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Young Couple Destroy & Rebuild A Serro Scotty Sportsman Camper

According to the National Serro Scotty Organization, Serro Scotty campers were built from 1957 until early 1997.

One couple found a very cute, very old Serro Scotty Sportsman camper, and decided to rebuild it from the ground up.

They bought the camper for $650 fully painted (it wasn’t bare aluminum) and with new tires and repacked bearings, it appeared serviceable.

Serro Scotty camper

A few dings here and there…

Serro Scotty rear

But the inside…OMG!

Serro inside

All cabinets and interior walls were gone.

Missing cabinets

The previous owner had planned on fixing it up himself, so he had just gotten new wheels, tires, and bearings, which would have cost around $300.

The couple rented a garage, and after moving the trailer there started the renovation. First step: take off the doors and windows.

Trailer windows and doors

After removal of windows and doors

Then off came the aluminum siding.

Stripped off aluminum siding

Because the siding had been painted, removing the thick coating took some effort.

Removing paint from aluminum siding

Down to the rotted wood!

Rotted wood exterior

Instead of working with this faulty skeleton, they opted to knock it all down. Better to start fresh, right?

Knocking down wood skeleton

With the floor finally off…

Taking floor off

With the camper structure gone, now they could start to work on the metal trailer frame, making minor repairs and then repriming the bare surface.

Metal trailer frame

Refinished metal trailer frame

Rust-proofed and ready for the rebuild (with new hardware added as well).

Rust proofed trailer frame

The permanently-mounted leveling jacks will help with set-up, a nice modern-day upgrade.

Leveling jacks

New plywood for the floor.

Starting work on new camper floor

For the walls, they opted to laminate 1/4″ lauan and 3/8″ plywood.

Lauan plywood

Using the old aluminum walls as a template, the two created new interior panels.

Tracing aluminum on plywood

Perfect match!

Plwood cut out

This cabinet front took some time to cut out.

Cabinet front

And would form the front of some cubbies to hold removable storage bins.

Cabinet bins

Posing for a picture after the front wall went up.

Front wall of camper

These cutouts would hold the water tank and provide additional storage.

Water tank cutout

Time to paint the interior!

Painting the interior

Bright green paint

Adding on the aluminum skin to the interior walls.

Adding back aluminum skins

Masking tape and cardboard applied around the windows, and ready for paint (after a lot of Bondo putty and sanding of course…).

Aluminum ready for paint

Painting trailer exterior

Don’t forget the logo!

Serro Scotty logo

Close-up of the external seams and porch light.

Trailer porch light

More photos of the colorful interior.

Colorful camper interior

Front sitting area

The nightstand also has an outlet with a USB charging port.

Nightstand with USB charger

Full-size futon mattress in the couch position.

Front sitting area

Another angle with the cabinets.

Drawers

How much did all this cost? They said,

I tried my best to keep all receipts during the project, but some got lost along the way. Also, some of the appliances and parts were given to us as gifts. That’s the long way of saying that we don’t know exactly how much the rebuild cost – but my best estimate is about $5500 on top of the $650 for the trailer.

Toilet

That’s the original sink from the camper.

Original camper sink

The kitchen sports a microwave, miniature refrigerator, and induction cooktop—plus an itty bitty window!

serro scotty trailer

While the camper was basically built up brand-new, they reused all the aluminum siding, windows, and door.

trailer

trailer

Once finished with the camper renovation, they went camping! They wrote,

We’ve taken three trips so far, they’ve all been great. The first one was out to the Finger Lakes region of upstate NY—we camped at Stony Brook State Park and took a day trip to various state parks in the area for short hikes and waterfall viewing. The whole Ithaca area is amazing, if you haven’t been camping there, it’s worth a trip!

It’s great to see these vintage campers reborn into a functional and leak-free travel trailer. The only problem—it takes a lot of work and know-how!

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