I have a friend who has gotten into ‘Van Life’ in a big way. I’ve been watching his progress and listening to his podcasts (which you can find Here) even though I have no interest in building out or traveling in a van myself. His stories cover the technical aspects of dealing with a van conversion, but he also talks about interesting things he sees along the road.
A couple of weeks ago, a casual acquaintance told me about her search for a ‘canned ham’ – a term used endearingly to about 1950-60s era vintage camper trailers. A few days later, I find myself the proud owner of a 1970s Serra Scotty Highlander trailer. It’s definitely in rough condition, but I have some talented sons and I’m handy with advice and a checkbook.
My son-in-law JE picked up the camper and created a workspace. We’ve found all sorts of online communities dedicated to enthusiasts who refurbish camper trailers, full of advice and resources.
This will be a learning project, likely with smashed thumbs and frequent cursing. Our goal is to create something safe, comfortable, and cute.