Teen Turns A $200 Camper Into A ‘Glamping’ Hideaway
When I was 14 years old, my summer was spent going to the beach and seeing movies with friends. Ellie Yeater’s summer was a fair bit different, however. The 14-year-old Williamstown, West Virginia resident spent her summer vacation fixing up a 1974 camper trailer that she purchased with her own hard-earned cash.
Ellie discovered the camper on a community buy-and-sell publication, and purchased it for just $200. She had saved up $500 from birthday money and babysitting, and decided to put the rest of the money into renovating the camper. “It was in pretty rough shape, previously used as a campsite and hunting trailer,” her mother, Lori, revealed. “It needed work…lots of work.”
Ellie and her family live on a 60 acre property, but she wanted the camper to be close enough to the main house to use the electricity and wi-fi. But before all that could happen, the camper needed to be completely gutted. After ripping out the entire interior, Ellie got to work on replacing the flooring, redoing the upholstery, and giving the trailer an all-over paint job. Ellie’s father, mother, and grandparents all helped with various aspects of the project.
Over the summer, Ellie collected a number of vintage and vintage-inspired items for her adorable trailer. She even scored an old mannequin and a retro fan! You can really see Ellie’s bright and creative personality shine through in the design choices she made.
So what does Ellie plan on doing now that her trailer is complete? She plans to use the space to have sleepovers with a few friends, or simply as a quiet place to read and play her ukulele. Ellie definitely learned the value of hard work and teamwork while completing this impressive transformation, and I’m certain she’ll be enjoying the space for years to come. Great work, Ellie!
Click here to see more before/after photos of the camper renovation!