Tony and Michelle’s campers Here’s our first camper, as it was when we bought it. It’s being carried by our F350 that’s been in the family since it was new. Both are in the process of undergoing restoration. Not the most flattering pictures, but I had an opportunity to capture all 3 of our campers together. I’m a little sad to say that camper #1 is fast becoming a donor for #2. It had a lot of really great components, but the body had been badly damaged by someone who hacked out a lot of the structure in order to fit it on a utility bed. I’m afraid that before it’s all over with, there will be 1 less AR camper. But what an awesome donor. Camper on the truck is #2. #1 is on the right and #3 is in the middle. We hope to restore #3, but #1 is probably not going to be used for much more than a parts donor. Truck and camper at the El Malpais National Monument in NM. I’ve been chipping away at little details. It takes a long time to accomplish little. One of these days… What do they say about Rome? The water heater access panel. It had been slathered with thick blue and then silver paint. I think I spent a day and a half on just this one tiny part. Cutting out all of the tiny hexagonal holes was a true pleasure. But! No regrets with the outcome. My hand-crafted sticker. Until I find someone to print one for us, this will have to do. This one was done with an X-acto knife. I’ve started resurrecting the original gelcoat. Note the gloss on the panel to the right of the door. Over the years, someone went crazy with a can of white aerosol paint and “touched up” wherever they saw fit. A little elbow grease and 1000 grit paper, followed by some compound and it looks pretty good. The downside is the fact that there is a LOT of surface area. One day at a time. The rear bumper had a tough-as-nails coating on it that looked sad. It took the better part of a day to strip and buff. Originally, it had a matte silver finish. I prefer the polished look to go with the tons of chrome on the old Ford. Still a lot of polishing to do, but we no longer feel like hillbillies when we drive down the highway. It’s a little hard to believe, but we just found camper number 3! This one is in California. Headed that way soon to pick it up. We seriously need to rent some storage space for a couple of these. TWO of these things in our driveway! The neighbors must think we’re nuts! Replaced the clearance lights with the LED version The cleanup on the blue truck and camper has begun. Plans are to move the camper over to the red truck as soon as its makeover is complete. Then the blue F350 “goes under the knife” and will be completely disassembled. It will receive a complete “nut and bolt” restoration. This camper needs a LOT. Still happy we have it. .