1978 unknown make pop up camper

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  1. BelchFire

    BelchFire I speak fluent vise-grip

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    That thing is RIGHTEOUS!!! I love it!

    Cold weather camping beats hot weather camping! You can always pile on another blanket when you get cold, but there's only so much you can take off when you get hot. ;) It doesn't look like your kids had a problem with it. You're a better judge of that than we are, but I'd say "Camp on, mate!"
     
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  2. roybraddy

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    Nice rebuild.... Was looking around on the internet for 1978 models... Notice WARDS used to make a small camper using the utility trailer idea... SEARS probably had one too... SEARS used to make all of things in the past. You can even get a SEARS pre-fab house...

    I kinda think it was a local build idea. Where did the year 1978 come from... My 2008 has the VIN NUMBER stamped in the top of the rail on the front tongue where the trailer body starts... I have never submitted a VIN NUMBER SEARCH online but I think it is suppose to have manf name etc... If you got the 1978 off a title maybe it also has a VIN number assigned to research for more info...

    If I had a nice enclosed garage here that wasn't totally filled up with junk I probably would really enjoy do a rebuild job like that... I have a zigzag turn sideways path thru my garage. There is no telling what lurks in my garage or what valuables one might find...

    we radio guys are always scrounging electronic things that end up in the garage. At one time I picked some 6-foot metal 19-incn equipment racks sitting at the doorway and you had to side step though one of those radio racks to get to the zigzag path hehe...

    Never throw away anything as just as you throw it it out you will need it to fix something with...

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  3. hq308

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    That's whats on the registration (title), it also has welded on the drawbar "78-7' which is possibly what it is based off. My thought is that it was probably a small volume trailer builder and this was the 7th one they built in 1978 or it could just be the 7th month of 78?
     
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  4. hq308

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    Made a small achievement over the past weekend, I replaced the tiny 10" wheels with some 13" wheels with better/wider tyres. 13" is about as big as I can get under it without doing major modifications. Pretty happy with how it turned out, just need to give the wheels a coat of paint.

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  5. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    You did a fantastic job on the renovation.. Great work and now ready for more adventures.
    Thanks for sharing the pictures
    Good Luck and Keep On Camping
     
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  6. hq308

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    Even though they look OK the seat cushions that came with the camper have a few holes in one of the covers so I decided to make new covers. The wife and I went out and bought a sewing machine and some upholstery canvas and after watching the (not so) instructional DVD that came with the sewing machine this is the result. The first of 4 cushions now has a removable cover to go over the original cover which is sewn on, not too bad for my first attempt.

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    Another small update, finished the 4 cushion covers and put them back in the camper. They didn't turn out quite as well as I'd hoped but much better than I expected from my first effort at sewing/making covers.

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  8. BelchFire

    BelchFire I speak fluent vise-grip

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    I just LOVE your camper. Man that thing is awesome! And BLUE!!!
     
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  9. hq308

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    Another small update, didn't get much time over the weekend so all I managed to do was clean the wheels up and give them a fresh coat of paint.
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  10. hq308

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    I made this a while ago but didn't put pics up. It's the rail I made for my budget awning, it's a piece of square aluminium tube bolted to the roof to attach a store bought tarp to. It simply has four bolts that the tarp eyelets go over and are held down by some thumb screws I turned up on the lathe.

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  11. BelchFire

    BelchFire I speak fluent vise-grip

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    Niiiiiiice! :)
     
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  12. Bebe

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    Looks great!
     
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  13. hq308

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    Got another small job ticked off the list this past weekend, put a small access door on the front of the trailer to access the battery compartment from outside the trailer when it's closed up. It gives me access to the battery master switch and a better place to keep the bolts the secure the uprights in place when the trailer is open. Previously the bolts where just kept in a container just inside the door of the trailer and where only accessible when the top was open so you had to hold the lid up to put the last bolts away.
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  14. BelchFire

    BelchFire I speak fluent vise-grip

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    You have done really nice, really neat work with this camper using good materials. I'm so very impressed! :)
     
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  15. Dan from Troup

    Dan from Troup Well-Known Member

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    Nice work and looks like you know your way around tools and such. Like Roy said, I think it would be fun to tackle one of these vintage campers. Yours keeps evolving and then...don't they all.
     
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  16. hq308

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    Thanks guys, I like tinkering with things and try to do the best I can without wasting too much money.
     
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  17. Koalavan

    Koalavan New Member

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    That's extremely cool!
     
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  18. Sjm9911

    Sjm9911 Well-Known Member

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    I'm not worthy! Wow you sure did a nice transformation on that little pup. And I have to admire your wood working, metal skills. Great job man.
     
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  19. sceri

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    Love the work you've done to the camper! Love the blue color and all the propeller (diamond) plating. Keep up the great work and thank you for sharing with our community....
     
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  20. Fordiesel250

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    I have a name for your p.u. Smurfmobile!
     
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