An update for you on my progress with Betsy my Vacation bondwood caravan.
I have been doing some research and have found some information. It has not been verified but it is pretty interesting reading anyway.
Vacation Caravans was owned by Evans Brothers who were Funeral Directors in Ballarat. The caravan business was in a large warehouse which fronted onto Humphrey Street and was located at the rear of their Funeral business premises.
Evans Bros. Funeral Directors in Ballarat started up manufacture in competition to Franklin, Coronet and Huntsman. The Vacation name was used by Evans Bros.
On the site vintagecaravans.proboards.com I found the following quote;
‘I have read all about Vacation vans with interest. I once worked with a great hard but funny salesman(ken Skinner) who said that when the funeral and coffin making business went a bit slow they would down tools and help make caravans instead. From a funeral attendant to mastering hammer, saw and nails in a flash. He told funny stories about it all the time. It kept us laughing for ages – those were good old days. He knew every nut and screw in both a van and coffin!
As I worked with him at Franklin Caravans.’
It is time to have a clean out inside Betsy. The floor needs replacing near the door and there is a leak in the back corner. I decide to take everything out and start again.
I am keeping as much of the undamaged timber as I can. All of the timber used to make the cabinets is very light, which helps to keep the weight down for towing restrictions. I will reuse it where I can when I rebuild the interior. The middle section of the roof has water damage. I will need to remove what I can and hopefully repair it.
I have added some photos of the progress for you.
Wardrobe gone now
One bed and cupboard gone.
The old fridge won’t fit out the door.
Both beds and cupboard out now.
When I pulled the beds out I found this written underneath. I would love to know what it means.