Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Scotty the camper's Restoration

When we bought our little camper we thought is was in fabulous condition and it is considering it is forty five years old. Now that it has been in our driveway for a couple weeks and Jonathan took the time to really look things over there are some issues we, well really HE has to work on before we take it on the road. I have been working on this post forever and it appears that the list has finally stopped growing so I can finally post the 99.9% complete list of to do's for the Scotty.

 1. Level, clean and secure the refrigerator. The refrigerator is not original to the trailer, there was probably only an ice box in it when new, so we need to fix it up because the current set up is a little sketchy.

2. Replace the hitch. The camper is 45 years old and so is the hitch. To be safe we want to replace it so we don't lose the trailer when driving down a road.

3. Propane situation. The mounting set up needs to be repaired due to modifications done to it over the years. Also the whole propane line and regulator needs to be looked at and possibly redone. 

4. Once the prior two repairs are made, we want to repaint the whole tongue with rust proof paint.

5. Repair the license plate holder. Jonathan said legally you are to have a light illuminating your license plate. The Scotty's isn't working and the light bulb is rusted into the holder so that is looking to be a whole refurb project.

6. Repair driving lights. Again some might be as easy as replacing bulbs but some may need rewired or replaced. 

7. Replace the window cranks. Most of the windows only open if you start by pushing them out yourself. This also means that they don't stay tightly closed when driving. The little window cranks need replaced on all the windows.

8. New Curtains. Jonathan says this is the "last of our worries" but it is something I can easily do so I will be making new curtains! Also we need new curtains rods because currently the rods are being held up not successfully by screws.

9. Air conditioning. Of course the A/C is a recent addition to the camper. The previous owner installed the air unit in the storage area under the pull out bed. The mounting needs tweaked and we also need to make a vent, fan and drain for the unit.

10. Replace the bed. I can say that it needs replaced because it is only the width of the bench and the bed area can be increased when you pull it out, but I also want it replaced because it's gross. Once we order a new bed I will be covering it with my fabric from MOOD!

11. Replace the bench cushions. They are old and smell. I will also be making covers for these new cushions.

12. Inspect and clean up 120V wiring. There are wires everywhere and who knows how up to date the stuff is! Jonathan is going to rewire and fix anything electrical in the camper.

13. New lighting. Really? The camper is so cute then you throw up these? They are coming down and we will be getting some cute retro light fixtures.

14. Inspect wheel bearings, axle, lug nuts, studs and drop floor. All of these I assume are very important.

We have a lot of work to do before we take our Scotty on the open road. I'll keep you updated on the process!

1 comment:

  1. Upfrontlandscaping70December 11, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    I have a 62 Scotty. I also am fixing it up all that same issues u you have hope to see moor pics good luck