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This is a project I completed recently for a friend who was distanced from her granddaughter due to devorse. When I delivered this 1961 Scotty Siera, she was allowed one weekend with her. I set it up for her at Audubon State Park in Kentucky. Her granddaughter was given option how long she stayed with Mama. After two weeks, they are still camping. I totally restored ground up. Took 3 months and everything built at my new shop. Thanks

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Looks better than new! Great job!
 

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This is a great result and (probably) an inspiration for me as I have an old (1956) camper that I have been trying to get going on for several years. What did you use for the interior curved white walls? they look better than new.

Paul
 

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Nice restore Dan, you had to have made your friend very happy. You made that camper look new again, both inside and out.
 

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Restoring campers is really getting popular. When we go RV'ing we see more and more of them. You did a great job and it looks like it would be a very difficult but fun project.

My neighbor has a 1970's or 1960's Airstream, around 16' sitting at his place rotting. I would love to get it along with the 1962 Suburan sitting there rotting. What a great project they would be. But he will not part with anything in his junk pile.
 

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Wonderful refurb on the camper and great gift
 

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Great job! Really looks nice.
 

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Great job. Lots of work there.
 

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Neat build. I have a 1969 Airstream I started before deploying. Get back at in in 18 months.
 

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NEAT!
 

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Thanks,, yes I had lots of fun on this. Built interior walls if 1/4 birch. Cabinets are 1/2 cabinet grade ply. Counter top is spalled hickory. The new owners name is Stone so I named it "THE ROLLING STONE"
 

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Very nice work and a great result which seems to be paying off.
 

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Incredible work!

My wife picked up an old abused late '57- to '59-ish Jewel travel trailer last year-at least, we're pretty sure that's what it is. The registration was completely messed up by previous owners and the VIN stamped on the frame is only partially legible, so I had to use Google image search to try to find a trailer that had the same characteristics. We can only hope to make it look half as nice as yours.

If you don't mind, I could use a few pointers…but I can do some more googling if you'd rather spend your time in the shop. ;)

How did you bend the 1/4" birch? Did you have to kerf it for the more severe curves, or were you able to bend it some other way? We were going to try using some 1/4" underlayment plywood but it wasn't bending very well. I don't think our original front and back interior walls are even 1/8" thick, so I was going to try looking for something thinner. I also thought about getting some "bending plywood" with all the layers oriented in the same direction, but the guy at the hardwood store hadn't heard of it and suggested kerf bending instead.
 

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That's such a cool job, Danal, a wonderful reason for doing it, and a successful result. The main thing that shows is that you did this with absolute love. Much respect!

A side note to Rob. I've used bending ply recently and it's great to work with, though you may need to build up layers if it's going to take strain. You get two different directions of bend - either along the length of the sheet, or across its width. You need to specify. Maybe google it for your area?
 

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Wasn't sure if this was the proper project to post but thanks for the kind and inspiring thoughts. Rob I have numerous pics of the process including how to cut the curved walls. I 'm not good at tutorials but I will be glad to explain my madness. Just acquired a 1964 Nomad and excited to tackle next spring.
 

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Danal,
I'd be interested to see any construction pictures also. If you plan to post them.

Paul
 

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Danal, any pictures and tips you can share would be a huge help. We aren't planning on tearing the trailer all the way down to the steel frame, but we've pulled off the rotten parts of the front and back walls, and we're planning to replace the floor, too.

Also do you have any recommended places to get parts like lights, door latches, etc.?

Be sure to start a blog series when you start working on the '64 Nomad!
 
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