This is our lovely 16′ Fiber Stream Camper manufactured in 1985. And, here’s how we made it our home…
Once Olivia & I decided to live a life on the road, one of our first challenges was finding a camper suitable for our needs and finances. We also wanted something we could tow with our 2004 Ford Ranger Edge (4×4, 4.0L, 6 cylinder, manual, with upgraded towing package). This meant the camper had to be under 4000lbs, and no more than 20 feet long. The majority of campers that fit these requirements were the fiberglass, eggshell style – Casita, Scamp, etc…
We didn’t want to break the bank to purchase a camper either. Months of scouring Craigslist, trailer classified ads, and our local streets led to many visits (sometimes sketchy) to potential home-on-wheels. The searches led to finding our unique Fiber Stream; it was right in our budget and had lots of potential.
During the following six months we modified both the interior and exterior. Here’s a list of the work we completed:
- Flipped Leaf Springs (gave the camper a 6″ lift)
- Reinforced the steal frame.
- Rewired the entire camper, changed from 4-prong to 7-prong
- Rebuilt & extended tongue, adding a large toolbox
- Built new rear bumper and spare tire mount
- Installed new brakes
- Installed two, 100watt solar panels with charge controller and 200ah battery
- Installed composting toilet
- Reupholstered cushions
- Build new cabinet doors, bathroom & closet doors, and front door
- Upgraded tires from 12″ to 13″
- Installed wood flooring
- Repainted exterior color stripe
There were many other small projects completed as well. The many hours spent modifying our camper has made it even more enjoyable to live in now. The experience also gave us so much knowledge about the inner workings of our home – making it easy to diagnose a problem.
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looking forward to seeing your progress
Great website !!!
Thank you for sharing your blog!
Bravo on thoroughness throughout your blog, travels, rig, Etsy and social media! Found you through your eBay vs etsy post. Carry on…
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It looks very nice. Where does one go to have a new front door made, build a new bumper or to ‘flip the axles’? And about how much did ya’ll pay for it? Just to get a ball park idea. Thanks!
We did all the work ourselves and had access to a friends metal and woodworking shop and used their tools. In raw materials we spent like $120 in wood and used leftover metal in the shop for the bumper. We also flipped the leaf springs ourselves. Sorry we cant give an good estimate for what this would cost in a shop, but I’m sure you could call around and get some estimates.
hey y’all, did you make any modifications to the leaf spring hangers? Thanks !
We did not.
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Hello! Really excited to find your website. You have another faithful follower. We own a 1984 Fiber Stream new to us! When you pulled the ensolite off how did you clean it? I see you put down that foil insulation what did you cover that with? Your trailer looks amazing and I am going to implement some of your modifications!
have you added shock absorbers? not enough clearance unless I put axles under leaf springs?