......go upmarket and lay carpet it is easier and warmer on the tootsies
(Sir) Baldrick WC......I have a cunning plan!
GB West Sussex
Call me a philistine, but is all this caravan renovation worth it? I get that in magazine terms it makes good copy and good photos, and it may well help someone doing one or two of the jobs you undertake; but in terms of effort, does the finished product make you feel good enough to compensate for all the hours you spent extracting tufts of synthetic carpet out from underneath furniture. Hours of your life that you will never see again. Also in financial terms, does the overall spend mean that you even break even when you eventually sell the beast. Lets face it Nigel the van isn't even a design icon.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
How many hours of my life would I spend at work to pay for a new one? A lot more than I'd spend clearing up the carpet...
I enjoy the work, and while most people would maybe attempt one or two of these jobs, we get good value out of doing them all on one or two older vans. That way, if we muck something up, it is only a relatively cheap van. The van is usable as it is, but Mrs Donnelly and I are going to be spending two weeks in it in May, so I'd like to make it as comfortable as possible to protect my marriage ;)
Former editor in chief...
You are right there Gaffer !!
I made up some new throw in carpets out of Flotex from a offcut from e-bay a few years ago
When it want's a good wash, I throw it on the concreat & power wash it, then hang them on the fence to dry, & it always looks like new again, no sticking down required ....
We have a sort of laminate / vinyl as standard in the van, but its cold underfoot this time of year & this just sit's on top
We have a length of this as a runner over the tiled floor in the concervatory & it get's powerwashed the same.......
Another e-bay bargain
Sir Sproket CJ (BAR)
All being well, I'm planning on fitting an offcut of vinyl and then cutting loose carpet to put on top. The carpet in the van was rank following a leaking rooflight last winter, hence the need to whip it out.
We have vinyl in our caravan, with a removeable carpet on top - and this can be power-washed, though it isn't the Flotex sort, just looks like a 'Berber' carpet.
We've now bought another very cheap and cheerful caravan to keep on a very local site, which we can use year round, and we're thinking of removing the carpet and fitting vinyl and the same type of removeable carpet we have in the other van! So I'm interested in how Nigel gets on with this job! I did hear that the best way to make it look neat around the edges was to use a strip of beading to cover any 'miss-cuts' or bits missing!
Mel, leave him be! It's good to see a magazine paying some attention to older vans, rather than page after page of £20,000 caravans and £60,000 motorhomes.Keep up the good work, Nigel, it is called Practical .Caravan after all!
It's better in a Royale!
Beading would work, providing you haven't got too many rounded corners. I have a couple. I'm planning on pushing the vinyl under the cabinets where possible to give a good edge, but will probably seal edges with a bead of brown sealant if required. As long as it looks neat and tidy, I'll be happy!
Go for it Nigel,
Sir Mucky Pup did his last year. Make sure you have plenty and I mean plenty of sharp blades of varying designs. The sharper the blade the better the finish.
That said every new caravan we have bought ,the carpets go in the loft and we buy end of rolls of carpet from the National carpet firms. With two Springers these cheap carpets do the job. The last lot last year cost me £25.00 and ther're still going strong!
Meanwhile the originals in the loft are like new and help with selling at a later date.
Sir Dustydog, Woosie Round Table
Properly trained, man can be dog's best friend.
OK, I will. Someone just has to ask the question. The thrill of the task may get in the way of the object of the exercise. Process versus outcome and all that. I should know better than to question the activity of men in sheds.