Thornton Wilder once said, “When you’re safe at home you wish you were having an adventure; when you’re having an adventure you wish you were safe at home.” Kurt and Christa Johnson of Conifer, Colorado chose to have both.
Christa first fell in love with the idea of an RV when she visited a travel trailer display at a fly-fishing show. She began pouring over listings for used models on the Internet until she found an inexpensive Serro Scotty travel trailer that needed minimal work.
The Serro Scotty, designed by John Serro of Irwin, Pennsylvania, has been around since 1957. Eventually, the company added the 15-foot HiLander, the 13-foot Sportsman Sr., and the 10-foot teardrop,. The model the Johnsons came across was a 1968 HiLander. Soon after the purchase they got to work on their inspirational renovation.
Cleaning Up the Travel Trailer
Fortunately for the Johnsons, the exterior needed very little work. After sealing the leaky roof with roofing tape, they turned their attention to the interior that needed some serious renovations.
First up was a fresh paint job. Wearing goggles and a mask, Christa sanded down the walls and repainted them with the original blue. She installed new screens on the windows, scrubbed the rusty hardware, and made new curtains. She even hired an expert to replace the dining room upholstery.
The Travel Trailer’s Living Area
The living space provided by the Scotty HiLander is 100 square feet.
To maximize the space, the Johnsons use the storage area in the dining benches to store paper towels, toilet paper, and extra blankets for guests and cold nights.
The table and dining room benches can be converted into a twin sized bed for an overnight guest when needed.
The Scotty’s Galley
To reduce the weight, and therefore the fuel used to tow it, the Johnsons use lightweight kitchen items as much as possible. They substituted plastic plates and cups, and choose metal bowls for heavy and breakable glass or stoneware.
There kitchen is small and simple and they have limited the appliances to a coffeemaker and a French press. The coffeemaker is for when they are plugged in, and the French press for when they are not.
The utilization of space is continued into the bathroom. There is a camp toilet, a medicine cabinet, and a magazine rack.
Since they chose to omit a shower to the already sparse space, they take advantage of the public showers in the campgrounds where they stay.
The Travel Trailer’s Bedroom
The bedroom originally consisted of a pullout sofa with an upper bunk above it. The Johnsons decided to keep the sofa permanently pulled out as a bed, so they replaced the mattress with a real one and added baskets on the upper bunk. This created a great place for additional storage.
LED lanterns illumination the interior of the trailer when they’re not plugged in. They also have an MP3 docking station that is battery powered. Plus, like folks of olden days, their reading material is entirely printed on paper.
As you can see, with a bit of work and a minimal investment, leaving the “civilized world” behind is completely within reach. The Johnsons found a good deal on a used travel trailer, put in a few hours and a bit of creativity, and got the get away they always wanted.
If you found this inspiring, please share with your friends and family members who are considering taking the leap into a camper or RV of their own. You can ride off into the sunset together.