Have you been wondering about the progress on my vintage travel trailer also known as my Scamper? It’s my newest DIY project. Well, there hasn’t been much progress – until recently. All summer it was too hot to be working out there. Then it would cool off and rain. Power tools and rain don’t mix well.
And, of course we had a busy summer getting our oldest off to college but we have finally made a little headway.
The first thing we did (credit my husband for this idea) was remove all of the parts and number them. We marked every piece on the back with masking tape and a number. Next, we recorded what they were and where they went in the Scamper. Brilliant!
Next brilliant move (again, credit goes to my husband) we didn’t rip everything out and start completely over. I’m sure that’s what most vintage trailer re-dos do but lots of the wood was in pretty good shape and condition. It just needed mending.
I did remove an old water tank (I think that’s what it was) and the stove parts. Give me a power tool and let me go crazy!
We also laid sub-flooring over the old stuff. Who knows what was under there and what was in the adhesives. Better to cover than disturb.
Seats in the dining room area and their progress.
And the seat is in place!
Lastly, we bought jacks to keep the Scamper from tipping. OK, have you ever seen those bumper stickers that say, “If this van is rockin’, don’t come knockin!” Well, the Scamper was rockin’ and we were working on the bed – but not in that way – but both of us were in the back of the Scamper where the bed will be located.
We were nailing in wood supports and the weight of us plus the wood was too much. Next thing we knew, the front of the Scamper tipped up! It felt like an earthquake!
I quickly moved to the front of the trailer and the whole thing tipped back down.
The very next day, we bought the jacks for the back of the Scamper. No more tippin’ the Scamper. We may rock it when it’s done.
Do you like sleeping on the ground in a tent or are you ready for a Scamper, too?
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