FINALLY DONE! 1993 Starcraft Starmaster Vista 1224

Kevin A

Member
Apr 28, 2021
24
After several months of renovations (and repairing a fairly large soft spot in the floor) I am finally done with my $800 Starmaster Vista. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. Ended up having to do a section of carpet in the front of the camper that had the soft spot, which I wasn't thrilled about, but the new wood to replace the rotten floor just didn't line up well enough with the original decking to be able to lay laminate in that area. I did an angular transition between the carpet and the laminate, and I think it looks ok. Outside of that, it got the usual exterior paint, new decals, new rims and tires, and roof sealant. This camper originally came from Colorado and did not have AC. I went with a portable AC unit with a permanently mounted window exhaust. Didn't like the idea of throwing a 90 pound AC on a 29 year old camper roof. Eventually I plan to remove half of the cabinet the AC sits in front of to reclaim some floor space the AC unit currently takes up. I will say... the camper takes much longer to set up than my 8ft Jayco I had previously, but once it's up, the hard sides make a huge difference in the comfort of the camper. It's really nice being able to kick back on the dinette and prop against the side and not worry you're going to go falling through the canvas.

What do you guys think?
 

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kebideplin57

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Oct 25, 2016
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After several months of renovations (and repairing a fairly large soft spot in the floor) I am finally done with my $800 Starmaster Vista. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. Ended up having to do a section of carpet in the front of the camper that had the soft spot, which I wasn't thrilled about, but the new wood to replace the rotten floor just didn't line up well enough with the original decking to be able to lay laminate in that area. I did an angular transition between the carpet and the laminate, and I think it looks ok. Outside of that, it got the usual exterior paint, new decals, new rims and tires, and roof sealant. This camper originally came from Colorado and did not have AC. I went with a portable AC unit with a permanently mounted window exhaust. Didn't like the idea of throwing a 90 pound AC on a 29 year old camper roof. Eventually I plan to remove half of the cabinet the AC sits in front of to reclaim some floor space the AC unit currently takes up. I will say... the camper takes much longer to set up than my 8ft Jayco I had previously, but once it's up, the hard sides make a huge difference in the comfort of the camper. It's really nice being able to kick back on the dinette and prop against the side and not worry you're going to go falling through the canvas.

What do you guys think?
Love the layout. Good job it looks great! The exterior paint looks great too.
 

Sneezer

Super Active Member
Aug 8, 2015
3,076
DFW, TX
Looks great. I didn't realize Starcraft made some hardsides like that - all I have seen have been Rockwood and Palomino, and of course the classic Apache ones. I really wanted a hardside model but was never able to find one in decent shape, close and in my budget.
 

Kevin A

Member
Apr 28, 2021
24
Looks great. I didn't realize Starcraft made some hardsides like that - all I have seen have been Rockwood and Palomino, and of course the classic Apache ones. I really wanted a hardside model but was never able to find one in decent shape, close and in my budget.
From what I have gathered, the "Vista" (hardside option) is very rare and was only available on their larger 12ft box models for about 3-4 model years... and it was quite an expensive option. Unlike solid state Apaches, hardside Colemans, and some hardside Palominos, the hardsides on the Vista model Starcrafts are not thin ABS plastic, but are true plywood walls covered with aluminum on the outside. They hinge at the bottom and fold in and lay on the beds. They are pulled up with a cable attached at the top and the cable loops through a pulley on the roof. I ADORE this camper. Once it's set up, it's really more like a hybrid travel trailer than a pop up.
 

Kevin A

Member
Apr 28, 2021
24
Nicely done! Can't figure out how your gas tanks are secured. Or, do you stow them when on the road?
It's a standard two bottle mount. Threaded rod runs down between them and there's a clamp at the top to hold them down. Everything has fresh paint outside, so it's just a bit hard to see in the pictures.
 

Michael J

Active Member
Aug 9, 2018
201
Michigan
Looks great! We love our StarCraft campers too
 

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jmkay1

2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah
Oct 10, 2013
7,870
Northern Virginia
Very well done. Really like the valance you made above the windows. Just looking at it you would never guess it’s age. You worked hard on it and it shows. Hope you get many many years out of it.
 

Kevin A

Member
Apr 28, 2021
24
Very well done. Really like the valance you made above the windows. Just looking at it you would never guess it’s age. You worked hard on it and it shows. Hope you get many many years out of it.
The curtains are actually original to the camper, however the previous owner did update the valances and curtain ties. They also reupholstered the dinette seats.
 




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