Refurbishing an '88 Coleman Columbia - list/cost of bought/done so far

Discussion in 'Camper Restoration Projects' started by Dulce de Leche, Apr 6, 2014.

  1. Dulce de Leche

    Dulce de Leche dog is my co-pilot

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    Thoughts? Comments? ... this is our first pop-up; we've been tenting for years

    BOUGHT:
    Camper - $800
    New canvas - $850 Bear Creek Canvas
    New mattress - $188 Foam Factory
    Battery - $120
    new crank (was missing) - $38
    Breathable storage cover - $50
    CO detector - $25
    Smoke detector - $11
    Ceramic heater - $35 (Crane EE-6490, 600/1200W)
    Porta-potty - $72 (Sanitation Equip Passport Potty 8L)
    & chemicals - $13 (Liquid Gold)
    New door latch $14 (JR Products, 10805 Silver camper door latch with key)

    DID/DOING:
    painted interior white
    making new covers for all the cushions
    bought/cut new MDF for cabinet doors, painting them, new hardware as well
    need to replace center seam strip on roof, will let local dealer do that
    also need to seal roof parts and dents
    will have our mechanic (my cousin) sand and seal the metal on the frame
    want to replace the tabletop, as the old one is chipped pretty badly
     
  2. Dulce de Leche

    Dulce de Leche dog is my co-pilot

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    BEFORE photos
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  3. Dulce de Leche

    Dulce de Leche dog is my co-pilot

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    IN PROGRESS OF REFURBISHING PHOTOS

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  4. PhillyTitan

    PhillyTitan New Member

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    Sweet little camper you got there!
     
  5. mickkjhc

    mickkjhc New Member

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    Looks great. Those Coleman Columbias are a very durable camper. Incidentally, what are you going to do with the old canvas? It looks somewhat salvageable, to those of us that bring worn campers back to life on real tight budgets.
     
  6. Dulce de Leche

    Dulce de Leche dog is my co-pilot

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    The canvas was pretty stinky and had stuff growing on it, which is why we replaced it. Not to mention that there were tears and worn spots. We threw it away, not thinking anyone would want it. :-(
     
  7. pandpcamper

    pandpcamper Lifetime camper, newer to pup

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    Nice work going on there. Admire anyone who wants to take on such a project!
     
  8. mickaqua

    mickaqua Member

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    Good going! [;)]

    Enjoy your camper, and camping! [:D]
     
  9. Dulce de Leche

    Dulce de Leche dog is my co-pilot

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    Here is the nearly finished product!! It doesn't look 26 years old anymore.

    From the outside - with new canvas from Bear Creek Canvas. I just used a seam sealer today on the vinyl seams, and am hoping it stops leaking in all 4 corners. We didn't like the awning, so just removed it.
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    This is what it looks like as you walk in. We pained the interior white, but kept the trim the way it was, and bought and painted new cabinet doors.
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    I bought a shelving unit and modified one of the legs so it would work.
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    This is something I picked up at Bed Bath and Beyond, turned on its side, and hung from hooks. And I added some course twine to help things stay put, and then braided some of it to hang a rod on for paper towels.
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    Looking toward the back bunk
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    Added a coat rack, which stays in place nicely.
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    I made all new covers for the old cushions - used lined curtains for the benches and backs. And we replaced the table top because it was a mess. I painted it and added the hummingbird from a stencil. I also used glow-in-the-dark spray paint around the edges (that green tint you see) so we don't bump into it at night if we get up. :)
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    This was originally sold as a shoe holder for the closet - we will use it for all sorts of things. It isn't actually hung yet, so I'm just holding it up in this photo, but it will be just inside the door. [​IMG]

    Looking toward the forward bunk.
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    And that's a mesh shower caddy to keep things handy in bed.
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    I found a nice and small porta potty for those late nights when I don't want to walk to the bath house. And I added the soft part of velcro strips to the top so that our small dog can use it as a stepping stool and get on the bed.
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    I hope to keep personalizing it with things like this, which I found at my Mom's in a box of stuff to get rid of.
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  10. phubbman

    phubbman New Member

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    Wow. Extreme makeover, Columbia edition.
    That looks great. I think you'll like it quite a bit. Two years ago we redid our '84 Columbia with new canvas, roof repair, countertop/table top, solar panel on the roof to recharge the battery, and a bunch of other little things. We've used it for numerous weekend trips, and took a three week long trip west through Kansas, Colorado and Utah to the Grand Canyon, then back through Colorado and Kansas. It was perfect for the 4 of us (mom, dad, with 9 and 11 year old kids).
    This year, we'll replace our awning, but are otherwise good to go. More weekend trips and a run east to the smokies.
    Enjoy it.
    Nice work.
    paulh
     
  11. novagirl

    novagirl retired camper

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    Looks great! Nice job!
     
  12. Dulce de Leche

    Dulce de Leche dog is my co-pilot

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    I forgot to mention that we replaced the long plastic/vinyl piece along the center of the roof top, and re-caulked all of it.
     
  13. davekkk

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    It's great to have figures like this posted especially for people looking at buying a fixer upper and expecting to stick $50 into it and have a brand new trailer. I stopped keeping track of total cost as it went way over my original budget. Figure it is what it is, its a fun little project and your own little mini house that you can customize any way you want to.

    Great job on the remodel! Seal the roof and you will have a nice little pup for a long time!
     
  14. Twisty

    Twisty New Member

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    That is very, very nice!! :)
    Great Job!! [:D] [;)]
     
  15. dguthery

    dguthery I'd pop that!

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    Where did you find the center roof trim piece? I've looked all over, but could only find it in bulk quantities.


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  16. Dulce de Leche

    Dulce de Leche dog is my co-pilot

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    I went to Centre RV in Bellefonte, PA - a very small place, so I would think that any dealer would carry it. They have it in bulk, and just cut off a piece for me. You might call and ask them what to call it exactly. Speak to Paul and he may remember selling it to me about a month ago. It's neat stuff - very soft and pliable until you squeeze it into the track, and then it feels hard and nonpliable.

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  17. NeedtoRoam

    NeedtoRoam Colorfull Colorado

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    Very nice job bringing this camper back to life.
     
  18. bigdad

    bigdad Well-Known Member

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    Look good.
     
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    Looks good.
     
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    CaliforniaPoppy California and beyond!

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