Martin Walter Dormobile

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Martin Walter Dormobile

Post by fig » Wed Aug 02, 2006 6:25 am

How many splitbus Dormobiles are out there with the Martin Walter Dormatic interior?

I have owned my original 63 MW Dormobile for 11 years now and I have never seen another one.

Martin Walter Dormobile owners please post pics of your buses/interiors in this thread.

And please PM me; I'd love to hear from other owners of Martin Walter Dormobiles.

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Post by fig » Wed Aug 02, 2006 6:43 am

Here are some shots of the Dormatic interior:

Martin Walter ID plate:
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Dormobile pop-up roof and rear kitchen/cabinet set in Hammerited steel:
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Dormatic seats can face forward in two rows; comfortable seating for four:
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Or the front pair can swivel to face the rear for saloon-style seating around the folding table (missing):
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Or all the seats can fold away to clear floor space for cooking in the kitchenette:
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Or they can fold flat to make two single beds:
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Or a double bed:
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There are two six-foot folding bunks in the Dormobile pop-top (the plaid one is the original material):
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The steel kitchenette/cabinet set in the back:
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Chrome Dormobile emblem on each front door:
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Post by gruftybuggers » Wed Aug 02, 2006 7:20 am

we got rid of ours last year, great bus just not practical for us! ours was a 62 rhd, with the dormatic seats and original bunks and interior.
great busses, makes you think how inotive they were even all those years ago!
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Post by David Eccles » Wed Aug 02, 2006 7:23 am

the steel kitchen was on the first run of Dormobiles only...the 63 models upgraded..not seen one in steel
there's quite a few with the original seating still about ....
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Post by Phill » Wed Aug 02, 2006 8:03 am

Hi Fig - I love the photos of your van. Great detail and as others have said- they were very clever with the design. I also noticed you have the original Martin Walter roof rack which is my favorite. Any chance you can show more photos of it as I am trying to replicate one and also make a matching rear rack in the same style.

I have seen a few Dormobile's at the shows, so am sure there are others on here with other examples. It would be good to see many more photos of the original interiors. By the way I do recomend David's book 'The inside story' which gives great detail on all conversions!

Nice van!

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Post by IanB » Wed Aug 02, 2006 11:34 am

Hi, I spotted the roof rack as well-- really jelous as I want one for my van. I will keep looking :(


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Post by fig » Wed Aug 02, 2006 11:48 am

This is the only other pic I have of the roofrack online:

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If anyone wants more pics I can take them; just PM me.
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Post by musclebus » Wed Aug 02, 2006 3:42 pm

fig wrote:This is the only other pic I have of the roofrack online:

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If anyone wants more pics I can take them; just PM me.
Hi, I am looking for a set of the roof rack fastners if anyone can help?, I've had the roofrack over a year without being about to fit it now.... :wink:

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Post by fig » Wed Aug 02, 2006 4:15 pm

musclebus wrote:Hi, I am looking for a set of the roof rack fastners if anyone can help?, I've had the roofrack over a year without being about to fit it now.... :wink:
Interesting that the front legs on your rack are in a different position to mine.

I made my own clamps for a full-length rack out of some turnbuckles and flat steel strip. I'll see if I can rustle up some pics.
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Post by ade700 » Wed Aug 02, 2006 4:35 pm

that looks like the conversion that was in the one on pimp my ride :lol: if that makes sense 8O
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Post by fig » Mon Aug 07, 2006 3:40 pm

Thanks for all the kind words about my dormer.

Do I take it nobody else here has a Dormobile with Martin Walter interior??? Anybody know anyone who has one? Does anybody have any pics of Martin Walter interiors? Any pics of your ex-bus Gruftybuggers?
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Post by Joe_G » Wed Aug 09, 2006 5:06 pm

Not a whole Martin walter but i did pick up a set of Dormatic seats yesterday. They are very funky and not sure what i'll do with them!!!

Do you know if they all had the ali/vinyl covered trims round the front of the seats and what the little catches are on the back of the swivel seats are for??

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Post by fig » Thu Aug 10, 2006 5:46 am

Joe_G wrote:Not a whole Martin walter but i did pick up a set of Dormatic seats yesterday. They are very funky and not sure what i'll do with them!!!

Do you know if they all had the ali/vinyl covered trims round the front of the seats and what the little catches are on the back of the swivel seats are for??
I've seen those trims in pictures, but my Dormer never had them. I replaced the original upholstery because the fabric was torn to shreds, but the vinyl was still good and no sign of any trims ever having been there.

I don't know what catch you're referring to behind the swivel seats. Pics?
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Post by Joe_G » Thu Aug 10, 2006 8:28 pm

You can kind of see them in this pic, the seats aren't with me here at the moment. i can get a better picture after the weekend.
They are a bit like the catches you'd get on a tonneu cover, an eye goes over them then a bit turns to lock it.

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All mine have the rivets for the trims but only one seat has it on.

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Post by fig » Fri Aug 11, 2006 5:30 am

I think the trims are a feature of later (post 63?) Dormatic seats. I have only seen them in pics of the vinyl-upholstered seats like yours. My seats were originally vinyl/fabric as seen in the early Dormobile brochure published online somewhere. The front seats in the brochure bus don't have the trims.

The little fasteneners on the backs of the front seats each attach to a strap on the bulkhead. They secure the front seats when they are tipped forwards as in my one pic above. BTW, they should sit on the inside top corner, not the outside; your front seats need to swap positions.
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