March 2013 my friend, Emily and I drove to meet a gentlemen from Illinois, he was so kind to offer and meet us halfway in Waterloo, Iowa. Site unseen I was so excited as it pulled up cute as the pictures! It is a 1964-70 Arrow, (dart or lance yet to be determine). Previous owners include a Navy Sailor who gave it a forest green & maroon nautical theme with its own port hole door, bell, anchor, along with ancient woods from his travels to England.
Many have asked "What are your plans with the camper?" most would think I am going to go camping of course, which I do plan to do... But the main purpose of this camper is turning it into elk hearts traveling shop! I have been working hard this last year on my creative outsource of turning old or odd treasures into something new. I will be showing at different fairs and events and selling my treasures with the attraction of the camper.
If you'd like to see the transition of the camper turning into the shop you can see it in person this year at many events planned. If you can't make a show keep in touch and like elk heart design on Facebook or become a member of this blog. I will be updating post often as work is being done.
Please let me know if there is something you would like to see or know.
The Arrow campers are rare to find and there are collectors out there with questions.
If you are an Arrow enthusiast please feel free to correct me if I am taking away from
the character or providing incorrect information.
I have many plans for the camper inside and out, Painting, Flooring, Shelving, Upholstery, Etc.. But first I need to get it to a clean slate to see what I have to work with.
The camper seems to be dry with no water damage, mold, or rot. Luckily the last owner has stored it indoors for many years and I can only imagine the wonderful vacation trips it’s been on.
PIC 1) A Cause for Concern: There is a large piece of white linoleum screwed to the wall behind the back sofa. The only thought I have is there may be rotten wood or a giant hole being hidden.
PIC 2) Here goes Nothing: I unscrew and hope it is not glued as well.
PIC 3) Surprise: Beautiful dry woods, I am so happy and continue to take the supporting rail down.
PIC 4) Time to Drill: I replace all the screws to ensure the structural support is not compromised and refilling the holes.
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PIC 5) All Dry: This is a picture of the back sofa with out the cushions; you can see the wood is in good condition. There is storage underneath as well as to the sides.
PIC 6) WHALA: The back sofa slides into a full size bed!
PIC 7) Can I get Another: In the front of the camper is a dinette with two benches. Fold the table leg under, rest the tabletop on the edge of the benches, and then place cushion.
PIC 8) Ready for Bed: The camper could sleep 4 adults cozily, and would fit 2 adults, I child, and a dog very well.
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PIC 9) No Cause for Alarm: The fire alarm is old and needs to be replaced. So I will take it down and buy a new one.
PIC 10) Let there be Light: I will be getting battery-operated alarms so I can now hook up another light source with the free wires. (Check back on that)
Below re pictures of the new interior paint.
I choose an edgecome gray that gives a nice crisp
look to all the treasures and decor I fill it with.
For my birthday my father in law said he was going to help me paint my camper! I am so excited now I have to pick a color and no turning back. At first I was thinking a rusty pink. But thought that's a little to girly for me. Green has always been a favorite color of mine, but what shade? I have a favorite bench my sweetheart Dustin got for me that is a shade of green that I love, then I found an old ladder in that same green at a flea market, and today the day the exterior work begins, look what I find -this robins egg!
*If you are not indoors make sure the weather is going to be good and have a tarp to save the camper from rusting.
Wallah! I am very pleased with the results! Stay tuned as I add more details and logo to the camper.
I hope you have enjoyed my first discoveries. I can't wait to share more of this fun project of converting the camper into a shop. Please Like elk heart design on Facebook to get all the latest events and blog updates!