Andrea Heap spotted a camper trailer for sale in Colorado and bought it for $3,000.
She spent $2,000 and a year and a half renovating the tiny home on wheels with her dad, Paul Heap.
Andrea lives and works in her camper trailer, which has a bed, bathroom, kitchen, and work table.
Andrea Heap admired a camper trailer that she drove by daily in Denver, Colorado, for a year. As soon as she saw it was for sale, she bought it.
"I was drawn to it," Andrea said of the 1979 Fleetwood Wilderness Camper. "I loved that it was old, it looked to be in pretty decent condition, and I liked the size of it."
While she was drawn to the exterior and feel of the trailer, the inside wasn't quite suitable for living. It was full of water damage and ill-equipped for winter in Colorado.
Andrea bought the camper for $3,000 and spent another $2,000 on renovations.
So Andrea and her dad Paul Heap turned the vintage camper into a modern tiny home on wheels, and the transformation is impressive.
Andrea and Paul spent the next year and a half restoring and renovating the camper.
"My dad is extremely patient and methodical," Andrea said. "Anytime we'd run into these mishaps, he said, 'here's a chance that we can make this better.' And we ended up making it better every time."
Open the door and the first thing you'll see is her workspace.
A friend of Andrea's made new coverings for the trailer's original cushions, and Andrea and her friend who makes furniture installed the new tabletop together.
A closer look shows that Andrea and Paul repaired some water damage on the ceiling before reboarding, sanding, and painting the walls.
Andrea said they had to restore the entire corner of the ceiling.
"One thing always turned into something else," she said of the renovation.
The kitchen has new curtains, countertops, and a brighter backsplash for a more modern look.
Andrea kept the camper's original cabinetry.
But Andrea kept the camper's original stove, oven, sink, and refrigerator.
Andrea said she preserved everything she could from the original camper.
Across from the kitchen, the bathroom got a makeover, too, with a new toilet, backsplash, and countertops.
Andrea painted the cabinets pink.
Andrea renovated the shower by removing the old wallpaper, adding a new shower curtain, and adding a sliding barn door to provide privacy while saving space.
Andrea said the wallpaper that was in the shower wasn't waterproof, so she and Paul added fiberglass to the shower.
Andrea sleeps in the back of the camper, which has a bed and updated curtains.
Andrea put in a custom mattress made to fit the space.
Also in the bedroom, Andrea restored her closet from water damage.
Throughout the camper, Andrea rescreened all the windows and updated all the outlets.
She left the outside of the trailer as it was and named it Fern, inspired by the green stripes.
"I always refer to my camper as Fern, and everyone in my family refers to my camper as Fern," Andrea told Insider. "It's become like a person."
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