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I bought a Barth pickup slide in camper a few months back that I have named Sleeper. The obvious part of the name is for one of its uses, but the hidden meaning is that I intend it to be more than it seems.
The particular truck camper had some water damage which was fine by me because I would have a hard time gutting a camper that looked nice inside. It turns out it had more than I thought.
In any event, I was inspired by some of the older Airstream trailers I had seen that we're gutted and rebuilt better than new. I restore boats so I have some interesting ideas that carry over from that.
First is the concept, lighter is better. Copper and black pipe are heavy, and I would focus on keeping things light while adding modern features. Water resistance and durability are also important to me. I do t want to put a lot of effort into this and ever need to readdress water damage issues. Still there will always be maintenance, so I want it to be maintainable. More on this later.
I spent the last few months kicking ideas around and working on one of my boats. All the while I have been thinking about camping in Ontario's cottage country. It was time to get started. I spent the last two days gutting most of the interior. I will finish gutting it tomorrow and then start repairing dents, resealing seams, and begin wiring. I expect this work to take a while and I was going to use this forum to show my progress but instead decided to ease of loading pictures and so forth to create a blog on it. I do not have much to show for it yet, but I have started the restoration. If anyone would like to offer comments or suggestions I'd welcome that.
Enjoy your project. We'll be waiting to see the finished beauty......................
Owner of the Coachmen "THE TOY"
Looking good so far! I love the idea of a yacht theme as well.
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Nice blog you got going there.
Not much of a blog yet. I have barely begun. I am in the middle of several other projects, two boats, two minor boat trailers projects. So it will take a while.
I am nearly done with one boat and the other one is big and it is getting a whole new interior --that will take a lot of time.
The nice thing about the Barth, is that it is right here behind the barn. I can walk out there anytime. I like slide in campers because I can still tow a boat trailer. I want to be able to pull four Sunfishes to Florida in the winter, or take my 30 sloop anywhere. None of these boats have a place to live while driving around.
Being into sailboat, I don't need a lot of space.
I see the gorgeous motor coaches and I love them, but they are too big for me. I want to get 13-14 mpg which I think is achievable with my Silverado with camper and a light trailer behind it.
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