Couple Builds An Incredible Camper From Scratch For Less Than $6,000

CamperKyle Longwell & Christina James

Photo: Image courtesy of Christina James

Kyle Longwell constantly told his girlfriend Christina how he longed to build a treehouse in Upstate New York. The couple camped frequently and were sick of sharing a ratty two-person tent. But a full-fledged treehouse was too expensive and it wasn’t mobile.

On Craigslist they found an alternative: a used vintage camper for only $650. The couple was happy with their purchase until reality set in: “The camper was a disaster,” Longwell later told Business Insider. “It had to totally be rebuilt.”

We asked Longwell to share his photos and explain how he and Christina passed “the ultimate relationship test.”

Staying in to work on the camper also helped them save at Home Depot. After cutting and bolting plywood sheets to the frame, the floor was ready. By March, it was time to put the sidewalls up.

Christina's flair for design came in handy when selecting the vibrant colour scheme.

Despite the setback, by May the camper was nearly ready for use. The couple took their time with the finishing touches, painting the outside, fixing the bed and installing the windows and door.

Now meet a couple who built something else entirely ...

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