Also be sure to check out the new Collector's Corner. Here is a small section where I will keep posting original images of vintage caravans to give you some inspiration. Scroll down this page and you'll find it.
Typical English Bunting is typically in an isosceles triangle shape, hung upside down from a piece of string. You can make the flags out of anything; material, card, paper, prints etc. Simply make a template from card and select your material. When making the template, remember to leave an area at the top to hang over the string. A template can be ay size or triangle variation. Draw around the template onto your material and cut out. You can then fasten your flags to a piece of string and space them out accordingly. Depending on the material used, you can attach the flags to the string by folding over the top part and either sewing, gluing or sticking it to the other part of the flag. See the drawing below for some ideas.
For something a it different, you can make double sided bunting and can even make your own pattern. You can either find some vintage wallpaper and stick it to thick paper or card or can create your own patterns if you're the arty sort! You can even sew each flag individually with a pattern, image or by sewing an additional part on such as buttons, badges etc. Whatever you decide, bunting is a must for creating the vintage look.
Cutlery is a vital part of any caravan, in a vintage caravan you can get creative with it and you'll be surprised at how cutlery can really finish off that vintage look. You can buy genuine vintage kitchenware from Vintage Shops, Charity Shops and eBay for very little money. There are literally thousands of styles, shapes and sizes to choose from, so you can choose some that suit the look of your caravan. As vintage is making a bit of a comeback, some designer shops such as John Lewis and Debenhams have vintage ranges but bear in mind these items may cost considerably more than their second hand counter parts.
There are many ways in which you can involve kitchenware as part of the vintage look, without shoving it all in a draw, reserving it only for mealtimes. Try purchasing a few mugs/cups. You can buy either a set or mis-matching ones on all different shapes and sizes work well. Either arrange them on a shelf or you can screw hooks underneath kitchen cupboards to hand them from (see image below). Both of these ideas are really simple yet very effective. Another good idea is Tea, Coffee and Sugar pots. These sets have been around for years and form an essential part of a household kitchen - so why not your caravan? Some really good 'shabby chic' ones can be found in most shops nowadays and sets can be found on eBay for as little as £5. These look great just sat on the side in the kitchen or on a shelf.
ORNAMENTS COST: few £'s DIFFICULTY: 1, Easy
Obviously, one of the best ways to get the vintage look is to adorn the caravan with vintage items. Be careful though, too many can make your small space look cluttered. As your caravan is only a small space, it is advisable to make vintage ornaments not only decorative, but useful too.
The Teapottery, and they manufacture specialist caravan shaped teapots among others. You can use any vintage items to decorate your caravan, shop around to see what suits it best.
FURNISHINGS COST: few £'s DIFFICULTY: 2, Moderate
A vital part to any vintage caravan is the furnishing. The likelihood is that your vintage caravan has its original interior. However it may be vintage, but maybe is looking a bit tired after years of use. The good news is that there are many companies that offer upholstery re-covering services for caravans. You can get all of the seats recovered professionally from around £400. Don't forget, if you're handy with a sewing machine, you can make your own covers to slip onto the original covers.
With such a wealth of back issues of magazines from the 1950's to the present day, I thought it would be nice to share some of the interesting memorabilia I've collected over the years. Here you will find many articles, images, publications, adverts and items from days gone. Hopefully it will be of some interest. Keep checking as I will update this page weekly! *You can click on the images to enlarge them* (All images are copyrighted to me unless stated)
This vintage article shows that caravans aren't slow! It is reporting the new world record attempt made my Sprite to establish a world speed record for touring caravans. The attempt was successful and wasn't broken until 1985. This stunt not only proved that caravans are far from slow, but also proved the durability of Sprite touring caravans, increasing sales the following year.
The Car Cruiser brand had been around since way before the War. Specialising in streamlined, lightweight tourers. Towards the 1960's, Car Cruiser developed a reputation for building top of the range luxury caravans which were hugely popular with caravan buyers. This is a Car Cruiser Carousel EK, complete with two entrance doors (one to the bathroom) and 'boated' roof.
This article praises the uses of Velcro in the modern touring caravan. Click on the image to read the article advertising Velcro - that by 1964 would have been a fairly new product. Although the article may be old, the uses for Velcro still apply today!
This shot shows the interior of the 1965 Sprite 400. The 10ft four berth certainly packed a lot into such a tiny caravan. The colours featured are very typical of this era and hopefully this image may provide some inspiration for your 1960's tourer.
Here's a great image of the 1965 Sprite 400 with a Hillman Imp - the ideal towcar for this tiny tourer. Weighing in at 11 and 1/4 cwt (573 Kgs) the 400 was certainly lightweight. Sprites were made with a timber framed body, hardboard interior and aluminium exterior panelling and insulated with glass fibre. This couple are enjoying a spot of lunch in an open field as in 1965 "casual camping" was still permitted where you could pitch up anywhere you liked.
By 1953, Sam Alper had been producing caravans for just four years and his new "Streamlite Sprite" range was proving increasingly popular. Affordable, durable and lightweight the Sprite Major bought caravaning to the realms of many who began to see caravanning as a fantastic cheap holiday. This painted scene is not too far from the reality of the camping world in 1953. Casual Camping was still legal in Great Britain, meaning that you could pull up pretty much wherever you wanted to stay the night.