Lil' Dipper

Custom Vending Gull-Wing Door
Company Branding Throughout
3 Basin and Handwashing SInks
Modified Frame

Project Overview

When our clients came to us with a dream of a diminutive vending trailer to serve delicious gelato from, they immediately piqued our interest! Not just because we love gelato (because gelato), but because we like a challenge! This build required us to take a 30' Ambassador and break it down, modify the frame, and stick it back together in a new configuration. The key was the vending hatch *just* large enough for the genuine Italian gelato cooler that was flown in especially for this build. Vintage Base Camp was on board for the challenge!

First, the fun part - deconstruction! Not only did we gut this trailer, but we picked it apart piece by precious piece till all we had left was the frame, axles, and the endcaps!

From there we modified the frame to fit the new, considerably smaller design which meant moving axles, outriggers, and tank supports. Next, a new tank, new break drums/bearings, and wheel wells were added followed by a new belly pan. After flipping it right side up again we started with reinstalling both endcaps and then filling in the gaps to put the rest of the puzzle together including that all important vending door. 

Once our tech's had solved that puzzle we moved on to new VCT tile flooring, wiring, insulation, interior skins, and lighting! Having completed the buildout phase with our all new custom cabinetry and the 'cool' centerpiece gelato cooler installed we moved on to a full mirror polish and custom branding throughout! This was a fun project and we had a blast doing it - if you see this little trailer around, we suggest stopping and having a scoop! (or one will judge)

Renovation to Date:

  • Total Deconstruction of Original Trailer

  • Modified Frame/Refit to New 14' Layout

  • Refit Salvaged Endcaps, Door, and Original Shell to Fit New 14 Layout

  • All New Break Drums, Bearings, and Wheel Wells

  • Added Custom Gull Wing Vending Door

  • New Subfloor with Commerical VCT Tile 

  • All New White Aluminum Wall Finishes

  • LED Light Fixtures Interior/Exterior

  • New Fantastic Fan for Ventilation

  • Custom Cabinetry Through of UV Treated Maple

  • Installed 3 Basin and Handwashing Sink for Code

  • Counter Freezer for Extra Cold Good Storage

  • Custom Aluminum Frame Cabinet for Gelato Cooler

  • Full Exterior Polish

14' 1968 Modified Ambassador

From There to Here

Joy In the Journey

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7016 Hughes Ave

Crestwood, Kentucky 40014

Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm

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Vintage Base Camp approaches every job, large or small, with the highest standard of workmanship and craftsmanship. Our continuing goal is to set the repair and restoration service bar at the highest level, unmatched by any others.


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