Wednesday, September 4, 2013

What replaced the Shasta?

While it may not have the vintage charm, our new camper is better suited to our family needs.
It is a 2001 Coleman Caravan made by Fleetwood. Great layout and design that was only built from 2001 through 2004. Unfortunately, these units were plagued with water leak issues that rotted the floors. Ours went back to the manufacturer in 2006 for a rebuild under warranty so this one has the updated edge trim, newer style seals, and the entire floor was replaced and wrapped in a protective sheeting.

I bought it up in northern NH for a very fair price.. mostly due to the exterior not looking pristine.
All the factory graphics were faded, cracked and peeling. The interior is beautiful and all the systems were in good working order. I knew I could make the outside look presentable again so I was happy to get it for exactly the same price I sold the Shasta for.

Here's what it looked like the day I towed it home:

It took about 8 hours of labor time with a heat gun and residue remover to get all the old stickers off the camper. Once all the old graphics were gone I gave it a good wash and started applying some new generic vinyl stickers. A burgandy racing stripe, some 'Coleman Caravan' letters and a 2 foot long 'scene' on each side were placed over a week long period working a little but at a time.

End result may not be fancy, but it looks better than it did:

We just got back from our first camping trip with the Caravan and we love it. Nice to have hot and cold running water, a flush toilet, heat, AC, a large fridge with seperate freezer and more floor space. The queen bed that slides out the front really opens up the interior!

Next post will have pictures from the trip to Lime Rock Park in CT where we attended the Historic Racing Festival~

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