I bought the Dandy on eBay for a very low sum with the intention of using it until I could get back to the caravan. I then intended to clean it up and sell it on - hopefully for a fair profit. I have decided to really tart it up and keep it! I'm still keeping the caravan, but without a towbar fitted to the Lucida (yet) I may be using the Dandy quite a bit more this year. In the meantime it means I can use the Rover cabrio to tow it there & back and have the use of an open top car when the weather permits.
So far I've only worked on the electrics - 12 & 240 volts plus 12 volt lighting - and applied some very pale coloured wood effect sticky backed plastic (very Blue Peter) to the worst damaged fittings. To date the electrics now include 2 cig lighter sockets, a 140 A/H leisure battery, an 18 amp 12/24 volt charger, a standard 16 amp hookup socket, 1 twin 13 amp switched wall socket, a 1200 watt inverter with a 4-way 13 amp socket extension and a home made removable lighting fitting. I took a few pics on my camera, but it's chosen to delete them so I'll take a few more the next time I erect it and have another go at the rest. Why they chose to use such a mix of dark brown colours inside escapes me, but that will soon be fixed as detailed below.
The exterior will have to wait until I've finished on the interior, but these are my plans for the latter, in no particular order:
- Add an RCD.
- Cover all 'wood' except the vertical end boards with pale wood effect SBP.
- Replace all the sliding cupboard doors with proper hinged ones.
- 'New' carpeting throughout (including the end boards) with wool mid blue deep pile. (free via Freecycle).
- Add a Whale pump & tap.
- Clean up the detachable table.
- Make/acquire seat cushions for the 2 small cupboards for use as seating at the table.
The drive-away awning that came with it could do with a little work, but it attaches to the Dandy in much the same way as the official one even down to part of it being pushed under the roofing over the door end to form a rain tight seal. Nice!
Oh ... and despite the soubriquet 'stinky' mine doesn't smell of anything much apart from cig smoke which I've combatted with an ordinary household smelly.