Happy Campers: Trevor Gordon

Trevor Gordon is a Rincon local, artist and world-traveling surfer. But he’s also a dude who spends a lot of time in a camper. He recently completed work on a 1991 Jeep Comanche in order to spend more time in remote corners of the world. He talked with Cy about the conversion process to get a better idea of the time and effort involved in such an undertaking.

Coinciding with the completion of the conversion, he’s dropping part one of a new short film about the conversion of his Jeep and a surf trip up the coast of Canada. Peep it here:

1. What was your purpose behind modifying your Jeep pickup?

I chose to get a 4×4 Jeep pickup because there were all of these remote and epic places I wanted to visit that wouldn’t be possible without a 4×4 car. I had a VW Vanagon before and as cool as it was, it didn’t quite quench the road-tripping thirst. So, after getting the vehicle that would take me to the places I wanted to go, I started to build the camper I’d dreamt of.

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2. What kinds of tools did you need for the conversion and how did you begin?

I started by welding a steal frame to be the support of the rig with an old mig welder. I then sheeted that in plywood and fiberglassed and epoxied that to make it water tight. Two 100 lb. shocks pop the roof up. I used some old windows from a beat-up camper shell for the back and the slide-through along the cab along with some new windows for the sides. Once popped, the camper is erect with fabric on all sides, made up of a military-grade rubberized nylon that we sewed up with the Patagonia industrial sewing machines.

3. Why did you choose the Comanche?

For its small size, off-road reliability/quality and its overall good looks…I was just looking into mid-sized pickups and fell in love with the Comanche.

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4. How long did it take?

Two months, every day, all day basically.

5. About how much money did it cost?

Hard to say but everything included around $1500 – 2000…

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6. What do you like best about the finished product?

I really like how easy the thing is to pop up. I went on a trip recently and had a log on the roof to the right, and a Yakima box with four boards, fishing poles, and wetsuits on the left and the roof popped right up…and stayed up unassisted.

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7. Did you learn any new skills in the process?

I had to learn how to weld and how to fiberglass. I learned a ton of patience along the way as well. I think woodworkers have to be the most patient people on the planet.

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