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Ali T

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Join date : 2013-05-15
Location : Dunfermline

New To The Camper Lark

Post by Ali T on Thu 16 May 2013, 8:56 pm

Hello to all, bought an eighties 4 (I think!) the other day. Have not seen it yet, not the best way to buy something I know, but having had extensive chats with the owner, he seems a genuine chap, and the camper looks in great nick from the photos. Just need to get a tow bar fitted so I can go and pick her up!

Main reason for the purchase was that we do Glastonbury every year, and my other half has refused to tent it this year!

Did some extensive research online (this forum was a big help) and a Dandy seemed the only way to go. Should be fun putting it up the first time Very Happy

Looking forward to lots of weekends away, especially if the weather ever improves!

Nice to be here, I'm sure I'll have lots of silly questions.
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ShaunJUK

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Re: New To The Camper Lark

Post by ShaunJUK on Thu 16 May 2013, 8:59 pm

Welcome to the group and cant wait to see what you have bought.

I drove 3 hours to mine and still never saw it up without parting with my cash.
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peridot
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Re: New To The Camper Lark

Post by peridot on Thu 16 May 2013, 9:05 pm


Hello and welcome cheers

Great to have some more festie folk along. Daughter keeps nagging me to take her to Glastonbury so looking forward to hearing how you get on with the Dandy there.

It was the desire for a bit of luxury at festivals that got us into Dandys too.

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Helen
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Re: New To The Camper Lark

Post by Helen on Thu 16 May 2013, 9:06 pm



Exciting times, I loved collecting our Dandy .... apart from keep checking it was still there because it towed so easily, we were in the same boat and had to wait to have a tow bar fitted Laughing

questions are very welcome

Ali T

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Re: New To The Camper Lark

Post by Ali T on Thu 16 May 2013, 9:16 pm

Thanks for the welcome folks, I'd post a pic, but not allowed for 7 days. Should be getting the tow bar fitted next Wednesday, so hopefully can pick her up next weekend. If I'm not working that is!





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Phoenix
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Re: New To The Camper Lark

Post by Phoenix on Thu 16 May 2013, 9:21 pm

Hello and Ali T

Look forward to seeing your pics when you get it home. bounce bounce

Ali T

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Re: New To The Camper Lark

Post by Ali T on Thu 16 May 2013, 9:25 pm

Just need to think of a name now!

BTW, anyone any idea where I can get a spare wheel?

navver

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Re: New To The Camper Lark

Post by navver on Thu 16 May 2013, 9:30 pm

Hi Ali, what a wise OH you have. Welcome to the world of PVC, I hope you have lot's of fun.

I'm looking for a spare wheel as well. I have a trailer I bult in 1980 using mini wheels from the scrap yard. When I get a chance I want to compare them, in particulaar I want to check the offset.

I'm looking at the WT5 or WT52 here.

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There's a fair bit on wheels and tyres here

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Ali T

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Re: New To The Camper Lark

Post by Ali T on Thu 16 May 2013, 9:38 pm

Hmmm. Welcome to the world of PVC.. Thought I was on the wrong forum there! Very Happy

Thanks for the info, I'll have a look. Guess it might be easier/cheaper to buy new ones for it?

navver

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Re: New To The Camper Lark

Post by navver on Thu 16 May 2013, 9:44 pm

There is one advertised for a fiver on the dandy owners club. Too far away for me. Surrey/Sussex border

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tribalkev

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Re: New To The Camper Lark

Post by tribalkev on Thu 16 May 2013, 11:08 pm

Glastonbury jealousy emits form this post Wink

I too bought my dandy for festivals primarilly, sick of spending 2hrs packing up a sopping wet tent after 3-5 days of excess hehe. Hopefully i get mine this weekend.

Nice to see im not the only new face here
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mike
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Re: New To The Camper Lark

Post by mike on Fri 17 May 2013, 5:07 am

to the forum,i see you got sorted so i wont pm you.

mike

Ali T

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Re: New To The Camper Lark

Post by Ali T on Fri 17 May 2013, 1:54 pm

Cheers Mike.

Might have to delay the tow bar fitting, some t**t has just nicked £800 quid out of my bank account!

Bank were great though, refunded me straight away, though of course have now cancelled my card, and it'll be late next week by the time I get my new one. Curses!
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Tow Itch
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Re: New To The Camper Lark

Post by Tow Itch on Fri 17 May 2013, 1:58 pm

Hello Ali.

We have just recently setup an email account for such purposes send the pictures to dandycampers(at)live.com and one of us will then host the pictures for you.

I presume you realise the (at) is @ but used to stop automated readers.

Ali T

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Re: New To The Camper Lark

Post by Ali T on Fri 17 May 2013, 2:50 pm

Ok thanks, will do that.
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Tow Itch
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Re: New To The Camper Lark

Post by Tow Itch on Sat 18 May 2013, 11:44 pm

Ali T wrote:Ok thanks, will do that.

Not pressing but just checked the forum email address, nowt yet.

Ali T

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Re: New To The Camper Lark

Post by Ali T on Sun 19 May 2013, 8:42 pm

Tow Itch wrote: Hello Ali.

We have just recently setup an email account for such purposes send the pictures to dandycampers(at)live.com and one of us will then host the pictures for you.

I presume you realise the (at) is @ but used to stop automated readers.

Piccies now uploaded. Very Happy
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Re: New To The Camper Lark

Post by Tow Itch on Sun 19 May 2013, 9:12 pm

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Blast too much shadow can't see if they are flat or dished wheels.

Ali T

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Re: New To The Camper Lark

Post by Ali T on Sun 19 May 2013, 9:15 pm

I can blow up the image here, they are definitely dished.

Ali T

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Re: New To The Camper Lark

Post by Ali T on Sun 19 May 2013, 9:19 pm

Good deal for £600?
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Tow Itch
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Re: New To The Camper Lark

Post by Tow Itch on Sun 19 May 2013, 9:22 pm

Old style Mini wheels then.
I'd confirm with Ian the offset, centrebore and that they are the original 31/2" wheel though as more Mini variations than you can shake a stick at.

Good deal for £600

It's not what I think that is important. It's about you being happy. I've seen people pay more and less. Generally as long as the floor is solid and the suspension not knackered you will get good value out of it.

navver

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Re: New To The Camper Lark

Post by navver on Sun 19 May 2013, 9:31 pm

Certainly looks like it's in good nick. Inside nice and clean and original, outside clean, full awning. You can't really go wrong for that money.

Presumably if you're going to festivals you won't have electric hook up. Will you be sble to manage with fridge and lights etc.

Ali T

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Re: New To The Camper Lark

Post by Ali T on Sun 19 May 2013, 9:39 pm

Seller says it comes with leisure battery, and I have been looking at three way fridges. Any suggestions on that front?

Regarding the wheels, would new ones with no offset be ok? I realise they would stick further out, but as long as PCD and Center bore were correct, they would be ok?

Pretty sure the floor and suspension is ok, but I'm pretty handy and have loads of tools, so any repairs or renewals should be manageable, especially with all the kind help here. Very Happy
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jake001

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Re: New To The Camper Lark

Post by jake001 on Sun 19 May 2013, 9:52 pm

They don't look like mini wheels to me, they look like standard 10" trailer jobs as fitted to my 1990 disco. In that case they are easy to replace, 10" mini wheels are scarce nowadays and prices have gone up accordingly Crying or Very sad I know, I would like to replace mine with mini ones so that I could fit chrome hub caps Smile

A leisure battery will never run a 3 way fridge, or any other 12v cooler for long enough to be useful. The 12v option is only to be used when connected to the car alternator while the engine is running, any other choice will very rapidly result in a flat battery as a 3 way fridge takes about 8 amps minimum (approx 100 watts)

Ali T

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Re: New To The Camper Lark

Post by Ali T on Sun 19 May 2013, 9:55 pm

Cheers for the info, yes, I was aware of that (I work in the electricity supply industry). I was intending running the fridge on gas.

It's more to keep the beer cold than anything else! Very Happy

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