I am so amazed at all Robyn and her husband were able to accomplish… and would you believe that they only spent about $800 on the remodel? I love it! They named her little camper Alice because Robyn says she takes them to Wonderland every time they go out. They have already taken Alice out for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and she has held up really well. Robyn loves all the attention they get in this unique little trailer. Great work, Robyn! Thank you so much for sharing Alice with us. I hope you get to take many trips to Wonderland in her. 😉
I just love seeing Apache camper makeovers. I have featured a few, and every time I see them, I love them more. Vintage Apache campers are cool anyway, but there is so much you can do with those hard walls. Every remodel I’ve seen has been completely unique. I’ve got another one to share with you today, and this one comes from a reader named Robyn. Robyn and her husband bought their camper off eBay for $1000 after a few cocktails one Friday night. They woke up the next morning a little scared, because the camper was in Michigan and they were in Dallas, TX. 😛
Robyn’s husband loaded up the truck and drove 40 hours round trip to pick up their new PUP. It was in rough shape, but had good bones, so they knew they had a project on their hands.
They started off by painting the whole interior with Rustoleum spray paint in Antique White. Robyn and her husband braced much of the cabinetry before they painted it and added beadboard to the fronts of the benches. Once the interior was painted, they added a peel and stick plank vinyl, which they purchased off Amazon, to give the floor a whole new look.
They also added beadboard and support beams (painted with high gloss white paint) to the ceiling of the camper to give it a more finished look. It also helped to hide the wiring from their new LED recessed lighting. Robyn and her husband added a hanging light over the dinette and wired everything to a fancy new switch. Now they can control all their lighting from one switch. They also replaced the ceiling vent fan with one that is much quieter.
Then they bought sheets of Formica at Home Depot for around $60 each to recover the countertops and dining table. They used a high heat spray paint to restore the silver finish to the stove and added a new faucet to the sink. The cabinetry got new brushed nickel hardware to match the faucet and stove.
Robyn purchased all of her fabrics at JoAnn Fabrics. She sewed all the curtains and cushion covers herself. Don’t they look great? When it came time to install the curtains, Robyn was able to buy new carrier clips on Amazon. This allowed her to use the original curtain track system, which works really well, and eliminated the need for curtain rods.
With the interior complete, Robyn and her husband focused their attention on the outside of the camper. There was quite a bit of repair work to be done, so they used Apache’s extensive support network to figure out how to repair their ABS panels. Then they used a royal blue Rustoleum auto paint and a paint roller to give the camper a bit of color. They repainted all the white areas of the camper (again with Rustoleum auto paint) so they would pop against the new blue. Then they replaced all the exterior hatches, marker lights, and turn signal lights, retaining the original lenses for authenticity where they could. Looks like a brand new camper, doesn’t it?