1973 Starcraft Pop-up Conversion to Hard-sided Pop-up

Discussion in 'Camper Restoration Projects' started by Pol, Jun 1, 2012.

  1. Pol

    Pol New Member

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    Howdy,

    I mentioned about a month ago my new project. Now that I'm done with my doctorate, I've embarked upon The Project, resorting the horrendous camper I purchased (along with resident black widow spiders) for a ridiculously low price.

    My goal is to make it into something similar to this.

    Next post will be a progress report thus far.
     
  2. Pol

    Pol New Member

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    So. As picked up, the Treehouse (its new name) was in sad shape. We (my Dad and I) replaced the tires before I made the 5-hour trip home with the thing. Put on a set of U-Haul magnetic lights to keep me legal and off I went.

    Tows like a dream, no pulling from one side to the other. Got home safely, backed it into the garage (my first attempt *ever* at backing a trailer and I got it into the teeeeeeny space I'd cleared to work on it.

    Popped it open in the garage and...

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    Gnarly old (and smelly) canvas, roof rot, floor rot, the whole works.

    Ripped off the canvas and tossed it. Even the zippers. We just didn't have the energy to pull the zips to save and/or sell them. And since I'm going hard-sided, I didn't need them.

    First up was the floor. After spray-bombing the underside and letting it sit overnight, I sucked up the battlefield of deceased black widows with the shopvac and got to work.

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    Icky floor is now patched.

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    "high-tech" wheel wells replaced (yes, that really is chicken wire and duct tape.

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    Stage one of the new wheel wells.
     
  3. Pol

    Pol New Member

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    Onward...

    I "truckbed" sprayed the underside of the new flooring and did the same to the inside. Especially the area that will become a wet-bath (still looking for a good place to buy one, any ideas?).

    Ripped out old electrical and replaced with new, ripped out interior wood and cabinetry and started in on new. Scored an *exceptional* deal at Home Depot on some "we haven't got a lot of it so let's sell it super cheap" snap-in flooring and laid that in.

    Thankfully, "the Googlz" had a great wiring guide available:
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    First time laying in that kind of flooring and it was ridiculously easy to do.

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    In progress.

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    Finished.

    Laid in protective covering for the flooring and primer/Killz'd the walls. A friend had some leftover paintable beadboard from a construction project and I had just enough to cover the visible areas.

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    Primed walls.

    And the same view with the final color on it.
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    The green throws the color mix off, but the walls are a nice butter yellow.

    Next up (and this is next week's project), comes the inside cabinetry/benches/sink/stove/wet-bath area.
     
  4. novagirl

    novagirl retired camper

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    Wow--love your new floor. Great job on creating a "new" pup....
     
  5. Need2Travel

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    great job! can't wait to see the finished product :)
     
  6. bigdad

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    Good Job.
     
  7. Pol

    Pol New Member

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    It's been too long since I updated, but wanted to share some images from The Treehouse's maiden voyage.

    The trip went well, though the Treehouse was not quite ready for the road. We were literally running the power tools as we rolled out of the driveway. Couldn't be helped, we had a schedule to keep.

    The plumbing wasn't all in order, so that got addressed at my sister-in-law's in Canada. But...that said, here's what the "compromise" launch was like:

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    Great camp spot on the Wash/Oregon border. We split one giant and unused tent to serve as the "popout" covers. That's a temp fix until I design something better. You can't see them, because they're hidden by the tent covering, but the curved sides are hard-sided and flip up.

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    Inside. Messy, but there it is.

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    Inside (with the great-nephew supervising) as I work on the plumbing while in the great North.

    The project was great fun and I've learned a lot. That said, we're looking at buying a used 2005 Chalet XL 1930.

    Any thoughts on those?

    Pol
     
  8. Hanne

    Hanne New Member

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    Can't offer any opinions on a Chalet, but I love your fearlessly creative modification!
     
  9. Pol

    Pol New Member

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    LOL...I'm not sure "fearlessly creative" is as accurate as "have no clue and just do it" drive!

    And we did buy the Chalet, and it's MARVELOUS!!
     
  10. TurtleGirlTravels

    TurtleGirlTravels "Adventure Favors the Bold" - Royal Gorge ad

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    Wow - I'm so impressed with this project - mind wheels spinning - really like how that video unfolds.....hmmm, hmmm, hmm, thanks for sharing.
     

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