Thinking about restoring a caravan?

Thinking about restoring a caravan?


9th July 2020

It’s little wonder caravan renovations are becoming so popular as many Australians re-visit road tripping in style and comfort.

Here at ALFAB, our skilled team regularly work with customers on caravan renovation projects and we have supplied or installed a variety of sliding windows, louvre windows and hopper windows, handles and stays, as well as a range of automotive doors.

Over the years, we have assisted many caravan, RV and camper trailer owners with major restorations as well as more minor installations.

Recently, we worked with a client who carried out this refurbishment of an amazing vintage caravan called Marilyn.

What’s involved in a caravan renovation?

Restoring an older or vintage caravan can be a fun and rewarding process, but there is a lot of work that has to be done to achieve this result. If you are wanting to take on a complete interior and exterior caravan restoration, some of the many aspects to consider include: 

  • Windows, windscreen & doors
  • Mechanical work such as brakes, axles & wheels
  • Electrical work 
  • Plumbing & gas
  • Cabinetry
  • Flooring 
  • Interior & exterior paintwork 
  • Seat covers, other upholstery & curtains

Using modern parts for retro caravans:

If you’re hoping to achieve a retro look similar to this recent project completed by our team, you will have to weigh up whether you plan on restoring the caravan faithfully to its original condition, or if you want a modern take with updated materials and parts. 

Using updated and modern materials will generally mean you will end up with a safer and more practical final product. This, however, all comes down to personal preference and how you intend to use your refurbished caravan. It can also be difficult to track down original caravan parts and features, so the quicker and easier option is usually to take a modern spin.

That said, many of the original parts found on caravans like the picture above were fitted with ALFAB windows and fittings even 45 years ago, most of which can still be sourced right here from our team from the store or by request.

Recommended windows & doors for caravans:

For more than 45 years, we’ve been working on caravan projects just like this one and we are always open to assisting with new restorations. Here at ALFAB, we provide standard and custom caravan window and door installations. Our team is highly experienced in producing glass products for caravans of all makes, models and sizes.

Our automotive doors can also be installed in a variety of styles, sizes and materials. There is a range of standard sizes to choose from or we can custom create a door to fit your vehicle. Doors come in glass or acrylic, black or white and round or square top corners. Or we can fabricate to suit your needs in most common materials.

To finish off the caravan refurbishment completely, all automotive doors from ALFAB can be fitted with aluminium hinges or stainless steel hinges, internal security screens and triple locks. We can also assist with a range of seals, rubbers, plastics and other window or door accessories that may be required.

Need more information?

If you’re wanting to restore your caravan, be sure to get in contact with our team of experts for assistance. Backed by decades of industry experience, we can help get your tired caravan or camper trailer looking like new.

For further information or to arrange a comprehensive quote, get in touch with our Queensland or Victorian team today.

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