I collected it on a very wet Thursday evening. On Saturday I was able to set it up and see what I had bought. I also setup my 4/5, so that I could get all the stuff stored in it transferred over to the new one
Here are the pair side by side. I know the 4/5 is sagging on one side. It is the shock not the chassis. Been like that for the last two years with just enough space to get a hand in between the wheel arch and the tyre. The 4 with outboard wheels is actually wider than the 4/5 with inboard when you include the arches.[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
Next the two setup and with the awning on the 4.[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
Just the new one on its own[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
The interior is very tidy. I tested the cooker, but not the heater - needs a regulator on the hose. On ething that would have thrown me if the sellers had not mentioned it was the sliding section on the roof hoop. You can just see it to the right of the kitchen unit. It looks like an adjustment to get the hoop (it's the lower one when folded) into the smaller body. If it was a repair, why make it slide, so I think it is by design.[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
There were no mains electrics fitted, but I can transfer over my generic tent one from the other Dandy until I have time to fit something more permanent. It did have an unusual 12v distribution though. There were some 12v strip-lights that rather cleverly used the plastic clips plumbers user for copper pipes to clip to the roof poles.[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
One puzzle though was the extra pole with the awning. I thought it might be because the sofa side is lower, but the 'skirt' is the same height regardless and there were two 'skirt poles' already.....any Ideas, or is it just a stray pole?[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
Apart from that, the awning was surprisingly easy to put up. It took just 30 minutes for a first pitch (solo) and without looking at the instructions. It helped that all the pole springs and all bar one on the sprung balls were working, so the frame didn't fall apart while attempting to pull the awning material over. I don't think the small awnings merit the 'difficult' reputation they have. However the extended awning with an annex I had on my destiny was a complete swine, both due to weight and the fact most of the pole springs were broken. Given that one of the reasons for buying this 'new' Dandy was the awning, it is a good job we got on well on the first date!
All in all, I am very happy with it. I will transfer my Indespension Triplelock hitch over, to ensure I get to hang on to it! And probably my new wheels/tyres as well. It also looks like the clamp and jockey wheel shaft fitted to this 88 model is wider than the one originally fitted to my 85, so it will be easy to swap over my jockey wheel with a pneumatic tyre. It make a huge difference when you gave to pull the Dandy by hand over grass at the NT Langdale site.