A pop-up camper is a collapsible trailer classified as a recreational vehicle, a standard pop-up camper is composed of a trailer box, soft walls which are deployed once the hard roof is raised and pull out bunks. Your casual pop-up camper ranges from 8 to 16 feet once deployed and weighs anywhere from 700-1500 pounds unoccupied. It features all the normal appliances and furniture a normal camper has and has the capacity of housing 4 to 8 people.
You’ve probably seen some amazing pop up camper redesign which included ripping the floor and walls out, placing several insulation layers, rewiring, implementing a composite toilet and building custom furniture and interior. The bad news is that we won’t be doing any of that stuff here, the good news though is that we will keep at plain simple and economical. If you are a camper enthusiast with a low budget, buying a used sturdy pop-up camper with several years behind its back is the option to go. You can find some decent bargains on facebook, Craiglist or your local dealers. You don’t want to blow to much of your budget on the pop-up itself because you’ll need at least half of the money for restoration and conversion. So let’s begin.
Budget Pop Up Camper Makeover Ideas
Giving the pop-up camper a new paintjob is not easy task but certainly one you can manage yourself. For the exterior I recommend using a spray painter by doing several coasts and at least one primer. The interior may be a little tricky to pull off, but I recommend using two to three layers of chalk paint on the kitchen cabinets, cupboard doors and table and using clear wax to give it a shine.
Replacing the floor of the caravan should also be one of your priorities as you can do this at a very low price. Depending on the style you want to go, you can use sticky vinyl planks for the floor which will cost you anywhere from 30-35$ depending on the length. Another option is replacing the old tiles with new ones and if you do the installation yourself, the tiles and glue will cost you around 30$.
Assuming the foam of the furniture is in a usable condition, designing and replacing it should not be recommended as you’ll spend lots of time and money doing that. I would recommend refurnishing the already existing one with a new upholstery fabric. You can purchase this at a rather low cost at your local furniture outlet, though it’s hard to estimate how much you will actually need I recommend buying double the amount in case of any future repairs. You can also add several pillows to your refurnishing project and bathroom rugs.
Well this one can go also two ways, if you are crafty and happen to own a sewing machine you can do the curtains yourself from scratch but I’m sure you don’t want to go throw all that trouble for curtains. You can simplify this task by buying regular curtains, cutting of the top grommets and staple, sew or even hot glue them. Just make sure they are not see throw as I’m sure you’ll prefer privacy in your living space.