Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Our New to Us Camper

Summer 2011 we purchased a new to us tent trailer.  It is a Starcraft Centennial with some extra features that we love!  One being that it is high sided which means you do not have to flip over your sink to break down.  This saves time and allows for extra storage.  The second thing I love is the white cupboards and light  flooring!  I don't know why camper manufacturers still produce those awful brown cupboards.  If only the camper manufacturers would discover pintrest or blogs about people who mod their campers!  They might be inspired to try some colour inside!

The other great thing is air-conditioning.  I never thought it would be something I would want or need, but we travel to the states to camp and leave the fresh Bay of Fundy breezes behind us.  We have been so grateful to have this feature, especially this summer in New York when we camped less than hour outside of the city. Very hot!

Anyways, I thought I would post some photos because I know that other campers love to get ideas from one another!  I certainly have been inspired by other campers who show off their modifications, though with this camper I didn't have to work to hard like I did with my last one.  This was just needed lipstick!

I made new curtains and valance to replace the standard  tacky curtains that come with campers!  The little white and black dots on the wall are chalk & whiteboard dots that my daughter plays with!

The Clothes hanger on the ceiling is used to hang a shoe holder which is great for bread, chips, and other food items.  I use a plate shelf to elevate the toaster oven giving me storage underneath for plates, or whatever.  The shower caddy I cut to fit and use it to hold cups, dish soap, magnetic spice holders.

We have a tip out window and the kitchen slides out to give you  more room.  The tip out window was screaming for a modification.  We created this shelf from a closet system, wire and some s hooks.  We drilled two holes into the metal frame and voila, a sturdy shelf that I can't live without!

We added extra S hooks from Ikea to hang our Ikea mugs.

Using larger S Hooks, again from Ikea, I can hang my frying pan and my cute  little whisk from Anthropologie!


Opposite the door was a hanging closet.  I removed it as it was bulky and I would rather use the plastic drawers.  I also hang from the hooks in the ceiling from the closet, the 3 tier organizer.  Way more practical and keeps the camper feeling  roomy!

On this counter I used a shoe rack upside down and as you can see, I add my coffee maker, grinder, etc.. without losing counter space!  I hang my necklaces of the ends of the rack...very handy!  I also used more chalk board decals on the fridge...very handy!

Love all the cupboard space!

Double Sink, Hot & Cold Water and filtered water!
Love those 3M hangers.  No space is wasted.  I love my small Bodum kettle in Orange!  My toaster  oven is both a toaster in the traditional upright sense and a toaster oven!

There are drawers under the seats and plugs too!  You can't have enough plugs!

Very Roomy & Comfortable!

I always change the knobs in my campers.  So easy and fun!  Love the extra storage too!


Laura Thiessen said...

Love all your ideas. Where did you get the ceiling mounted clothing hanger? I'm also in Canada and can't find anything like that anywhere? If you could email me, that would be great! Thanks!


Ricky said...

Love the camper. What was your process for painting the cabinets?

Travis Smith said...

I would like to know what you used to attach the clothes hanger. Did you drill the celing? What screws and length? Thanks

Julie said...

Very many great organizing ideas!


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Roxie Tenner said...

Ooh! The new curtains are really cute! It's nice that you were able to replace them with something more suitable to the theme. If you don't mind me asking, how long did it take you to make the curtains? I wish you the best in future projects like this. Thanks for sharing! :)

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Anonymous said...

PLEAsE let me know how you did the curtains! WE just got a pop-up and I am dying to replace the horrible curtains, but don't know how to go about it!

Flavia Nelson said...

I have recently purchased a StarCraft 3612 and I would love to drill into the ceiling but being that this is our first camper, my husband is not comfortable drilling into it. How did you know where you could drill or even that you could drill? Is there some sort of how-to guide somewhere out there? I have completely replaced the fabric inside and have added decorative inspirational stickers to it. My family and I have just started camping and I never thought I would love it as much as I do. I love your ideas!

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Anonymous said...

I love all of your ideas! How do you have the shoe holder hanging from the clothes hanger? From the way it is positioned it looks like there is something between the two. Or maybe our clothes hanger is positioned different than ours?

Anonymous said...

OMG! We hjust purchased a used camper and the inside of ours is JUST LIKE YOURS!! I made new curtains for both ends, the small one over the frig and the ones over the dinette. I am still trying to figure out what I'm gonna do about the seat cushions and beds. The valance will be done in a light olive green that will go with the pattern of the curtains, but haven't decided how to go on the rest.