The Shasta Saga Continues

Something big almost happened today. Few know that I’ve been looking for a vintage Shasta camper for a long time. It has been a troubled road, filled with Craigslist ads that disappear hours after posting because other people are also ravenous for vintage Shasta campers. Why Shasta? It was my grandfather’s first camper ever. Plus they have wings. Plus they are overall awesome and high quality.

As I was stalking Craigslist and performing my daily Shasta searching ritual, I found one! A 1964 one, with wings, and it’s my favorite color: yellow.

ShastaBut oh, you guys it needs some serious work. A few of the original glass shades had fallen and shattered, the oven and refrigerator were of unknown condition and in a few places the Formica countertops had holes in them. There was also some pretty wicked water damage on the inside. Basically four years of water damage. Sure, replacing the bent plywood ceiling, insulation and vapor barrier can be done, but I honestly don’t think I’m up for the challenge since our house still has boxes and wallpaper everywhere.

Shasta camper interior

From retrorenovation.com

Picture the interior sort of like this. But not all shiny. A little moldy. My sweet husband said if I really wanted it he would help me rewire the lights, reseal everything, and pretty much help me restore the whole shebang. That is dedication.

The lady selling it was so unbelievably nice and I can almost see myself sleeping in this adorable little camper. Will I be able to find a Shasta in a few years in better condition? I sure hope so.

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3 Comments

  1. Sara Brizzi
    Posted November 12, 2013 at 7:24 am | Permalink

    I am so lucky that we have a mini Shasta just like that one in silver and salmon. I played in it as a kid. And imagine my future children playing in it someday. They are the cutest campers ever. Ours also needs work. I look forward to seeing yours transform.

  2. Susie
    Posted November 12, 2013 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    Hope you find one that’s perfect. That cabinetry in the picture is beautiful.

    • Angela
      Posted November 14, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Susie!

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