Meet Jenny: The Janky Vintage Camper

Remodeling a 1969 Zipper Camper Trailer.

While aimlessly scrolling Facebook, I came across a janky, old camper trailer for sale.

At 50 years old, she is a little rusty, full of water damage, wood rot, and moldy upholstery. And she is absolutely PERFECT for us!

Remodeling a 1969 Zipper Camper Trailer.
(Meet Jenny in all of her Janky, rusty glory!)

We hadn’t been looking for a camper. But it was an idea that I tossed around before and my husband hadn’t said, “Hell no!”

So, obviously, it was a plan set in stone 😉

We bought a set of temporary lights, a new trailer hitch, and made the hour drive to Clayton, North Carolina to pick her up.

And I’ve been smitten ever since!

Naming Jenny

Apparently, every good vintage camper owner names their sweet slice of home on wheels. After a few minutes of debate, my husband threw out the name Jenny.

Built by Zipper in 1969, she comes from the era of the Vietnam War. Since one of our favorite movies is Forrest Gump and its set in the same era, we decided that Jenny was the perfect name for our new girl!

Meet Jenny: A 1969 Vintage Zipper Camper trailer
(The other just as dirty side of Jenny.)

Plus, it goes great with the word janky – which is definitely the condition Jenny is in!

Thus, Janky Jenny was named (alliteration for the win!).

All the Before Pictures

The seller was very upfront about Jenny’s condition. He pointed out several areas with water damage and told us that none of the lights worked, interior nor exterior.

Regardless, we decided to take on this HUGE project! Here are all of the {janky} before pictures:

Before pictures of Jenny the Janky Camper
(The kitchen was in pretty good shape, but unfortunately the stove didn’t work.)
Before pictures of our vintage camper
(The front of the camper contained a dinette that folded down into a sleeping area.)
The disgusting bathroom in Jenny the Janky Camper.
(Jenny’s tiny and disgusting toilet-only bathroom.)
The couch/pull out bed in our Vintage Camper.
(The back of the camper contained a sofa/pull out bed.)
Water damage in our vintage camper.
(The water damage in the back left corner was probably the most severe.)
Janky Jenny: 1969 Zipper Camper Trailer
(Another shot of the exterior…without the fancy Instagram filter.)
The back side of our Zipper camper.
(Jenny’s very dirty back side.)

Now, you can definitely see why Janky Jenny is the perfect name for this vintage camper! She’s definitely in rough shape.

I can’t wait to get started on re-furbishing this camper! Hopefully, the excitement is contagious and my husband catches it soon!


  1. Bobbie Cowan
    February 4, 2021 / 11:05 am

    Do you have after pictures of Janky Jenny? I would love to see what you did with it.

    • findingmandee
      February 4, 2021 / 2:26 pm

      Unfortunately I do not 🙁 The wooden frame of the trailer was too damaged by rot for us to salvage. So, we ended up turning it into a utility trailer instead. I’m sorry!

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