A Jurgens – Caravan Time Travel – South Africa

We purchased a JURGENS  in 1973 while living in Germiston.  A  caravan known to be one of the best of it’s time.  It wasn’t new, but our famiy was. Our family then was made up of one six month old little cherub.  Today as we holiday, camping at Croyde Bay in Devon, UK, she has her own cherub of 14 years old.

Found this old polaroid picture taken 8 years later.

Found this old polaroid picture taken 8 years later.

It was cream at the top and jurgens mushroom around the bottom.  We felt privledged and lucky to have joined the ranks of Jurgens and couldn’t wait to test the open road.  The attachment tents, we had two, had seen beter days!   They were old, and green.  Since this one was made, Jurgens had probably updated by some marvellous, swanky model, year upon year, but we had wheels to pull behind us and very proud too!

Jurgens were 21, the year we purchased ours in 1973!

At Jurgens 60th celebrations. Bet that one in the picture was number one!

At Jurgens 60th celebrations. Bet that one in the picture was number one!

(Singers feautured at celebration above are, The Country Legends at celebration 2012)

That first weekend as we hit the road, with the feeling of tremendous excitement, we were two adults acting like kids.   We felt proud and privelidged to own a Jurgens.  (already said that!) A one night stay in the  Eastern Transvaal not too far from home was number one!

We met caravanners along the way, who had way superior vans to ours through the years!

1975

This one is a great combination!

times two

Many caravan holidays later, most of them involving the seaside and the Indian ocean; we moved to the South Coast of Kwazulu Natal.  Our caravan came to rest at last, then only used as guest accomodation.

Today the Company Jurgens Ci, proudly call themselves, the leaders of leisure; with Gypsey and Sprite caravans to add to their collection. They export to Australia, Holland and New Zealand.

They started small!

Footnote:

“The Jurgens family arrived in Johannesburg in 1950 without much money, but with a determination to make a life for themselves in their new home. Jurgens-First-Caravan-in-South-AfricaFor 18 months they worked in the truck body building trade, learning the South African way. In 1952 they were ready to ‘show South Africa what we can do’, and opened their own factory in Germiston. It had three employees, the father and his two sons. Three months later a tradesman was added, and a year later the staff complement was 25.” (Extracted from, Caravan magazine, South Africa.)

This is my entry for Jennys Alphabe Thursday– letter ‘J’

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Life just happens when you plan something else. 50 years spent in Africa and relevant stories.
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13 Responses to A Jurgens – Caravan Time Travel – South Africa

  1. The Rider says:

    I still own a 1982 Jurgens Magnifique B… camp with it about once a year, the rest of the time it is my youngest’ HQ for his war games…

  2. Eveline McNally says:

    Yes remember that caravan well that’s where Lindy cane from!!

  3. TBM says:

    Never had one, but I would like one.

  4. Colline says:

    I remember seeing these on the road. Never had the opportunity to caravan though as it was an activity my parents did not enjoy.

  5. Monica says:

    Sounds like so much fun! I’d love to have a little trailer like those, but with 5 kids it couldn’t be that “little”! I have two girls that want to travel America after college – something like this would be perfect for them!!

  6. Wow.

    What a cute post!

    I love this shape and size of travel trailers!

    The color combination on your Jurgen is just neat!

    Thanks for linking.

    A_

  7. Oh! What a fun post to read and learn about the Jurgens camper Thank you for sharing…it was fun to see the photos of your little ones in front of your Jurgens.

    Blessings & Aloha!
    Jumping for Joy! I am finally catching up to some of my “J” visits! Please come by if you have a chance.

  8. liz2you says:

    Thanks Maria, popped over to yours, good, busy and colourful!
    Liz

    • Thank you so much for stopping by :o) I dont usually think to check back on a comment I had made to see if you replied, but I thought since I was back again here for “K” , I would check and I see that you did reply back :o)

      If ever you get a chance to come back to my place, please do leave a comment so that I know that you were there :o)

      Blessings & Aloha!

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