Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Our New Home

{Meet the Scamp}

So some recent life changes will allow this blogger, her husband and their two dogs to spend the month of July driving from the West Coast to the East Coast with many stop-off points in between.  In a vintage 1978 13-foot Scamp travel trailer. That we just bought. That is ours. That is entirely upholstered -floor, walls and ceiling- in plush Mexican carpeting. With fringe.

If you squeezed a marshmallow so that it had a long side and short side and then plopped it on wheels, that would be the general shape and color of our Scamp. The inside is a different story.


It's as if Elvis had outfitted the thing. All drawers and cabinets are upholstered in midnight blue crushed velvet. The ghettofabulous cushions make a bed when deployed at night and fold up into a dinette, complete with linoleum table, during the day. There's an AC unit, heater, sink, water tank, propane stove, mini-fridge, VCR, color TV bungeed to the wall, and the complete set of RV Life: Wildlife of the Pacific Coast in VHS. 


We pick her up first thing on Saturday and we *cannot wait.* The white gelcoat exterior is in perfect condition and just begging for some color.  I'm thinking International Harvester red on the bottom half and leaving the top half white. That's easy; it's the inside that's going to be a lot of work. We're hoping to rip out all the plush upholstery, refinish the interior walls, install bamboo flooring, build new cabinets, make new covers for the cushions, and generally update this little love-boat into a comfortable, hip, habitable space. We've found some sweet Scamp restoration projects online (like this one on Desgin*Sponge) and we can't wait to get started. Suggestions, links, stories, or ideas to help us pimp our ride would be most appreciated. It's going to be a biiig project.

So, um, this is where we're living for the month of July.

29 comments:

  1. LILY!

    when you told me about molly, you were like my saviour.

    then yesterday when you shared that secret about _ _ _ _ you became like, the coolest person ever.

    today you are my total hero.

    congrats! i will send whatever resources i know your way. it is going to be so awesome. what happens when you get to the east coast???

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  2. No words for how envious I am!! That is so COOL!! Congrats!

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  3. Try visiting "Sisters on the Fly" website for many many ideas regarding snazzing up your love shack.

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  4. SHUT UP! This is my dreeeeeeeeam. Can I come? Sure, I don't really know you and it will be super cozy, but OH DEAR GOD I'M JEALOUS!
    You are going to take the best photos ever. Ever. Ever.

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  5. whattt! so awesome! are you leaving the desert behind for a permanent move to the east coast?

    i also just found out about these crazy kids over at http://dandelionexpress.wordpress.com who are embarking on a similar road trip in a VW bug.

    i have been thinking lately i want jesse to take time off in between his next job change so we can drive around the country. even though i hate driving. weird right?

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  6. GAH! That's all I can say, really. Um, love it.

    We had a teeny tiny airstream when I was growing up and I adored it. So sorry when we had to let it go.

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  7. This is freaking RAD!!! I want to come along for the ride!!! XO

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  8. My only response to this can be a teenage sounding

    O-M-G!

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  9. You lucky dog! In my dreams could me and my husband drive around in something like that for a month. (He's 6'5" tall and I don't think he'd be very comfy in that small of a space.) I cannot WAIT to see what you guys do to it. Good luck!

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  10. Ok LILLYYYYY!!!!

    I would suggest the colors of the rainbow, since that is just what I experienced when I saw the pics, first it was yellow and orange because of the surprise, red on ow much I was laughing on the existing decoration and your post, so much that I passed from blue to purple and finally at the end I went green with envy!!!!

    No, seriously, I think you might want to consider colors that expand the space and that avoid any entrapment feeling or cabin fever. I am no expert on this type of dwelling, but if I find anything I will send it down your way!!!

    Good luck remodeling is always a challange.

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  11. Oh my GOSH!! That is so freaking amazing!!! I do hope you'll be able to share your adventures with us so we can all live vicariously through you!! I dream of doing that exact same thing all the time!

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  12. Amazing!!!!! The Scamp is amazing, the interior is amazing, your plans for renovating and prettifying are amazing, and your July sounds amazing!!!!! Tell us more about the east coast thing. Is it going to be permanent? Details, Miss Lily! I'm just thrilled for you guys. xoxoxo

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  13. OMG, I love it! But mostly I cannot wait to see what your creative / artistic self does with it....

    The perfect 2nd home!

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  14. Oh my God! Martin and I have been talking about doing this forever!! This is going to be such and amazing adventure! (Please stop in Kentucky - I'll have a rhubarb galette waiting for you!!!) XOXO

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  15. YOU are heeding the call of the ROAD! The romance of the wild, wide-open ROAD! When the road calls, you gots to listen.

    I can't wait to see what wonderful things occur.

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  16. This is more than enough to meet the eye....but why do I have a feeling that you have something else to tell us! I'm going to stay tuned! Insane fun Lily!

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  17. Amazing. Haha, that trailer is just amazing as is, lol!

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  18. oh my! oh my! oh my!!!!!!! truly awesome. you guys are going to have the time of your lives. can't wait to see how you freshen it up...though it will be sad to see that ghettofabulous interior go ;)

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  19. YES! YES YES! so excited for you guys! can i just say that my husband and i drove cross country twice we took six weeks each time and it was most amazing experience ever has husband and wife. we had a jeep and a tent and i must say having scamp would have made things that much sweeter. if you need some saving tips on the road we have many cool ones- five dollars for the best shower ever, free cookies in every town...ya we learned them all!

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  20. HOLY SHIT! Awesome. There might be some useful tips on this site:
    http://tinyhouseblog.com/
    enjoy.

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  21. Oh what fun!!!! Your Scamp is fantastic!! Cross country travel plans inside such a vehicle is bound to bring adventures and memories!

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  22. Oh man. Ohmanohmanohman. ROAD TRIP!

    I'm not going to tell you how every once in a while I sigh and ponder how the boy and I could manage to take a month off work and drive across the US (one daydream scenario) or western Europe (the other), just the two of us, a kitty, and a supercute caravan. No, I won't mention it.

    Live the dream, sweetheart.

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  23. Another place I visit in the blogosphere is Attic24, and Lucy also has just acquired a trailer (they call it a caravan in Britain.) I thought you would enjoy reading about her excitement and her dreams for fixing it up: http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/2010/05/thestuffofmydreams.html

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  24. Congratulations! This is absolutely fantastic! I can hardly wait for July to hear about and see all your adventures. I do think you should take your first journey in the ghetto fabulous version.

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  26. Check outmy blog at http://eggscamper.blogspot.com for another 13" scamp and renovation project. While not as ambitious as yours, a lot of info and links on batteries, power convertere, pratfalls and pitfalls. Have fun.

    ps At first glance I like the carpeted door, but it does get a bit busy with everything covered in that carpet.

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