You know that phrase, Bit off more than you can chew? Well I became really familiar with that phrase today. We have purchased a 1999 Rockwood Freedom series pop up camper for $1000. I wish I could say we knew what we were looking for. I checked the body for damage which there was some (again $1000 dollars and 21 years old) and we looked for water damage. He pointed out where he had seen some and repaired the floor and was about to put down new laminate. Everything looked okay for a 20 year old camper. So we bought it and towed it home. Once we got it home who dove into really look at it. We decided (Well I decided) ttat we are going to put down flooring to match the whole floor and cover repair, paint the walls and cabinets(the lovely wood paneling), I will fix the DIY cushions that his wife did and add storage and a portable toilet area. We went and got the paint and flooring, plus some RV waterproof repair tape.
Monday morning, I film my first youtube video to show off the trailer before and sit down to start work. I measure some tape to tape over the repair and the current flooring and BAM problem one. The repair isn’t supported and the wood appears too low(note I said appears, this is important for later). I have extra wood boards laying around easy fix. Nope the screws are too tight and I stripped one before I could get it out. Okay No big deal, I can work on the cabinets and look into pulling out the step so I can put in a storage area/ step. I pull the old step out and got to remove the handles so I can start to clean and prep the paneling. In pop ups the kitchen sink and counter folder down and there is a board the cabinet sits on. It is supremely wood damaged as well, (great I get to replace that too…..) Finally I gave up and I closed up shop, made tracks inside and ordered a stripped screw set and called it a day.
Thursday I get the screw remover and I attempt to remove the screws. Drill is dead.
Finally Friday! I am off and I make it my mission to get the replacement wood, primer, sandpaper and poly for my cabinets and get a bunch done today! I make my way to Wally World and Lowes. Drive home, grab a Diet Root-beer grab my battery and start on the trailer. I attempt to fold up the door(Has knobs to hold it in place) Hmm that’s odd the door is too long…. Okay Ill just bungie cord it. I sit down and start to remove the striped screws. I got 2 of the 3. The 3rd is in there for life. I trying drilling around it and just having the screw hole there and I will putty it. NOPE! That screw must have been rooting in the earths core. TAP OUT. I will just fix it from under the trailer. Okay for all of y’all folks in the back, ya girl is plump. I don’t mean some Ashley Graham plump, Closer to Rosie O’Donald in Now and Then Plump. We all know my happy ass ain’t fitting under this damn trailer and I ain’t stupid enough to try it without my phone and home alone. I was able to support the floor under spot I noticed but I also noticed that the camper on that side was off. I began to unscrew the door. All the screws are different and there are 2 nails. Weird. Turns out this isn’t the original door. This isn’t a door for this trailer. Which is way the door wasn’t clicking into place on the ceiling and why it wasn’t clicking in place when the camper was open. There is no way to fix this door so it is screwed in properly. FANTASTIC! My husband at this point is going to murder me for messing with this. I move on to the storage area I decided to pull out and put in a portable toilet. I unscrewed the box and pulled and guess what! More water damage! At this point I text my husband photos, remove the rotted wood, spray the rest with flexseal(yes I know that isn’t the way to seal wood) place a bag over the hole to prevent anything from popping in. and went in for the night.
Needless to say I am overwhelmed with what I’ve found so far. I have no worry that I can make this trailer a little slice of heaven for camping. My plans are now fix the hole, reframe the door and replace the wall on the side where the hole was originally seen. My husband has not killed me and we are going to truck on tomorrow. We will be hitting the hardware store yet again. Wish us luck with this journey. I will be posting it on here.