I Bought a Camper!

So you don’t know this yet, but I love vintage items. This particular camper isn’t as old as I would like (the ideal would be 1940s-1960s era), but for the price (only $2000) this is a great find for a fixer upper!

The camper in question is a 1984 Sunline model, 17 foot total which means the interior is about 13 feet by 8 feet. It can technically sleep 4 adults and 2 children, though I never want to put that many people in it.

We found it in great condition, with very little damage and everything working. The fridge, bathroom facilities, and pumps all work. It did not come with AC and neither us nor the previous owner’s tested the heater, so we’ll have to wait for an update on that one. The only damages were: some external leaks which had been repaired, and some water damages to the floor making it softer in places. But we plan to fix that!

So without further ado! A tour of the camper.

Here we have the outside of the trailer! For now it will stay this lovely shade of 80s brown, because I first plan to tackle the interior. But as you can see from this photo it could be best describer as small and ugly. (But with a new working awning, definitely grateful for that!)








Next, I’m showing the view as you immediately enter the door. There is what passes as a “sofa”, which has a bench piece that extend the sofa out into a twin bed. You can also see on the far wall there is a small cabinet. It is a half sized closet hanging space. Below it there is a pull out counter top piece that serves as a sort of desk.




Next is a frontal view of the sofa, taken from a standing point at the other end of the camper. You can see some storage above it, that storage folds down to a tiny human sized bunk. You can also see the kitchen counter a bit to the right of the photo, and, you can barely see it, the left side of the photo is where the bathroom door is.






This is the best photo of the kitchen I could get. It’s taken from the viewpoint of the sofa. You can see the tiny working sink, tiny working oven, tiny working stove-top, and tiny but useful cabinets. Underneath this construct is the main drinking water tank. We determined there was no water damage to the flooring under the cabinets, so we can avoid the headache of moving them.




Finally, here we have the other side of the camper. The bed you can see is the larger of the two beds located at the back of the camper. It converts into a table by lifting up a center piece and deploying its fold away legs. Above this bed there is another child size bunk that can be doubled as storage.






Just around the corner of the last image, meaning across from the kitchen next to the table/bed, there is the refrigerator. As you can see in the image below, MORE HIDEOUS BROWN PANELING. Who let this happen in the 80s anyway?








Finally, the tiny camper bathroom. Located directly across from the kitchen. It has a small but fairly normal toilet, a tiny sink, and a shower with a built in seat. The shower and the sink faucets are on and the same, connected together. The shower itself is a bit too tiny for my husband, but will fit me just fine. It will also function as a perfect foot washing and puppy washing station.





So there you have it! The grand tour!! We will be replacing the subfloor, the flooring itself, painting, recovering the cushions, making new curtains, installing an air conditioner, and even resurfacing the tub/sink/toilet all in the vintage style of the 50s travel trailer glory days! We have a lot of work coming our way. But it will be worth it! Stay tuned for updates, include the next two installments of demo day!