Meet Dottie: Exterior Photos

When we first acquired our camper we lived in a ranch-style house with a low 2 bay garage. We removed the roof vent, tires, axle, and exterior plumbing to make Dottie as short as possible. We spent a frustrating weekend attempting to get the camper indoors, but in the end she just couldn’t squeeze her way into the garage. Fast forward 1 year, and Dottie is now nestled inside our new extra wide 3 bay garage. We removed the tires and dropped the camper onto rolling dollies, so we can easily rotate and move it around for better access.

As you can seen from the photos above, the original paint scheme has been replaced with a cream stripe on one of the most ugly shades of brown ever. Not sure why anyone would paint their camper that color. Our theory is that a previous owner had some leftover exterior house paint that they needed to use up. The original wooden screen door is thankfully in good shape, so we plan to keep it.

The skin of the trailer is pretty rough. It looks like Dottie went through a few hail storms. The original tail lights and side lights are intact, but need to be rewired. The windows are also original and in good shape. The brows have been repainted several times, so we’ll be using a lot of elbow grease and paint stripper to clean them up.

Later this week we’ll give you a tour of the interior. Stay tuned!

Polishing “The Turd”

Welcome to our blog! Over the coming months we will be documenting our frame-up restoration of our 1954 Terry Camper, Miss Dottie. We invite you to follow along with our adventure.

We purchased our trailer in November 2017 after seeing it advertised on Craigslist. Although the previous owners had good intentions and planned a full restoration, they never got past a cosmetic interior makeover. The trailer has been repainted several times, the most recent color being a very unfortunate shade of brown. Thus the nickname “The Turd”.

When we bought our camper we had hoped to have it restored and ready to hit the campgrounds in Spring 2018. We thought we would be able to strip the exterior, apply new paint inside and out, replace the electrical wiring, swap out the tires, and be on the road quickly. However, a more thorough inspection revealed the floor was rotten, and the exterior skin was beyond repair. We realized we would need to completely disassemble the camper, and start from the ground up. The need for a larger garage to properly restore Dottie led us to move to a new home. Now that she is settled into her cozy new digs – safe from the Pacific Northwest wind and rain – the fun can begin!

Dottie, circa November 2017

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