The first problem we ran into was the rims. They are not in any shape to hold air in a tire.
Esterel Caravans were made in France. The U.S. made them for a couple of years in the 80’s. You cannot find the rims in the U.S. AT ALL.
⚠️Caution: Rant ahead. Skip to next paragraph to spare yourself.⚠️
After about a week of searching I found a place in Ireland that sells them and had an option to ship to the U.S. so I ordered them. They then tell me they are out of stock and will ship them as soon as they get them in. Now, about 3 weeks later, I am told they are still not in and they normally do not offer shipping to the U.S. via their website so they are having problems trying to figure out shipment details because they only charged me a local shipping rate at the time of order. Needless to say, I am not holding my breath that I will ever see these new rims, if not, we will have to replace the axle to fit some modern U.S. rims.
In the meantime, its time to gut her. Be sure to label all wires and take LOTS of pics and notes for reference!
Wow. I can’t believe all that fit in that little camper!
Now, the floor. Ugggggghh, The manufacturer made this caravan from the ground up but we have to replace the floor from the walls down. The entire bottom, outer wall frame IS NOT attached to the metal trailer frame…… AT ALL. What??? And Why???
The 1×2’s that hold all 4 walls up is then attached to the 1×2’s that is part of the floor frame. The floor frame is the only thing that is attached to the metal trailer frame.
Now, I’m not an engineer or a “scientific rocket”, as us southerners say, but I do know how gravity works. We can’t just go in and cut the whole floor out at once to replace it. If we do, the camper shell will just fall. On the ground. Damn.
Plan B. Do the floor in sections and support the walls in each section as we go.
Wish us luck!
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