Ever thought about redoing a camper? For yourself, or to flip it? I’m gonna give you the numbers!
This is our 1984 13-foot Scotty camper.
This is what it looked like before.
This is how it looked after the remodel.
You can see all the “before” pictures here and all the demo pictures here and here. See the full makeover reveal post here.
So, how did this work out for us? We didn’t really want to use the camper. We are not campers. Rodney bought this camper maybe around 6-ish years ago. At that time, he paid $400 for the camper. The only time the camper was ever used was in his back yard when his son lived in it for about six months or so. We put the remodeled camper up for auction on eBay.
This is Aimee! The happy winner of the eBay auction. She came 3 1/2 hours from Ohio to pick up the camper yesterday.
Back to the numbers–
If you are a handy person and can do the work yourself, you can deduct the cost of labor. We hired a professional contractor to do the work for us. What did we do ourselves? We cleaned the camper inside and out, from power washing the exterior and recaulking to sealing the roof. Inside we supercleaned every inch of it. We also painted trim. And we shopped–a LOT. But we hired a contractor for all the heavy lifting on the interior remodel.
Along with purchasing new tires and roof coat and caulk outside, we bought all the new interior flooring and ceiling and wall materials. We bought a new sewer kit, a new fridge, new faucets for both the kitchen and bathroom, all new upholstery and foam, new thermostat, new wall decor and shelving, new trim, and a lot of paint, along with decorative items, and other stuff I’ve forgotten by now.
Numbers! We spent $2000 on all the materials and supplies and decor and tires, etc. We spent $1000 for a week’s contractor labor. The auction fees on eBay added up to $160, which made our total costs $3160. We sold the camper for $5300, which made a profit of $2140. If you count off the original $400 cost of the camper, that’s a profit of $1740, though we didn’t really consider the original $400 too much since that was long ago water under the bridge and the camper was used (at least by Rodney’s son) during that time. Either way you look at it, we made a nice little profit. So there’s how it worked out for us on our big fat camper flip. Got a camper? Want to try it?
So first, Rodney paid himself back the money he spent on the camper, and THEN. Today, we went shopping and bought a new 65-inch TV and a big new comfy couch with our camper flip profit. We don’t miss the camper a bit!
Good deal! Glad it all worked out for you both.
On September 14, 2018 at 6:13 pm
I bought a 1976 Scotty Highlander Trunkback model last year with intentions of remodeling it, but havent yet got it done. Life had to go and get in the way, LOL But seeing your remodel reminded me why I wanted to do this project. Question, on the bathroom part, did you originally have a potty(self dump) and convert that to a toilet? As part of my upgrade i am wanting to do that.
On September 16, 2018 at 10:02 am
Suzanne McMinn says:
It always had a toilet, the kind you hook up at a campground. Not a self-dump. Not sure what you do with it if you’re not at a campground!
On September 16, 2018 at 10:16 am
Followed the bidding on Ebay, thank you for showing us the winner—fun.
On September 24, 2018 at 8:48 am
I really miss your posts Suzanne. I hope everything is ok with you and yours. Would love to see an update. Louise in Alabama
On November 15, 2018 at 11:04 am
What is going on around the sink there? It looks like tiger stripes, I love it!
On December 11, 2018 at 12:07 pm