Post by Don Ricardo on Jan 25, 2013 22:15:54 GMT 10
Photos of a President caravan seen at Junee on the way back from the Vintage Caravan Nationals in May 2012:
The setup of this van seems to confirm Franklin1's suggestion above that President vans were mainly built for commercial purposes. This one looks as if it has been set up for mobile catering at some point. Notice the top hinged section on the off side.
This van has been relocated within a stones throw of my place and the owner would like to know if there is any more information available ?
Unfortunately we don't know very much at all about President Caravans, apart from the fact that they were built in Kurri Kurri, NSW, and they look quite a bit like the Carapark commercial vans.
I've got a bit of a theory, but it's all sheer speculation. It's based on the fact that when the Carapark company came to its end, it was broken up into bits, some of which were bought up by various people in the former Carapark empire. My theory is that someone bought the rights to the Carapark commercial vans and started building them as Presidents in Kurri Kurri. As I said the Presidents look a lot like the Caraparks - shape, construction, wheel arch shape, and also compare the shape and style of the President name plate on the van shown at the top of this thread with the ones used on the Carapark toaster vans. And then there's the fact that Kurri Kurri is not a lot of kms from Mayfield where Carapark started...
You can see where I'm going, but I've got no idea whether I'm close to the truth or manufacturing a total furphy!
Post by Don Ricardo on Aug 21, 2017 12:27:48 GMT 10
"...making it up as you go along"? How can you say that? I call it 'developing a theory based on the available facts'. But, in all seriousness, it is a theory I've had for a while. I've looked fairly closely at the way the Presidents and the Carapark toasters are constructed, and they do seem to be the same, but maybe there's only one sensible way to do it?
Great to see the date on the electrical certificate for your almost-neighbour's President, which confirms that it was built in the vintage era (ie pre-1970). Franklin also built similar vans for commercial use, but apparently only after 1970.
And also very interesting to see how the van was used as a cinema and display unit for the Tasmanian Road Safety Division. Nice to know a bit about its history.
Post by Don Ricardo on Jul 20, 2020 11:31:01 GMT 10
As best as we have surmised, President caravans emerged from the Carapark empire when various components of the latter were closed down or sold off in the mid-1960's. It has been suggested that President Caravan Coy Ltd was set up by some former Carapark managers or workers who acquired the rights to build the 'toaster' caravans.
Whether or not that is the case, President did not last very long. This advert placed in the Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday, 8 November 1969 (page 20) indicates that President had ceased business and an auction was to be held on Monday, 24 November for its assets: