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Whatever POPS UP!

January 5, 2017

Ok.  So remember our conversation about the new toy we bought?  The 1997 Jayco Pop Up Camper Trailer in need of our own special brand of TLC?  Let’s talk about that some more, shall we?

Now that we’ve gotten it home and the dust has begun to settle, we’ve start a “punch list” of everything that we need to do.  For the sake of including you in our plans, here it is with all the details on how we plan to make it happen.  Just like Bob, the Builder – can we fix it? Yes! We can!!!

  • Make a mold and mildew remover (1 part water, 1 part vinegar, 2 parts bleach) and clean interior canvas – cost $10 in materials and spray bottle/brush
  • Seal center seam on roof with silicone and apply waterproofing to entire shell – cost $30
  • Remount the stovetop onto new plywood; dimensions 24″ wide by 19″ deep; repaint black with high quality furniture paint – cost $0 using scrap plywood and donated paint (thanks SuperMom’s SuperMom!)
  • Replace fire extinguisher – cost $20 on Amazon
  • Replace countertop by the door; dimensions 20″ wide by 22 1/4″ deep; repaint black – cost $0 with scrap playwood and donated paint
  • Paint sink countertop; black – cost $0 with donated paint
  • Recover 5 base cushions with pillow sham style covers; simple gray pattern like this – cost $?? but you can bet I’ll use a coupon from Joann Fabrics
  • Recover 5 back cushions with pillow sham style covers; teal pattern like this – cost $?? from Joann Fabrics
  • Recover 2 dinette back cushions with pillow sham style covers; multi-color pattern like this – cost $?? from Joann Fabrics (my goal will be to keep all fabric cost under $50
  • Apply liberal Scotchguard fabric protector/waterproofing to canvas and cushions
  • Repaint all cabinetry; white – cost $15 from Home Depot
  • Purchase 2″ thick king and queen memory foam toppers – budget $20 each through Facebook Marketplace or somewhere similar – cost $40
  • Purchase 1 king, 1 queen, and 2 twin fitted sheets plus 6-8 pillowcases in coordinating color scheme – budget $60 total
  • Install vinyl peel and stick “hardwood look-a-like” flooring; light grey oak; 30 square feet – $40 from Amazon
  • Purchase or rig an extender piece for table leg; need 6 1/2″ extension plus attaching to existing leg by both – cost $5
  • Install patches in holes – cost $5
  • Replace red plastic light cover; rear side passenger – cost $??
  • Replace Duotherm 579 OR 590 OR 595 (need to figure out which) AC shroud (air conditioner cover) – cost $50-100
  • Sanitize water supply – cost $10
  • Mount outlet by cooler – cost $0
  • Replace 24 DC-6 EverStart Marine battery – cost $75
  • Purchase 4 small latch locks – $5
  • Repaint ceiling and ceiling trim (interior) – cost $15
  • Spray Rustoleum spray paint on metal cross beams – cost $10 from Amazon
  • Sew 4 throw pillows (one for each bed and one for each couch) – cost $15

That’s the list so far. It isn’t TOO bad, is it?  All things considered, we are going to TRY to keep the entire reno project under $500.  It may be ambitious, but if there’s one thing hubby and I love, it’s a challenge.  I’ll copy and paste and update this list as we complete projects and you can follow our progress. This is a job for SUPERMOM!


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