We wanted a small camper that was light to tow. It is just DH and I and we are minimalists so nothing fancy. We found an ad for this camper on Craigslist but I could find very little information about it online. It apparently didn’t last long. Rather than the standard Jayco front to back bedwings, this one is side to side, with the door in the rear. We purchased the camper in late Fall with an eye to using it in Spring 2019. It was set up when we responded to the Craigslist ad. We could see that the canvas was in rough shape. The previous, previous owner had tried to replace portions of it and it was done poorly, different color, Velcro to hold to the camper frame, etc. and we could see pin hole light coming through everywhere. So we knew that would need to be replaced. We had previously done some research and felt we could replace the canvas for around $950. On initial inspection, the rest of the camper looked ok. Interior was yellow and orange 70’s themed but I expected to replace all the coverings anyway. So, the deal was made and we towed it home. Once in our garage, we began looking more closely, mind you we did notice some of these things before purchasing. We found some water-warped paneling, the bedwings had been replaced but were not the same size AND were not attached at all to the frame when setup. They just kind of “sit” on the frame and were raw plywood. The pedestal table “leg” had been replaced by a length of brass pipe which was not the correct diameter and had duct tape wound around it to fit into the floor base and two tension rods placed beside it to “sturdy” the table. The tracks to hang the canvas were broken in several places and would need replacing. The setup cables had all been replaced as were a couple of the expandable corners. It catches a bit when cranking down, but otherwise is quite smooth. Outside, it needs recaulking and a paint job. The top/roof had been done but nothing else. The frame and stabilizers were all in good shape. What were we thinking? We love a challenge and we love making old new again. Task #1 – Order a new canvas. Because the canvas was in such bad shape, I didn’t feel it would help to send it out so I called Bear Creek Canvas. They were very pleasant and interested in helping us with this unique PUP. I was given instructions on how to do measurements they would need and sent them off along with photos of the PUP without canvas and one I found online of an “original”. They called and asked if we would send the old canvas. We did. Once received, they agreed it was of no use. They were game to make the canvas for us anyway. We did a "test" hanging on the old tracks just to make sure the canvas looked right, and then removed it again. Task #2 – Remove the canvas hanging track from the camper. This must have been done once before because it was actually screwed to raw plywood. I’m sure that wasn’t original. Paint needed. So I primed and painted that raw plywood. It’s already starting to look better. Task #3 – Paint and seal the bedwings. We decided on exterior paint for the underside and interior paint for the inside. The painting was completed but wouldn’t you know, now the rest of the interior just looks “ick”. Task #4 – Repaint the entire interior of the camper in the same color as the bedwings – yes, I painted over paneling. One coat of primer. Two coats of paint. I removed the stovetop, cooler unit, and sink. Removed the hardware from all drawers and cabinets (which were missing knobs) and used a roller for most of the work. It really only took me about 1 week to finish all the painting. And wow, what a transformation. Even my normally reticent DH remarked on how much nicer it looks. BUT… now the countertop looks sad, so… Task #5 – Replace the countertop. This was a fairly easy project. It isn’t very big and we had the materials around the barn. ¾” wood with 3 coats of paint and hard polyurethane over it. I really like how it turned out. Task #6 - Clean up the appliances before replacing them. They were in pretty good shape but did have some spot rust, here and there which we sanded off and sealed. Task #7 – Prepare for replacing the canvas, remove the snaps and Velcro around the exterior that had been added for the old canvas repair attempt. Fill all the snap holes to prevent water damage. Add the new canvas track to the top. Hang the canvas! Task #8 – Remake shepherd hooks. The ones that were there weren’t “hooks” just straight pieces of conduit that just pushed into the canvas on the roof! We would have preferred to use conduit but we had enough copper piping and paint in the barn to do the job. DH measured and molded to the correct length and angles, added a receiver plate to the top inside of the camper. I primed and painted them gray. We took a break here to set it all up and take photos. What a transformation! This is current state - well actually before we attached canvas at the bottom, but you get the idea. Task #9 – Clean and recover the cushions and mattresses. All the covers have been removed and taken to the dump. I am planning to use Duck Canvas to recover everything over the winter. I also want to do the Gain detergent clean the cushion method I saw on the portal to remove as much grime and odor as I can from the foam. Task #10 – Add some sort of “edging” for the plywood edges of the bedwings, and a better way to secure to the camper. Looking at photos of other campers, we think they were probably originally on hinges. We have not yet decided on how to secure them to the camper (other than the braces on the bottom). Task #11 – Add anti-fatigue matting to the bedwings and memory foam toppers to the mattresses. We have checked and we have a good 6 inches of clearance with the roof down. Task #12 – Dinette Table. It doesn’t match the interior since we have painted everything. I’m thinking of painting it same color as the interior and adding a painted chess/checkerboard to the top. We will also order the proper support leg for it. Task #13 – Paint the Exterior. I’m not sure what we will do here yet. Task #14 – Check wheel bearings, repack and replace the tires that are on it now (not proper size) Task #15 – Replace the trailer Jack Whew! I’m sure there is more we will do, but enough for now. Let’s go camping!!!!