• The Restoration of Daisy Mae: Excerpt from Vintage and Retro Caravans Downunder

    6 monthes ago - By NZ Life & Leisure

    Don Jessen shares his experience restoring a rusty 1958 14-foot Liteweight Kiwi caravan, one of only 28 built, to her former glory in an extract from his book, Vintage and Retro Caravans Downunder.
    Words: Don Jenssen 1958
    LITEWEIGHT KIWI
    OWNERS: DON AND MARILYN
    In 2006, we found and restored a 12-foot 1956 Liteweight Kiwi. It was the last Kiwi designed and hand built by my father in our home garage. Dad built 82 caravans there over a 10-year period, before opening a factory and employing staff. We still have this caravan and have covered over 20,000 kilometres around New Zealand since its...
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  • How to do-up your vintage or retro caravan: Excerpt from Vintage and Retro Caravans Downunder

    How to do-up your vintage or retro caravan: Excerpt from Vintage and Retro Caravans Downunder

    6 monthes ago - By NZ Life & Leisure

    Doing up a vintage or retro caravan is a bit like doing up a vintage car. Not only is it addictive, but you are also faced with a number of very similar decisions to make. Can you restore it back to original or are you better to put your own spin on it like the hot-rod boys? What of the existing layout still works or is worth saving? Is it a gut job?
    Excerpt from Vintage and Retro Caravans Downunder
    Words: Marilyn Jenssen
    Don Jenssen's father hand-built the furniture in each of our Liteweight Kiwis , so we were very keen to retain all of it. That doesn't stop us dreaming about the 14-foot...
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  • Be in to win one of three copies of Vintage and Retro Caravans Downunder, valued at $49.99 each

    Be in to win one of three copies of Vintage and Retro Caravans Downunder, valued at $49.99 each

    6 monthes ago - By NZ Life & Leisure

    Win one of three copies of Vintage and Retro Caravans Downunder, valued at $49.99 each
    About the book: Don and Marilyn Jessen profile some of the prettiest and rarest vintage caravans in both Australia and NZ. They include tips of the caravan fashions of the decades, ways of presenting a vintage caravan and how to accessories with vintage crockery and caravan ware. they even include a vintage restoration. this enduring and endearing hoppy continues to draw newcomers from all walks of life, and this new book captures the very essence of vintage ‘vanner' lifestyle and the caravans they...
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