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Dandy Campers - an icon of the 70s

The Dandy was the brainchild of a Mr Harold Murray.

In the early 1960s, Mr Murray developed one of the first campervans based on the Commer chassis; although successful the market was very limited due to high cost of production. So he set about designing an affordable camper that would meet the demands of the growing camper market; he also wanted to design a camper that would be an alternative to the limitations of normal canvas .

Mr Murray came across an innovative new PVC fabric, The cover of a 1970s Dandy brochurewith along with an ingenious new double layer thermal lining system proved ideal for his revolutionary new camper. With the addition of a solid locking door, glass windows and caravan-type interior ‘The Dandy folding caravan’ was born and was launched at the 1965 Belle Vue Camping and Caravan Exhibition in Manchester.

With its unique all weather fabric, innovative design and construction it was an immediate success and the story of The Dandy camper had begun. They were hand built at the Dandy factory in Wigan, Lancashire.

During the 70s and 80s camping became more popular than ever, and Dandy enjoyed amazing success, soon becoming one of the most established and famous brands on the folding camper market. To this day it has it’s own ‘Dandy Owners Club’.

Ian Smith is now the MD at Riva Dandy; he worked for Mr Harold Murray and has been with Dandy caravans since 1976; starting as general labourer and tea boy he worked his way up through the company to become factory foreman in 1989. Ian bought the company in 2003 (who said the tea boy with the hare lip would never achieve anything?)

Today Riva Dandy Sales - still a family business owned by Ian and still based at Wigan - enjoys a reputation for supplying top quality reconditioned, pre-owned Riva Dandys and can supply anything from the smallest of parts to a full refurbishment, ensuring the continuation of Mr Harold Murray’s iconic Dandy camper and proud heritage for a new generation to enjoy.