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What do you tow with your Scimitar?

Post by ScimitarMatt » Sat Mar 14, 2009 9:55 am

As a recent thread diverted greatly into the world of classics towing (sometimes classic) caravans etc, I thought I'd start a new thread for a bit of fun where us sad buggers with old, orange interior caravans can show off our pics.

My caravan is a 1972 Knowseley Juno2, built in Appley Bridge, Wigan and is in near mint condition having been stored under cover all its life.

It sits well behind the SE5a and has a delightful orange interior with all the mod cons including a fold away sink unit (so you can see through the van while towing), toilet room (smallest space known to man(+), a gas lamp, lovely little (and super dangerous ankle roasting) gas fire, fridge and all importantly, a tea pot!!!

I've added some 12v power points, neatly tucked under the edges of the benches so I can watch films on the laptop or charge a mobile phone etc and now have a leisure battery hidden over the axle which is charged by a solar panel. The lights are 12v too so it's not gloomy at night and really shows off the curtains (tee hee) So old caravan recycling is eco too, everyone's a winner :lol:

So come on, don't be shy and show us your pics, old and new. Once everyone's super excited about caravans on scims, you can all then bring them to Curborough 09 and have a brilliant time

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Post by Elizabeth's dad » Thu Mar 19, 2009 1:18 pm

I tow a '92 Swift Corvette with my 5a. I don't think of it as a classic as I have had it since near new, though I suppose the older I get the nearer it gets to classic status (does that apply to me too?).

Previous vans: Sprite Cadet (with large removable sun roof), Thomson Glen, Compass Citizen and Omega.

I would love something small and period to the Scim (your 'van is the same year as my car...) but sadly have nowhere to keep a classic 'van and already pay through the nose for storage of the Corvette.

Ultimately I would like a Portafold or one of these!

http://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/farlander_caravan.htm


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Post by MrGoldtop1960 » Thu Mar 19, 2009 8:15 pm

Hi Matt,
I tow a '98 Elddis Hurricane GT with my 5a. 2008 saw the 5a tow the 'van for the first time since the rebuild (I bought the 'van whilst the 5a was being restored so it was a little scary when i took it out for the first time behind the 5a at Easter!!).
It's a bit ore posh than our last 'van, a '92 Ace Diplomat. The Elddis has all sorts of creature comforts that Mrs O loves.......... hot water, bigger cooker, bigger fridge and above all a walk in shower and separate WC. (How fantastic it is to be sat "on the throne" with your feet on carpet :D)

It can be normally seen at Curbs pretty much opposite the entrance to the marquee!!!

I'll try and find a photo of it at Curbs to post!
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Post by ScimitarMatt » Thu Mar 19, 2009 9:44 pm

MrGoldtop1960 wrote:Hi Matt,
It's a bit ore posh than our last 'van, a '92 Ace Diplomat. The Elddis has all sorts of creature comforts that Mrs O loves.......... hot water, bigger cooker, bigger fridge and above all a walk in shower and separate WC. (How fantastic it is to be sat "on the throne" with your feet on carpet :D)

It can be normally seen at Curbs pretty much opposite the entrance to the marquee!!!

I'll try and find a photo of it at Curbs to post!
Cheers for now
Sounds like it's got more home comforts than the kitchen at your gaff at the mo :lol: Hope all that's going well, it's bound to be faster than my house rebuild - ttfn, Matt


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Post by Alf Torp » Fri Mar 20, 2009 7:41 am

I will tow absolutely nothing with my Scims after seeing what a tow bar had done to my SE4c chassis.

Not sure if it was because of flaky fitting, but I`m not risking it.


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Post by Dennis Nicholas » Tue Jul 21, 2009 12:31 pm

elizabeth's dad wrote: I would love something small and period to the Scim (your 'van is the same year as my car...) but sadly have nowhere to keep a classic 'van and already pay through the nose for storage of the Corvette.

Ultimately I would like a Portafold or one of these!

http://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/farlander_caravan.htm
Google Rapido confortmatic. or recordmatic or exportmatic for a still obtainable folding caravan see later post for my recordmatic


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Tow a folded caravan

Post by Dennis Nicholas » Tue Jul 21, 2009 12:52 pm

Hi Matt,
I have found a good compromise for me in the caravan department.
A Rapido RecordMatic 1980 folding caravan- same age as car. Light to tow with good visibility over top and down either side. A Google search will give sites with full details of the 3 different sized models and accesories. Ebay usually has some available. The GTC had it happily and easily towing at just over 80mph. (abroad of course!)
now lets see if I can attach some pictures (nothing seemed to show in my last post quoting "elizabeth's dad" :?
OK nothing - so how do I make a photo in "my pictures" folder 286k+ to a lesser 256K allowable (which I guess is stopping the attachment)??


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Post by philhoward » Tue Jul 21, 2009 1:01 pm

Try changing (Resize) the picture to 800x600 pixels - that should bring the size down.


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Rapido Folding Caravan

Post by Dennis Nicholas » Tue Jul 21, 2009 6:20 pm

Think I got the hang of pictures now.
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Rapido Folding Caravan

Post by Dennis Nicholas » Tue Jul 21, 2009 7:00 pm

Bit big that lot :) Here are the other 2 sizes. Confort smaller and Export larger. Basically the trailer gets longer so the width of the erected caravan gets wider. Thus the Export has a separate kitchen and extra compartment opposite which can be used as a toilet/walk in wardrobe etc. The lady is standing in the kitchen. The bottom left shows setee in double bed and double bunk mode with middle picture showing walk in compartment on other side of right-hand bulkhead. They can have 12V only or full 12V and 230V hitch up electrics. All models are fitted to take full size awning on both sides.
It does tend to draw interested onlookers when erecting and folding it!
They are ingenious and use mostly stainless screws and fittings. Fully erecting takes about 15 minutes.
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Rapido Folding Caravan

Post by Dennis Nicholas » Tue Jul 21, 2009 7:25 pm

Ok the final one to show how it is done and extras. 8)
Sadly the last of these was made in 1985 and now Rapido only make motorhomes.
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Re: What do you tow with your Scimitar?

Post by Bernd » Mon May 17, 2010 11:14 am

Hello,
I´m towing a Qek Junior 400 from 1980 with my SE5a. In the next year we will (my wife and me)make
our Holiday in the south of England.
Sorry fpr my bad english.

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Re: What do you tow with your Scimitar?

Post by ScimitarMatt » Mon May 17, 2010 11:41 am

Hi Bernd,

that's a fantastic photo and a lovely looking little caravan. When you come to the UK are you planning on visiting any Scimitar events?

If you time your visit in August you could come along to the annual RSSOC weekend at Curborough in the middle of the country (www.rssoc-curborough.co.uk), it is a weekend of camping, car sprinting and generally a good opportunity to meet other scimitar owners from all accross Europe. You and your caravan would be made very welcome.

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Re: What do you tow with your Scimitar?

Post by samd » Mon May 17, 2010 1:26 pm

This is an interesting thread. I have a 1976 Musketeer that hadn't been slept in until I got my hands on it in 2004, its still quite good but no longer mint! I also keep a '02 Hobby 620 UK model in Carlisle for working over there and an '03 version at home for working in Eire. Neither of which could be towed by the GTE legally (too wide) But the Musketeer would be the business. I used to be a member of the CCCF and there was a family in it who owned an Engineering firm. They had 4 No. GTEs between them and they used them for towing their caravans. There are probably photo's showing them all, somewhere!



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Re: What do you tow with your Scimitar?

Post by JoeySully » Mon May 17, 2010 1:31 pm

My Dad has one of these fold up caravans in the shed. I've never seen it opened though. he bought a few years ago and never used it. Might get it out and see if it still works.



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