We have just bought a 1990 Dandy Designer, which needs a lot of tlc, plus a front box, and some buttons for the elastic. and a new table. Any help would be appreciated.
We are in the North East. Thanks.
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abc5575 wrote:lol. showing my age calling it Jif.
Owd Lad wrote:Tyres and gas pipe renewal are a really sensible start to your re-furb' plan, along with checking the rest of the running gear like brakes and wheel bearings. No doubt just some of the jobs your OH will have on his list. As for Porta Pottis, well, there's already been a good thread running re' needs, types, sizes etc.
What I'm going to throw in now may be a bit contentious but do you really need an awning? Our first Designer came with a sun canopy and we spent a goodly amount of money having it converted by Dandy into an awning with a roof, two separate sides and a front. Having spent the money we felt duty bound to use it regularly but to be honest I hated the damn thing and the amount of effort that went into putting it up and nailing it down. Then there was the ground sheet and other 'awningy' items we put in there.
Our second Dandy was a Destiny (6berth) and it was plenty big enough without an awning, although we did use a couple of windbreaks to coral the dogs.
Third Dandy is another Designer which came complete with awning and which, to date, has been used once. (Just enough to resurrect the feelings I had about the first one.) It doesn't even get carried with us as nearly all our trips are for just two or three days and we can certainly make do without for that period. We do have underbed skirts which are great for storage and, more to the point, are easy to put on. They also block those big gaps that the wind whistles through when you're sat out.
To my mind a 2m square utility tent is a better option. Light in weight, easy to erect, fairly cheap, a good store, big enough to cook in if you so desire, even big enough to sit in if the sun's too hot. If it is sunny it's nice to sit out but if it's wet, windy and/or cold I'll be found sat inside the Dandy, or preferably laid down inside the Dandy. I don't want to sit in a cool awning watching the condensation form.
OK, Grump over. Time to get down off my soap box now. I make too much of a target up here. Who's going to be the first to chuck something back?
Tow Itch wrote: The awnings an odd argument. As per abc's argument they are heavy but Cazz's old green Dandy's awning is so much easier to erect. The two awnings are so different.
abc5575 wrote:Hi Tow hitch, thanks very much for info on wheels and tyres, it is a great help.
The NETTFG is the North East trailer tent and folding camper group, which is a special interest part of C& CC club. If you can look up this on website, on the page for North East is a pic of our last Dandy, complete with the front box which O/H made. Think he will be making one for Desmond.
Thankyou Vickoir for my lovely welcome.