Cargill Caravanette

Submitted: Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 10:39
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i found an old thread on this with some limited information. Can anyone tell me about the internal set-up, beds etc? It looks like it had a 'roof shaped' top that opened out to each side? were there beds on the opened out sides a la camprite? I am looking at a long distance purchase and want as much info as i can before i make a trip to look closer. Any info appreciated
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Reply By: Wayne's 60 - Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 11:12

Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 11:12
Hi IdahOz,
We have one that doesn't get used very much, it is 7x4 and we have the extension annex as well. You are correct with the bedding concept, when the "running boards" fold out to give the width, that is where your beds would be placed, where the bedding goes when travelling could be a problem. I did start to make a bed platform for ours that was to sit in the middle and have storage underneath. What to watch out for, rust underneath - like any trailer. Condition of the canvas - rips, tears and a tough one for you - how waterproof?

It can be a little fiddly/time consuming to set up, though friends of our who travelled with one said that there is a routine that you get into when using it alot.

Hope this helps.

Cheers,
Wayne & Sally.
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Follow Up By: Wayne's 60 - Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 11:24

Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 11:24
PS All the tie down straps and buckles need to be in good condition as well.
W&S.
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Follow Up By: IdahOz - Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 11:52

Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 11:52
Thanks, This one no longer has the canvas, so we would be looking at completely replacing it.
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Follow Up By: IdahOz - Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 11:53

Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 11:53
PS: any pictures of yours?
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Follow Up By: Wayne's 60 - Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 12:29

Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 12:29
Not at the moment and the trailer is buried at the back of the garage, I will try to take a photo or two later today.
Cheers,
Wayne.
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Follow Up By: Wayne's 60 - Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 23:19

Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 23:19
As an update, the trailer was buried behind more stuff than I have had time to move, please keep an eye on this thread and I will post a link to photographs.

Cheers,
W&S.
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Reply By: rocco2010 - Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 13:21

Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 13:21
Gidday


The Cargill Caravanette ... now that brings back memories. I first went camping in one with a friend of my father's in the 1960s.

Like you said there were extensions on each side that folded out to give two single beds and room in the belly of the trailer for a double and then a big annexe.

The one thing I remember abt it was the frame was all short steel sections with sockets -- no expanding adjustable poles like we have now --- which made it quite heavy and it seemed to take a long time to fit together.

Cargills was a quite famous camping shop for many years here in perth which sadly went out of business a few years ago. It would be interesting to know how old the one you are looking at is.

Cheers

Rocco
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Follow Up By: IdahOz - Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 14:07

Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 14:07
What I am hoping is that we could customize it with a newer canvas arrangement that would work for today and give us several beds up off the ground. We love the look of the camp-rite but not the price tag.
What we have now is a trailer that carries all our equipment and a separate tent. It works fine but i do love the idea of a bed up off the ground. (call me a weenie lol) and we have 4 small kids who need to be accommodated in some fashion.
Don't know if we could get the beds we need but still have room for our equipment. its all a big juggling act but we have fun thinking of ways to make it all work and saving a few bob at the same time. In the meantime we use what we have and thoroughly enjoy ourselves.
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Reply By: moss - Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 17:36

Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 17:36
Hi IdahOz

Where abouts are you? I have the canvas sitting in the shed although I have hacked a section out. It is old, might be usable.

David
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Follow Up By: IdahOz - Thursday, Jul 08, 2010 at 20:16

Thursday, Jul 08, 2010 at 20:16
Thanks, sorry about the delay in replying, i had to change my email address and i wasn't allowed to post for 48 hours!!
We got a look at the cargill, it is VERY old and rusty and not something we will be able to use after all, thanks for all the input!!
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Friday, Jul 09, 2010 at 13:46

Friday, Jul 09, 2010 at 13:46
For those still interested in the Cargill concept, have a look at these links

Vintage Caravan forum picture of advert

Gumtree site - this one is an advert so It may not last long.

I remember these campers in the 60s. They were one of the few commercially constructed campers on the market. The range of models has certainly mushroomed since then.

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