Welcome to my blog about restoring vintage campers – I’ve restored a 1956 Shasta and a 1973 Shasta, I transformed a pop-up camper into a teardrop trailer fashioned after a 1935 Airstream Torpedo and I’ve fixed up a 1978 Alaskan slide-in truck camper.

Click on the tabs at the top of the page or on the pictures below to see the builds.


1956 Shasta
1956 Shasta 1500
1973 Shasta
1973 Shasta 1400 rear
1978 Alaskan
Torpedo Teardrop
tybee bound

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  1. Bob says:

    The two colors on the Alaskan are Rustoleum white and almond. I don’t recall the thickness of the diamond plate, but it’s pretty stout and I applied it over the original skin.

  2. William Radecky says:

    Thanks for the great examples . 1). What color is that you used. I think it’s fabulous!! 2). Front Diamond plate – what gauge / thickness alum did you use ? 3). Did you apply it over the original white tin, or removed the tin & placed the diamond plate . Thanks 2/17/2021. Rad

  3. Bob says:

    All the old campers that I bought were in the $200 – $500 range before restoration, and after a lot of work and several thousand dollars in material, I’d estimate their retail value at between $4500 – $6500. The value in them is how you enjoy them during the restoration and upon completion. Shasta probably had the most name recognition of the old trailer builders, but they were all built in the same manner and using the same components (unless you’re looking at Airstream, Spartan, Vagabond, etc.) For most people, restoring old trailers isn’t a money maker, it’s more of a hobby.

  4. Amy Aragon says:

    I just recently acquired a 1954 rod and reel camper trailer. Do you have any idea how much these are worth, I’m finding little to no information about them. It needs some work but the body is in decent condition. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

  5. 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.

  6. 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 ?

  7. Chuck Zellermayer says:

    Thanks Bob. Good advice.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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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