Not so Rapid -O….

12 Sep

Having avoided caravans all my life i suddenly find myself in possession of two.  to top it all I am so excited about the prospect of making their interiors twee and cosy that i’ve wasted hours pouring over fabric sites on line and considered confronting my arch nemesis, the sewing machine, in order to make cutsie curtains and cusion covers.

I have great plans for the exterior of this Elddis it ill become my "Pink Butterfly" mobile gallery

I have great plans for the exterior of this Elddis it ill become my “Pink Butterfly” mobile gallery

My first impulse caravan purchase was a 1960’s Elddis 2-berth – for £100 and complete with original curved cupboards and fittings.  I bought it early this summer with a view to converting it into a mobile gallery/craft outlet complete with sofa bed so I could attend festivals, fetes, car shows – sell my wares and have a comfy, canvas free sleeping plan.

The second impulse purchase was following our camping trip to Perth in early August.  As a result of Jill’s

1988 Rapido Expomatic - that box houses the fridge

1988 Rapido Expomatic – that box houses the fridge

fabulous tardis of a Rapido we decided that life would be impossible to sustain without one of our own.  Ebay helped us and for a bargain price of less than £400 – delivered.  i now own this.  I figured that if the old couple on the campsite in Scone could do it, how tough could it be.  I came home to it erected in the garden – 3 people , 2 hours to erect !!!!!!!!!!!!

This is how it should be done

Subsequently I contacted the Rapido Owners Club (there really is a club for everyone out there1) and purchased an e-brochure with the the schematics – wiring diagrams, part numbers ,folding and erection details.  We shall fold it away later today.  john and I.  I plan to video the experience – on request , the unedited version of this process with be uploaded to Youtube and this blog for all to learn from (ha).

Now I am looking for your advice.  The idea is that the folded Rapido is light enough to be towed by Ffloyd – in anticipation I have purchased a tow bar….

Its also big enough for 2 6ft double beds although my plan is to have one top bunk height double on one side with loads of storage

Ffloyd - my baby

Ffloyd – my baby

underneath – or a double airbed for guests and leave the other half as permanent seating.  I’m going to remove the table and make an extra sofa section under the window leaving in ‘U’-shaped.  i may even make the additional base bit in case we want more people sleeping in there – cosy communal sleeping for six. complete with kitchenette to fry up the bacon in the morning and outside fridge in that ‘box’ on the outside to keep the milk and champagne.

kitchenette - no ideas spring to mind yet, give it time

kitchenette – no ideas spring to mind yet, give it time

The plan i to remove the table, recover the seats and add extra seating under the window

The plan i to remove the table, recover the seats and add extra seating under the window

The bed will be at window height on those bars underneath will be storage (curtained off)

The bed will be at window height on those bars underneath will be storage (curtained off)

Anyway, enough of inviting friends over.  first i need to get rid of the musty smell, improve my collapsing and erecting times and make it all pretty and in keeping with Ffloyd.  with that in mind, I’m can’t deside whether to paint the wall panels or wallpaper them, probably cream (or green-white)

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leatherette for seating - what do you think?

leatherette for seating – what do you think?

I’ve seen this cerise pink leatherette which I thought I’d use as seat covering -recover all the foam- easy to clean.  What do you think – too much?

And curtains/cushions/tiebacks from one of the following materials.  this is where you all come in – i need you to vote as I can’t choose.  Or feel free to offer alternatives.  I would like to use her before Christmas.  Also folks, she needs a name.  Help me – you’re an imaginative bunch.

'Prestigious Allotment' either in black or 'rhubarb' - think I could line with a hot pink

‘Prestigious Allotment’ either in black or ‘rhubarb’ – think I could line with a hot pink

"Thornbury' - this colour combo is 'sorbet' , also available in 'watermellon'

“Thornbury’ – this colour combo is ‘sorbet’ , also available in ‘watermellon’

'Tabitha', this colour combo is 'watermelon' also available in 'sorbet'

‘Tabitha’, this colour combo is ‘watermelon’ also available in ‘sorbet’

"spring Daisy Sky' - i know its a bit of a curve ball but I am drawn to it

“spring Daisy Sky’ – i know its a bit of a curve ball but I am drawn to it

So, sorry , this is the first time I’ve asked you to be interactive  and I’ve come in hard with 3 question.

1.  Cerise pink leatherette – yes or no

2. which curtain fabric- or can you offer a better option

3. What shall we call her  (and ‘no’ i don’t want ‘Captain Rapido’ or ‘Swing Wagon’ – despite the mention of communal sleeping my mind wasnot in the place to which I’ve just led yours!)

Over to you. I’ll keep you posted

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5 Responses to “Not so Rapid -O….”

  1. Kate George September 14, 2013 at 8:37 pm #

    I really love “Thornbury” and “Daisy ” fabric, plus cream or green paint would probably be easier to paint over marks ect and wouldn’t peel off if she gets a little damp in Winter. I guess it would be difficult to dissuade you from having pink leatherette, Bernie ! As for her name, what about Rosie (or Rosey) or even Rosielee – i think it connects her to your ramblings- both seemed to become part of your life around the same time, good luck with it all, Kate G

    • Rose Tinted Ramblings September 15, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

      hiya, i have gone for the ‘daisy’ with the Cerise – now i jst need to learn how to sew!!

  2. westcountrymaid September 13, 2013 at 11:34 am #

    this might give you some inspiration:
    https://www.facebook.com/TheHappyCaravan
    Julia x

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  1. A year in the life of…… | In the Pink - December 9, 2013

    […] had a few commissions and attended a few craft fairs as a trader.  Its lovely being able to be creative but I do need to work on my time management!   We’ve also become fans of the ‘classic’ caravan.  I wanted one to convert into a mobile art studio / craft shop with a view to it being light enough to be towed by a 48 year old car with an 875cc engine!!  After bidding on several I finally discovered one in a friend’s garden just around the corner and am now the proud owner of a 1967ish Elddis 2 berth which I had intended to have refurbished by now. Oh well-a nice winter project. Also its too heavy to tow with Ffloyd but I then discovered the Rapido Exportmatic Folding Caravan having seen one at Imp 50.  I HAD to have one.  So now we do!  I think we might have to open a caravan park!!  I refer you to my blog “Not so Rapido” […]

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