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Old 06-03-2020, 07:09 PM   #1
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1986 Cadet

Hi Everyone
My family bought a vintage Cadet camper a little over a year ago. It has been a ride. My husband and I gutted it and we got all the fibreglass and windows fixed up then we rebuilt the inside to sleep five very comfortably.
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Old 06-04-2020, 06:47 AM   #2
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Welcome. every time I see one of those little Cadets it makes me smile. I don't know why it just does.
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Old 06-04-2020, 09:37 AM   #3
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Sleeps 5? I'd love to see pictures o the interior. Please share your renovation.

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Old 06-04-2020, 04:57 PM   #4
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Cadet made into sleeping cabin for 5

Here is my Cadet to sleep 5. We took out the kitchen and there is no running water but we do have a port-a-potty we can use in an emergency. This also means that we have revealed all inputs and outs so it is supper low maintenance and very comfortable! The large bed is a queen sized the others are long twins.
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Old 06-05-2020, 09:36 AM   #5
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Thanks or the photos. Your Cadet interior has a nice clean look. Enjoy using it!
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Old 06-06-2020, 12:44 AM   #6
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Super cool! I just picked up what I believe to be a cadet. Or something to the nature (doesn't have that pop top hmm) about to embark on my remodel journey. Even going to youtube it I think!!!
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Old 06-06-2020, 10:46 AM   #7
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Please post some photos of your new 'Cadet'. Perhaps someone here can help you identify what it is.

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Old 06-06-2020, 11:29 PM   #8
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Its polish origins suggest it is a predom 126d or otherwise known as a cadet or bigger brother to the cadet called a "captain" that is what I've managed to figure out this far!!! Interesting little buggy! More pictures and content to come I'll start a new demo thread!
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Old 07-13-2020, 05:30 AM   #9
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Hello looks great! May i ask what you put on the walls?
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Old 07-13-2020, 08:10 AM   #10
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Hi. Thanks!It is particularly board. We framed out and insulated then put the board on top. It is anti mould etc so that is good. Do you have a cadet to?
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Old 07-13-2020, 08:11 AM   #11
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Nice! How is it going?
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Old 07-13-2020, 03:16 PM   #12
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yes i just bought a 1986 cadet....it was renovated roughly by a previous owner and then sat unused for 5 years with the next owner...a project that didn't get started....I am going to strip it down and start over....keeping anything original inside (though not too much). starting to read, look at everyone's pictures and posts and get ideas. thanks for your response
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Old 12-24-2020, 07:21 PM   #13
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Cadet to sleep 4+

Hi everyone! I just finished redoing my cadet again as my kids 7 and 9 keep growing. No we all want to be comfortable sleeping in the cadet. See pics attached. Basically it is a pullout slat bed queen sided on the bottom and two hammock beds on top. The beds each have 4 attachment points so they stay open. In the day we simple I clip them and move them to the far side so they are out of the way for day use. So fun. I gape we can use it this year!
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Old 12-24-2020, 07:22 PM   #14
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Heating question

Does anyone have any tricks for heating the cadet fir colder weather use? Heaters? Electrical blankets? Etc?
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Old 12-24-2020, 08:02 PM   #15
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cold weather camping

If you are camping with access to shore power, a small 1000 watt electric space heater will easily keep the camper warm. However if you are camping off grid, then there are several options. You could use a small propane space heater (requires cracking open two windows), install a propane furnace, or just bundle up. When using propane inside the camper, definitely install a propane detector and CO detector.

EDIT: Many folks use a small propane space heater to warm up the trailer in the evening, then turn it off before going to bed, then turn back on in the morning for awhile. In a recent thread, someone mentioned that most of the propane space heaters produce too much heat. He uses a Martin CH3 propane heater which appears to produce the lowest heat output, about 1500 BTU of heat on the low setting.
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