Shasta Reno: Part Two - Beginning to Rebuild

Oh man, we're getting down to the wire! Grant and I are booked to camp in Banff during the July long weekend - which means it's crunch time. I think the biggest mountain we had to climb was the rebuild of the back wall. We reframed and then reattached the siding. Although we still have a long to-do list, it feels manageable. Mind you, I'll probably regret saying that on June 30th. 

There's a video below that shows you where we're at now in the reno process. We bought flooring last week, I took the stove in to be powder coated, and the cabinet doors and drawers look brand new. I'm practically giddy thinking about how everything is going to come together when we're done!

Shasta Reno: Part Two - Beginning to Rebuild// © Allison Dragsten 2016
Shasta Reno: Part Two - Beginning to Rebuild// © Allison Dragsten 2016
Shasta Reno: Part Two - Beginning to Rebuild// © Allison Dragsten 2016
Shasta Reno: Part Two - Beginning to Rebuild// © Allison Dragsten 2016

Shasta Reno: Part One - Demolition

Shasta Reno: Part One - Demolition// ©Allison Dragsten 2016

A couple of weeks ago my husband and I drove down to Calgary to look at a 1971 Shasta 1400 camper. I had recently been burned by a Kijiji seller and was eager to not lose out on another vintage camper.  When we got inside the camper we realized quite quickly that there was water damage in the rear of the trailer. I was able to bring the asking price down so we hitched the trailer up to make our way home - so we thought. We got a few blocks down the road before we realized we hadn't checked to make sure the trailer lights were working. They weren't. We cautiously made our way to a nearby parts store and attempted to fix the problem ourselves. Eventually we admitted defeat and found a mechanic close by that was able to fit us in. The problem ended up being with the tow light output in my mom's borrowed SUV but several hours after we had intended leave Calgary, we finally headed back to Edmonton. It was after midnight before we, exhaustedly, parked the camper and made our way home. Not a great start!

The past couple of weekends Grant and I have been working on gutting most of the interior of the Shasta. After removing the particle board in the rear of the trailer we quickly saw that we would have to replace the wood framing on that back wall. After further investigation it appears that the damage doesn't extend too far into the floor and we shouldn't have to take up the entire subfloor. The screws holding the bench seats in place were so stripped that we ended up having to use a sawzall to cut them away from the floor. We're going to keep the two seats that form a bed with a table and rebuild the bench on the opposite side. We took down two cabinets but left the kitchen mostly intact. We're going to re-insulate, put up new particle board and paint the entire interior white. We opened up the bathroom closet by taking the door and the frame off so that we can turn it into a storage area and create a more open feel to things. We're also going to replace all of the interior lights and electrical outlets.

I'm happy to say that we're going to be moving onto rebuilding next. In my eagerness to get started on the demo process I didn't take any proper "before" photos. The photos below are of the camper in its current state. In the video below I've done a tour so you see what the original interior looked like. Everything we left really just needs a coat of paint to brighten things up. I'll be sharing photos and video throughout the whole renovation process in which time I hope to improve my videography skills. Although I really don't enjoy hearing the sound of my own voice! But, I'm excited to have a project that will get me blogging again. Stay tuned for more!

Shasta Reno: Part One - Demolition// ©Allison Dragsten 2016
Shasta Reno: Part One - Demolition// ©Allison Dragsten 2016
Shasta Reno: Part One - Demolition// ©Allison Dragsten 2016
Shasta Reno: Part One - Demolition// ©Allison Dragsten 2016
Shasta Reno: Part One - Demolition// ©Allison Dragsten 2016
Shasta Reno: Part One - Demolition// ©Allison Dragsten 2016
Shasta Reno: Part One - Demolition// ©Allison Dragsten 2016
Shasta Reno: Part One - Demolition// ©Allison Dragsten 2016
Shasta Reno: Part One - Demolition// ©Allison Dragsten 2016
Shasta Reno: Part One - Demolition// ©Allison Dragsten 2016
Shasta Reno: Part One - Demolition// ©Allison Dragsten 2016
Shasta Reno: Part One - Demolition// ©Allison Dragsten 2016

XO ALLISON