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I am married to a wonderful "do-it-yourselfer". Between us we share his, mine, and ours - four children all under the same roof. We love vintage travel trailers and thought it could be fun to restore one ( I learned the difference between fun and frustrating really quick) .... it only had to sleep 6, have some charm, and be equipped with a bathroom and AC ( Louisiana weather - sheesh). We found all these things in our 1972 Wigwam. I would have loved to go older but with a toddler we needed a functioning bathroom and AC - and I wouldn't want to ruin charm to add these things.....Our children were excited about getting a camper until they saw "WIGGY" -her name - arrive at the house.....the children decided then they would not have anything to do with "WIGGY" ....... we tried to assure them with some hard work she would be great......... they didn't buy it.....
It took lots of scrubbing to even find out what brand of camper we had gotten ourselves into. The only information we were able to find on this company was that it was only around for a few years, ending in around 75 when gas prices forced the company to close doors. We were able to find a picture of the actual logo and with the help of a very talented family member, we were able to have it reproduced.
Our restoration (oh, i mean rebuild) included:
* rebuilt framing in front wall
* all new sewer lines
* new toilet
* repair and patching of shower liner
* all new water lines with new faucets
* new water heater
* rewired electrical
* updated circuits and box
* new 30 amp cord
* complete insulation job on the camper
* roof rebuild including insulation, vapor barrier and new ceiling panels
* complete rebuild of refrigerator area, with new refrigerator and addition of a microwave
* rebuilt bunk
* resurface dinnette benchs
* rebuilt sofa
* sandblasting, priming, and painting of tongue, frame, step, basket, and bike rack
* exterior priming and painting
* new awning
* new equalizing system, sway bar, and new safety chains
* new hubs, brakes, and bearings
* new wood panelingand molding and resurfacing closet interior
* new hand painted backsplash
* interior priming and painting
* rescreening door and windows
* recovering all cushions throughout
* handmade curtains throughout
TIMELINE - 3 and 1/2 months
BUDGET - $5,000.00 but we spent only $3,500.00 including tow package on the truck and essentials like rug, chairs, etc.
It helped that we found someone who thought "WIGGY" was junk. They wanted only what it would cost to have her removed from their land. When you marry a "do-it-yourselfer" the cost of moving a crippled camper is free... That and the extras we had laying around from a bathroom remodel made "WIGGY" very affordable.... recycle, recycle, recycle.....
Thank you Missyloopy- if it wasn't for your blogs and posts we wouldn't know a Wigwams ever existed out there! Let alone know as much as we do know.
How awesome you talked to the manufacture's daughter! Loved that! When and if we learn more we'll post it!
Our girl Beatrice is in good condition, but water has gotten in her too- gotta seal up some windows, etc. We will have to redo some parts of her... back end frame probably. We haven't opened her up yet. We fixed our overhead vent leak and have a few key things to deal with before we start to doll her up. Lucky for us we live in a dry arid area!
Geez...the photos really do show the fun you've had! We had some similar water damaged walls and insulation etc. so we did about the same thing...tore it all out and replaced. I am intrigued by the replacement work...the awning is superb...the fridge and the walls...we've got 20 questions...great job!!
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