After finding a storage location for the camper, we took the month to determine what essential things needed to be done to the camper to ensure it was road worthy, water tight, and structurally intact. We found a vintage camper restoration company near Evergreen, Colorado that specialized in vintage campers like ours. After a couple of weeks, it was determined our camper was actually in really good shape. The only major issues to address was the need for the roof to be resealed and for a support beam in the rear to be replaced due to water damage.
The restoration company also removed some of the fixtures we knew we were going to eliminate or replace – water heater, water tank, and some propane lines to lights and the refrigerator. Once we got the camper back after a few weeks, it was our turn to start making significant changes. Some things were expected and some were ... not.
In order to haul the camper correctly, we needed a hitch that could accommodate a drop of 7". We found this spiffy adjustable hitch assembly that not only lowers to 8", but has a tongue weight scale to ensure the tongue weight was not exceeding our vehicle's limit.
This Weigh-Safe hitch is available on Amazon. We needed an 8" drop to get our camper to tow correctly, please check your own vehicle needs to purchase the correct version.
Speaking of hitches, the original tongue jack broke after two uses. And, of course, it broke while the camper was still attached to our vehicle. We had to use our vehicle's jack to get the camper off, and then find someone that could replace the jack somewhat quickly.
Two days later, we had a new tongue jack. It's not vintage, but works perfectly. And the dark grey color inspired us for some color options when we go to put a finishing coat of paint on the camper when we're done. Which, based on our current pace, would be way down the road.
We opted for a Reese Bulldog tongue jack, easily found on Amazon.
Shortly after the tongue jack fiasco, one of our tires wasn't holding air like it should. So, we took it back to the same guy that replaced our tongue jack so he could give the Concord a new pair of shoes. We went from 14" to 15" and now have tires that actually stay inflated.
We also picked up four Valterra wheel chocks to keep the camper secure when parked at the storage lot or (eventual) campsite.
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