Vintage Camper – Pink Paradise – Update #3

I’ve been updating you on our progress in the Frolic – AKA – the Pink Paradise, and it may not look like we’ve made huge strides since my last posting, but believe me, we have.  There are so many small details that we’ve tended to.

A reminder of what the Frolic looked like before.

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Frolic – main living space nearly done.

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New covered seats and lot’s of new trim work.  I picked up two awesome rag rugs for a dollar each at the dollar store.  They fit in perfectly!

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If you’ve been following along, then you know that when I decided to start remodeling our vintage Frolic camper I had my work cut out for me.  I wanted to salvage as much of the original camper as I could, while sprucing her up with a bit of my own style.  I think I’ve done a fairly good job at both.

Instead of ripping out and replacing appliances, dark cabinets, the table and booths,  and the counter top, I have managed to work with them, and around them. 

Part of the ceiling that had already been torn out prior to starting this project left us no choice but to replace it .  Opting for the wainscoting added a touch of my tastes.  And using scraps of building materials we had on hand has helped immensely with remodeling costs. 

There has been a lot of trim work to contend with.  And lot’s of  other not so obvious details – for example,  the installation of several new (white) light switch/outlet covers to replace the originals that were dark brown, painting the table leg, cabinet hardware,  heater cover, and outside edge of the fridge – just to name a few.

I still have some decisions to make concerning the interior lights.  And I still have to decide on what to build to hide the ugly wheel well.  A good neighbor will be helping me make the curtains this week or next, and of course the decorating is yet to be done. 

I just started working in the bathroom which has been on my remodel list.  I’ve found some water damage on one wall and the wall will need to be torn out and rebuilt.  We have also moved outside to start some roof coating too.

My dollar store gingham wallpaper helps tie in the gold vintage stove/oven.

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The heater before painting.

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The heater after painting – more trim work still needed on the wall to the left.

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Other side of the camper (upper) – before painting.

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Other side of the camper (upper) – after painting.  The gas light has to be reinstalled in the center of the cabinet but some gas line work has to be done first.

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This was the clothes/storage closet – before modification.

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This will now serve as our TV/storage center – after modification.

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My handsome man helping patch the roof.

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We were  honored to receive an invitation to a vintage camper rally in Vermont this month from Mariah of The Comet Camper.  Mariah is a girl after my own heart.  She’s redoing an old camper and she’s incorporating a lot green technology into her project .   She wants The Comet to be off the grid. Go check it out!

As for the invitation, unfortunately we had to decline because the Pink Paradise isn’t near ready.  But there is always next year!

I promise to continue to keep you updated on the Pink Paradise and I’m anxious to present a completely finished project to you.

So, are you a retro travel trailer kind of guy or gal?  Or do you prefer all the luxuries of modern-day campers?

If you missed my other posts on the Frolic – AKA – Pink Paradise, check them out here.  The posts below start from the beginning and take you up to most current work that has been done on the Paradise.

My Vintage Travel Trailer; The Beginning

The Pink Paradise – Update #1

Pink Paradise – Update #2

We’ve Finally Made Friends

Vintage Camper Re-Plumbing – Not for the Faint Hearted

Frolic Travel Trailer – Pink Paradise Update – 2013

Tips for Buying a Vintage Camper that Needs Renovating, and the Chandelier

The 72 Frolic Bathroom Remodel Is Nearing Completion!

Baby’s Got  A New Pair of Shoes! And…

Can’t get enough of these campers?  Check out all of vintage campers I photographed at the Finger Lakes Tin Can Tourist Rally last September.

If you’re looking for a customized glamper let’s talk!  And if you are looking for a parts (new & used) for your camper then check out Fletcher’s Vintage Trailer Sales. Please make sure to mention that you found them through my blog.

50 Comment

  1. Looking good! Can’t believe how far it has come!

  2. The progress is just amazing!

  3. Thanks!

  4. Wow! Its really coming along! Looks lovely E! 🙂

  5. It looks amazing! Love the white cabinets and gingham wall paper. It’s simply divine! You are so fun to watch and read.

  6. It’s looking pretty in pink but that is an understatement 😀
    Love it, the change is amazing!


  7. How fun!!!! Your seriously giving me all these bucket list ideas. I really want to raise chicks but now I see my city doesn’t allow it. I would LOVE to remodel a camper but I doubt my husband will allow the purchase! 😉

    1. Lauren, Bummer about the city. Chickens are a hoot to raise. As for the camper, maybe you’ll be able to purchase one one of these days.

  8. Maureen says:

    You are SO clever!! Who thought you’d be this far advanced already. I expected this do it yourselfer would take years. 🙂 Congratulations, it looks great.

    1. Maureen, This is one of those projects that could actually take some people years to finish – lol. I am pushing myself hard to get ir done!

  9. Sandra says:

    I am so happy that you are keeping us posted with the camper redo. Enjoying all the pics too.

    1. Glad you’re enjoying the re-do Sandra. I hope I’m not boring all the foodies out there – lol…

  10. What a gorgeous camper and I just love how you’re restoring it. The pink and white colours are so retro and make the ‘home’ look so inviting.

  11. Looking great! You’re inspiring me!

  12. You are so handy and courageous. Love following your project.

    1. Hi Evelyne! Thank you…

  13. […] been busy working on the Pink Paradise and I’m just about ready to share another update with you.  But first, I thought I’d  […]

  14. Where will you go on your maiden voyage?

    1. That my dear friends is a darned good question.

  15. […] finally have made my way into the bathroom of the Pink Paradise.  It  has been slated for a remodel because one entire wall and the whole ceiling need […]

  16. […] this week; another Pink Paradise -vintage camper  update.  2 steps forward and 3 steps back… Share […]

  17. Susan says:

    I love how your work is turning out. The before and afters are amazing. You could use a high heat appliance paint for the stove and the heater grate so it ties everything together.

  18. […] did I mend the fences so I could make curtains for the Pink Paradise?  I dusted her off  and whispered sweet nothings to her – that’s […]

  19. Thanks for mentioning me, Eileen! 🙂
    I love how the Pink Paradise is coming along, and good for you for salvaging so much of her original parts! I love the name you gave her – it just FEELS super retro. Alas, we missed you at the rally in Brattleboro, but if the Pink Paradise is done in September or October, there is another rally at the Brattleboro KOA Sept. 28th (TCT) and another great on October 19-21st in Salisbury Beach MA. Let me know if you’re going to attend!
    Best, and hope to see the Pink Paradise in real life soon,

  20. […] When Bill and Denise Fletcher of Fletcher’s Vintage Trailer Sales told us about a camper rally they had planned for our area we had just started remodeling our 1972 Frolic Camper – aka – the Pink Paradise.  […]

  21. Oh, Eileen! I LOVE your remodeling progress! I would love to do something like this, but would have no idea where to start. 🙂

  22. […] and let loads of fresh air in without letting all of the heat out.  I want to work on the Pink Paradise, and once she’s road ready I want to camp, or should I say […]

  23. theboldabode says:

    What an undertaking! I’m totally in love with what you are doing, Eileen… It’s a labor of love!

  24. I just found your blog from a post you made, and I am IMPRESSED! We have had to tear out so much of our camper’s “personality”, so I am super-impressed that you have kept so much of your original stuff! The appliances and everything! Jealous!
    I love the color, too! I keep teasing my hubby that we are going to paint Clyde (our camper) pink. He just gives me that look. LOL

  25. Victoria says:

    What a great project…it’s awesome! Nice work!

    1. Thank you!

  26. Adrienne Kushner says:

    Did you know that years ago many kitchen appliances were offered in pastel blue, light green, and pale pink to appeal to the “little housewife”? You can successfully spray paint your appliances using automotive paint. I think your oven door would look nice in the pink and white theme instead of the harvest gold.

    1. Hi Adrienne, I do know that pastel colors use to be the “in thing”. The harvest gold is actually a popular 70’s color. I did consider painting the stove but I decided to work around it. I’m happy with the contrast that it provides. I think if everything was pink it would be too much for such a small space. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  27. how wonderful, I love this so much. I look forward to seeing the big reveal! Hugs

  28. katy says:

    Love the color! Pink is my favorite color! Im adding pink to my camper.

  29. […] If you want to read more about the transformation of the Pink Paradise CLICK HERE.  […]

  30. Holli Duffie says:

    I am desperately looking for a vintage camper with pink appliances! I want to paint the interior pink and white, as well as the exterior! Do you know of anyone with a refinished one for sale? I would love one with a bathroom. A shower would be nice but mainly bathroom!

    1. I sent you an email Holli 🙂

  31. CeletaC says:

    Wow! Looks great – interesting how therapeutic renovations can be!

    1. Thanks! It is very a very therapeutic and creative process. So much fun!

    2. Thanks! It is very a very therapeutic and creative process. So much fun!

  32. […] thinking back to that day last May when I had him pull the “72” Frolic Camper, now known as the Pink Paradise, out of the weeds.  You remember that day – right?  It was the day that I seriously […]

  33. donnainoregon says:

    Our daughter has a ’67 Mini-Winnie in “useable” condition, but boy does Winnie need a facelift! Since she is a single working mom, who loves her little Winnie, we’re going to offer her a hand in that direction. I’m sending her a link to your Pink Paradise for inspiration! Great job, and lovely to see, and also lovely that you incorporated your Pinky’s vintage look! My daughter is also interested in keeping Winnie’s unique features and working with them. 🙂

    1. Thank you Donna. A 67 Mini-Winnie and imagine the possibilities! Since your daughter loves little Winnie I’m sure she will find the perfect look for her. They all have their own character you know 🙂 The campers that is – lol! Send pics when you get her done please….

  34. Looks so good! We are re-doing our trailer right now! If you have time you should look at my blog!

  35. Love what you are doing! Gorgeous! I am thinking of buying a trailer ( vintage or not), definitely used to live in as an alternative to a ” tiny house”. Cannot afford the prices ( same as a real home!)
    I’m older and rather slow but can do small repairs and take my time… Lol
    Great inspiration for me.

    1. Mike Mills says:

      My wife and I have just gotten a 1972 Frolic camper just like the one you redone. I started tearing out all the insides today and ran into a few snags!! Water damage and rot. Really no big deal but its goin to set me back a few weeks to repair. I desided to completely gut the Frolic and completely rebuild her from the ground up. We loved the way you did yours and I hopr you don’t mind that we are goin to use a few of your ideas. Happy Camping!!

      1. I’m glad to hear there is another 72 Frolic that is going to have a renewed life! We know all about setbacks. Glad the Pink Paradise inspires you. Would love to see a picture of her when you’re done. Happy remodeling!

  36. Nancy Hanners says:

    I have a friend that has a 1972 Frolic camper. She is in desperate need of a owners manual. Do you know where she might find one.?

    1. Sorry Nancy – no manual. I’ve searched for a one myself and they are practically extinct.

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