Dandy Trailer Tent Restoration Inspiration

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by admin on April 14, 2011

For any Dandy Owners considering a restoration I thought I would post these incredible pictures sent to me by a German Dandy enthusiast. It really shows just what is possible with a little imagination and ingenuity!

From the owner:

I bought my Dandy in Autumn 2006  for 100 Euro in the Netherlands just for fun and to do some handywork. Seeing a picture of the erected Dandy was not love at first sight but it looked so peculiar that it caught my interest – and it was British ;-) . When I eventually started work early in 2007, the project soon became a challence for inventiveness on a low budget.
The original side panels were old, scratched and bumpy PVC boards, not aluminium.. New PVC was available but expensive, so I took bonded resin-coated plywood of 5mm thickness, framed with aluminium angle section from our local do-it-yourself store. The brown colour came factory-provided with the plywood, no painting was required at all.  All planking is sealed with polyurethane adhesive and fixed with rivets on the steel frame that had been coated with a seawater resistant primer.
The underbody section around all steel tubes is additionally protected by a special wax-grease mixture, used also for the restoration of vintage cars and bikes, thus this Dandy is now made for the caravan-eternity, I think.
An electric power input socket is fixed to the front and connected to the awning power supply. I placed a 5Kg gas bottle in the front box with new gas pipes and a quick coupling inside the caravan to connect the original gas stove. The external gas outlet is installed to avoid the unloved gas tank dragging and saves some room inside the awning.
Next job is to replace the original hinge pin at the lower door section by a removable one to get access to the main loading space without erecting the tent.

 

Enjoy the pics. Hope they provide someone, somewhere with the motivation to rescue one of these old classic Dandy’s !

 

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Dandy 4 and Regency erection instructions

by admin on September 23, 2009

Have been kindly supplied these original instructions an thought they should be made available on here for anyone who needs them.

Enjoy!

Dandy 4 and Regency Erection - Erection instructions for the Dandy 4 and Regency

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Original Dandy Trailer Tent Brochure

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Have been asked a few questions about dimensions and weights of Dandy’s. Thought it might be useful if I posted this pdf of the original dandy brochure which is not only quite a good read, but has all the specifications on the final page.

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How to put up a Dandy?

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Am getting a few emails requesting the instructions for putting up your dandy’s – Thought it would be useful for some to post a download link here: Hope this is useful for some!

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Trailer Tent Insurance

May 19, 2009

I had been looking around and was a bit disheartend that in many cases the trailer tent is lumped in with caravan insurance, which seems a bit unfair and cant produce fair premiums.

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Dandy PVC Awning

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The standard pvc awning more than compensates for its slightly quirky set up and weight, by adding a whole new dimension to the Dandy Trailer tent experience

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Dandy drop plate on towbar

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Im not sure that this is the best solution as the towbar coupling is still a little lower than it should be according to the specs posted here , but works ok for now

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Dandy suspension revisited

May 5, 2009

Confession time – the planned work on the trailer was cancelled in favour of taking it out for a couple of nights! A call to Indespension this morning has confirmed that the mounting bolts for the 500kg and 750kg suspension units are different: Clearly not a like for like replacement. Additionally after some clever trigonometry [...]

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Dandy trailer suspension

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My next decision was whether to replace like-for-like with 500kg units as originally supplied on my folding camper, or upgrade the units to 750kg. Given that the cost difference is minimal I decided to look around for a reasonably priced pair of 750 kg units to fit my Dandy traler tent

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Types of dandy trailer tents

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Prior to the blue and white models – which were named – the dandy was known purely by its sleeping capacity. With many similarities between the units the easiest way to identify which model was which was by the width of the trailer

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