Our New Little {Project} Pop Up Camper

Whew!  It has been a loooong time since I’ve been around here, but in my defense, it has been a long time since I’ve had a good project.  Honestly, I just haven’t felt excitement for a new project.  We had such a fabulous time on our camping road trip last summer, that all I’ve wanted to do is plan this summer’s trip.  So that’s what I have been doing. I soon realized that if we were going to do another long trip, we’d need some sort of camper.

I scoured Craigslist for the better part of a year looking for just the right one.  I knew that we really didn’t have the budget for a brand-new, fancy camper, although I really wanted one.  And as much as I’d love to take on one of those vintage Shasta campers, we just didn’t have a place to store it.  We decided to look for an older used pop-up camper–one that wasn’t too hammered, but old enough that I could make some changes and not feel guilty.  I’d seen some awesome pop up camper makeovers, and I started to get excited.  A couple of weeks ago, we found a little 1999 Coleman Santa Fe in super shape at a crazy good price.

It is a little on the small side, but it will accommodate the whole family AND it will fit in the garage.  That was important, because we didn’t really have any other place to store it.  There is a full sized bed on one side, and the dinette folds down into a wide “twin-ish” sized bed.

There is some additional storage under the table when the dinette is in the bed position.  The cushions are actually in really good shape, but I will eventually recover them, of course.   :-D

Here’s the kitchen.  We’ve got a little mini fridge, 3-burner stove, a sink, and a heater.  What a luxury all that will be after tent camping!

We even have a little cassette toilet for those late night potty breaks.  It will be nice not to have to get out of bed and run to the campground bathrooms.

And look at that storage!  Woo Hoo!  I’m sad that our brand new chuck box will be left in the garage this year, but I won’t miss setting it up.  We’ve got all the storage we need right here.

Mr. TypeTwoFun and I have a king sized bed on our end.  How sweet is that?  It really is a great little camper and in awesome shape to boot.

So, naturally, we got right to work gutting the thing.  The first thing to go is that fake light colored wood finish.  We took out one cabinet to use as a test subject.  I’m thinking a light creamy white finish would be perfect.  And to go with it, how about some pretty vinyl plank dark wood grain floors?

Ew!  Look at that grime!  I thought the camper was pretty clean, but when we started taking things out, we found that one of the wheel wells had a huge hole (which had been patched before) and road grime was everywhere.  So, add that to the list of fixes.

This week I’m going to try to get a good start on that guinea pig cabinet, and hopefully, I can share some tips with you soon.  I’ve painted laminate before with good results, so I am pretty excited.  Stay tuned… this is going to be fun!