My partner and I are new owners of an 18' 1994 Love Bug
2 [made by the defunct 'Fabricated Products' out of Tripoli, Iowa]. This camper was abandoned on a friend's property for 7 or 8 years and she was dying to get rid of it. After contacting the original owner, we purchased it for $500 and shortly afterward hauled it up to my aunt's property in Wisconsin so that we could work on it.
After being abandoned near a cornfield in Illinois, it had accumulated easily 20,000 dead asian ladybird beetles (not what comes to mind when you think of 'Love Bug') and a healthy coat of of dirt, verging on lichen, coating the exterior. Once we had moved it to Wisconsin, we began cleaning it up. The exterior cleaned up nicely but the interior was a real chore. After vacuuming up the beetles I discovered a huge carpenter ant colony.
The colony started from a tiny leak from the water tank that the previous owner had failed to rectify. We ended up pulling the carpeting and the rear seats/bed, which had been poorly modified. It was an extremely disappointing find, but after seeing what some people here have gone through in remodeling their campers, I feel that our problem is pale by comparison.
Thus starts our rehab project. The camper came with AC, a heater, water heater, 3 burner stove, a small oven, a propane refrigerator
, a microwave
, LOTS of little cubby spaces, and a bathroom -which I'm not really thrilled about. In fact We're both wanting to lose the bathroom and use that space for more storage or room.
Because the previous owner had botched up so much of the interior (the table was missing too many new built-ins and shelves cluttered up the space), we're ready to pull almost everything out and start over.
I'm not familiar at all with the Love Bug
2 so if anyone has any advice on this brand or any companies with similar designs for furniture or parts, I'd appreciate it.