Well, she's gone, and it happened so fast. For those of you who didn't even know we owned a camper, we did. I had been scouring Craigslist for months trying to find the perfect little canned ham to make endless family memories in when I stumbled on this beauty. A 1963 Shasta 1500 - though I didn't know that when we bought it. I had looked at tones of campers, and I wanted to buy all of them. Most of them were in HORRIBLE condition and didn't have a title. Countless people urged me to hold out for a camper with a title, and I'm so glad I did. I had heard differing opinions on whether or not I even needed to tag my camper, but the answer is YES in Oklahoma.
So, I found this little camper on Craigslist, and sent my hubby to pick her up that weekend (I was shooting a wedding and couldn't go). She sat in the driveway for a good 8 months before we did anything to her. The previous owner had put in some green carpet tiles and painted the outside with interior paint. The tires were rotting and the counter tops were stained and gouged. However! The original stove worked, the electricity was good, and I was in love.
We put in new upholstery including brand new thicker foam, new tires, new hubcaps, new flooring, new counter tops, new paint, new curtains, added the silver stripe to the outside, added an air conditioner, new light fixtures, installed a mini fridge, tiled a back splash, made new storage door covers, new screens (except for the main door), and recovered the dinette table. I LOVE her SO much, and I seriously got emotional when the deal was done. I took these pictures about a half hour before our buyer arrived.
She is my favorite ever, and I said I was never going to sell her. She sleeps 5 after all! But with the new arrival of our twins, we really want to prioritize buying a house. We want to have some extra cash on hand for renovations like new flooring when we buy. Other things we can do over time. So I'm looking forward to that. Plus - we doubled our money on this deal!
Kody promised I'd be able to buy another camper some day, and I'm really looking forward to that day. (Also, a friend just told us about a super cheap airstream we are going to see on Saturday...I know what you're thinking...but it's sooooo cheap...and did I mention that it's an AIRSTREAM!)
The new owners promised he'd send some pictures of them camping in her from time to time. I truly hope they enjoy her to the fullest! She will be loved.
I love you, Tink!