Thursday, October 23, 2014

Glamper Remodel: Tools you will need

When remodel-storing one of the beauties, you might face a few challenges. They REALLY don't want to "give up their secrets" without a struggle.

Sometimes the screw (hex head) in my case will refuse to budge.  I fount that while using the screwdriver (or socket driver) and tapped with a hammer will free them up. But, to remove those pesky screws that are either stripped or "spin" freely you will want to invest in these little beauties that can be found here.

Lee Valley Tools LTD.

 After you remove all that "J" rail, windows, and service doors, and eyebrows you will need paint stripper, "SOS" cleaning pads, steel wool and aluminum polish to make things really shine. Here are some of the products I found through trial and error that work the best. (And no, I'm not a paid sponsor and your results just might differ from mine. Just trying to save you some $$ is all.)

(all can be found at your local Walmart)

Using the above will help take you from this

 Happy Glamping!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Glamper Remodel: Taking Care of the Important Things First

I know, you just wanna get to the decorating part, but in his case we are sooooo far from that!
You need to make sure she is SAFE! Remember to "do as I say, and not as I did", because I didn't know any better at the time.

I grabbed my son's car and drove 100 mi. to pick her up, looked at her for about 10 minutes, paid the man, hooked her up and made a b-line home because I had to make a flight. Drove WAAAY to FAST on tires that as my son said "Mom, I've never seen tires so bad!"

All I can say, is it was MEANT to BE!!!

So off to find three new tires, and then a lesson in re-packing wheel bearings, so that she will now roll merrily along safely!

Happy Glamping!

Glamper Remodel: Getting Started

So now you've decided to take the plunge.I highly recommend that you watch Larry of Canned Ham Trailers video series' on YouTube before you start! He restores canned ham campers and produces EXCELLENT (did I say EXCELLENT) tutorials for he entire project! His website is stuffed with info to! He has videos on remodeling a Shasta, Westerner & DeVille.

Once you bring that little gem home, you will need a BIG tarp to cover her (or water tight storage building) so that your neighbors won't complain to loudly, and a BIG plastic sheet to go under it.
Who knew tarps weren't water tight!


Also, make sure you put a pole up through the vent hole (or by other means) to create a "tent effect" or later down the line, you might suffer like I did with this . . .

All that new wood got wet!

And, if you are like me and don't have extra storage space for all the parts you take out . . .
you will also need to build this . . .

made from PVC pipe

Don't forget to apologize to all your neighbor too. I just let them know it was going to get a lot uglier, before it got better!

Happy Glamping Ya'll

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