Refurbishing The Avion Truck Camper Fiberglass Pan DIY Camper Renovation
Timelines are an exercise in wishful thinking. I remember this lesson from my former life as a code monkey. But it’s never been more obvious than when renovating a camper.
We have a departure date set and it is coming up fast. But little things keep pushing back our progress.⠀Six months ago, I thought we would have a working kitchen and bathroom by now. Two months ago, I thought we would have rebuilt the bed by now. At this point, I’d be happy to just have the pan of the camper resting firmly and securely on the truck bed.
Most of the Avion’s exterior is aluminum. But, the very base of the camper, hanging off the truck bed, is made of fiberglass. It wedges in between the interior flooring and the exterior aluminum pan and holds the back water tank. In replacing the floor, we also had to remove this pan to remount it to the new floor.
Cleaning The Fiberglass Pan
With the floor completely replaced, we take this opportunity to clean up and refurbish the pan before uniting it with the new floor. Cowboy power washes the interior and exterior. Stripping away years of grime.
Fiberglassing The Pan
We had hope to strip off the old paint and add a complete new layer of fiberglass and paint to strengthen the pan. Despite vigorous use of the sanding attachment on my multitool, the old paint was not easy to remove or rough up. I assume this indicates that it was / is an excellent paint. Either way, I do not have the time to prep the entire surface with such resistant paint. We settle on roughing and reinforcing the edges with strips of fiberglass and remounting the pan.
Remounting The Fiberglass Pan
We had thought it would take an afternoon to remount the refurbished pan. It takes three days. The new floor is slightly too wide to fit the pan so we have to cut away slivers of floor to resize it.
Some time in the future, we will need to remove this pan again to insert either the refurbished or new blackwater tank. But, until, then, I’m happy to have the pan back in place.