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Message posted by easasia on 26/10/2013 at 11:51am
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I have been the proud owner of lfa Sprite Alpine SV 1982 for around twenty years. The last few years its started to show signs of damp. Which depending on my mood i've tried to ignore, pull the curtains over, hide with cushions and use other methods of pretending that didn't exist.

Finally it came to a choice between look for a newer caravan or repair this one. At cross purposes my girlfriend thought i was more keen to fix than sell.

The spars are in surprisingly good condition so far. I've probed them thoroughly and can see no decay.

However my question is When we come to putting things back to rights. What type of screws and bolts do i use to reattach things like the grab handles. I know there is a reaction between the steel and the aluminium skin. Is there a special type of bolt i can get?

Colin and Ann

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Message posted by Al+Mel on 26/10/2013 at 1:39pm
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Stainless steel screws etc. and a barrier of zinc chromate paste between them and the ally skin.

Message posted by easasia on 26/10/2013 at 8:49pm
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Image's of our damp repair project can be seen on our profile as we progress on our journey to repair her to her former glory.

Colin and Ann


Message posted by Heidihide on 27/10/2013 at 12:31am
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Hi, your Sprite Alpine is in way better condition than mine. The wood in the back corner where the back and the side walls meet in my Alpine, are no more. It had literally turned into compost. Along with leaking awning rails, window rails and window seals gone, I have now discovered some large pin holes in the aluminium. Desperately trying to remember if I had taken too much medication or not enough medication when I bought the blasted thing! Trying to be very grown up about the whole thing and it has become a personal challenge to convert my little Heidi from something resembling a colander into a dry, funky sewing and crafting studio! Wish me luck. From what I can see from the three photos, yours seems quite a tidy little thing.

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Hi Heidihide, Al+Mel

We were full of dread when we started our project but soon found things were not as bad as we expected.

However she does like to throw these little problems our way, for instance removing the grab handles that was a performance. lol.

Thanks Al+Mel for the advice you gave us.

Colin and Ann

 


Message posted by easasia on 01/11/2013 at 11:34pm
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Hi

I have recently read about some Austriatian caravan's having aluminium frames.  As a point of interest has anyone used aluminium to repair a uk van's' frame?

Colin and Ann


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