Two weeks from this update will see us taking the Colorado Concord out for its first camping trip. We found a spot at a nearby reservoir to put the camper through its paces and make sure everything is functioning/set up the way we like it. Plus, we'll be close to home should we need to be if the structure falls apart when a strong wind hits it. Kidding.
One more weekend of finishing work and we'll actually be able to use this thing.
We're saying good riddance to the ugly gold stripe that was making the camper look a little too dated for our tastes. This will be the first step in the makeover of the exterior colors. Here you can see the remains of the masking around the stripe, just after two new coats of paint.
And here are the results of the painted stripe. It actually turned out better than we expected. We wanted a rich color that goes with the interior scheme, and give it retro/modern appearance. Once all of the masking was removed, we couldn't stop staring at it. We are truly in disbelief this simple change makes the entire camper look much different than before. Oh, and we painted the interior face of the main door red, too.
Still cannot stop staring at this. Now that the stripe is done, we'll find a professional painter to take care of the rest of the exterior. We're not about to buy fifteen dozen rattle cans of paint and spray it ourselves. We're still considering a couple of options for our preferred secondary colors for the rest of the body, but either way will look amazing when done. Also, you can still see remnants of holes we patched and have yet to sand smooth prior to painting the rest of the body. Oh, and we'll be replacing the skins and locking T-handles on the two rear cargo doors next weekend.
You can probably tell from previous image updates that David really likes this particular perspective of the front interior area. This version of this image shows the new cushions in place and curtains hanging in the windows. Dana's mom, Janet, graciously offered to sew everything once we picked out our fabric. You'll find red/black/white cabin-y curtains on every window except the dining area.
The table legs used for the front sofa/pullout bench were a great Amazon find that gave us the exact look and functionality we were going for.
Finished kitchen and front area, as viewed from the entrance to the interior. Just looking at this image makes us want to get this thing on the road tomorrow.
The finished dining area, with cushions and curtains. These curtains are a little different than the rest of the camper to make this area a little more unique, and contrast the red table. Plus, they have cool little animals and camping symbols on them. Fun.
The replacement refrigerator is a little smaller than the original version, but we were able to frame the space to secure the cool new mini-fridge.
We found this great-looking mini-fridge on Amazon.
We really like how cozy and comfortable the interior feels with the materials and colors. In particular, the front sofa/pullout bed seems to be our favorite lounging spot. It's great for kicking back, relaxing, and having a beverage of choice.
Speaking of new curtains, we wanted to show off the solution we came up with for hanging the fabric from the curtain rods. After cutting holes in the fabric (yikes) and installing silver grommets at the top of each panel, we used smaller carabiners to hang the curtain from the silver rod. Have to keep up with that cabin/camping/mountain appearance.
Here's a closeup of the carabiners and grommets. Simple, inexpensive, and goes with the interior vibe. If you ever need to purchase bulk quantities of mini carabiners – and who doesn't on occasion – we've got a source.
This was recorded with the interior almost completed. We're still missing the refrigerator and a few amenities, but you'll get an idea of how this is turning out.
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