Merican Camper Renovation – Progress Update 1

2000 Dutchmen Lite 26QB Renovation (Update 1) -  My daughter and son-in-law purchased a used 2000 Dutchmen Lite 26QB camper in order to travel across the United States during their summer breaks from college. They did not pay a ton for this camper, and they knew it was going to require some degree of camper renovation. A camper that old is bound to need some work. They could tell the floor was soft in a few places. However, they weren't quite anticipating what they actually found when they began to tear up the old flooring.

2000 Dutchmen Lite 26QB Renovation (Update 1) –

My daughter and son-in-law purchased a used 2000 Dutchmen Lite 26QB camper in order to travel across the United States during their summer breaks from college. They did not pay a ton for this camper, and they knew it was going to require some degree of camper renovation. A camper that old is bound to need some work. They could tell the floor was soft in a few places. However, they weren’t quite anticipating what they actually found when they began to tear up the old flooring.

Those of you who have been following know Mr. and Mrs. Merica were married in high school. They like adventure and traveling, so about the time they were celebrating their six months of marriage, they came across this camper on a resale site.

2000 Dutchmen Lite 26QB Renovation (Update 1) - My daughter and son-in-law purchased a used 2000 Dutchmen Lite 26QB camper in order to travel across the United States during their summer breaks from college. They did not pay a ton for this camper, and they knew it was going to require some degree of camper renovation. A camper that old is bound to need some work. They could tell the floor was soft in a few places. However, they weren't quite anticipating what they actually found when they began to tear up the old flooring.

 

They purchased it for a really good price. Yes, we still believe it was a good price! They have big dreams to outfit it in Americana decor, thus earning it the name Merican Camper. But first, they needed to make what they believed would be some minor repairs to the floors. Those minor repairs are turning out to be a little bigger than expected.

Fortunately, they have until May to complete this camper renovation. Or is this a demolition? You be the judge!

We would like to send out a special thanks to our neighbors for all of their help and the use of their barn for the past couple of weekends. It would have been impossible, as you will see below, to tear into this camper without protection from the weather. We are incredibly blessed with neighbors who lend a helping hand.

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Damage to the Bedroom

They knew about the water damage in the bedroom. The seals on the outside access hatches had failed and been leaking. They planned to tear out the floors and walls that were affected by that. The damage was more substantial than imaged.

2000 Dutchmen Lite 26QB Renovation (Update 1) - My daughter and son-in-law purchased a used 2000 Dutchmen Lite 26QB camper in order to travel across the United States during their summer breaks from college. They did not pay a ton for this camper, and they knew it was going to require some degree of camper renovation. A camper that old is bound to need some work. They could tell the floor was soft in a few places. However, they weren't quite anticipating what they actually found when they began to tear up the old flooring.

Damage to the Kitchen

They also knew there was significant damage near the front entrance which initially appeared to be from a leaky door. This is what the front entrance used to look like. At least all the cabinets are in great shape, right?

2000 Dutchmen Lite 26QB Renovation (Update 1) -  My daughter and son-in-law purchased a used 2000 Dutchmen Lite 26QB camper in order to travel across the United States during their summer breaks from college. They did not pay a ton for this camper, and they knew it was going to require some degree of camper renovation. A camper that old is bound to need some work. They could tell the floor was soft in a few places. However, they weren't quite anticipating what they actually found when they began to tear up the old flooring.

That damage turned out to be a completely rotted floor and frame where the water heater had busted.

2000 Dutchmen Lite 26QB Renovation (Update 1) -  My daughter and son-in-law purchased a used 2000 Dutchmen Lite 26QB camper in order to travel across the United States during their summer breaks from college. They did not pay a ton for this camper, and they knew it was going to require some degree of camper renovation. A camper that old is bound to need some work. They could tell the floor was soft in a few places. However, they weren't quite anticipating what they actually found when they began to tear up the old flooring.

This is what the entire camper looks like now. Check out the video below for more pictures.

2000 Dutchmen Lite 26QB Renovation (Update 1) -  My daughter and son-in-law purchased a used 2000 Dutchmen Lite 26QB camper in order to travel across the United States during their summer breaks from college. They did not pay a ton for this camper, and they knew it was going to require some degree of camper renovation. A camper that old is bound to need some work. They could tell the floor was soft in a few places. However, they weren't quite anticipating what they actually found when they began to tear up the old flooring.

Where Do We Go From Here?

Do you think they’ll be able to put it all back together? This camper is going to be held together with fervent prayers and a whole lot of Flex Tape.

 

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Check out the full video slideshow with lots of before and after photos!

http://https://youtu.be/znzwe21EoyA

You’ll have to subscribe to find out if they can really do it. The final outcome is a mystery to all of us right now!

Latest Update: The next progress report on this 2000 Dutchmen Lite 26QB is now available.

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