before and after

1971 Shasta Camper Makeover

by Grace Bonney

Perhaps it’s their small size or their easy transportation, but it feels like camper makeovers are on the rise. We get emails about campers and RVs being made over on a regular basis and it makes me wonder if petite campers might start to come back into production more if this demand keeps up. Until then, I love seeing people that give these older campers a new life with a little bit of hard work and paint. This cheerful 1971 Shasta Compact Camper makeover comes from Paul and Fuelling of . They recently finished remodeling this camper for a client on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and the final result is pretty darn adorable.

Sam Harriss of was looking for a lightweight trailer to use as a mobile cocktail bar for weddings, festivals and parties, but the little caravan she found had seen better days. Paul and Kim saved the day by totally gutting the trailer, taking it off the wheels, reframing it and giving it a new paint job. I love how sweet the final camper looks and hope to bump into this in person one day when visiting family in North Carolina. Until then, click through to read about Paul and Kim’s makeover process! [Additional sourcing below] xo, grace


Lighting & Hardware: (stockist of color cord lighting)

Handmade Bark Tanned Leather for Bench:

Fabric for Curtains (Sewn by Kim):

Heart Pine reclaimed from old pickle factory used throughout remodel

The little Shasta trailer, before & after. Read on for the full makeover story.
The trailer before. The past 30 years had left the trailer in bad shape and in need of a facelift inside and out.
The interior was covered in paneling and felt dark. It needed to be opened up and replanned to work for the mobile event bar purpose.
So Kim and Paul stripped the trailer down to its frame, took it off the wheels and go to work.
Paul and Kim (pictured here) designed the new floor plan based on fitting three full-sized kegs, a draught tower, two under-mount sinks for champagne and beer display, and finally a large roll-around ice sink that the bartender could access at will.
The new trailer is now picture-perfect and ready for parties across the state.
Paul and Kim used reclaimed heart pine for the countertops and the large service windows; they added warmth and depth to the bar itself. They also built custom cabinetry and a super cute new wooden door.
The trailer in action...
The trailer, ready for guests.
That little wing is the cutest thing I've seen in a long time.

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