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#1 Old 12-21-2012, 12:54 PM
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My NEW teardrop Camper PROJECT

I got this camper from an old man for $150 I was looking for a project. I wanted a small camper to rebuild myself. So my dad new this guy and got it for a steal. Luckily my dad drives a roll back so he could pick it up since it had flat tires.

Any ideas will help I am brainstorming of possibilities.

Here is the outside it’s solid but needs paint for sure. If any one is good at photoshop I am looking for a paint scheme and maybe a graphic design for it.


Here is the inside view ignore the mess I just tossed everything to one side.


Here is the rear hatch door or Kitchen area.







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Looks like a cool project, I really want an offroad adventure camper myself.

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Looks like a cool project, I really want an offroad adventure camper myself.
Yeah I am thinking of maybe lifting the suspension some. Maybe changing leafs or something. But for now I'm more worried about restoring it.


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Sweet dude! I recommend new window trim, a slab of paint, coyote if air mattresses and that bad boy us rest to go!!! Don't forget the case if beer so you don't care where you fall asleep at though ;-)!

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Sweet dude! I recommend new window trim, a slab of paint, coyote if air mattresses and that bad boy us rest to go!!! Don't forget the case if beer so you don't care where you fall asleep at though ;-)!
Thanks. The window trim is fine just needs paint like the rest of the camper. I'm thinking of building some sort of futon style bench bed for the inside.

And of course there will be beer lol


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as long as there are no holes in the outer shell those old campers can be fixed up for cheap. good find for the cheap project. Dont forget to check the wheel bearings. those old things are probably nasty and dry and I think the bearings for trailers are cheap.

Apply dirt liberally, rinse and repeat


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Solar panel on the roof [40 watts plus], deep cycle battery and some led 12 volt lights. never in the dark. Depending on how you want to go a small inverter and a 110 plug or 2 you've also got radio and a coffee maker. Look up a site called backwoods solar for details
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Solar panel on the roof [40 watts plus], deep cycle battery and some led 12 volt lights. never in the dark. Depending on how you want to go a small inverter and a 110 plug or 2 you've also got radio and a coffee maker. Look up a site called backwoods solar for details
I will have to check that out. I won't be really working on it till after the 1st of the year. I am thinking of using those tap lights as interior lights then that way I wouldn't even need a power source to be drained I could just pop cheap batteries in. Idk I guess I'm still brain storming.


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valid point on the tap lights. Of course are they bright enough? I'm part of a group that manages a wilderness cabin which has led strips [12 volt] that's why I thought of them. as for batteries- use deep cycle ones. car batteries won't handle the strain of deep charge/discharge and crap out quickly. if you're only running lights you'd probably only need one battery. another source of good info is You Tube. or for deep details also look up a web site called "buildit solar.com". there's a lot of info there too. I'm no expert but I'm dabbling in solar here. I've got 2 panels [15 and 30 watt] hooked to 3 deep cycle batteries and a 400 watt inverter. with this I can run all my small electrics [razor/ cell phone/ battery lawn mower/ wireless mouse etc. ] I charge up 2 Canadian Tire battery packs too. I've used them to charge things up too and ran my sump pump during a power outage and my scroll saw a couple of times for fun [that really drains battery quick- you get a half hour tops]. feel free to ask- if I can answer questions I will.[ Even if the answer is I dunno]
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