Prepare to Be Amazed By the Gorgeous Way This Woman Transformed Her Simple Camper Trailer

'Country Woman' reader Laurie Jones turned a dated camper into a charming, updated home-on-wheels that could rival even the cutest lake house.

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Buying a camper was always on my to-do list. My daughter, Sloan, and I have been going on girls-only camping trips with my sister and mother-in-law since Sloan was 3—now she’s 17. But a few years ago, I found a vintage Crossroads trailer to turn into an escape for the whole family, including my husband, Drew, and 3-year-old son, Cooper. Drew always wanted to rough it, but after years of resistance, he now loves getting away in our trailer and relaxing.

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BEFORE

I loved the Fourth of July as a kid, so I decorated our camper in red, white, and blue. The color scheme is so easy to buy new things for every summer.

We always camp at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Lake Michigan. At night we can hear waves crashing, and it’s so relaxing. We have family near there, and they join us in their campers. It’s fun sharing meals, staying up by the fire and sipping coffee together in the morning.

As much as we enjoy swimming and hiking, we also like doing less outdoorsy things such as trying local restaurants and popping into thrift stores. Inside the camper we have a TV and lots of movies. We end each night making Jiffy Pop over the fire and watching a DVD.

I fall in love with our camper a bit more each year. It’s a great conversation piece, and we always make friends wherever we go!

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A new backsplash refreshed the kitchen in this 1972 trailer.

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The glossy red table in the dining area can be easily removed and replaced with a twin bed at night.

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Patriotic pillows and a matching banner give this corner nook a look that’s cheery and bright.

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Originally Published in Country Woman