We debuted our 1956 Duro Scotsman travel trailer (aka camper) at the Brandywine View Fall Fling Tent Sale last weekend.
I should've charged admission - I would be RICH! So many people took a peek inside. I enjoyed telling the story of Chris and Doug traveling to Michigan to pick up the camper after we won it on eBay. They ended up stopping at the NFL Hall of Fame and the Soaring Eagle Casino, so the trip wasn't exactly torture for them. I was just glad they made it home alive - it was pretty risky to test out the new hitch on our minivan by driving 700 miles with a vintage camper that you'd never seen before. Two days before a hurricane was forecasted to hit.
Here is the dinette area, which folds down into a twin-size bed. Don't you love the camper-themed fabric on the curtains & pillows? I'm not usually a fan of "themed" fabric, but it has all of my favorite colors and matches the exterior paint colors.
And, yes, that's a flat screen TV. That was not a prerequisite when we were searching for campers, but it definitely will help on rainy days when we are camping with the kids.
Here's the gaucho (that's camper-speak for "couch") in the back. It folds down into a bed.
I'm not fond of the fabric, so I covered it in one of my vintage crazy quilts. I'll eventually re-cover the gaucho and the dinette benches.
The previous owner covered the drawer and cabinet fronts in a few different fabrics that I'd like to change out. I'd like to find a few fun patterns that complement the camper-themed fabric.
The camper has a new fridge and mini microwave, but the propane Princess stove is original.
The floor is also original:
The previous owner did a really nice job of restoring the camper. He replaced all of the walls with new birch panels, and he covered the ceiling in wallpaper that he painted with copper paint. There is also copper-colored tin backsplash in the sink area.
I'd like to re-paint all the copper eventually. And the birch walls. Is that wrong? I know the die hard vintage-camper-lovers are very much against painting the birch walls. I just love the look of a white interior - it makes the camper seem a tiny bit bigger (if that is possible).
The most-asked question at the Tent Sale was, "Are you really going to use it for camping?" The answer is yes. Chris and Maeve have already slept in it once (in the driveway). And we had an impromptu trailer trash party with some neighbors one night, when we plugged it into our house with an extension cord and sat around in folding chairs on our sidewalk and drank beer. But we are actually planning to go to a real campground in a few weeks to celebrate Finn's 9th birthday.
We picked this camper because all of the hard work was already done by the previous owner. The only thing we need to do it a little redecorating. I've been obsessed with Pinterest lately - I created a board of Vintage Camper Inspiration. I would love to hear from you about the changes that you would make. Do you have any paint or fabric ideas? I haven't made any decisions yet, so I am open to all of your fabulous ideas!
UPDATED: If you are looking for your own camper, I wrote a post with details on how you can search for one!