1971 Coleman new canvas- what model????

Discussion in 'Camper Restoration Projects' started by Missysmith, Dec 8, 2018.

  1. Missysmith

    Missysmith New Member

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    Hi all,
    I really need help. My camper is registered as a 1970 grey Coleman box trailer. There is only 4 numbers on the rego papers vin (CP 2283).
    I think it’s the Coleman 1971 580, but when I measured my camper, the dimensions are not quite the same as the original dimensions on the old Coleman brochure.
    I need to order a new canvas from bear creek and I need to give them the exact model. I narrowed it down to the 580 coz I can see under the rubber that previous owner put on the colour under it is “green” and on the Coleman brochure the 580 and 581 was sold in green.

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  2. BillyMc

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  3. PopUpSteve

    PopUpSteve Administrator

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    I don't think that's a Coleman. Coleman campers of that size have been using lift systems much like those used today.

    See: http://www.popupportal.com/resources/1970-coleman®-camping-trailers-brochure.348/

    And being it has a street-side entrance door, make me think it's from England.

    Call Bear Creek, they may be able to help you find out what it is or at least instruct you on how to measure it to have new canvas made.
     
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  4. GreyFox

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    You have 2 mysteries then - why it's registered as a Coleman camper when there's absolutely no chance that it is, and 2) what really is it? I suppose a long shot would be to query both Bear Creek Canvas and Canvas Replacements with these pics and see if they have any ideas as to what it might be - but it certainly is not a Coleman.
     
  5. DR Stitch H.D

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    It appears that your camper is an Australian model possibly home made?
    Are you an Aussie, if you're in Sydney I can point you in the direction for a new canvas.
     
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  6. hq308

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  7. DR Stitch H.D

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    Nice detective work there mate, I didn't notice the otto bin!
     
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  8. jnc

    jnc Welcome from New Hampshire

    I second the motion to send them the old canvas. All In Favor?
     
  9. GreyFox

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    If the OP was intending to do a complete body up restoration then new tenting would be the obvious answer, otherwise I personally wouldn't waste the $$$$ as the residual value of the end result will be little better than it is now.
     
  10. jnc

    jnc Welcome from New Hampshire

    The OB did not ask your opinions on the value of their camper. They are just looking for info on the measurements.
     
  11. GreyFox

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    GreyFox said:
    If the OP was intending to do a complete body up restoration then new tenting would be the obvious answer, otherwise I personally wouldn't waste the $$$$ as the residual value of the end result will be little better than it is now.

    E-X-C-U-S-E me! :D

    FWIW it's OP, not OB. [LOL]
     
  12. hq308

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    The OP appears to be in Australia, the "residual value" on a camper trailer is much higher down here than what you guys have access to. You won't get much in a ready to camp trailer for less than $3K (Australian Dollars). That's not to say that the cost of new tenting will be recovered if/when they sell it, just that it takes a little more before you can say a trailer is uneconomical to repair. In saying all that the cost of a new canvas down here is likely more than what you guys pay too.
     
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  13. gail58

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    The quote we got was $5000 from a place just up the road from where this pup lives... so yeah new tenting is expensive here
     
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  14. DR Stitch H.D

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    A fella around the corner from my work has been making these for 14 years & changes about $2700 for a new recanvas.
    He has 30 year's experience & funnily enough he had worked for my employer before I did, he uses velcro to attcah the bed ends rather than zippers & he has been willing to offer me tips & or advise for when it comes to me to replace my canvas.
     
  15. DR Stitch H.D

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    Things seem to cost more in Australia but when you take into account our labour rates it wouldn't be too different.
     

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