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    • CommentAuthorfibee
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2011
     
    Not where to post this so forgive categorization...? We have inherited a static caravan which a couple of people have suggested should be scrapped (there is some floor damage from what looks like a bathroom leak, and its pretty tatty, but overall seems dry to me) . We could use the extra space for friends and family to stay and I was wondering about prolonging its life by creating a new shell - timber cladding (waney edge boards form our wood)it and perhaps puting a sedum roof on it (it is currently a hellish eyesore!) - extra insulating it and refurbishing the inside. Any thoughts/experiences? It just seems like such a lot of 'stuff' (metal, insulation, timber..) to throw away, but I am wary about wrapping it up in an extra shell (could I cause problems through condensation etc?).
    • CommentAuthorskyewright
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2011 edited
     
    Posted By: fibee...static caravan...creating a new shell - timber cladding (waney edge boards form our wood)it...

    I don't know how successful it was but I've certainly driven past examples up here in the Highlands & Islands that look to be exactly that, i.e. wooden 'sheds' that give every appearance of being constructed around a static caravan. I've also seen static caravans with a wooden entrance porch added on the side.
    • CommentAuthordickster
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2011
     
    The "house" we bought was a double mobile that the previous owner had built an extension on. The whole thing was then dressed up to resemble a house. The mobile bit had 2 x 2 battens screwed to the outside, fibre glass insulation, then the whole thing covered in roofing felt, expanded mesh and then rendered. A new pitched roof and concrete tiles finished it off.

    We stripped it down last year and moved the mobile (after 40 + years of immobility) to live in as we build our new house.

    2 x 2 was rotten as a peach where it touched ground, insulation and roof full of dead rats, nests and shite!

    Unpleasant.

    PS make sure the axles are not supported on wooden blocks, use concrete.
    • CommentAuthorfibee
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2011
     
    Thanks both - that makes me feel positive about having a go (trying to avoid making rats nests and keeping all off the ground, of course) at timber cladding - I would be ecstatic if I could extend its life by 40 years!!

    Any thoughts on sedum/green roofing (which I would be doing mainly for aesthetic reasons - from the mountain above us our mobile stands out like a sore thumb - but also because I fancy having a go at green roofing too) - I'm asuming a static caravan roof wouldn't bear the load of 240 sq ft of sedum plus media but not sure whether to build a freestanding canopy with a few inches of gap, or fix to roof but build in some load taking 'help'?.... All experiences, thoughts VERY gratefully received. This project is going to be a mini 'test bed' for all sorts of things that we are considering for our budget house renovation (12v lighting, solar PV, DIY solar water and wind turbine...)
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