1978 unknown make pop up camper

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  1. hq308

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    I'd been thinking of buying a camper for a while to take the family camping when an old camper in need of a rebuild came up just after Christmas for sale locally at the right price. It's registered (titled) as a 1978 "home built" model so not really sure who built it.

    So this is what I started with
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    The inside looked mostly original but was pretty worn out and had a few ordinary repairs and modifications so the first thing we did was gut the inside.

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    The box and the floor are in decent shape so we painted inside to give us a base to work off.

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    The outside of the box had a few different coats of paint and while sound didn't look very good so I got some propeller plate and sheeted over the existing metal and painted the frame black
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    At this point I started thinking about the interior layout, the box is only 8' x 6' and the bunks are only 6' x 4'. The bunks aren't really big enough for 2 adults so I came up with an idea to make the rear bunk bigger.

    During the day the rear bunk is the same size as the front bunk allowing the box to be used as normal.
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    Then at night the front part of the bunk slides back into the box creating a bunk that is 6' wide and close to 8' long.
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    This bunk will have a standard size mattress and a smaller mattress to put on the slide out section.
     
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    Started on the interior fit out, decided to keep the layout basically as it was with the exception of the sink/stove which will be carried in a box on the drawbar and mounted to the side of the trailer when in use, Started off by making paneled sections for the "walls"

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    Looking good! I'm liking the 'expandable' bunk.
     
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    This past weekend I made timber tops for the parts that aren't part of the seating area.

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    I also made a start on the folding table.
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    jnc Welcome from New Hampshire

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    OK is it me or what I dont see any pictures????
     
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    I don't see any pictures! Just circle with minus in it. Like a "do not enter" sign.
     
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    not you, I just get a minus in a circle. gray boxes expand if clicked but no pics :sad:
     
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    Interesting....I saw at least part of the pictures when I replied to the OP earlier, now...nothing
     
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    So glad that it wasn't just me! Hoping to see them.
     
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    Sorry about the pics, not sure why they don't show up as I can see them. I think it's something to do with permissions, I have them on google photos but I guess they're like Photobucket and don't like the linking? I'll find another host and edit the posts with new links.
     
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    Photos should be visible now:smiley:

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    jnc Welcome from New Hampshire

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    I dont know what it is but I like it.
     
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    Very nice! Looking forward to seeing more as you continue fixing it up.
     
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    Great job on the remodel!...I'm loving that expandable bed idea, there are more than a few in here that could utilize that idea I'm sure.
     
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    Got a little more done this past weekend, removed the propane tank mount off the drawbar and cleaned it all up and painted it with some grey hammer finish paint. I also removed the 40 year old wiring for the lights and replaced it. I also took the time to clean up the wheels and give them a coat of paint.

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    I also started painting the interior walls and staining the tops.

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    Pretty doggone impressive! Love the blue.
     
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    jnc Welcome from New Hampshire

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    It is Easy on the Eyes without a Doubt.
     
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