a single axle would do in regards to stability.
Post by Don Ricardo on Sept 5, 2020 14:11:57 GMT 10
Interesting to read your comments about the Regent.
I think you're right that with caravans now being much heavier, we're used to seeing relatively small vans with double axles. The Regent may have been relatively light for its length, but it still looks somehow just a bit ungainly with only the single axle (in my eyes anyway).
Perhaps Hughdeany will be able to tell us a bit more about that van and weight?