Dave Rosiello’s transformation of his 1970 Frolic XP proves that campers have s’more fun.
When Dave Rosiello of Morgantown purchased this 1970 Frolic XP he had a vision. For two years, he worked on transforming it into a mobile masterpiece. “I bought it for $200, and just started tearing it all up. It was in rough shape,” he says. He replaced the roof, rewired it, skinned the outside and sealed it with marine polyurethane. He faced the cabinets with reclaimed barnwood he purchased at Eloquence Antiques and Artisans in Morgantown, and created an ingenious system that would allow the toilet to swing out—providing more room for a handheld shower. Inspired by family trips to national parks across the country, Rosiello gave his decor a retro vintage theme that harkens back to a simpler time.
The Adventure Begins
Frolics were travel trailers built by an Elkhart, Indiana, company founded in the
early 1960s. Rosiello purchased the camper for a song, but spent two years and around $6,000 making it roadworthy.
RV There yet?
The stove was in good working order when Rosiello purchased the camper. “These stoves were never used,” he says. “I just gave it a good clean and a coat of paint.” A 12 volt refrigerator is tucked into one of the cabinets. A sleeping berth is located at one end and, as is typical in travel trailers, the dinette area also transforms into a bed.
Home is where you park it
No detail was overlooked when decorating this tin can treasure. Stickers, postcards, and memorabilia from national parks set the theme. You can’t help but be inspired to hit the open road.