Welcome Home Betty- The Vintage Folding Caravan

This weekend we made a huge decision as a family, to purchase a caravan. We had been looking for one for a few months, keeping our eye’s peeled on various selling pages and websites and nothing suitable caught our eye. Until Friday night. An advert on the selling page Shpock popped up, showing a beautiful and well looked after retro folding caravan. Meet Betty La Boheme, isn’t she unique?!

Now, we are a large family of 6 and this caravan is a 3 berth. It has been modified inside to only fit a double bed, as originally there would have been a double and a single. We are going to recreate extra sleeping space over time, with some DIY sleeping space. The caravan also came with huge awning, for extra sleeping space. I can imagine it shall be a while until we take her on the road, but for now, we are enjoying her in our back garden as extra living space.

The kids have had breakfast, lunch and tea in her since she arrived Sunday afternoon, and I am also using her as my office during the day time. I am sat in my caravan writing right now! It’s a lovely quiet space, with no distractions. I normally write in the lounge, bent over the coffee table with Jeremy Kyle for company, but sitting in Betty gives me the perfect distraction free time I desperately need.

We were told that Betty is from 1985 but having asked on a few forums, and doing my own research it is more likely that she rolled out of the factory in 1978. Betty folds down into a trailer for when being taken on the road. But once at a destination, the roof is simply lifted and the sides locked into place. Such a simple design! We also have the original paperwork. Check out these wonderful photos of a La Boheme in all of its new fandangled glory!

The previous owners had loved her greatly and out lots of restorative work into her and taken her away on serval holidays too. We are truly lucky to have found such a rare and much loved caravan. They were a little sad to say goodbye but they wanted the money to buy a new caravan. I have promised that they can come visit her whenever they are passing 🙂

I can’t wait to put my own stamp on Betty and fill her with my own little vintage trinkets. I am already in the process of crocheting some bunting for the inside. I shall pop to the haberdashery later this week for some floral print fabrics to make tablecloths, curtains and cushion covers. I am so excited… and in love! Can you tell?

I plan on not only taking Betty on cheap caravanning holidays but also joining the Retro Caravan Owners Club and taking her along to some meet-ups and public events. We often see vintage caravan when we visit Hot Rod shows throughout the summer, where we often take our vintage prams.

Would you love a vintage caravan? Have you ever seen a folding La Boheme like ours? Let me know in the comments below!

Author: Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 young daughters, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting brands.

7 thoughts on “Welcome Home Betty- The Vintage Folding Caravan”

  1. This is so cool! You are going to have some many amazing memories and holidays in this. I didn’t know there was a Vintage Caravan Owners Club how fab!

  2. I’m not much of a caravan person but I must admit this is really cool! I never knew there was such a thing as a folding caravan, but it’s quite a clever idea – and I love all the vintage paperwork! Sounds like you’re going to enjoy your purchase!

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