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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Jayne H April 14, 2011 at 2:43 pm

All I can say is WOW – we’re currently doing some improvements to our Dandy (Minnie), but it is only comestic and very, very small scale compared to this. You are to be congratulated sir!

Jayne H April 14, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Any pictures of the interior as well, would be very intersted to see what you have done inside!

admin April 14, 2011 at 3:20 pm

I wish it were mine 🙂 Its a project undertaken by a German Dandy owner… One day I will get there !

Roger Crier April 14, 2011 at 7:24 pm

100 Euros!! Wow. Skillfull bit of work! Well done. I really must fit wired in electrics to our “Designer”. 3 or 4 extension leads hooked up to Ikea lamps dangling from the roof tubes is so “yesterday”

Arthur May 1, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Any body got ideas on gas struts anything from a euro hatchback that could be modified

mel July 31, 2011 at 7:45 am

fantastic job thats given me inspration iam still looking for a dandy dart well done sir

John November 20, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Congratulations on an excellant job. Do you take commissionn?!!!!
I have a very old and basic Dandy which requires an extensive overhaul. Your
work has been truly inspirational. Thankyoy

Harry July 3, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Well done!!

About the only changes I would make are :-
1/ to comply with UK laws the number plate must be lit, but I think that swapping the rear lights over might get round that, if not it’s not rocket science to fit an extra light on the door. Always assuming your Volvo’s bulb failure realy does not see it as a lighting fault, my old one did.

2/ Instead of using turn buckles to fit the skirt for the awning, I think I would use “press stud” fasteners, they’re cheaper, you get the tools to assemble them free, you’ll need a punch to make holes in the fabric, but I think that they would be less likely to be damaged. I used to have a Dandy 6, but then I bought a caravan. because the “6” became too heavy for me. Now the caravan is also too heavy, so

Colin May 11, 2013 at 11:48 am

great job, well done !

chris June 10, 2013 at 12:56 pm

I have an old Dandy which needs loads of work . I was going to scrap it and just use the base as a box trailer, but after seeing what can be done I am now going to try and emulate you and see if I can renovate it. If I can get anywhere near to your achievement then I will be a happy man. Congrats…..

Terry H March 24, 2015 at 7:42 pm

How wonderful it is to see a German person admiring something British built
for a change. They are so Brilliant at Engineering perhaps we are not so bad
here in England either. May i congratulate you on a wonderful restoration it
has given me the encouragement to take on something similar myself, I hope
mine is as good as yours when it is done. Very well done.

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