Thanks to Larry at Canned Ham Trailers

Posted by blogadm on July 27, 2020 in uncategorized with Comments closed |

This guy has videos on everything you need to know. He also has classes too! Join the crew!

Windows and Trim and other misc stuff…

Posted by blogadm on May 13, 2021 in uncategorized with Comments closed |
Don’t forget to take the tape paper off all the sides before you install them….learned that the hard way…
Now those solid windows have to be held in with a black tape as well as the keepers.
Larry always responds to my questions. Thanks Larry, you are the best!
Cleaning the frames with Mothers and 0000 steel wool. Then with a buffer on my drill.
See that shine?
This frame was bent pretty bad, so Frank torched it, heated up the metal and used blocks and a clamp to try to straighten it.
Pretty, Pretty, Pretty, Pretty Straight!
New glass, cleaned, polished , new discs and seals installed.
These gave us a lot of grief. We had glass cut a few times, we ended up using Plexiglass/Lexan and a RV window seal. I am not happy about the color but i am thinking of a rubber paint to lighten it up.
With the Eyebrow all shined up and we put the screws around it before paint to have the authentic look of the original installation without all the leaks.. hopefully…
I need to stress this again, don’t forget to take ALL the paper off the tape before installation.
The big front window goes in.
Waiting for the back window glass, had to be cut a few times.
Ahhhhh, yes the Shasta Emblem
We put all the wires in this plastic sleeve to protect them.
It works!
Now for the brake inspection…
The Magnet makes the brakes work. I am learning a few things today, will i remember? Well…
I found out what the slot was for, ordered a custom piece for it.
Also found out what this bottom slot was for and ordered something for that as well.

Peaches is Painted!

Posted by blogadm on October 31, 2020 in uncategorized with Comments closed |

We took her to Psychotic Air in Batavia , Illinois , picked out colors that were closest to what i was looking for. She is Peaches and Cream for sure! Next up: Putting Peaches together again!

Nearing the finish line?

Posted by blogadm on July 27, 2020 in uncategorized with Comments closed |
Trial fitting and getting holes drilled before going to paint. Notice the blue tape and pencil marks show us where the wires are so we don’t drill through them.

It’s July 2020, the year of the Pandemic, can it be possible that we now have the time to finish Peaches? The last few weeks we have been getting her ready to go to the painter. We finished building the door, dry fit the windows, side lights and struggled with the front side windows. My brother in law Frank was a body man for years before he became a tech guru and now my hero for helping me restore this old camper into the beauty she is today. The reason i bring up that he was a body man is because he didn’t like the window seals on the dreaded solid dinette front windows and he wanted to use an RV or automotive window seal. I don’t like that it is black considering that i am going to want to paint with Peach and Cream colors. But we have tested some vinyl and leather seat paint that is flexible so we are going to try to paint the seals. We also had the glass cut to fit the holes he cut so we could use those seals but in the end we decided to go with the plexiglass.

We had glass cut after making a pattern of our cut out but we decided in the end on using Plexiglass.

Below are some images from the door build. We had the original screen door and Frank built the new door.

Justin stops by to check it out.
It’s not in perfect condition but usable.
I was able to get this part new from a Midwest Glamper friend, Cheryl, and we put that in .
Justin is impressed.
If you see the original photos we only had one rear window on my camper when i bought it so that worked out fine when we changed the configuration and put a bathroom on this side.

We reused the jrail even though its in rough shape, i bought new ones but they aren’t the same shape and i just like the original look. Also used the old wheel well trim too. We have the emblems to put on and a few more inlet and outlet covers and the rear lights and license plate frame which should be done this week. Fingers crossed so we can finish and get to paint next week.


Grounding day

Posted by blogadm on July 8, 2019 in Shasta Love |


I started this post last July of 2018. It has been almost that long since we worked on Peaches.  I wanted to get these photos in here but i am not sure i will remember all the details. I know we were rewiring the camper. We had to cut holes for lights ect and get the wires to the correct spots. There is also some photos of the back end and how we made the finished end on the bottom of the camper and other photos of how we cut around the trailer front. There is also a few pics of how I made a marker pen the right size to mark the top of the camper so we could cut it off at the size we wanted. I will ad more information if i remember something. I think that this is the summer we finish Peaches but i don’t want to jinx us. Knock on wood.

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Two steps forward and one step back, still gets things done.

Posted by blogadm on June 24, 2018 in Shasta Love |

It has been a few years since my last post. Since then we have changed our minds on a few things. First and most noticeable will be that after all the shellac testing and talking about keeping it original, in the end, i didn’t like the color combo with my Peachy , Coral colors. So i decided to the dismay of many purists to paint the interior a cream color. Now it will be Peaches and Cream colors on my camper named “Peaches” We have redone a lot of things over the last two years, i will post photos and tell about it as i go along.29214700_10155710295609032_8608397758757339136_n


The bed in back was also modified after we decided that we wanted the legs to fold up under the top and slide out as i pulled it out. I bought a twin size comfortable memory foam mattress and had it cut down to fit. with the pull out and another piece cut as a bolster for it as the sitting configuration and then as the bed gets pulled out and the legs drop in place and lock, the cushion drops down and makes almost a twin size bed.  I had it covered in the same fabric as the front seat cushions by the same company but i had a cream fabric on the back side so when i sleep it doesn’t get too hot like vinyl would normally do. I will have sheets on it too but this added detail with help out with the comfort level for sleeping but still keep it easy to clean.29214596_10155710295829032_3235341865565814784_n




The reason that we couldn’t get a whole twin size back there was that i wanted to have room to open the bathroom door.


The Bathroom was another place where we scraped the original idea and made it better. I was originally OK with a portable Loo. But then Frank said he could put in a real bathroom for me and i said that would be great. We had to make some adjustments because the tank couldn’t sit below the floor so it had to sit on the floor. So the toilet sits on top of that.  Still a comfortable height and a much better solution for emptying! IMG_0893a

The plumbing is covered by a box and the back shelf with the wavy edge was originally across the whole back of the camper was cut in two so one side is on the inside of the bathroom and one half is on the outside of the bathroom.29217047_10155710295704032_9091519229517103104_n

We also put in a little cabinet that we will put a mirror over but decided against another little sink as the sink is right outside the door and its much too small.


The cabinet door has just been painted and is drying. I’ll post finished pictures at the end.

The front Dinette overhead cabinet was a mess and we ended up re making the whole cabinet.



We love this tool for this and and other things. This was a Frank favorite tool.







In this photo you can see the kitchen, the cabinet on the right is smaller because a stove vent used to be hung there and a stove sat below it. As i plan to mostly cook outdoors i decided to put in a bigger fridge instead. I also have a small counter top microwave that my sister bought for me in case of inclement weather and starvation :).  This gave me more counter space and more room for goodies. I lost the cabinet on the other side where the icebox was because i turned the bed sideways to make room for the bathroom. 29216626_10155710295489032_8663781254665076736_n

Here you can see Frank putting in  the small cabinet next to the back bed.IMG_2571


You would be surprised how much you can fit in small spaces in a camper so don’t waste any of it.


The kitchen table was reused and we glued the new top on and put the old trim back on and polished up.


I think at this point before we put the back 1/8 birch panel on we had to finish the electrical and the plumbing. Luckily Frank knows a lot about stuff like this and if he doesn’t he finds someone who does or looks it up and figures it out himself. IMG_0895







Finally the back of the camper got closed up.

Frank came up with a great idea to sand the wood to better fit the curve of the camper but still fit a straight flat window in the proper place.





Trial fitting the window after we replaced the broken glass then cleaned, buffed, re-screened, and added new seals.



I don’t really remember which happened first but i am adding the air conditioner heating unit here. Which has also since been modified and one of the hoses, the output has been moved to a new location lower on the front, i’ll add the info on this unit and the new photo all installed at the end of this reno project.IMG_0889a

Before i start putting in the photos of the finishing up of the outside skin and insulation i want to add some interior detail photos here. The front light fixture was originally a propane lamp which we had modified to be electric. The glass fixture is a reproduction sold at Menards.IMG_9535

I was glad this fixture was in good enough shape to re use it.



The Bathroom fixture is a new fixture 🙁




The hallway one is original.





A rare sighting of my baby girl come to visit.11756513_10153123975364032_319149181_n


The Insulation came next.



We put in all the insulation, the vapor barrier Installed the side metal and trial fitted the WINGS!IMG_3476a

Thanks to Larry at Mobiltec for the idea to make this rig to help with raising the metal to be attached to the sides. Watching his videos has gotten us thru this project. I love his motto ” I make mistakes, so you don’t have to!”







Did i mention that my sister  Sharon gave me my wings? I love that.




Then on to the other side. Frank did some acrobatic moves balancing between the wall and the camper.IMG_3717




Yeah, he is pretty bad ass. 🙂 I forgot to mention that i used this spray adhesive to get the insulation to stick, it made everything stay in place.IMG_1711

It was time to cut the metal, we knew it had to be less than 3/4 of an inch overlap so that the edge would be hidden by the j rail. So we rigged up this marker and wood piece to be the right size line to follow with the tin snips.







Then it was time to cut out all the windows and openings that we needed.






The wheel wells needed to be cut out too, we saved all the metal so we could use pieces as a pattern if we needed and that helped us out in  few situations.




I also wanted to mention that we put metal pieces to protect the wiring and then on the metal we put tape where we knew there was wood behind so we would know where to put the in field screws an so that we wouldn’t screw through wiring or plumbing.IMG_0781






We started to add the roof skin , but the metal wasn’t siting right because i had too much insulation. So we had to remove the vapor barrier from the roof and the front and back and peel away half of the insulation. Let me tell you that is a nasty job, wear a mask and long sleeves and then change your clothes as soon as you get home.IMG_6211



Then after the insulation was removed and the vapor barrier replaced and the skin put back up on there, it sat much better. And i need to mention that we first used only 3 straps across the roof to hold it down while we are working and after we added the 4th one it worked much better. You do whatever you can to avoid buckling the metal.IMG_6756a




Francisco lends a hand whenever needed. Thanks!



The second piece that attaches to the front slides into the top piece. We decided to cut out the window so we could clamp it to the sides while working on it. So we slid it into the channel then held it there while Frank traced out the opening. Then we took it to the work table and cut it with a razor and bent it back and forth to get a clean break.






Then we clamped it up so he could staple it and do the edges and the bends around the edges. Using a block to stabilize the metal and a rubber mallet to hit the edge with slowly and methodically he wrapped the edges.








It is here where i will mention the cuts you need to make along the way to make the metal lie flat and not buckle. This is key, especially around the edges.



Today we were lucky, Frank’s wife brought Truffle and Dapper to visit! She also brings us Flavored Ice Tea on hot days. Thank you Deenna for brightening our day!




So that’s it for this post. Hope to post another real soon.



Cabinet Making

Posted by blogadm on May 6, 2015 in Shasta Love |

Frank built the cabinet around the fridge to match the rest of the kitchen, and i helped 🙂 He really loves the Joint Pro. It is an invaluable tool for using dowels to join wood. It lines them up perfectly! On the other hand, the most exciting part for me today was getting to use a brad nailer!11196379_10152949813904032_691480882_o 11207961_10152949809439032_1365188933_o 11211524_10152949809479032_1614007125_o 11215410_10152949809409032_547226876_o 11242907_10152949813864032_1669025056_o

Here it is August 2015 and my last post was in May. We are still working on the interior cabinet making. We have decided to make the potty room into a real toliet room! So we are collecting all the necessary plumbing supplies to complete that. We also decided to add a few more cabinets and that is probably why we are still working. We decided to cut down the old big cabinet and make at least a small one to hang a few things or with shelves it will hold plenty. In a camper this small every bit of space must be used wisely. Plus we are finishing the cabinet we are making for the bathroom too.

That cabinet is waaaaaay smaller but will still hold a lot.


Shellac Testing

Posted by blogadm on April 20, 2015 in Shasta Love |


Tested the Shellac today. Amber Shellac with 20 percent Denatured Alcohol. We tested it on samples of all the different wood in the camper. There was the original wood that needed to be sanded, the new birch, also sanded .and the pine parts, again sanded. Then we applied the Amber Shellac waited for it to dry and reapplied. It took 3 coats to get the darkness we liked. Then we did 3 coats of clear. The Amber really shows off the grain of the wood. I was originally going to paint the interior but after all this hard work, Frank and I decided that we need to go original on this one. We can always paint it later if we don’t like it.


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Bed, Bath and Beyond

Posted by blogadm on February 28, 2015 in Shasta Love |

Samantha joined the Navy! She is in basic training at Great Lakes Naval Station. She wrote me a heartwarming letter, thanking me for all the opportunities we gave her and for all the fun she had working on the camper.  I plan on sending her pics as we go along with the restoration of “Peaches”.  She will pop in when she can to check on our progress.

“Peaches” has also moved to a new temporary home. We shrink wrapped her nice and tight and moved her on a flat bed trailer to the warehouse.10856314_10152609628039032_750205185_o


After much contemplation, I have decided to change the original floor plan from thisf099e21ef2435d28ad9e521327cb0729

to this..

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We took out the stove and i will put a refrigerator there with the counter top extending over the top giving me more counter space. I gave up the wardrobe cabinet to have a toliet room. After taking out the wardrobe cabinet we started on building the bed. We wanted to make it so that it could be used as a bench during the day for seating and then pulled out at night to give me more room to sleep but still leave enough room for someone to get by me to get to the toliet. 10947876_10152732583954032_2108110593_n


The curve on the back of the camper was a tiny challenge but i think it came out great!10952360_10152732199104032_1321673330_o 10951110_10152732584194032_1432089398_n

Frank loved the Joint Pro! He was able to drill holes that perfectly lined up for the dowel rods. The rods make this sleeping bench stronger and makes us feel like cabinet makers 🙂


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The wood lines up so that it can slide back and forth to bring the bed to the full size or push it back to be a bench.





This is the finished bench or so we thought. After we made this nice hinging system we realized that it won’t work exactly as we wanted, It sticks out too far from the wall and a few other concerns with the window height ect. So we are taking that hinged piece out and it will sit on top and then i will push it back when time to go to bed, just like the original design of the bed from the back.





The next step was building the inside bathroom wall with a door opening. We clamped 1/4 inch birch plywood to the outside wall so we could use it as a pattern.

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cutting out the doorway two sheets at a time. One for each side of that wall.


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Then we added wood to frame the inside of the inside toilet room wall, then we glued it and clamped it.



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After the glue dried we added insulation. We used a spray glue to hold it in place.




Then we glued the other side to it and clamped it up.



We put it in temporarily to see how it looks. We are nailing it all together before the final installation.



I love seeing it all come together! Thanks again Frank! I am glad you share my interest in restoring this peach.


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The kitchen cabinets are next!  The counter top was hard to find but i am very happy with my choice. I originally wanted the boomerang pattern but i couldn’t find it in the color i wanted. I tracked this down and it has a similar feel. The manufacturer only had 4 sheets left and I bought two. Enough to do my table and my counter top.nevamar-twist-and-shout


Then we should put in the tile. Staying with a peachy/coral and cream theme i picked these tiles from Home Depot.Cantaloupe_sale AntiqueWhite_sale

I highly doubt they will do free installation 🙂  Especially since i want to cut each 12 inch tile into 9 inch tiles. I would like to do that to keep it in style with the original tiles which were that size.




We’ve come a long way baby…

Posted by blogadm on October 21, 2014 in Shasta Love |


It has been a few months since my last posts. Living the crazy, wonderful life! We only work on “Peaches” on Fridays and we have only missed a few. We are making great progress!10599829_10152374931469032_1996556870_oI took photos of the back wiring and framing so that we know where things go when we put it back together. I cannot stress enough how important it is to take photos! Because you think you will remember how it goes back together, but you won’t 🙂



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10612147_10152375038779032_1810989328_oNow here is where it gets interesting…. We took all the trouble to save the old birch interior to use as a pattern for the new birch then Frank had a grand idea… Slip the whole sheet of birch in, clamp it and cut it with a jigsaw! Before we started, we had to decide if we wanted to use the 4 foot sheets as they came or cut them down to 3 feet like the original. We went with the 4 foot pieces because there would be less seams. The next thing we did was to add 1×2’s to the framework because now the seams didn’t line up with where the framing was. It was an easy fix and makes the whole camper much stronger!










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Sam and I had a great time using the Palm Nailer to attach the birch to the frame with the nail screws.  It can be tricky, but once you get the hang of it you will love it.
10585401_10152408304124032_1816711244_oJoe is always ready to lend a helping hand.

10634157_10152408400174032_141753523_n Frank using the Radial Saw to cut more birch
10612088_10152408394869032_1336141141_o He taught me how to use it too! It is loud, and scary in that you could cut your fingers off.  Besides that, making sure you are putting the wood thru from the right side seems to be one of the most important things i learned. I just hope i get to use it enough so that i can remember it :).

After we put in the birch panels, it was time to put on the curbing. We measured and cut and realized we would have to compensate for the curve and the three layers of plywood. As you can see each layer was shorter than the next.10638806_10152408563524032_540229910_o



This is much better

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There is a steel bar like this in the front of the camper and in the back. It adds strength to hold the table inside.10662862_10152437820309032_535347907_o




Look how nice the front looks now! On to the back…



I took photos and measurements of all the shelving, brackets for anything that was there and made a drawing so that i could put it all back in the right places.10704988_10152437848139032_784630062_n



EWWWW, i was so glad when we took this panel out.




Notice the trees are still green in the background, not for long 🙁



We finally got that big cabinet out and the spider was gone… ewwww, i wonder where he is….


We were so excited to put the cabinet welting on. We stapled it down at just the right spot, can’t be too much hanging over, you just want to see the rolled edge.




In this photo below you can see the welting goes all around the curve and around the door frame.


Frank, always measuring…. measure twice…. cut once 🙂




Imagine how exciting it was for us to put the first ceiling pieces in…. then double it !


Frank made a piece of wood to brace the ceiling so our arms didn’t get so tired 🙂


In the meantime while we were working in August. My sister was buying me a birthday present… The best present a sister can give… She gave me WINGS!!!!

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In September i went over to Kings Mill in Wasco , Illinois dragging my old nasty camper seats with me10501462_10152280896094032_1570573325_n


I came back one day to see how it was going to look. I brought a pattern i made for the Chevron design. I loved talking to these guys about the reconstruction of my dinette seats.






They held it up so i could get an idea of how they were going to look.


They retied the springs, fixed the frame and put new stuffing inside.

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I left feeling very happy about the great work they were doing!



We continued working and putting in the wall panels in back.


Wow, next is the new floor.



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We put in 3/4 inch plywood flooring in. We cut it, glued the old floor and then screwed the new one over it. Look how nice this is… No more old musty smell!



So as you can see we have come a long way baby…



The leaves have turned into beautiful colors of fall. We need to get ready to move Peaches for the winter so we can park our cars in the garage. Luckily we have a warehouse to move her to so we can work all winter in a warm place.10731234_10152515702709032_210171871_o



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