Monday, August 6, 2012

What I Did On My Summer Vacation....

Woooooowaaaaa.....are you enjoying this freakin' heat!!!!!!!

So, Mr. Homesteader and I not only like to live the simpler life at home, we vacation and enjoy our off time in much the same manner.  Our love of old, useful stuff extends to our camper too!  We are vintage, fiberglass camper enthusiasts, so much so that we just bought vintage fiberglass camper number 5 (and sold number 4).  This time we have a 17 foot Boler made here in Canada in 1978, not as old as our previous 13 foot Trillium (also Canadian made) from 1973 but still full of vintage charm.  Part of our love of these quirky, old, moulded, fiberglass beauties is the restoration.  Not that I love cleaning and scrubbing moldy, neglected campers but to see them brought back to life is very satisfying not to mention more environmentally friendly than ordering up a new one made to specs, right off of the line.  They are also very lightweight making them easy to tow, using less gas to get from A to B.

This is the before picture of Big Boler's exterior....


...I don't have an "after" shot yet because we just started fixing it up.

I do have a before and after shot of the dinette cushions though, I spent the last 2 days reupholstering them and I think they look great.

Dinette cushions before...



Dinette cushions after...



Mr. spent the weekend cleaning the interior and he has plans to make permanent bunks at the back of the camper.  I'll show you the before and after of that next spring:)  We'll also be installing a new vinyl floor and tidying up the appliances (they all work fine, they just don't look so great any more).  Curtains to follow as well, they will match the new cushion upholstery.

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