Thursday, June 16, 2016

Camping in style

Shortly after selling my girlfriends older Saturn Vue, we decided to use the proceeds to purchase a used camper.  I am a huge fan of the small vintage campers, but my girlfriend was dead set on something with a bathroom in it.  Most of the "smaller" vintage trailers don't have bathrooms in them, so the search was on.

After several weeks of watching Craigslist for a good buy, we finally found a great little vintage camping trailer.  It had the 3 qualifications we were looking for: small & vintage (for me), an onboard bathroom with shower (for her), and affordable (for both of us).

We got a 1973 Shasta SC16.  It is 16 feet long, claims to sleep 5 (but 3 is more realistic), and has all of the amenities of home.

The kitchen has plenty of cupboard and drawer space.  There is a sink, oven, and refrigerator, and there is even a little chandelier above the sink.

The dining set and the couch both fold out to make separate beds, but if you fold them out together they make one giant bed.  The cupboards above also lay down to create a top bunk bed.  The mattress to that bed is hidden behind the cupboard doors.

The bathroom isn't much to look at but it has a toilet and shower head on a flex hose to clean yourself up.  The entire floor of the bathroom is a large shower tray with a drain that goes down to the black water tank.

The only downfall to this trailer in my opinion is that there is only one catch tank underneath, which means ALL drains lead to the same tank.  So... if we overfill that tank we will have sewage backing up into the nearest drain, which is the floor of the shower.

Here are a few more pics of the outside of the trailer.

As you can probably guess, we are pretty excited about our little find.  We plan to restore her back to original, with the exception of the bathroom shower, which is not original to the trailer.  I do plan on replacing that shower with a better faucet/shower combo.

Once we put some time and money into our little camper I will post pics.  But for now I have to finish the landscape in my backyard. many projects, so little time.