My Casita Travel Trailer’s “Before Glamping” Pictures
For the last several weeks I have turned my Casita Travel Trailer into a Glamper, and will be sharing this transformation with you through seven how-to posts (see the end of this post for links to all projects).
Because I knew my limitations for restoring my Casita, the process of Glamping my Casita has been very enjoyable, which leads me to my one piece of advice if you are preparing to buy a travel trailer to Glamp; know your limits (i.e. time, costs, renovation experience, facilities, etc.).
For me, the most important factor was facilities. Since I live in a community that does not allow travel trailers/RVs to stay on property longer than it takes to prepare them for a trip, I knew I couldn’t do a big tear out project (when not in use, she sits in covered storage across the street from my neighborhood).
Because of this important restriction, buying my 2006 Casita in very good condition gave me the “vintage” look I wanted, and allowed me to focus on simpler restoration projects and decorating; the only significant restoration I had to do was put down new flooring.
However, I know that the best made plans can still create unforeseen problems, and in those situations it is important to seek help from those with experience! I am a member of many camping/glamping/boating groups (see my About Mrs. Padilly page for a list), but one group I found very helpful as a newbie was “Lou’s Glamping for Beginners” Facebook Group. This is a closed group, so you must join to participate (and you must be female and involved someway with camping), but once Lou accepts your membership, I don’t think you will be disappointed.
Lou’s is a very friendly group of vintage and non-vintage camper owners (including many who have not yet purchased their first camper), who love to share ideas and give positive advice, all under the watchful eye of Lou.
With my Casita now complete in her Glamp-over, we have taken her on many outings including a trip to Colorado, Texas Hill Country, Indiana, and many points in-between.
So to begin the reveal and how-to steps towards Free Range’s makeover, here are a few photos of the inside of my Casita BEFORE she was Glamped:
In these two photos, you see the large dinette table set up in one photo, and the space set up in the bed position in the other photo. In my camper, I will have it permanently set up in the bed position.
In this photo (left), you see a close-up of the carpeted interior. As you can see, this is not your 1970’s carpeted van, but a nice soft plush wall needed to cover the interior walls and wires used in this two-piece fiberglass unit. A nice added surprise is these carpeted walls are great insulators! For example, my husband and I were working on the camper, and I was trying to speak to him through the walls (windows closed); no luck, I needed to go out the door for him to hear me.
In the photo (right) I am preparing to complete my first major project: cleaning all the carpet with my rug shampooer. For me, this was the hardest and most labor intensive part of the restoration process, but well worth it. After cleaning the carpet, and a thorough scrubbing of everything else, this eight year old Casita looked and smelled like new!
She is ready for Glamping!
Ready to see the steps I took towards her final reveal? Just click on the first link in the Casita Glamping Makeover series: Chalk Painting Cabinet Doors below.
Also, as you go through these projects, if you have any questions, comments, or experiences of your own ~ please share! I LOVE hearing from my readers.
Mrs. Padilly’s Series on her 17′ Spirit Deluxe Casita Travel Trailer’s Glamping Makeover:
Casita Glamping Makeover:
- Chalk Painting Cabinet Doors
- Adding Teal Paint to Accent Surfaces
- Installing a Tile Backsplash
- Installing Wood Vinyl Flooring
- Decorating the Screen Door
- Window Treatments
- Dressed for Glamping
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