April is finally here, and one thing I have been looking forward to all winter long is finally getting to open up our camper. I haven’t talked much about camping on this blog yet, but I hope to change that this summer because it’s one of our favorite things to do.
My husband and I both love being outdoors, and we have been going camping for several years now. We started in a tiny two person tent, which worked just fine for a few years, but I have to admit we were both starting to feel a bit cramped. It wasn’t the fact that we didn’t have running water or electricity. That didn’t matter much to us. We don’t mind roughing it a little bit. After all, that’s what camping is all about, right? I don’t mind using the campground bathrooms and cooking over a fire. The hardest part for me was just the lack of space, and not being able to stand up straight when I was trying to move around inside the tent. After a few years of camping, it was starting to get old.
We didn’t want a big camper with all the bells and whistles. We still wanted to feel like we were camping, we just wanted something a little bit more spacious. When we found this 13 ft 1965 Holiday Rambler for sale just down the road from our house, already painted in my favorite shade of blue, we knew it would be perfect for us.
We like to think of our little camper as more of a luxury tent, because it’s still very simple yet much more comfortable than the old tent we were using. One of the things I love most about having a camper is that we can keep it stocked up all season long, and we don’t have to pack and unpack everything for each trip. It makes it pretty easy to just hook up and go on a last minute weekend getaway.
We do have a sink so we can get running water, but we don’t have a bathroom, oven, or stove. Those things don’t matter to us right now. We just enjoy getting away and being outdoors from time to time. Besides, cooking over the fire is one of my favorite parts about camping.
Today I’m going to give you an inside tour of our little home away from home. It’s not much, but we are making it our own, and we have tons of upcoming projects planned for it. I’m looking forward to sharing our progress with you as we transform our camper! So come on in and take a look around!
Here is the outside. The person we bought it from had already done the paint job on it. My husband put the diamond plating on the front to help prevent damage from rocks and such while on the road.
We are planning to give it a fresh new paint job next summer and fix those few dents. I am still deciding what color/style I would like to do for the paint. Maybe mint green? After that, the next thing on the list for the exterior is going to be a pole awning, which I think will really add a cute retro touch.
Step inside and you’re looking straight ahead at our kitchen area, which is basically just a sink, a small counter top, and some cabinets. I love having all this storage space. It may not seem like much, but it’s plenty for us. I’m thinking a future project will be a possible back splash in this kitchen area.
We also have our cute lantern string lights, which our parents gave to us as a gift. We like to leave these on at night when we’ve got a bonfire going and are in and out of the camper, grabbing extra sweatshirts, blankets, marshmallows, etc.
More storage cabinets are located to the right just above the dinette area. We usually store extra blankets, board games, and a few miscellaneous items up here.
This is our little dinette area. The table folds down and turns this spot into an extra bed. Eventually I would like to make some new cushion covers to replace these ugly green ones. There is also more storage underneath both seats.
I made all of the valances for the windows last summer, which was super easy. If I can do it, anyone can. Let me know if you’d like to see a tutorial on this!
We also plan to freshen up the trim around the windows, and give the glass panels and the blinds a good cleaning this year.
We also have this built in clothesline which really comes in handy for towels, swim suits, etc.
It’s not hooked up yet, but we have a portable AC unit that we keep in between the sink and dinette area. This was one of the very first purchases we made for our camper. My husband was adamant that we have air conditioning, and I can’t say that I disagreed. It can get HOT when you’re camping, and this AC has saved us on many occasions. I don’t mind roughing it, but I’m not going to pass up getting a comfortable night’s sleep.
The camper has these laminate floors throughout, which are actually in great condition. The floor was completely redone when we bought the camper, which was definitely a selling point for us.
To the left we have our fridge. The previous owner told us that it originally had a furnace right here, but he took it out and replaced it with a fridge. This works better for us because we really don’t camp much in the colder months anyway. The fridge gets much more use than a furnace would.
We painted the fridge with the same paint we used on the cabinets, which is Retro Chic by Valspar. We did a chalk paint on the front so I could do cute drawings on it or write out what drinks we had inside.
To do the chrome trim, we took the easy road and used chrome tape that we picked up at Auto Zone.
Lastly, we have our bed. We have a standard queen size mattress which we added a 3” memory foam pad on top of. The sheets and the comforter came from Target. This bed is almost just as comfortable as our bed at home. We never have a bad night’s sleep when we’re camping!
We also have space underneath the bed for even more storage. This is where we store our suitcases as well as a laundry bag for dirty clothes.
We have so much fun in our little camper. One day when we start bringing kids along on our camping trips, we might look into something a little bigger. But for now, this is perfect for the two of us. I hope you enjoyed the tour!
Who else is excited for camping season? What are some things you love about camping? Does anyone else have a vintage camper they’d love to share? I’m always looking for new ideas. I’d love to see pictures and hear stories of your camping adventures! Feel free to comment below or get in touch with me via email using my Contact page!