1950s DEEJAY CARAVAN DECAL DeeJay caravans were built in West Brunswick, Vic, from the early 1950s to 1967. It is thought that 70 caravans were built in that period. 1950s DEEJAY CARAVAN DECAL
1958 DEEJAY CARAVAN DINING AREA The dining area is pretty much how it was in the 1950s, except for the curtains and floor. 1958 DEEJAY CARAVAN DINING AREA
1958 DEEJAY CARAVAN OWNERS Dennis and Sue are proud owners of this unique late 1950s caravan. 1958 DEEJAY CARAVAN OWNERS
1958 DEEJAY CARAVAN SHOWVER The van has a shower and what looks like the original shower curtain. The shower works by taking down the tank, filling it with water at the desired temperature, and replacing it back in the shower and turning it on. 1958 DEEJAY CARAVAN SHOWVER
1958 DEEJAY RETRO CARAVAN HUB CAPS Dennis replaced the previous hubcaps with hubcaps from a 1950s Dodge or Chrysler. 1958 DEEJAY RETRO CARAVAN HUB CAPS
1958 DEEJAY VINTAGE GAS STOVE The gas stove is original equipment and still works, though Sue prefers to cook outside the caravan. There is a wind up vent above the stove. 1958 DEEJAY VINTAGE GAS STOVE
1958 VINTAGE DEEJAY CARAVAN The caravan retains its original tow hitch and jockey wheel. 1958 VINTAGE DEEJAY CARAVAN

This well preserved DeeJay caravan is a testament to 1950s manufacturing technology.

The Watts’ 1958 DeeJay caravan is 19ft long and has a Tare weight of 1520kg.

Dennis and Sue Watts had owned a couple of vintage caravans before they had an opportunity to buy this large, tandem-axle wooden caravan. Badged as a DeeJay, this is one of only three caravans of this brand that are known to have survived.

Recently, Dennis and Sue met with the daughter of the original builder. His name was David Jones, hence the DeeJay, and he built caravans in a shed at his home in West Brunswick, a suburb of Melbourne.

David only built three or four caravans a year for a period spanning the early 1950s to 1967. Dennis and Sue’s caravan was originally purchased by someone in Brisbane who kept the caravan locked up in shed. It was only taken out every summer for a three-week holiday at Kingscliff Caravan Park in northern New South Wales.

Now, after some careful restoration, it is a well preserved example of 1950s caravan building technology. All of the components, including the chassis, were sourced from local tradesmen in the surrounding suburbs. It was put together using mostly hand tools, and every joint was glued with the old style hot glue and then screwed.

David was a highly skilled cabinet maker who also built furniture and cases for grandfather clocks and this shows in the van’s interior finish. Apparently, David spray painted everything himself, using the enamel paint that was the norm in the 1950s. "It’s a testament to his work when you see the quality of the original interior finish in the van today," Dennis said.


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