Although that 1968 HiLander needed some serious rehab on the inside, the mechanicals were in good working order. Using the Serro Scotty Camper Enthusiasts website as a resource, Christa started updating their new “vacation home.”
The shell was in relatively good shape; its exterior had even been repainted in the authentic colors. The roof did leak a bit, says Christa, who sealed it with roofing tape. The interior, though, was another story. There, the original (lead) paint was worn away in some places and water damaged in others. Wearing a mask and goggles, Christa sanded down the walls before applying three coats of blue paint to match the original interior color. She also cleaned, scrubbed, and polished the rusted hardware and light fixtures. The window screens were in tatters, so Christa taught herself how to stretch and wrap screens by watching YouTube videos. Then she found a Scotty expert to redo the dinette cushions. She made the curtains herself, using fabric heavy enough to block early-morning sun.