Camper Makeover: Demolition


Demo time! Remember our camper makeover?

Come inside!

(See the “Before Pictures” here.)

This is our 1984 13-foot Scotty “canned ham” camper. It’s seen better days, but I had a vision! A vision, I tell you! I spent weeks making design plans, researching camper remodels, searching Amazon–and shopping.

Then we started tearing it up.

Oh, yeah, that’s torn up. So the interior plans included tearing down the benches to the frames.

That big gap to the upper left is where we took out the old gas refrigerator. (It had very complicated directions for turning it on. I hated it.) We ordered a new, larger fridge, so we also took out the drawer that was under the fridge to make room for the longer (but not wider) fridge.

Bathroom, straight ahead. (The door was taken off for painting in this picture.)

What a nightmare. This room was horrible.

This room is getting all new walls and ceiling, new shelving, and new faucet and shower nozzle/hose.

One of my major points of interest has been the kitchen, of course.

The stove hood and stovetop was taken out and painted white with appliance paint. (Begone, outdated almond!) The counter was also a terrible excuse for a counter, and a new custom countertop got planned. This will be a kitchen I would love to cook in before it’s finished.

If you’ll look at this photo from a similar angle, pre-demo, you can see there was a large cabinet blocking and narrowing the door near the kitchen.

That cheap, veneered, flaking, peeling, crappy cabinet is gone now.

This did a HUGE thing for opening up the space, making the entrance feel roomier, and getting rid of crappy veneer. I have plans for replacing the storage the cabinet offered, but honestly, the storage in the cabinet wasn’t that functional.

The benches, when rebuilt, will have all-new custom upholstery with new foam.

All new walls, all new ceilings, all new floors, all new almost everything. The tear out took a couple of days, and the rebuilding has been ongoing ever since.

Of course, when you do any kind of remodel, you know what they say about the best-laid plans. Problems cropped up, creating on-the-spot decisions and re-decisions. Such as–hey, who KNEW the cabinet was hiding a wheel well? I had huge plans for building shelves, but hey, the wheel well is in the way! I made a new plan to solve that problem and still create storage.

Then, of course, the walls and ceilings weren’t in perfect condition. Once we started peeling back from the surface, we found places where there had been previous water damage in the past. We had to remove entire sections and rebuild some foundational elements. We re-coated the roof and re-caulked everything to make it water tight. (Campers and trailers need to be coated and caulked on a regular basis. This camper wasn’t getting enough love–it is now.) And, oh, let’s talk about vinyl planking! I had this cool idea of putting vinyl planking on the ceiling! Cabin vibe, you know? Never mind. There is not enough glue in the universe to stick vinyl planking to a ceiling, don’t try it, trust me. We solved that problem with a new plan.

The ever-growing debris pile:

Right now, we are about two-thirds of the way to the finish line, with all new walls, ceilings, floors, new fridge, and new custom counter in the kitchen. In the next few days, it will be trimmed out, finished, and I’ll be taking more pictures of the After!

It is already starting to look absolutely beautiful.

Update: See the makeover reveal here!

Comments Leave a Comment
Share: |    Subscribe to my feed Subscribe
Posted by Suzanne McMinn on August 7, 2018  

More posts you might enjoy:

Sign up for the Chickens in the Road Newsletter


4 Responses | RSS feed for comments on this post

  1. 8-7

    My husband has been bugging me to do something like this for years. I can’t wait to see what it looks like when it’s done!

  2. 8-7

    :woof: Wow, you really have gutted this thing! It is so much fun to see the process! Keep the updates coming!

  3. 8-8

    When I access your website,I receive a message that this site is not secure. Any explanation?

  4. 8-9

    Looking forward to seeing the finished results, if you don’t go camping, it would be a nice She Shed of sorts :lol:

Leave a Reply

Registration is required to leave a comment on this site. You may register here. (You can use this same username on the forum as well.) Already registered? Login here.

Discussion is encouraged, and differing opinions are welcome. However, please don't say anything your grandmother would be ashamed to read. If you see an objectionable comment, you may flag it for moderation. If you write an objectionable comment, be aware that it may be flagged--and deleted. I'm glad you're here. Welcome to our community!

Daily Farm

If you would like to help support the overhead costs of this website, you may donate. Thank you!

Sign up for the
Chickens in the Road Newsletter

The Slanted Little House

"It was a cold wintry day when I brought my children to live in rural West Virginia. The farmhouse was one hundred years old, there was already snow on the ground, and the heat was sparse-—as was the insulation. The floors weren’t even, either. My then-twelve-year-old son walked in the door and said, “You’ve brought us to this slanted little house to die." Keep reading our story....

Today on Chickens in the Road

Join the Community in the Forum

Search This Blog


January 2021

Out My Window

I Love Your Comments

I Have a Cow

And she's ornery. Read my barnyard stories!

Entire Contents © Copyright 2004-2021 Chickens in the Road, Inc.
Text and photographs may not be published, broadcast, redistributed or aggregated without express permission. Thank you.

Privacy Policy, Disclosure, Disclaimer, and Terms of Use