A couple of years ago we got the itch to hit the road and start camping more

…you know…laying in bed wearing your wool socks, drinking coffee while staring out at the mountains…

but we didn’t want to sink money into a new travel trailer before we knew how much we would actually go. Luckily, we had inherited a 1997 Jayco pop-up camper (in all of its original glory). It was in decent shape but it was time to eradicate the 90s teal and mauve and give it some TLC and a facelift.

So, we set to work stripping it down and gave it a complete overhaul in 6 weeks. The list seemed to build (a bit of a You Give A Mouse A Cookie situation), but by the time we were done we had accomplished quite the list:

 We put down new parquet laminate flooring, painted all of the cabinetry, refaced each cabinet with new cabinet doors, added beadboard and new floor trim throughout, recovered the cushions, replaced the countertops with solid wood butcher block, replaced the kitchen sink and faucet, resurfaced the dining room table, replaced the shower component, bought new mattresses for both beds, replaced the refrigerator, stripped the exterior pin stripes and painted the exterior with a marine-grade paint, sealed the roof seams on the exterior, replaced all exterior lighting, and possibly most important of all replaced the canvas with a new custom canvas.

After the remodel we hit the road and made several fantastic trips, making some great memories in TatorPop. After about a year we decided it was time to upgrade and find something with a bit more space for our family to enjoy on our adventures. Take a look at TatorPop’s transformation from dreary to fresh and cozy…