Zephyr Caravans are very prone to leaking or water damage from major condensation and 80`s models & possible later are not exempt due to their design.
This van prior to buying, the seller said it didn’t leak hahaha ! I thought this would have to be a first. When we collected it, it had problems on my first inspection. We know how to sort the problems so we bought it.
She was rough to say the least, the interior was disgusting from loads of use and sun damage. The exterior was badly dented on just about all the panels. But Hay they are a good looking vans, a great size for touring with shower and double bed at one end of the van and kitchen in the middle and living area up front (draw bar end) This being a 22 foot long van without draw bar.
We have almost gutted the interior to do the repairs !!! She even rotted where no van should- water got in around the exterior power outlet, factory fitted- no sealant fitted- very good quality control or she was a Friday van.
We have now re-built both front and rear walls and some floor areas. When we do this sort of re-build we strengthen the frame mainly where people place their hands to push vans. The Zephyr has no timber to support the alloy skin so it dents under the lightest pressure. This wont happen to our repairs.
We have finished giving her the total make over and face lift and I just love it, she has come together beautifully, in a wild and wonderful way. It has been a massive job as she was in a bad way through total neglect. I don’t understand how most people seem to forget to look after their caravan and in most cases the caravan is worth more than the family car these days. Some caravans even get painted with a paint brush or a roller ! would you do that to your $10,000 car ?