Post by Don Ricardo on May 2, 2009 14:17:56 GMT 10
Interesting to see the advert for Northern Caravans. Another brand to add to the list!
The panel above the front window in the 1961 van seems to have a very distinctive profile. I don't recall seeing anything along those lines previously. Maybe I have just forgotten?
The internal shot from the 1961 and 1962 adverts are the same pic, but I note that the '62 van has one narrow window on top of another at the rear, which suggests bunks at the back. Maybe the internal shot is of the '61 van only?
There also seems to have been some extensive remodelling of the caravans between 1961 and 1962 as well. Not only are the fronts of the vans quite different but the alignment of the front and side windows has also been changed. Makes you wonder whether they sourced their vans from somebody else and changed sources between '61 and '62.
Post by Don Ricardo on Dec 6, 2010 21:35:02 GMT 10
1959 Northern caravan advertised on Ebay, November 2010:
Note that this caravan has the same unusual front profile with a bay window shown in the 1961 Winser advert for Northern Caravans displayed in the first post on this thread.
Note also the grey marble style laminex around the galley area. At first sight I thought that this was the result of an update or reno at some point. However, if you look at the pic of the inside of the van in the advert commencing the thread it is apparent that it is the same laminex pattern, so it appears to be original.
I was told it was a 59 Northern. The man who purchased it from me, polished it up like an airstream. It really is personal preference as to how far you go with the polishing. There are lots of threads on here about polishing your van.
Cheers, SGTL Editorial note:Photos of the caravan referred to by SGTL above - its identity as a Northern caravan has not been confirmed. Don Ricardo
Post by Don Ricardo on Jun 3, 2014 23:16:35 GMT 10
Congratulations on the acquisition of your Northern caravan - very exciting to hear about it, because it is not a caravan brand we know all that much about. However, as far as I have been able to discover so far, Northern caravans were only produced for a relatively short period from the very late 50's to the very early 60's. So I am thinking that your van is from around that period.
Does your van look like one or other of the vans in the two adverts above? Is yours a tandem or a single axle?
I note that the vans in the adverts, as well as the van in Seeshell's photos above, have a very distinctively shaped door, where the top corner of the opening (ie non-hinged) side of the door is curved, while all the other corners are right angles. Is your door similar? I can't think of any other brand of caravan that had a similar shaped door.
If you'd like to post some photos of your van, we might be able to tell you more - and of course we'd be very interested to see your van too. You can do that by (1) posting photos from Photobucket, Flickr or one of the similar online storage websites (instructions in the 'Forum Guidelines & Helpful Hints' section of the forum), or (2) using the Attachment button in the 'create post' window, or (3) emailing the photos to someone like me who will be happy to post the photos for you (just click on my forum name in blue in the left hand panel of this post which will give you my email address). Lots of options!
I'm sure your family will have lots of very happy times with the van.
Thanks for adding to the northern thread. Our new van is a little mysterious it seems. We will be taking good care of it. I think we will be polishing it up to shine like in the original adverts. I've started to trace its owners. It seems like the van has always been in the south west of Victoria with original owners the narrawong caravan park. I'm hoping to find photos from the park in the 60-70's so I can see what it originally looked like with the annex.
Post by Don Ricardo on Jun 5, 2014 22:20:16 GMT 10
Hi Nikki and everyone,
Following are the photos of Nikki's Northern tandem caravan that she has sent me to post on her behalf, which I am very happy to do:
And this photo shows the embossed aluminium cladding, including a little section on the left which has been polished:
In addition to seeing the photos of Nikki's vans, I've also found some additional information on Northern caravans in the 1960 Winser caravan manual:
At that stage, Northern was producing two models - a 13 ft model and a 15 ft 6 in model. The 13 ft model is the 1959 van which was advertised on Ebay in 2010 and shown in my post above. Nikki's van is the 15 ft 6 in model, which was named the Aristocrat model.
In the 1960 Winser manual, the top opening edge of the door was a right angle, not a curve as seen in the vans in the 1961 and 1962 adverts shown above. Nikki's van has a right angle corner on its door. That indicates to me her van is a 1959/60 model. I say 1959/60 because my understanding is that Winser's caravan manuals were produced and sold late in the year before the year they're dated, ie the 1960 issue would have been released in late 1959. Therefore to have a photograph included in the 1960 issue, the van would need to have been produced in 1959.
All of the Northern vans we've seen, including Nikki's, use the same charcoal marble laminex, so that was obviously part of their design style.
So, Nikki, it seems as if your van is a 1959 or 1960 Northern Aristocrat! If you like I can post the photos of your van in a new thread in the 'Member's Photo Album' section of the forum, and you can then tell us more about the van and its history, and also do updates as you do your restoration.
I have decided to sell my Northern Caravan. I'll upload some new photos but really the above pics give a good idea. No changes to the inside other then a thin coat of acrylic paint over teenage graffiti.