Coachmen Clipper Pop-up to Hybrid

Discussion in 'Camper Restoration Projects' started by Folsoml, Mar 3, 2018.

  1. Folsoml

    Folsoml Member

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    I found this old Coachmen Clipper 1265s on Craigslist for next to nothing, so I bought it.
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    My intention was to replace the tent parts with hard walls, and turn it into a hybrid. Sadly, the more I tore it apart, the more I found that needed to be torn apart. Lots of rotten wood.

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    Eventually I ended up tearing it down to the bare frame and essentially starting from scratch. I replaced the floor panels, and cleaned up the original roof.

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    I got engrossed in my work, and forgot to take pictures for a bit, but I framed up the exterior walls, as well as the slide out. I redesigned the beds to fold out instead of slide out.
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    Again, I forgot to photograph several steps, but here it is as of now. I used the original appliances (fridge, stove, toilet, etc). My wife and I took it on it's maiden voyage to Ochlocknee River State Part last weekend, and everything worked great.

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  2. BikeNFish

    BikeNFish Well-Known Member

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    Wow! That looks awesome! I wish I had skills to do something like that! I've seen a few posts from people wanting to do this but this is the first one I've seen.

    Please give some details!

    How long did it take to build?
    What's it weigh?
    How does it pull?
    Is that a hydraulic slide out?
    Besides the appliances, what else did you keep original?
    What type of lumber did you use? Is it all treated?
     
  3. DJS12354

    DJS12354 Well-Known Member

    Very Nice! I envy you the skills used for such an awesome build!
     
  4. Folsoml

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    Not sure the weight yet. I need to take it to the Flying J and weigh it. It pulls OK using the Honda Ridgeline. I do need to install a sway bar that I already have. It did want to fish tail just a little.

    The slide out is manual. It latches open and closed.

    Mostly just the appliances are original. The benches and cabinets in the slide out are original.

    I used non-pressure treated wood, and tried to keep it as light as possible. I'd saw 2X4's in half lengthwise and only use the halves whenever possible. The outside is 1/4 inch plywood that had been coated in fiberglass. It was then painted with regular exterior house paint.
     
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  5. Orchid

    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

    This is absolutely amazing work! Can't say that I've ever seen anyone follow through with the transformation. Incredible workmanship!

    Glad to hear Ochlockonee River State Park is back up and running! Did they improve the bathhouses during the time they were closed? I would have loved to see your build in person! You would have seen me gawking from the road at it!
     
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  6. neighbormike

    neighbormike Well-Known Member

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    Very cool build! You are definitely very skilled!
     
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  7. Folsoml

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    Thanks!

    This was my first ever trip to Ochlockonee. The bath houses seemed fine, so maybe they DID improve them.
     
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  8. prop630

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    Awesome, great job.
     
  9. Orchid

    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

    They were really rough before! I loved the park and have been there camping quite a few times, but the bath houses were yuck!

    We saw some bear poop last time we were there. Showed it to the ranger, who verified.

    Also got some good pics of piebald deer and lots of the piebald squirrels.
     
  10. Folsoml

    Folsoml Member

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    Saw quite a few deer.

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    And a Piebald squirrel.
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    But no bears.
     
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  11. Ladiesman

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    Very cool.
     
  12. sawdusty

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    I'm impressed and I am very hard to impress. Of course, I wish that there were more pictures of the build. That was a lot of creativity and work.
     
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  13. DFire2

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    Did you cut the canvas to make those bunk end pieces?
     
  14. Folsoml

    Folsoml Member

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    I trimmed the original material to make it fit better.
     
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  15. Orchid

    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

    Here is a HUGE piebald doe we saw. This one was easily twice the size of all the other standard colored deer around here. I have no idea why she was so much larger. Not sure if it has anything to do with being piebald or not.

    Next pic is a white squirrel (flattened against a tree) that hung out at our site the whole time.

    Third pic is as close as we got to the bear. [LOL] This was taken on the nature trail.

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  16. Folsoml

    Folsoml Member

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    Dang! Were you just there again?
     
  17. Orchid

    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

    No, these are pics from last summer before they closed for refurbs. Was just thinking about your camper and looked up the thread. :laugh:

    But, unfortunately, I can't see your pics anymore.
     
  18. jnc

    jnc Welcome from New Hampshire

    What happened to the pic's at the top of this tread?
     
  19. Folsoml

    Folsoml Member

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    WTF? Where did the pics go? If you click on the "img" does it take you to the folder?
     
  20. jnc

    jnc Welcome from New Hampshire

    No folder. It is a "postimage" upload page.
     
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