How to restore a 1960’s VW camper

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How to restore a 1960’s VW camper

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Campers from the 1960s were manufactured with a simple design. The campers have a metal exterior, wood framed interior, wiring for small appliances and a basic plumbing system for water and sewer. You can rebuild the campers with basic tools and materials. You can rebuild the camper to the original specifications or completely customized it. It is important to develop a plan before beginning the construction process. You can draw a custom plan or photograph the original design and rebuild it to the original form.


Remove the wood panels and framework with a pry bar and hammer. Only remove the pieces that are rotten and damaged. Cut out rotten pieces with a saw and replace them with fresh cuts.


Check the exposed wiring for damage. Replace bad wires and replace the old batteries with deep cycle marine versions. Install a charge controller to protect the new batteries.


Remove the water holding tanks by unbolting the attachments with a crescent wrench. Replace them with new tanks of a similar size. Also replace the pipes if they are cracked or have been exposed to mold.


Soak the exterior of the trailer with a hose. Stand inside the trailer and inspect for leaks. Apply RV sealing tape to any small leaks and replace sections of metal siding with large leaks.


Sand the wood floor and apply a fresh coat of varnish or cover it with carpet. Line the frame with new wood panels using a finishing nail gun. Install new wood faces to the cabinets and add linoleum to the countertop.


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