RECLAIMED BARN WOOD CAMPER DOOR

One of the first projects that needed to be tackled on our 1973 Komfort Camper was the front door.  It was leaking somethin terrible, and once I took it apart, I immediately discovered the reason why! It was completely rotted from the inside out!


When thinking about the design for this particular project, I wanted to create something eye catching and one of a kind, but spend as little money as possible. Remember- our goal is to try and remain as debt free as possible while renovating this lovely Striped Stallion! I really want to salvage and reuse as many of the original parts as possible, and try to use mostly materials I already have on hand. Because I often create items from wood for our Etsy shop, I already have a large amount of barn wood that ended up being just what I needed for the job!


I started off by cutting the barn wood to the length needed for the width of the door.

I then framed the cut barn wood with a few 2x1s (obviously with Fox’s help!).


The next step was to cut out a space for the window. I contemplated the idea of actually doing a few small windows on the new door for a new look, but that would’ve involved buying new glass, (which may not have cost too much) but with all the other little expenses ahead, I decided to just re-use the old glass panel.

The next step was to coat the wood with an exterior sealant to protect it from the elements. I ended up doing three coats, and I’m glad I did, because it really made the wood grain pop!

At this point, I just had a bit of accessory work to complete! I had to fit the old outer aluminum trim back on the new door, put the old glass panel back in it’s new window frame, and drill a hole for our new knob. Creating the hole for the knob was very simple. I used the sheet metal from the old door as a guide to ensure that I drilled the new hole in the correct spot. Then I just popped the new handle in!

I was very gracious with the amount on silicone I used on the door.  I made sure it was not going to have ANY leaks! It still needs to be cleaned up a bit, but I’m saving the finishing glamorizing touches until I get closer to being done with the whole project!

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I’m very happy with the way that it came out! Yes, it is heavier than a standard camper door, but the overall weight of the camper is not much of a concern for us, since we are not planning on moving it around too much, but using it as more of a tiny home situation for a limited amount of time! The Striped Stallion is looking better already!

-Zac

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