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A Tent event Tents are used for the outdoors and are put up on gravel, sand, grass, and a variety of other surfaces, and this means they do get dirty. Yes, birds will poop on the tent, mud will make its way indoors, mildew will form in spots left damp, and grubby paws will leave marks on the tent fabric. Expect your tent to get dirty – there is no avoiding it. But, fret not, there are easy methods to clean your tent, as leaving it dirty will and can lead to the complete degradation of your prized outdoor home.

It all started on a camping trip through Namibia in 2011, with my son and soon-to-be daughter-in-law. One night, sitting around a campfire in a red-wine induced mellow mood in Etosha, I had a disagreement with my wife, Maureen, about who had driven our Land Cruiser 200 through a door-handle-deep waterhole in Lesotho. To cut a long story short, I bet her anything she wanted that I was right. I lost, and she claimed a motorhome… 4X4, nogal So, in 2012 we purchased a Mercedes Sprinter with an Iglhaut 4X4 conversion from Travelstar. They constructed the interior to our specifications.

For years I have been servicing my caravan myself, but this is the easy part. The so-called “sealing” is costing an arm and a leg at the dealers. Are there any caravanners out there who do it themselves? How do you do it? Do just smear the sealant on, or do you loosen the beading and then put on the sealant underneath? Paul Goodman Godfrey: The fact is that if you don’t use a dealer for your service, your warranty falls away. Your dealer has first-hand knowledge on where the weak points are that need sealing and what other parts

We have seen some incredible off-road pick-up camper bodies recently − some that fit into the load bay of a bakkie, and some that replace this completely with an ingeniously designed off-road home from home. And, once the vehicle is loaded with all the accessories and extras and the fuel and water tanks are filled, and you add a high centre of gravity and strong side winds… you have factors that the bakkie manufacturer might not have considered when selecting suspension settings for stability. Perhaps you have such a vehicle and find that when you walk into the camper body

I thought some of your readers may be interested in the modification I made to my Echo 4×4 Kavango. We are a retired couple living on the Natal coast and really found the Kavango to be an ideal caravan, since it’s all fibreglass and stainless steel (no rust or dreaded wood rot). Another advantage is it fits into the garage with ease. Being in our seventies, one problem we did have was getting in and out of bed. Getting in meant crawling on hands and knees from the end of the bed, while getting out meant you had to crawl

In December 2015, my wife and I went camping with her brother and the family at Trekoskraal, between Vredenburg and Paternoster. My brother-inlaw had two fold-out caravans (both 1974 models) that he had restored. Right there and then, my wife decided that we should also get an old caravan and restore it. The thought stayed in the back of my mind until around May 2016, when a friend of mine wanted to get rid of his old motorbike trailer. I bought it from him, with the intention of building an American-style teardrop mini caravan. But, after watching a lot of

  1984 Caravette 6 interior rebuild Ever considered a complete caravan interior rebuild? Nick Jennings recently brought his ’84 Caravette 6 back to life with a comprehensive DIY project, saving thousands of rands along the way. Reading the editor’s note in the March 2012 issue about DIY projects immediately motivated me to do something about my 1984 Caravette 6. I’d rushed into buying this particular unit simply because it had an island bed and I could afford the asking price. Once it was in my possession, however, I realised my error in judgement: the modified layout and home-made workmanship were

The angled island bed in the pre-2009 Jurgens Fleetline caravans isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. With some careful planning, Reg Stone modi ed the bed layout and surrounding cupboards himself, transforming his caravan to just the way he likes it. I thought I’d share my story with other pre-2009 Fleetline owners, as this change has transformed our caravaning experience. We purchased our Jurgens Fleetline new in 2007. At  rst we didn’t expect the angled island double bed to be a problem in terms of access to the far side. But, as time went on, it became more and more

In this series of towcar maintenance tutorials to be published over the next few months, we address the most important issues associated with looking after your vehicle. Last month’s Technical Talk dealt with the wheel bearings on your caravan or trailer. Now we move on to nurturing your towcar, because without it, there would be no towing holiday to enjoy! Sure, you can use a trusted vehicle service agent, particularly if your vehicle is a late model. But owners who are fairly capable handypersons and drive older towcars that are out of warranty needn’t go to this expense. Much of

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