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DAY 2 - Friday morning, June 6th
 It rained heavily during the night.  I'm worried about the broken window in the rear of the camper which may have allowed rain to enter. No, I didn't cover it up last night, fool that I am!

DAY 3 - June 9th
First day off from regular job since buying the camper.
 Using lots of WD-40, a grease gun, and a hammer, I was finally able to free-up the ball hitch.
It turns out it takes a 2" ball, so I won't have to change the one on my truck.  
I also had my driveway overhauled with new hardpack today. This necessitated my moving the Bailey. I hitched it to the truck and actually pulled it out into the street - a distance of only about 30 feet.  When I went to back the camper into the driveway, the right wheel brake had not released, and I dragged the tire through the new stone bed, leaving a nice 6" deep rut.  At least I know the brakes and the brake/hitch/tongue assembly all work.

Removed the front window and took it to a local glass repair shop.  I think I'll take out one window at a time.

Discovered a lot of damage plus a huge mouse-stash of seeds and nuts, etc. inside the front wall

Sprayed inside for bugs and covered broken windows with plastic.
 June 11th
I've had my doubts about the Year & Model of the Bailey, based on an article I read on the internet.  I emailed the author of the article who, in turn, forwarded my inquiry to the Bailey Company.  Here is the reply:

Hello Jody,
Thanks for the enquiry.

Looking at the photographs on your web site we think that the caravan vendor is correct and your caravan is either a 1968 or 1969 Bailey Mikado T.

Whilst similar to the 1966 version it can be differentiated by the curved top half section of the exterior door and the lack of the v-shaped chrome detail on the central panel behind the door. Bailey Caravans were exported to Canada throughout the mid to late 1960ís.

The caravan body shell looks in excellent shape for its age and the panelling all looks original.
If you provide me with your postal address I would be happy to send you copies of the product brochures for the caravan in question.

Good luck with the restoration.

Best Regards
Simon Howard

Special THANKS! to Simon for this confirmation. Click here to see front of brochure.
 DAY 5 - June 14th  The Moment of Truth
I removed and delivered the rear windows for repair and picked up and replaced the front window.
I tore out the dining area and the front walls thus exposing all the water damage.
DAY 6 - June 19
Picked up windows and installed them in the rear of the camper.
Removed fabric from the front bench bases.
Received original key from the owner and made two copies.
DAY 7 - September 7
Yes, it's been over 2½ months since I last worked on the camper.  I kept putting off trying to figure out how to repair the corners.  Well, I finally decided what to do - in the least complicated and least expensive way.
However, in the interim, I decided to gut the camper completely.  I removed everything including most of the wallboard. I haven't removed the ceiling covering (yet).  This will be diffilcult to replace due to the unusual shape of the individual panels.  I discovered that the rear corner framing members of the camper are also gone. Instead of trying to reproduce a compound curved corner post, I'm going to build up the wall by laying shiplapped 1x4s horizontally.
I'm not going to restore the Bailey to her original glory.  It would cost more than the Caravan is worth, even as an antique. Instead I'm just going to install a bed platform, a small table with chair, a PETT toilet from Camping World and a compact kitchen (sink, two burner stove, plus fridge all-in-one unit).

With a new floor and new walls, etc., I foresee the camper being a lot more functional and easier to clean than it would have been had I stuck to my original plan.
APRIL 24, 2010
On September 8, 2008, I retired.  ' Been working all my life, never been unemployed, and figured at 62, it's time. But my rest period was short-lived.  I spent the next 15 months in New Jersey helping my son with his relatively new business.
I returned to Vermont in December 2009, spent a very cold winter in the cabin, and have now decided to stay put.
I put up for auction and sold the Bailey on eBay back in March, However it turned out to be a bogus buyer.  See ad copy
At the time I bought the Bailey, I was driving a 2001 Dodge Dakota Sport pickup.  While in New Jersey, I traded it in on a 2004 Honda CR-V, that's rated at a maximum 1500 lb. towing capacity. I'm guessing the camper exceeds this weight, but many people assure me that the Honda will indeed tow it.  Some friends of mine in England have a similar Bailey caravan and they tow it with their VW bug.
I chose to restart my diary regarding the caravan because today I finally have a half way decent day to work outside.and chose to finish gutting the camper down to the bare frame, ceiling and all. Now I know exactly what I'll be working with and what needs to be repaired or replaced.
I was able to salvage all the ceiling panels so I can use the 8 sections as patterns for the new overhead.
I mentioned that I have friends with a Bailey Caravan almost identical to mine.  I sent them the Awning.  Shipping to England was a little pricey, but at least someone got it that can appreciate it. After attempting to erect it and attach it to the camper, I figured I'd never use it
Click here for an album of some more pictures: http://picasaweb.google.com/JodyinVermont/1969BaileyMikadaT#