By Ray Roman | December 11, 2021
Have you dreamed about buying a cheap rundown pop up camper in order to remodel it and bring it back to life? Well, you’re not alone. There are hundreds of people who have taken pop up campers found in horrible condition and renovated the camper to make it look and perform as good as new.
Table of Contents
- 10 Pop Up Camper Remodels
- #1 Jayco Swift Pop Up Camper Remodel
- #2 $900 Pop Up Camper Remodel
- #3 Stunning Coleman Pop Up Camper Remodel
- #4 Starcraft Pop Up Camper Remodel
- #5 1997 Jayco Pop Up Trailer Remodel with Glitter Countertops
- #6 2001 Palomino Tent Camper Renovation With TV Projector
- #7 The Spencer Family Pop Up Remodel
10 Pop Up Camper Remodels
Renovating a pop up is no easy task, and you should really weigh the pros and cons of doing it yourself. It takes time, patience a bit of know-how, and of course, money.
But that’s not to say it’s impossible. Not only is remodeling a camper something anyone can do with some research and basic skills, but the whole process can be quite rewarding.
Let take a look at 10 pop up camper remodels and have been done extremely well. When available the videos have before and after shots.
#1 Jayco Swift Pop Up Camper Remodel
Melanie over at Simple Made Pretty share lots of ideas on home organization, craft projects, printable and much more. On her YouTube channel she shares a video of a remodel she did on a 2005 Jayco Swift.
The remodel of this Jayco was very well done. In the video Melanie goes into in depth detail on what she did, the materials she used and some costs associated with the camper renovation.
The whole renovation only took Melanie 5 days and that was while she was working on other projects. She provides more information on her blog about this project and shares some excellent tips as well on how to buy a used pop up.
#2 $900 Pop Up Camper Remodel
If a pop up camper remodel on a budget is what you are looking for then look no further than RV East Coast’s Fawn and Eli who introduced Kirsten a pop up owner who did a gorgeous renovation for around $900 on a 2001 Starfleet camper.
The before and after video of this camper remodel shows you just how much you can do to make the pop up your own. Kirsten redid just about the entire interior including seats, flooring, layout and very nice looking countertops.
One cool feature is the hidden television under the bench bed that she built for her young soon. When you consider how nice this looks and how little she spent you can appreciate the labor of love that went into this renovation.
#3 Stunning Coleman Pop Up Camper Remodel
I love Coleman pop up campers as they bring back great memories of my family camping on the East Branch of the Delaware River. This where I first saw a Coleman many, many years ago and marveled at how much more comfortable we would be than in our tent. But I digress.
This is Alison from Our Moving Roots YouTube Channel. She and her husband were handed down a Coleman pop up from her parents. They decided it was time to modernize it with some renovations.
They took a dull brown Coleman camper and turned into a modern clean looking pop up camper by using paint and new fabric.
They replaced the old flooring, adding new trim to the cabinets, painted the exterior door, and all the interior cabinet. One excellent idea was the replacement of the trim around the counter edges, I think that made a huge difference.
New fabric on the cushion and drapes completed the renovations. All very well done.
#4 Starcraft Pop Up Camper Remodel
This pop up camper makeover is from Casey over at Life Love & Endless Laundry. This makeover is a Starcraft tent camper that initially was not too bad. What this camper needed was a good cleaning and some cosmetic upgrades. The makeover was not expensive either.
The remodel began first with an extremely thorough cleaning as should all remodel projects. Casey used a toothbrush on vents which them look great. You’ll see in the video the results of the cleaning, and this before any other remodel work.
Once done on the inside Casey tackled the outside of the camper. For the outside she used a good foam cleaner and Dawn dish soap. Once again the results were very nice. She then redid the upholstery, curtains and painted the interior in white.
Overall Casey did a wonderful job of renovating this Starcraft camper. It did take some sweat equity, but the results speak for themselves.
#5 1997 Jayco Pop Up Trailer Remodel with Glitter Countertops
Paul over on his YouTube channel bought and remodeled a 1997 Jayco pop up. The remodel involved taking everything out. They replaced the floor, repainted all the cabinets, purchased new cushions and new mattresses. The canvas was spotlessly, and they installed new countertops.
This pop up remodel look fantastic. Paul worked hard to get it looking this good. However, along the way he made a few mistakes that he talks about in the video.
The flooring was one of them. He installed a floating floor that will expand when the interior get warm. He had expansion gaps along the perimeter of the interior but installed the cabinets on the top. This prevents the floor from expanding the way it should.
It will create bumps or bowing in areas where it can’t expand. It’s better to first install the cabinet and then install the floating floor with the required spacing around cabinets, so it can expand properly.
The other issue was the glitter countertops. It uses and epoxy that now looks cloudy when it should be clear. He attributes this to not heating with the heat gun properly.
In my view those two things do not detract from the final results. The camper look great, the glitter countertops give it pizzazz. The floor look very nice and so does the paint job.
#6 2001 Palomino Tent Camper Renovation With TV Projector
Ryan Collins on his YouTube channel showcases the interior renovation he did to his 2001 Palomino camper. The interior of this camper is one of my favorite. The interior was reupholstered, a cabinet was rebuilt to fit a microwave. The cabinet were painted white and much more.
One thing I like about this pop up remodel is the retro camper look that it has. It’s start with the microwave like the one below.
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The countertops were painted in a similar color to the microwave further enhancing the vintage look. All the countertops were redone, and new hardware was installed on the newly painted cabinet.
This camper remodel is definitely my favorite.
#7 The Spencer Family Pop Up Remodel
The Spencer family ins this video shows us their finished pop up camper. They’ve done quite a bit of work in the camper including painting, flooring, upholstery, rebuilt cabinet and much more.
This a large camper with lots of space so the remodel was a lot of hard work. What I like about this remodel is the natural woo on the countertops and the great looking floor.
Overall this renovation was executed very well and will serve as a source of inspiration for many pop up camper remodelers.
If your dream is to buy a used pop up camper to remodel, you should know it can be done. Whether you have a set budget or not, it’s possible to transform an old camper into something wonderful and totally your style.
I hope the 7 pop up camper remodels above will serve as a source of inspiration for you. If you would like to see other renovation article check out this two that I wrote: