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This is a blog about the amazing dandy trailer tent. I aquired one of these beauties at short notice last year – the intention being to utilise it for the festival season, and then sell it on. As I am sure many owners will tell you, quiring one of these folding campers is easy but getting rid of them is a whole different matter!

So it sits in my drive a year later, ready for this season, and having inspired a whole host of renovation projects and ideas for improvement…

The Dandy is a sort of cross between a trailer tent and a caravan. It is easier to tow than a caravan and more wind & rain proof than a trailer tent. They look like a trailer tent but are made out of a PVC fabric and have some solid walls with a door in.

The PVC used in the consturction of the tent section is one of the unique features of a Dandy. This PVC  makes a great deal of difference to the unit, it’s wind proof, rain proof and doesn’t rot if you pack it down wet, additionally it means that the camper now has a very long life, the base can give out before the “tent” part. The inside of the old units was very simple but many are in use today with out major refurbishment.

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T A SMITH July 15, 2009 at 8:42 pm

Would like more on dimesions and weights.

admin July 15, 2009 at 10:57 pm


Have added a download link for the original dandy brochure which has a lot of info on weights and dimensions on the final page. You can find it on the front page of this blog

Brian Kreul July 17, 2009 at 3:51 pm

Good Day, I was wondering if these can be bought in the United States?
I’ve done some looking but not sure what to look for, can you help?
Thank you in advance. Brian

Mike Kramer August 8, 2009 at 1:07 pm


That’s an interesting site for a Dandy owner.
I have the only one registered in Germany. It’s a ’82 4-5 that I bought in the Netherlands in 2006.
It underwent nearly a complete rework in 2007 with some modifications that made it a somewhat special Dandy ;-).
If you are interested in pics showing the restoration/ modofication or a series of pics on the erecting, just give me a mail. I can provide the pics (free of charge, of course to help other owners keeping those nice ragtops alive)

Mike from Germany

Mick May February 7, 2010 at 10:44 am

I wondered if anyone can help us. We have a Dandy 4/5 berth, late 70’s/early 80’s and the door lock is broken. We would like to replace it if we can and need a point in the right direction on where to look.
Any suggestions would be gratefully received.
Many thanks

admin February 7, 2010 at 2:37 pm

I had the same problem – a quick visit to my local caravan spares shop (taking the old lock along) solved it easily! 🙂


admin February 7, 2010 at 2:42 pm

… they are made by these guys: http://www.westalloy.com


Ken April 9, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Hi, can someone tell me the weight of the PVC fabric used on a Dandy i.e. 550 gsm?


sarah May 27, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Hi, I am looking to buy a 4+ berth dandy for family holidays. is anyone willing to sell one? I am on a small budget! thanks. please reply to sazt@yahoo.com.

jackie August 24, 2011 at 9:03 am

hi i am looking to buy a pvc awning for my dandy 4 berth can anyone tell me where to go to get one please i would be most grateful

neil morgan December 28, 2011 at 1:12 am

hello, im looking for a dandy dart (the smallest of them all ) .
if anyone has one for sale it dose’nt have to be in A1condition just sound.
please contact me at, theoaf1@btinternet.com.
thanks, neil.

B Chegwyn June 27, 2012 at 7:05 pm

I am looking for replacement rear light glass for dart dandy trailer tent .

Andy July 15, 2012 at 9:40 pm

I have just aquired a 4-5 from a good friend, its in fairly good nick except the front steel work by the towing A frame, that is riveted on and has the leg hangers mounted too, i wondered what is the best way to replace this? Is the floor screwed to it? or is it simply a case of drilling the rivets out and replacing the box section??
secondly, the orignal cover has gone stiff, what is the best product to retreat it with??
many thanks Andy.

David Goodwin August 27, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Have just acquired a 4 sleeper Dandy from a friend who had outgrown it, and we have just holidayed in it. What larks! We got so many admiring glances from other campers and envious looks from poeple who had obviously owned one before! But we would love to get an awning for it, but they seem rarer than hens teeth! Any ideas anyone? goodwin591@btinternet.com

anthony April 29, 2013 at 2:27 pm

for sale hi i have a brown and white mid 80s i think dandy 6 berth with awning the one with the door on the side not at back its the big one in the original sales sheet on this web site (i really want a dart),bristol offers around £450 thanks tony 07770303972

hazel May 22, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Hi, I have a 30 year old, cream and brown Dandy – love it – but the bolts on the leg supports have lost most of the plastic knobs over the years and I have to use a spanner to release. Anyone know where to get replacements? Can’t even think what these bolts would be called cheers

Alex May 22, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Hi Hazel,

Try here – http://www.rivadandysales.co.uk/category/part/page/3

or when I needed to replace mine i got these –
Scroll down to Kitchen Jackleg Screws… which seemed a lot more robust

Hope this Helps


nessie August 5, 2014 at 7:04 pm

we have a dandy designer, was wondering if anyone could give any help,. The erector poles that hold up roof have bent out of shape. Any ideas how to strengthen and straighten them. thanks

Paul February 21, 2015 at 9:04 pm


Why is the dandy not made anymore as they are so good as trailer tents?? Is there any other manufacturer that makes trailer tents out of PVC?

Hazel October 1, 2017 at 2:16 pm

FOR SALE. Dandy Dart – 1970’s? Brown and White with original awning and liner/curtains etc 2 burner stove with grill, sink with water pump – I broke the tap left it out when I packed the camper up – Electric hook up, Underfloor heating, Good condition, no damage to cover, Wind and Water tight. Campervan forcing sale. £500 ALNWICK

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