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.
If you can post some photos of your van we can confirm the model for you. There are instructions on how to post photos here. Let us know if you run into any difficulties on the way and we’ll help you through. If you want to post photos using the ‘Add Attachment’ button using your mobile, note that there’s an extra step which is explained in the instructions.
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?
Hi All, Hope I have the correct thread here and that it's not too old for a reply. We have purchased an old Franklin caravan circa 1978. It has the chassis number welded Y470. I can't find a model on line at all but saw something in another post that suggests it could be a Franklin Truline. Is there a way to confirm? We are giving it a full refurb including windows, cladding, lining and interior. The chassis and drawbar is something to be admired! Huge metal sections. Dual axle and it seems to be much higher off the ground than most vans of that vintage. If someone has any information on this van I would love to hear the history. I'll post some photos soon and will give some more pics as the transformation takes place. Thanks, Chris
Hi and welcome Bathey, Your van is a 1977 model with the prefix “Y”. When you put up pics I will be able to give you some more info about your van,they were called “ the slippery Franklin”! Cheers hughdeany
I'll put more up later but as you can see there's a lot of work to do on it. Thanks for your reply, by the way, why called the "slippery Franklin"? I hope it's not to do with the way it travelled on the road!
Hi Bathey, Wow,you sure have a project there,I see you’ve discovered Franklins don’t have a frame as such!. Originally your van would have had drop axles,as all Franklins did that made them sit lower on the road,this one seems to have had a fair bit of work on it,including all the standard edge moulds replaced with aluminium angle by the look of it.It actually doesn’t look like a 77 model,I reckon it’s 79 as the plate says,because those bedroom windows didn’t come out in 1977,and the van wouldn’t have sat around for a couple of years in a sales yard,they sold like hot cakes!It was called the slippery Franklin because all other vans of the time had large top front bumps that caught the wind,and this one was a swept back shape. Hope this helps Cheers hughdeany
Last Edit: Oct 5, 2020 11:47:17 GMT 10 by hughdeany
Hi, We took possession of a vintage van 18mths ago which needs a renovation to be completed as it was only just started. This type of work is definitely not my area of expertise, it is my wife's dream to bring this old girl back to life, I think I better get excited too. Firstly I am ken to know the year, I think it is 1965 (the drawbar has a weld on it (353-5). Also wondering how to bring back the shiny aluminum as it is now all faded and very dull and my wife does not want to paint it. it has the diamond pattern all over except the roof i think. A few bumps and dints to contend with also. I will put up a couple of photos if I can work out how. Great reading here.
Post by shesgotthelook on Mar 8, 2021 20:01:49 GMT 10
Hello & welcome. Good call on not wanting to paint the aluminium, once done it is near impossible to remove if you change your mind! I have good success with a product called autosol using elbow grease & a polishing mitt on a wheel.