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Message posted by Mucker1884 on 27/10/2013 at 8:21am
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... Y'know, those flat pack vans on a trailer...

Rubbish, right?
Made of cardboard?
Gotta be permanently damp?
No way is that joint in the roof sealable! That's gotta leak!
Can't get to sleep once the wind reaches 8mph? Yes, EIGHT!!
Have to cover them with Fablon just to cover all the mould?

I don't wanna know where the best place is, to see them.
I certainly don't wanna know where to start looking to buy one.
Don't give me lots of pics of them looking all nice and chintzy, when we all know there is mould hidden in the corners, under the hand-sewn cushion covers, and behind the matching curtains!
I don't wanna hear that folk are fascinated by them, and how they are "a talking point/ice-breaker/conversation magnet"!
I don't want advice on how to lovingly care for them, and keep them "at their best". (Yeah, right!!)

Just give me all the negative feedback you can, please (PLEEEEEEASE!!!) and maybe some nightmare photo's of them falling to bits mid-camp, or crumpled up on the hard shoulder, where they just disintegrated!
Tell me your horror stories, and how you would never contemplate owning another one.

Lots of replies please, (don't forget the pics, too) so I can pass on just how useless they are, to Muckerette, and we can put this whole ridiculous idea behind us, get back to enjoying our wonderful tents, and stop these "visions of inferiority"!!

I'm right..... aren't I?

Thanks in advance!


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2014 = 3 x trips so far = 8 nights and counting.
2013 = 36 nights
2012 = 21 nights

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Message posted by Alec Gatherer on 27/10/2013 at 11:31am
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Hiya Mucker
Is it the Exportmatic type you don't want any info on, or the slightly less quirky Orline style?
If you search my posts you will find snippets about the latter.

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Message posted by LobeyDosser on 27/10/2013 at 1:12pm
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Do I detect a secret Rapido Closet Queen?

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Message posted by OliverDay on 27/10/2013 at 1:35pm
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I suspect she has the latest Rapido in mind. How's your bank balance?

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Message posted by Mucker1884 on 27/10/2013 at 7:23pm
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Thanks folks.

All I know is, we don't want anything modern... regardless of bank balance! :-)

We saw one in France, and although I guessed it was a folder, due to that stepped joint across the roof, it was just a guess. It was old... but immaculate!
Very chic, very chintzy, and Muckerette immediately fell in love with it.
All we had to go on, was the name Rapido, so headed straight for google images when we got back to Blighty!
However, after an hour on Youtube, I came away horrified! It just seemed so flimsy... nothing more than some panels of hardboard held together by nothing mare than gravity.

But c'mon... they can't be as bad as that, can they? I'm clearly missing something, and I need convincing that Muckerette's fancy is something that may just be worth us pursuing a little further.

We've convinced ourselves, for now at least, that we really want to continue cooking outside, tenter stylee, so an awning would be great, and if it came with a fitted kitchen, I could see us stripping it out, maybe keeping the empty units for storage?
All we actually need in there, would be a decent bed, and room to sit inside on a stormy evening (even on our own camp chairs, so no real need for built in couches.... we would keep the bed made up). It's the shell we are more interested in. It was quirky. It was like nothing we had seen on a site before. The words "Classic" and "Classy" immediately sprang to mind.

I'd insist on near perfect condition, as far as the shell and trailer were concerned... we're not looking for a "project", but fittings-wise, we would be a lot more relaxed!

But... and this is presently a massive but.... I can't get those thoughts of flimsiness out of my head.

If I can be assured that they are stronger than they look, and that they really are weatherproof, and that, even if only once in a blue moon, it may just be possible to actually locate and purchase one sometime in the next few years, then I would happily get stuck in to some serious research.

I owe it to my perfect wife to at least look into the possibility of her getting her perfect vintage van, and us sharing many a wonderful continental holiday in it.

For the record, the nearest I can find on google images, that best shows what we saw on site in France, was something like this...


We have no idea about models, but after yet another very quick google, in answer to Alec's question, I guess it's the Exportmatic we saw? Whilst the Orline style, and seemingly many other more modern similar styles from other manufacturers, come across as more solid, more sensible, and possibly more likely to be sourced, the much sought-after quirkiness seems to be missing. We are not dismissing the hard top style completely, but for now, at least, we want to explore avenues leading to these older, more classic styles first, if it proves to be an avenue worth pursuing.

The one in France had wow factor, and if we are to divert our interests away from tenting (which admittedly, we are not desperate to do!) I feel we need to concentrate on vintage, on classic, and on that very same wow factor!!

I appreciate I may be asking a lot. I appreciate this may well be a niche market. But this is something that has just hit us full in the face, from absolutely nowhere, so I needed to ask, and where better than here?

Any morsel will be a great help if we are to pursue this further. Even negative morsels will help, per se, as we really don't know where to start, but start, we must!

Over to you good folk.

Many thanks.





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2014 = 3 x trips so far = 8 nights and counting.
2013 = 36 nights
2012 = 21 nights

Message posted by Mucker1884 on 27/10/2013 at 7:41pm
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Oh... and sincere apologies if my initial post, or the title, offended anyone.
I do hope my humour shone through!!

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2014 = 3 x trips so far = 8 nights and counting.
2013 = 36 nights
2012 = 21 nights

Message posted by navver on 27/10/2013 at 9:04pm
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I considered a Rapido once, but then thought about picking my young grandson up from school. Out he'll come shouting "Hey Pedo, Grampy Pedo, What we gonna do today". and they'll all be looking......

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Excellent!

Anyone else?

How about coming to have a nosey at one on site somewhere? Even next summer, if need be?
I take it we do have owners of these 'vans on this forum?

I appreciate this is not the best time of year to get a million replies, so I'll keep checking in, and maybe bump it once a month, until the site is busy again.

I don't think it was something we were going to rush into, anyway. Just sounding trying to sound out the experts, for now.

Many thanks all.

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2014 = 3 x trips so far = 8 nights and counting.
2013 = 36 nights
2012 = 21 nights

Message posted by Alec Gatherer on 28/10/2013 at 7:50pm
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Just in case you haven't found this:

http://www.originalrapido.co.uk/

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Message posted by bigtoe on 29/10/2013 at 7:58am
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They look like cereal boxes and seem to be about as robust.Only a mad man would entertain such an idea.......does that help?

I really love the Rapido pop top caravans, and there are plenty of the older classics still around.

The camping beast needs feeding, in whatever form it takes ��

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Aug.......somewhere else in France

Message posted by White Rose on 30/10/2013 at 7:16am
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Mucker - you've probably seen this already, but you could try before you buy ... Vintage rapido

Message posted by _tich_ on 30/10/2013 at 7:06pm
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The problem with Stanley is it's been made to look like an early 70's Rapido when in reality it's an 80's Confortmatic. Ok so there's not that much difference between them but the model its copying is supposed to have marine ply sides. Nothing stopping you if you wanted to try it out though.

I own a 1980 Export & love it, only downside is that it needs 2 people to unfold it so it's a bit of a pain having to ask for help when I'm out & about. The Conforts can be unfolded by one person. They are pretty basic but mine has everything that I need plus it keeps me nice warm & dry. Yeah they look flimsy but when all put up then they can survive windy conditions just as well as normal caravans. They don't leak from the overlapping roof either, well mine never has.

Ooops some pics









Horrible things really

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Cool fabric tich, reminds me of the covers in my Nan and Grandads carvan.

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Cool van Tich.

Tell me, in the first picture, are the 2 metal brackets on the wall for a bunk bed?



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Yeah Lobey it can potentially sleep up to 6 (mine can sleep 5) more if you fit both awnings on each side of the van, handy having a door on each side. Oops sorry I'm supposed to be posting up negative stuff about them on this thread.
The toilet door on mine is a very rare option as I've only seen them fitted on 2 Exports & the door in mine is from one of them. As for the fabrics they are original & came out of a 79 Export as mine had been changed for something else.

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Quote: Originally posted by _tich_ on 30/10/2013
Yeah Lobey it can potentially sleep up to 6 (mine can sleep 5) more if you fit both awnings on each side of the van, handy having a door on each side. Oops sorry I'm supposed to be posting up negative stuff about them on this thread.
The toilet door on mine is a very rare option as I've only seen them fitted on 2 Exports & the door in mine is from one of them. As for the fabrics they are original & came out of a 79 Export as mine had been changed for something else.

Och weel, I suppose "only" having 5 beds and a Loo is a negative!!!!

Our latest unit is supposed to sleep 4 but I have removed the bunk bed so now it will sleep 2 adults & 2 wee dugs!



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