About Us

We started about 12 years ago when we purchased a 1974 Anglo Ace 12 foot caravan for our own use. We owned that van for about 5 years and only used it about 3 times, so we decided to sell it.  The van was completely  refurbished and looked great. We took it downtown into Kaeo where it sat for about 2 hours…

First caravan we overhauled

First caravan we overhauled

… a lady wanted to buy it there and then and we sold it for $4850.00 We were shocked! We bought another and did the same. The same thing happened so then we realised it wasn’t just a one off. Once we started listing our vans on the net we couldn’t keep up with what was happening so we formed Retro Caravans Northland Ltd and things haven`t looked back. The only problem we have is that we can’t get the vans refurbished fast enough for the amount of people that want our type of caravan and our standard of refurbishment, which is keeping things original.

We don’t restore caravans. we prefer to buy good solid vans with good original interiors and in original condition. We prefer to stay away from the ones that have had the home made handy person who attack caravans with paint brushes and old house paint.

Fitting new draw bars and parking legs is part of the fun in bringing a Vintage NZ made caravan back to  new condition but still 30-50 years old.

We love what we do.

Regards Rick & Dave

Comments (9)

  1. Zeetra

    Hi there,

    Love you website!

    i see the first caravan you renovated was an Anglo Ace. By chance do you have any internal photos of this?
    We got given a very water damaged Anglo Ace in March of 2014. My husband has done extensive work to it, but its nothing like its meant to be. We havent been able to find any reference photos to go from. I was wondering if you wouldnt mind sharing one or maybe two photos please.

    Thank you

  2. Roger Waddell

    Hi Rick and Dave
    It was lovely to meet you at New Year (we live in Nelson and popped up from our holiday place at Russell. We bought off TradeMe the 1967 Jackson Carina that was the prize at the 2014 Beach Hop). We are looking for another wee retro caravan for our glamping site as ‘Blue’ requires frustrating table-to-bed changing. We’ll keep a look out for what you have on offer but we are limited by budget unfortunately. All the best. Roger.

  3. Paul Pollard

    Hi. I have a 1974 Anglo Ace, the same as in the picture above, and I have broken the window stays. I want to double check the standard or deluxe kits that you have on Trade Me before buying. Is it a difference of the height of the plastic mount, from the metal rivet hole to the base with the 2 screw holes. Mine is 24mm in height and also has the 2 triangle indents on the back so I am pretty sure it is a standard.


  4. sandy

    ive just added some infill strip on your site,, ive measured and the gap is 5mm. you have some window rubbers too, but very hard to see.are u able to send me a little tiny piece off each please/window rubbers and strip for side.. also can u txt me so i can send photo off my phone off the rubber needed.please. sandy 0272287890

  5. Jonathan

    I am currently renovating a 72 Anglo and have hit a few hurdles. One is the flashing that goes around the windows as I haven’t been able to find some one that can bend the flashing with both sides bent, the second is the corner insert to hold the window together. Can you give me some advice on how to get the flashing and do you sell the corner inserts? Cheers


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