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Topic: I need your help restoring my camper!  (Read 42609 times)
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« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2009 08:41:41 PM »

i'm totally jealous and i kind of want one!  Wink

for colors and what not i say anything 50's style.

id love to see a pic of the inside!
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« Reply #11 on: June 15, 2009 09:12:08 PM »

If you want retro, I'd go with a snazzy bright aqua with chrome accents, maybe some black and white faux tiling on the inside, whatnot.  Very old-fashioned diner?
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« Reply #12 on: June 15, 2009 09:29:20 PM »

Oh it's gorgeous!!  I just bought a teardrop trailer and Im in the process of making sheets and curtains for it.  I cant wait to see the finished product!
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« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2009 09:47:12 PM »

OH how awesome is that!!!!! I can totally see it in red and chrome or vintage turquoise and chrome. I would have to see it after it's been painted to think about stencils but I would vote no stencils right now... You could stencil a cool name for it like people name their boats. Newayz totally keep us updated on the progress!!
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« Reply #14 on: June 16, 2009 12:17:03 AM »

Go with "Vintage Ranger" Lots of stuff from the early to mid 60s, greens and browns such. If this thing really does see some good camping, dirt will be in it. The greens and browns won't show it as much.

I like all the red, retro, turqoise and other ideas from everyone but I don't think colors like that would hide the dirt. Getting dirty is half the fun of camping! And you don't want to stress over keeping clean something you put lots of time into.

and it's be a nice place for souvenirs of Woodsy the Owl, and Smokey the bear.
Remember Woodsy? http://www.sporksforall.com/wp-content/uploads/woodsy-poster.jpg
Vintage Owl designs seem to be very popular right now.

Any of the ideas people mentioned would make one badass camper! Make sure to post pictures when you're done! =D
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« Reply #15 on: June 16, 2009 12:37:24 AM »

Oh My Goodness! I am completely jealous of you! I would love to be doing this project! I see metallic candy apple red with chrome, red gingham or apple print curtains ( HF has an apple print right now that's fab) i'd do a dark carpet for hiding dirt. Or if your more of a tile person do red/white or black/white.  Have you considered white with banana yellow or orange accent? Citrus theme with a splash of lime somewhere.   My inlaws have an old egg shaped camper that i was finageling for until i learned the floor had rotted and they never patched it. I would love to get my hands on an old Airstream. Dh and I have started looking for antique camping gear like CCC or Boyscouts, antique coleman is kinda pricey but were still looking.
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« Reply #16 on: June 16, 2009 04:19:09 AM »

OMG everyone! Thank you for all the awesome replies and suggestions!  I am motivated now!  It seems like a lot of people like the turquoise or teal and candy apple red ideas.  Husband prefers the bluish and I prefer the redish!  We'll have to get a third party in to decide for us.  As far as the inside goes, we'll probably lay down some sticky lenolium that is easy to place and easy to clean, and put a little rug on top.  Don't want to spend too much time/$$$ on that part. 

I LOVE all the ideas.  I really like vintage owl and Smokey The Bear!  I had forgotten about those!  Maybe we can get those on the inside.  When it comes to artwork, my husband is an artist/graphic designer and I totally want him to do something creative on it.  One of his ideas was to do custom artwork on the front, incorporating whatever color scheme we pick, and putting really big tear shapes to make it look like it had been splashed in paint going down the road.  It looks really super cool on paper -- I'm not one to describe things very well. 

Another poster suggested Happy Trails on the very back, which reminded me ... A while back I designed a t-shirt for cafepress that is still very popular --- a picture of a super vintage camper that says "Happy Camper" around it, and people have been buying the design for their toddlers.  We are going to put Happy Camper on the very back between the taillights in bright chrome letters.  I have to get ready for work now, but I can't wait to come home and see more suggestions!  Thank you so much everyone.  I hope to be able to go and buy some paint either today or tomorrow after we decide which to paint it!!

xoxo - Rachel
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« Reply #17 on: June 16, 2009 05:22:06 AM »

Husband prefers the bluish and I prefer the redish!


Have you seen red and turquoise together?  It is awesome, its actually my new favorite color combo.  It feels retro to me too, somehow.  Love the camper, and can't wait to see what you do with it.
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« Reply #18 on: June 16, 2009 06:03:20 AM »

I didn't find this thread until this morning, or I would have chimed in earlier...

How about painting a white picket fence against your background color, whatever it is, and adding a painted flower bed, with stencilled flowers in profusion? (Maybe you could put the paint splatters on one side of the camper, and the Home Sweet Home picket fence w/ flowers on the other side, the door side- No one can see both sides at once)
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« Reply #19 on: June 16, 2009 06:08:43 AM »

I Googled vintage camper restoration and found the following. Maybe you will get some inspiration. There are also links to suppliers in there.

http://www.ynotcamperrestoration.com/
http://www.retrorestoration.com/
http://zoomcart.com/members/restoration/
http://www.vintage-vacations.com/restorations.html
http://www.vintagedeluxetraveltrailers.com/

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