Welcome to my blog about restoring vintage campers – I’ve finished the restoration of a 1956 Shasta and a 1973 Shasta, I rebuilt a 1969 Nomad into something different, I transformed a pop-up camper into a teardrop trailer fashioned after a 1935 Airstream Torpedo and I restored a 1978 Alaskan slide-in truck camper. My current project is a resto-mod on a boxy old Roadmaster camper. Click on the tabs at the top of the page or on the pictures of the campers below to see the builds.

1956 Shasta
1956 Shasta 1500
1973 Shasta
1973 Shasta 1400 rear
1978 Alaskan
Nomad Camper
curbside front
Torpedo Teardrop
tybee bound

my dog Arrow
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  1. Bob says:

    Hi April, you’ll probably want to replace all of the gaskets on the push out windows with this: The glass can be removed by gently popping out the aluminum retaining strips on the inside part of the window. You’ll want to remove the fixed glass windows to re-putty them. I didn’t have to replace any of my fixed glass, so I can’t give you any advice on them – maybe take them to a glass place once you have them removed? Good luck with your project, it’ll be a classic.

  2. April says:

    I have a 1950’s Alaskan camper I got from a friend. It’s got some water damage inside and 2 cracked windows. Everything original though. How to find replacement glass ?

  3. Chuck Zellermayer says:

    Thanks Bob. Good advice.

  4. Bob says:

    Before you get too deep into tearing everything apart, I’d suggest that you build a little back. That’s what I did with our 1973 Shasta. If you can repair a section at a time, it won’t be quite so overwhelming. The framing doesn’t have to be super elaborate, these old campers get their strength through the sum of their parts, the exterior aluminum, the framing, the interior paneling and the cabinets. And don’t throw anything away until you’re sure that you won’t need it… and then keep it a little while longer. Keep plugging, you’ll get there!

  5. Chuck says:

    Bob, Last year we picked up a ’72 Shasta 1400 that appeared to be in excellent shape. Goodness were we wrong. I got to poking around in the back and found problems. Now that I’ve removed the entire back, most of the curb side, a lot of the front and street side I have found extensive water and ant damage. I see that you also had to replace a lot of your frame work. I am finding myself way above my pay grade and would love some direction on how to proceed in replacement now that I can see the problems. Any guidance you would like to offer would be really appreciated.

  6. Bob says:

    Thanks, I’m glad that you enjoyed perusing the site. I hope that the extra time that I put into getting these campers back together will pay off in their longevity. Once I get some pesky household chores out of the way, I’m going to start planning my next camper project! I enjoyed your blog also, you did a top of the line restoration on your Shasta.

  7. Robert says:

    Bravo! VERY skillfully done camper restorations/customs. Really like the Shasta, it is amazing that any have survived seeing that they were built to have a ten year lifespan half a century or more (like yours) ago. Thank you for sharing.

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