Post by catherine636 on May 7, 2017 22:00:03 GMT 10
We purchased a Franklin Freeway caravan the other week. Know it's a Freeway from the remnants of the stickers on it. Wrap around windows have been painted over and front and rear windows removed - we will reinstate them shortly. (Needing a rear window if anyone has one.) The chassis has had a plate welded on to put a gas bottle on and unfortunately welded over the last figure of the year!! 1452 is the only number I can see - I am putting it at late 65 or 66? What do people think?
It's difficult to be sure of the year of your van without having some more information. Is the external cladding plain silver aluminium, or is it white? Silver will likely be before mid-1967 and white after that date.
Post by catherine636 on May 14, 2017 10:15:10 GMT 10
Thanks Al - yes, it's the aluminium diamond pattern (not smooth) in silver. I am cleaning up the inside a bit more and putting our mark on it. We will have it at Winton in a couple of weeks even though it's a work in progress!
Seals - where would we get those? Clarke rubber are a no, and the Bendigo caravan places don't have anything like it for pop out windows - have a brace arm with wing its to secure them. The seals run in a channel. Any help there would be great as most seals need replacing.
Hi Guys, I recently purchased a Franklin 14ft caravan. Looks Identical to the one pictured. I was told it was 1972 but the chassi number is xxxx-8 so Im guessing its really a 1968 model? it apears to be a premier. Can anyone confirm whether these vans are meant to have vin plates for registration or due to the age is the chassi number everything? I can not locate my vin plate. wondering if its been removed or never there in the first place. Thanks for the help.
Last Edit: Nov 15, 2017 13:50:19 GMT 10 by Don Ricardo: Inserted photo in more permanent format
Post by Don Ricardo on Jul 21, 2017 10:35:28 GMT 10
Congratulations on your purchase. Your conclusion that your van is a 1968 model is correct, based on the chassis number and the design and styling of the van.
Caravans back in the 60's didn't have VIN numbers, so your chassis number is your identifier for registration purposes, and that should be acceptable to the registration office. Being built in 1968, and therefore being pre-1992, you're van doesn't need to meet all the current registration requirements providing that it hasn't been significantly modified. But you may need to stand your ground. I haven't had to re-register a caravan, so I haven't had to argue my case, but others here have and will be able to give you advice.
I read somewhere that VIN numbers for caravans weren't introduced until 1989. I'm not sure if that's right, or if it is only true for some states and not others? Perhaps someone will be able to tell us? Hughdeani?
Hmm well I was hoping to find info on my 1960's Franklin but as I cannot attach photos as there is no more space available for this in this forum theres no point....
Welcome to the forum. Sorry you ran into a problem posting photos, but don't give up on us. We'd love to hear (and see) more about your Franklin caravan.
Unfortunately, the 'Add Attachment' button on the forum is not operational for various reasons (mainly due to cost for the person who finances the forum), which is why you got the message you did. But photos can still be posted via a number of photo storage websites. There are instructions on how to do that in the 'Forum Guidelines & Helfpul Hints' section of the forum. Alternatively, you can email some photos to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll post them for you.
Hi all, after some help. I run a business in wollongong repairing & modifying caravans / campers etc. We're currently working on a customers caravan. He believes its a late '70's frankiln, but with no badges, no VIN plate etc its hard to know. the drawbar is extremely rusted, but we think the number welded on it is 21-12-0. does this make sense to any builds at all?? any help would be appreciated.
Post by Don Ricardo on Feb 11, 2019 22:36:46 GMT 10
If the van you're working on is a Franklin, the '0' at the right hand end would indicate that it was built in 1970. The preceding numbers '21?12' would be the build number in that year...BUT that number would seem to suggest that it was the 21,000+ van built in 1970. I think that is unlikely, because it would mean that Franklin had been turning out 81 caravans per day, 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year, which just seems to high from what we know of Franklin's production numbers at that time. From what I've read their production rate at that point was around 200 caravans per week. On that basis the number on your client's van could be, say, '2112' if the number was badly formed. (Franklin changed its numbering system after 1972, and the new system doesn't match the number you've provided at all. So I think that counts it out as a late 70's Franklin.)
If the number is definitely as you say, ie '21-12-0', then maybe it isn't a Franklin? If you can post some photos (including the serial number) we should be able to help you identify it, unless it's some obscure or unknown brand. There are instructions on how to post photos in the 'Forum Guidelines & Helpful Hints' section of the forum - just go to the Home page and look down the index. Alternatively if you would prefer, you can email me some photos to look at and/or post for you. My email address is email@example.com
We'll certainly help you identify the van and build year if we can.
Thanks for that Don. I have emailed you a few pics - check junk & spam folders if you dont see it (my emails go there a bit for some reason). cleaned the chassis up better this morning & am pretty confident its a 2172-0, not 2112-0 as we thought, judging by your reply but, that doesnt really help does it - actually makes it an even later build. sent some pics of the van itself also, hope you can help. Thanks heaps, Tyler
Post by Don Ricardo on Feb 12, 2019 20:18:00 GMT 10
I received your email, thanks, and have posted the photos you sent below so that other people can see what we're talking about. Hope that's OK?
Your reading of the serial number (2172-0) is the same as mine:
Now that we've clarified the serial number, it confirms that the van is a Franklin built in 1970 (as indicated by the '0'), and that it was the 2,172nd van built by Franklin in that year. Based on an estimate of 10,000 vans a year, that would suggest that the van was built in the first quarter of the year. Or if 10,000 is an overestimate, then it was still almost certainly built in the first six months of the year.
The photos also tell us the van is a Franklin Regent, which was introduced in about mid-1968. There is a 1971 road test of the Regent model which you and your client may find interesting here.