The very first thing we needed to do…
was to park our cutie patootie vintage camper project in the back yard…
Now let me share something that might lend a little insight into this project…
This was what I saw with my rose colored glasses every time I looked into our backyard…
This is what my husband saw every time he looked into our backyard…
The FIRST order of business was the… ah… shall we say…
“creative” paint job from the previous owner.
Next was removing and labeling all of the interior hardware.
It was quite a mixed collection of hinges and clasps.
It was really difficult to discern which were original to the trailer.
The kids were more than willing to help with pulling nails and the unscrewing of screws.
Here is the front after the bench bases were removed.
The kitchen cabinets after the hardware and drawers were removed.
You can see the “repaired” wheel well – a piece of tin was
nailed from the inside to cover the broken particle board hole.
Which conveniently collected behind the wheel well in the small wooden bed support.
The back end without the modern tail lights.
Here is a photo of my rough and tough construction crew,
the day we finally removed the kitchen cabinet.
Show me your muscles!!!! ROAAARRRR!!!!!
Looking back, one of the really smart things we did was to keep all of the old cabinets / furniture to use as patterns when we got to the rebuilding stage. All of the dimensions and method of construction were easy to copy and the freedom to improve to fit our vision.
Have you ever tackled a project outside your comfort zone?
What are your favorite childhood memories of helping your parents?
Here is a link to the first day we brought our camper home!
Our Vintage Camper Project begins