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Dandies Needed for Conversion for Wheelchair and Tetraplegic Campers

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DandyRich

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Post by DandyRich on Fri 24 Feb 2012, 2:57 pm

I am Richard and I convert Dandies into specialist campers for Tetraplegic people and wheelchair users.
Because Dandies are SPECIAL they are the only ones I use. We actually replace the chassis with a lowering mechanism which lowers the chassis by ten inches onto the ground to allow easy access with a short shallow ramp. Otherwise,by law, a 13 foot ramp is needed which is impossible to use. We also widen the door to over 70cm and we modify the kitchen so it is light to move. We fit gas struts and motormovers also to allow them to be moved and used by very small or disabled people.
I am always looking for good Dandies to buy and convert. They go to a good, special new owner. I have some pictures of our unique conversion if anyone is interested in seeing them.
Certainly a unique characteristic of the Dandy is it's metal chassis and frame. Others (and I have tried!) do not hold a candle to them.
If anyone knows of one for sale PLEASE email me as we are completely out at the moment.
The converted Dandy 'Dalek Transformers' certainly allow a biker who's life has been shattered to get back to life remotely as he/she knew it before.
Best wishes Richard
Dandy Transformations.
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Post by Helen on Fri 24 Feb 2012, 3:08 pm

Welcome to the forum Richard, think I have seen converted Dandys and you do a very good job. We keep an eye out for Dandy's for sale to bring them to the attention of our members and because we are nuts about Dandy's.

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Post by mike on Fri 24 Feb 2012, 3:13 pm

DandyRich wrote:I am Richard and I convert Dandies into specialist campers for Tetraplegic people and wheelchair users.
Because Dandies are SPECIAL they are the only ones I use. We actually replace the chassis with a lowering mechanism which lowers the chassis by ten inches onto the ground to allow easy access with a short shallow ramp. Otherwise,by law, a 13 foot ramp is needed which is impossible to use. We also widen the door to over 70cm and we modify the kitchen so it is light to move. We fit gas struts and motormovers also to allow them to be moved and used by very small or disabled people.
I am always looking for good Dandies to buy and convert. They go to a good, special new owner. I have some pictures of our unique conversion if anyone is interested in seeing them.
Certainly a unique characteristic of the Dandy is it's metal chassis and frame. Others (and I have tried!) do not hold a candle to them.
If anyone knows of one for sale PLEASE email me as we are completely out at the moment.
The converted Dandy 'Dalek Transformers' certainly allow a biker who's life has been shattered to get back to life remotely as he/she knew it before.
Best wishes Richard
Dandy Transformations.

Welcome Richard i have seen articles ups on your work and long may it continue,i know you are a business and we dont generally advertise but i feel sure we would welcome some pictures of your conversions,you may have to wait seven days to post though.

mike
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Post by Tow Itch on Fri 24 Feb 2012, 3:29 pm


Hello Richard

I've referred or linked to you a couple of times not least because your cheaper than Riva with regards to fitting gas struts.
I also mentioned you to someone in respect to dandy rental to asses whether a Dandy was their thing.
It doesn't relate to me personally but as you don't use awnings on your conversions and awnings are always in demand from members might you consider offering them up via this site when you have them available?

Kevin.
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DandyRich

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Post by DandyRich on Fri 24 Feb 2012, 6:15 pm

From Tow Itch: "It doesn't relate to me personally but as you don't use awnings on your conversions and awnings are always in demand from members might you consider offering them up via this site when you have them available?"

I certainly will do. If I get an awning I will offer it.
Best wishes
Richard
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Post by Esermalda on Fri 24 Feb 2012, 6:19 pm

Good thought Kevin Very Happy
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Post by mike on Sat 25 Feb 2012, 9:42 am

Richard a question,something i have been trying to think round for a while,could struts be fitted to the walls of the 4/5 berth range to help with single handed erection,not any thing i need as we have a six but i know some people struggle on there own.

mike
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Post by Owd Lad on Sat 25 Feb 2012, 1:00 pm

Richard, You say you fit motor movers. I didn't realise it was a viable option for the likes of a Dandy, like our Designer. I can't say I could promise you a job fitting one, but, as one of many with a long, awkward, steep, gravel drive, I'd love to hear more about what's involved, cost etc. I hate the smell of burning clutch!

Steve
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Post by mike on Sat 25 Feb 2012, 1:09 pm

Owd Lad wrote:Richard, You say you fit motor movers. I didn't realise it was a viable option for the likes of a Dandy, like our Designer. I can't say I could promise you a job fitting one, but, as one of many with a long, awkward, steep, gravel drive, I'd love to hear more about what's involved, cost etc. I hate the smell of burning clutch!

Steve

Steve i have a feeling its only possible due to the work on the chassis he does but would be interesting to see.

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Post by Owd Lad on Sat 25 Feb 2012, 2:22 pm

Mike, that was my understanding. That is, that the way the chassis was put together negated the fitting of a motor mover but all things must be possible.
It would be a seriously useful bit of kit, certainly for us, but I fear the down side of the extra weight of mover plus battery and possible reduction in clearance underneath, plus expence, would make it a non-starter. I have considered the 'Mr Shifta' type mover before now.

Steve
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Post by mike on Sat 25 Feb 2012, 2:58 pm

I opted for a hand winch i push or reverse it as far as i can depends on how much traffic there is then winch it the rest of the way,think it cost about £30 its not quick but its not hard work either.
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Post by Helen on Sat 25 Feb 2012, 6:25 pm

We opted for the all hands on deck mover What a Face

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Post by Owd Lad on Sun 26 Feb 2012, 10:32 am

Helen, I've got one of those but it's only four hand power and the twin engines are getting knackered. The exhausts are making a funny noise too. We've tried spraying them with Ventolin but that's only good for another few feet. We need something for that last twenty yards.

Steve
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Post by HIDEHI on Sat 04 Aug 2012, 12:35 pm

DandyRich wrote:I am Richard and I convert Dandies into specialist campers for Tetraplegic people and wheelchair users.
Because Dandies are SPECIAL they are the only ones I use. We actually replace the chassis with a lowering mechanism which lowers the chassis by ten inches onto the ground to allow easy access with a short shallow ramp. Otherwise,by law, a 13 foot ramp is needed which is impossible to use. We also widen the door to over 70cm and we modify the kitchen so it is light to move. We fit gas struts and motormovers also to allow them to be moved and used by very small or disabled people.
I am always looking for good Dandies to buy and convert. They go to a good, special new owner. I have some pictures of our unique conversion if anyone is interested in seeing them.
Certainly a unique characteristic of the Dandy is it's metal chassis and frame. Others (and I have tried!) do not hold a candle to them.
If anyone knows of one for sale PLEASE email me as we are completely out at the moment.
The converted Dandy 'Dalek Transformers' certainly allow a biker who's life has been shattered to get back to life remotely as he/she knew it before.
Best wishes Richard
Dandy Transformations.

Hi i have been in contact with your comp, and been told you are on hols, hope you are enjoying it .
Let me know when you are back plse, cos i am buying a dandy this week and will need the gas struts fitted.
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Post by HIDEHI on Sat 29 Sep 2012, 12:08 pm

Well I have been able to email Richard, and sort out a date for Hidehi Dandy to get Gas Struts fitted, also he has said he can show us tweeks he uses to make dandying easyer for my wife and me lol.

Not spoken on phone as yet but this guy loves dandies, i can tell by the way he writes about them, on email.
15th Oct booked , map all ready lol, 258 miles return Anglesey to Stoke.
Also i told him of my concernes with rivets poping out, as i had read probs on forums, he ashured me that will not be a problem as he sorts them as well.
Wow next yr will be dandying yr for us lots of places we want to go, cornwall with CCC for 2 or 3 weeks, Phesents Way a BCC THS FOR 10 NITES. ONLY 2 LOL, the rest will be sorted whgen we get the dates, also going to join some of you guys for some meets i hope.
And Gill wants to join the dandy club again, we were members when we had Bod Dandy, and yes there was 2 bods lol we had 1.

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