Sunday, May 15, 2011


Wow! I'm even impressing myself with all these posts in one day. It makes it look like we've been really busy on that camper this weekend! The truth is that son Michael has been at the Police Academy for the last two months, so he has only been able to work on it on weekends. He has been very generous with his off time considering that he now has so little of it!

I was kind of running out of money for this project--actually, I never really had any money for this project.  The guys had been using this and that from around the shop.  Well, this and that ran out last week, so I had to get a bit creative.  I cashed in a handful of gold jewelry--the majority of which was found in apartments that hubby had cleaned out.  There were a few pieces that I no longer wore or cared about.  The value of gold is high right now, so I was able to get about $500.  Son Michael is happy to now have a bit of a budget.
The table and benches went in this weekend.
Michael made a track for the piece that is needed to make the table area into a bed.  Clever, he is!  And the storage area under the bed is enormous.  It can be accessed from the outside also!
And, of course, he hinged the bench seats for additional storage.
The window frames are going to the sandblaster's tomorrow.  What's next?  Glad you asked!
  • Flooring - found in the warehouse (no cost)
  • Old tin backsplash - bought at an auction a while back (no cost)
  • Install cabinet doors (need to buy hardware)
  • Hook up sink and stove (had sink, stove came with camper)
  • Run gas lines
  • Caulk and paint
  • Buy new tires and hubcaps (no bargain)
  • Upholster cushions (foam will cost, fabric have)
  • Make curtains (have several ways I could go with what I have)
  • Design outside lettering and choose colors (hopefully Tessa is on this one)
  • Sell my first born to pay for exterior painting? Just kidding.
  • Accessorize and stock the thing all cute like
I am sure that there are other things that the guys are planning on doing that I have no clue about like brake lights and such.   Once school is out at the end of the week, I will get to help a bit more with it.


In the books I have read about vintage campers, it is suggested that you pick the name before you even start the project. If I had waited until I had the name, the bushes would still be growing out the backside because my guys would have lost interest. Nothing, I mean, nothing came to me for the longest time. And then, there it was. And I knew. After weeks of thinking and praying--yes, that probably sounds ridiculous considering the important things that there are to pray about, but I was desperate--it just was so very apparent. I was at the mall in Bath and Body Works, and saw this:

And standing in that store, I could see it painted on the side.  And I let out a squeal.  And Tessa *got* it right away.  And I was happy, very happy.  And I will try not to get carried away with this post.  It's just that it communicates why I even wanted a vintage camper.  The added plus is that I love the scent and have a gift card to buy it for when I get carried away this summer!


Okay, so far my camper duties have involved photography and an occasional planning meeting.  I am chomping at the bit to get to the decorating part.  I know all this structural stuff is important, but really   I was very happy to see the light fixture go in above my bed.  Love, love, love it..  And it only costs $20 at Lowe's.
Son Michael has made all new cabinets, including doors and drawer fronts.  He is something, that boy!
There is quite a bit of storage in the seats and under the bed area.
He never stops working.  Got to love a guy like that.


They say a picture is worth a thousand words, which is good because I don't have time to type a thousand words about the camper progress.  I will say that my son, Michael, is an amazing carpenter and is doing a fabulous job on that part of the redo.  My husband is jumping in on jobs that Michael Jr. will let him do--like scraping the paint off of the outside. 
This is one option for air conditioning.
This is when the insulation was installed.
vintage camper
This is where the table and benches will be located.
This is where the bed will be.