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Party Time!

Party Time!

I’m a little overdue for this post, sorry!  I had my unveiling party last Friday, and I think it was a huge success!  The next day, I ran a 5K (Wicked Wine Run, 5K and then wine tasting at the end haha) and then on Sunday, I rested.  I had a pretty busy week at work, so I am just now getting around to writing an update on here about the festivities.  I will start by sharing some photos of Junebug after I got her all ready for the party.  I was very pleased with how she turned out, even though I still have a few more things to complete (screen door, baggage door, trim around bottom edge of exterior).  The day of the party, I hopped out of bed at 6am, eager to finish making all of the preparations.  I think that’s the first time in my adult life that I’ve ever gotten up that early on my own for something non-work related.  haha


View of the tongue with my custom painted tank. I still need to take it to a propane place to see if they’ll actually service this tank. If not, I guess I’ll have to resort to getting a new one. Fingers crossed they’ll accept this one since I put so much work into it!


I think she looks quite pretty with my roses in the foreground. 🙂



Another view.


She had to have these little twinkle lights.



Street side. The new 30 amp stainless inlet looks pretty good here I think.


The wind chime hanging on the door was a gift from a coworker that she picked up in Alaska. My coworkers have been so supportive throughout this project!


Little measuring spoon set that a coworker gave me. They have owls on them!


A little more decor for the kitchen.


I added some magnets to the fridge and a larger magnet on the stove. Of course, it has an owl on it. 🙂



I think the starburst patterns on the benches turned out pretty cool.


The framed hipster owl. I also have a couple of fun books on glamping and trailer history.



A better view of the bed and benches. So cozy!



Little bathroom complete with vintage trailer reading material (not that I’ll be spending a lot of time in here). haha

I had about 40 people show up for the party, and it was a great time!  Everyone was very excited to see the finished product.  I asked everyone to dress up in 1950s/60s outfits to get in the mood.  I ordered my dress, shoes, and petticoat from  I love that site!  They have the cutest pin up clothes, and the quality is great.


My best friend, Jennifer, and I all dressed up for the party!


My coworker, Natalie, and her husband, Kevin.


This is my friend and stylist, Josafatt. He did my hair! I wish I could do it this way every day, it was so fun!


Jennifer and her boyfriend, Ayk.


Everyone is gathered around for the big unveiling!


I had the tarp over Junebug so that I wouldn’t spoil the surprise.


And here she is!!


I’m about to open the door to let everyone take a peek inside!


My friend, Thomas, spared no expense and brought multiple bottles of Veuve Clicquot to celebrate the big event!


Cheers!! I’m overjoyed to be done (almost) with this big project!!


I tried to give a speech here but it wasn’t the best since I didn’t prepare ahead of time, oh well, hoepfully no one cared. haha


Here I am about to christen Junebug. I didn’t want to waste any Veuve Clicquot, so I used a bottle of beer instead. 🙂 To be safe, I wore my cut resistant gloves donated to me by my neighbor, Jarred.


Baxter loves a good party!

I was supposed to go to the TCT vintage camper rally in Lake Charles, Louisiana this weekend.  Unfortunately, I am having problems with my tail lights and I decided I couldn’t go.  I didn’t wire them myself, I had Oscar do that, and now they don’t work properly.  confused  The weird part is that they work fine when they’re plugged into Oscar’s Ford Explorer.  For some reason, they don’t work right when connected to my VW Tiguan.  I’m sure it’s some kind of compatibility issue, but I don’t know how to fix it.  I’m taking Junebug to the place that installed my wiring and hitch on the Tiguan either tomorrow or Saturday morning, depending on the weather.  I even ordered new tail lights from and that didn’t fix the problem.

My plan for the weekend is to hopefully get the tail lights fixed, then finish building the new screen door.  I also borrowed a soldering iron from my friend Casey’s boyfriend, so that I could solder all of the wire connections together in the camper.  I am still a little nervous they might come loose while I’m towing the camper somewhere and then become hazardous when I’m camping due to exposed wires.  I thought if I really wanted to be on the safe side, I could solder the wires together and melt some shrink wrap over them to ensure they don’t come apart.

I am planning to go to Austin next weekend for a baby sprinkle, so I’m thinking I may take Junebug there for the first big trip since the restoration.  We’ll see, it all depends on the tail lights!  Either way, I’m definitely taking her to her first vintage camper rally the weekend of October 10-11 to join the Texas Vintage Trailer Club’s rally in Fentress, TX.  Can’t wait!





Crunch Time!

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I just sent out the Evite for Junebug’s unveiling party this past week.  Evite even had a little Shasta camper template so it couldn’t have been more perfect for the event!  The date is September 12th and now the pressure is on to finish.

I thought since I now had September 12th as my new deadline, I would get extra done this weekend, but that’s not really how things went.  On Saturday, I applied a third coating of paint stripper to the drip rail.  I let it sit and went in the garage to finish rebuilding the door.  I thought the door wouldn’t take me that long to finish because I finished stripping the paint off the frame pieces during the week.  Unfortunately, it took me almost all day!  I initially thought it would be a good idea to add some putty tape around the edges of the door frame to seal it.  That didn’t work at all.



What ended up happening was that the putty tape was too thick and I couldn’t get the frame piece around it because it’s supposed to fit tightly.  Then I tried some gutter seal, and that just made a big fat mess everywhere, so I gave up and didn’t add any sealant.  If some water gets in there, oh well.

Once I was done rebuilding the door, I got ready to install it.  I first put the screen door back in the door frame because it was still attached to the hinge.   It was at that time that I noticed the screen no longer fit in the doorway!  When I retiled the floor on top of the old tiles, it added just enough extra height to the floor that the screen was too long.  ugh  I was planning to make a new screen door one day, so I guess that day will come sooner than I imagined!

I removed the screen door and then installed the door.  After I found the handle for the exterior and interior, I went to look for the keys and then realized I had no idea where they were.  I searched high and low and still haven’t found the stupid keys!  I usually don’t lose things, but this project has made such a mess of my garage and house that I have been losing things right and left.  I went ahead and installed the handle, but now it won’t lock unless you’re inside the camper.  I may have to pay to have it rekeyed…again.

Later that day, I tried scraping off the remaining paint from the drip rails.  Unfortunately, some of the paint would not budge.  I ended up deciding to use the wire wheel on it to scrape the rest off.  It leaves scratches all over the aluminum, but I was too tired of messing with it.  Even using the wire wheel, it is taking me ages to get all the paint off!  I still have two more pieces of drip rail to go before they’re all cleaned and ready to install.

Today (Sunday), I installed the drip rails that were finished and ready.  I also spent an hour at Lowe’s looking for various pieces I needed to get my AC installed correctly.  I had to get a bit creative, but I’ll save that post for another day.  smile

After installing the drip rails, I also installed the license plate.  It is really starting to come together!  I’m still a little nervous that the tail lights won’t work when I hook them up again.  Fingers crossed that none of the wires come loose under all the skin!


The lines don’t exactly match up on the left side of the door for some reason. It’s not that noticeable so I’m hoping no one will see it. I’m definitely not taking the door off and starting over!


Awning rail installed! There’s one screw sticking out a little because I ran into a screw behind it that was holding the frame together. I think I may cut this screw short so that there’s still a screw in that hole.

It’s really starting to look like a complete camper again!



I’m going to try to work on the electric wiring during the week this week just to get a bit of a head start on the weekend.  My new 30 amp plug and cord came in the mail today, but I’m still waiting for the 15 amp adapter that I will need to test it out at home.  I still need to finish installing the breaker box and all of the receptacles first anyway.  Next week’s post should be electric!  hehe

Working Vacation – Day Five

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This is the most exhausting vacation I’ve ever had.  But, I’m having fun, so that’s all that matters.  Well…at least most of the time anyway.

Today was a good day.  Except the part where I realized I made the frame the wrong size for my Fantastic Vent because I didn’t read the directions.  I swear, this project is turning me into a guy more and more each day. hahaha (just kidding guys)

I had two random people stop by while out for their evening walk to see what I was doing and tell me it was looking good.  That made me happy.  Both of my neighbors also stopped by multiple times today and the mailman is even friendlier.  I think one of the best things about this project is how much of a conversation starter it is.  I just love how it makes others around me curious, and then I end up talking to people I wouldn’t have otherwise.  Especially my neighbors, we are definitely a lot closer as a result of this project.  I think that’s pretty cool.  smile emoticon


I almost finished everything on my list today.   I still have to finish installing insulation on the street side and part of the rear.  The insulation took longer than I expected due to all of the trimming required.  I made quite a mess too, and it looked like it had snowed a beautiful layer of styrofoam all over my driveway.  haha

The first thing I did was finish the tail light wiring.  I had to do quite a few splices in the “hot” wire so that it connected with the side running lights and the license plate light.  The hot wire is supposed to be brown, according to the industry standard, but I didn’t have any more brown wire, so I had to make do with the leftover green wire.  It should still work.  I didn’t test it out yet, but I will do that tomorrow before installing all the skin.   Fingers crossed it works!  I have to turn the camper around in my driveway and temporarily install all the tail lights, then hook it up to my car to test.  I don’t have a little external tester, so this is the only way.  Kind of inconvenient but oh well.




After many splices, it’s all connected!


Next, I started in on the wiring.  For a short period.  Until I realized that I had better fix the frame that I didn’t measure correctly.  In my last post, I mentioned that I thought the Fantastic Vent stuck up too high.  Well, once I actually read the directions, I realized that the interior piece is supposed to be trimmed to size, so it’s not supposed to stick up that high.  And it’s narrower, so I had to take apart my frame for the vent and start over.  Now, it should work!

After repairing my mistake, I got back to the wiring.  I started with the fridge plug, and worked my way backward.  Oh, and I decided to scrap the idea of using a 15 gallon fresh water tank.  I will sell the tank and just use a 7 gallon drum under my sink whenever shore water is not available.  That will be much easier and free up the space under the bed for my new “power chord” as someone on my favorite forum, Vintage Trailer Talk, called it.  The power chord will have the new breaker box as well as a couple of junction boxes that lead to my various electrical outlets and lights.  I’m installing an external plug on the front of the camper with its own dedicated circuit breaker for the AC to plug into.  This way I will only need one plug when camping.  I had initially thought I would plug in the AC to a separate outlet, but just in case that’s not an option, this will also work.  I’m also upgrading my electrical system to 30 amp and installing new outlets near all of the light fixtures so that I don’t have to use the outlet attached to the fixture.  I think this will work better.

Here’s what the kitchen fixture looked like when I took it apart today.  It’s kind of rusty and the wires don’t look too great.  I might try to replace the wires attached to the fixture if I can. I will also clean up all of the rust inside before I reinstall it.


It was a pain in the butt drilling holes in all of the support beams in order to thread my electrical wires through all of them.  My arms got so tired and I was worried the whole time that I would accidentally drill a hole through my ceiling panel.  Luckily that did not happen.  Once I started drilling the holes, I realized that I might poke a twist nail into the hole and puncture one of my wires when I installed the trim inside the camper, so I decided I had better install all of the trim first, then finish with the wiring.

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And here’s a pic of all of the wiring threaded through the holes and going to the locations where I’ll install new outlets or to existing fixtures!  I will finish wiring everything later, once the skin is on.  You’ll notice that the color of the wire is yellow.  This is because I upgraded all of the wires to 12 gauge.  The old wiring was only 14 gauge, which is fine for lights and outlets, but it needs to be 12 gauge since I’m upgrading to 30 amp.


I didn’t like the idea of my wires running down the sides of the camper, so I kept them to the roof, front, and rear only. Both circuits are entering the camper on the bottom left, which leads to where I will be installing the power chord.


The black and white wire is for the Fantastic Vent, which is 12 volt. Eventually, I plan to set up my system to have a 12 volt battery that charges either from my tow vehicle while driving or while I”m plugged into shore power. In the meantime, I’m running these wires to the nearest outlet and will attach a 12v plug to the other end. I am planning to buy a converter that will plug into a normal outlet as well as the 12v plug, then convert the 120v power to 12v. This will allow me to use my Fantastic Vent without damaging it.


Pic of the front of the camper with the new wires installed. One is going to the fixture and then a second coming from the fixture to the outlet for the fridge. There is also another separate wire leading to the base of the camper where I will be installing an external plug for the AC.

This task took me most of the day.  The last thing I accomplished today was to install most of the insulation.  It wasn’t that difficult to do, but it was time consuming, and also a bit frustrating where there were wires because the rigid foam insulation wouldn’t lay down flat.  I also bought Reflectix bubble insulation for the really curvy parts of the roof.  Glad I did, they were much easier to install thanks to the flexibility of the material.  I just have the street side and part of the rear to complete tomorrow and then the skin can go on!  IMG_4715IMG_4716


I have to get up early tomorrow because my helpers are coming over around 10:30am and I still have to finish up the insulation as well as run by Aztec Rentals to pick up my pneumatic stapler and then to Lowe’s to pick up some additional staples and tape for the insulation.

The new skin is unrolled in my living room at the moment…well the sides anyway.  I thought it would be a good idea to unroll them so they would flatten out a bit.  This is just the backside.  I took a peek under the protective film on the front side, and it was so shiny!  I’m excited about how nice it’s going to look!  Hopefully I can write again tomorrow with some beautiful pictures of the new skin!  biggrin

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