Thursday, 6 March 2014

Ace Globetrotter

I know, its shocking!  It has been so long since my last post.  I have started a new post many times over the last few months but never finished them.  Times have changed since I began doing up old caravans and so I thought perhaps I needed to change the way I do things or the way I post?  Owning a vintage caravan has become so popular since Mr George Clarke made a few TV shows about conversions of small spaces!  

I have also noticed over the years that more and more peeps are using them for business purposes, catering, beauty and props are some of the more popular choices and why not as caravans can be quite useful little spaces!

It is becoming harder to find poor neglected souls of late as so many people now see their potential!  Is it possible that this year caravan sites across the land will have an array of colourful vintage ladies (or gents) on their pitches instead of lines of white plastic boxes?  

I would like to share my own caravan with you, I cannot wait to take her on her jollies and am hoping to have her ready for Easter as it will also be my Birthday!

You may remember that she is an Ace Globetrotter and as yet we cannot date her but from the furniture we guess 1960's.  Her front panel and back panel are made of fibreglass and the rest is aluminium.  The way she was put together is probably why she was absolutely sodden when we brought her home, so many joints poorly sealed slowly leaking for the last 40 years!  Perhaps that is why I have never seen another like her?

Anyway... she has had every seam taken off, cleaned and re-sealed, she has had a large part of her frame replaced and all of her walls and ceiling now have to be put back.  Bearing in mind caravan's are built on a "line"  so from the inside out which means getting the furniture out is a bugger!

I have begun painting her exterior and I am excited to be planning her interior furnishings which is THE best part is it not???!!!!

Before I show you some pictures I would like to welcome new followers to the happy caravan, and thank you so much for your continued support and kind comments.  I hope I can continue to inspire and help you with your own projects in the years to come!

I do love some of the stickers on her rear window but I would like to see out of the window!  I have carefully selected a few gooduns that will stay.

I have to finish her exterior but as I hear the weather is set to improve next week.. Bobs your uncle and I am looking forward to it!

The interior of my poor dear was particularly pants!  Her curves were beautiful and little drawers charming, unfortunately we had to take it all out and it was hard work.  Of course the more you remove the more you find!  It was back to basics..

Then DB took the door out!

And the windows!.....

And everything else really.. Somebody did comment "be careful she doesn't blow away in the wind"

But as you can see, he did start to put everything back and a good job he does too!  New frames around the windows and other parts of the frame

Look at that nice new wood, its not black and it smells nice!

We then put in some insulation (I have been doing it too honest) before we have finally been able to start putting the walls back and I am such a giddy kipper as the best part is finally within sight...FABRIC.

Ooops, forgot the ceiling, will remind the very talented DB to do that this weekend while I make him lots of bacon butties and cups of tea!  

Its good to be back, how are you getting on with your caravan?

Love Sharon xxx


  1. Hi Sharon, I did comment on facebook BUT as your blog was up when my other half walked passed the laptop he spotted your van. 'Ah an Ace Globetrotter, we used to have one of those'. I suggested he read your post whilst having a coffee, which he did, making all sorts of comments about construction in the 60's. he has just now appeared with a photograph album with said caravan pictures. I've asked him to scan them into the PC so I can send them to you. I will also message you facebook with pictures of a caravan we 'own' in SW Cork, however even if we wanted to renovate it it really is too far gone, jumping on the floor would mean we went through it. Anne

    1. Anne your caravan looks so fabulous! Are you sure you cannot save her? I am getting all excited about those pictures now... can't wait, thank you so much, Sharon xx

  2. Welcome back lovely- you've been missed! What a lot of hard work has gone into this girl already- I can't wait to see which fabrics you choose! xxx

  3. Hi Sharon what an amazing job you have done on these caravans, we have just bought a little 2 birth Avondale wren, she is in great condition but looking a little tired and old. There has been some damp at some point but it is as dry as a bone now, (previous owner had it fixed) We will need to replace a small section of ply just above the shelf at the front of the van. and once that is done (not sure how we are going to do that yet mind you) I cant wait to give the inside a good lick of paint, wall paper and redo the seat covers and make new curtains. Also want to pain the out side as the original green pain has faded and lost it gloss and the white paint ....well not so white anymore. The pictures of the vans you have done have inspired me no end. If you have any tips on replacing a small section of ply we would be very grateful for any info and advice you can give us.
    Best wishes Libby


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