Sharing the “before” state of our new-to-us RV, explaining why we got it, what we plan to do with it, and introducing our next DIY adventure!
This adventure is something we only ever joked about doing and I still can’t believe I am open to the idea.
Let me tell you all about it, and I’ll let you determine if we are crazy, or brave.
I’m sharing this post in video or you can continue to read all about our adventure and see our RV/camper/trailer in all its “before” glory.
All the RV makeover inspiration I gathered can be found on my post “20 Inspiring RV Makeovers” where you will also find all the sources to the images I shared.
PHASE 1A AND PHASE 1B
I recently just spilled the whole can of beans for our big dreams for our 25 acres of property. I still can’t read through all the comments on the post without tearing up. Thank you everyone for your support.
In that video, I discussed the phases we will take for building up to our dream. Phase 1 was important for us to be able to rid ourselves of expensive rent payments, which to us feels like money we will never get back. So we shared how we will first be building a pole barn that we will convert into a home, saving us a significant amount of money when compared to building a home. I’m excited to take you all through that process and tell you more about it soon.
But as it is turning out, phase 1 is going to entail a little more than what we had initially thought. So let’s just call it Phase 1a and Phase 1b.
While I would love to skip right to phase 1b, the pole barn, the reality is that it won’t even have begun to be built before our rental home lease is completed at the end of March. We hoped time would have been more on our side, but we did gear ourselves up for the reality that all the permits we have to get on undeveloped county land would take some time and perseverance.
So what is a homeless family of 6 to do? Move-in with mom?? Out of the question (her words, not mine).
Extend our lease? Sure, but we are all about pinching pennies right now and an extension would mean more commitment and higher rent costs.
Move into an RV on our property? Hmm. Why the heck not?!
WHY MOVE INTO AN RV WHILE WE BUILD OUR HOME
We’ve gone and bought the cheapest, dumpiest camper we could find that would fit enough sleeping bodies for us. I’m going to show you the unsightly scene we have before us, just be glad you can’t smell it. I’m hanging on to hope that we can make this little home on wheels a comfortable, albeit small, place for us to live while we build our pole barn.
The biggest justification we have for going this route is that we want to be together as a family while we work on phase 1. By living right on the property, I can be there to help my husband, be involved in every step of the way, and allow our children to closely learn the value of hard work, sacrifice, and reward. If we were living in the rental, his evenings and weekends would be spent building and I would live a separate life keeping up a home and family. As miserable as a camper shower sounds, I’d still prefer to be together. And this way, all my mom has to worry about is our laundry 😉
A LOOK AT OUR RV “BEFORE”
Alright, let’s take a closer look at what I am lovingly going to refer to as “The TIDBITS mobile”.
Our RV is a 2001 Nomad, 5th wheel trailer, with one slide out. We estimate putting in a couple of thousand dollars into the full renovation and are hoping to sell it in the end for much more than that. So calculating what we will save on rent and what we hope to sell it for in the end, we should come out ahead several thousand which we will certainly need for the pole barn.
The person we bought it from mentioned that he got it from a lady, who was much like a hoarder and had lived in it for a time. While he pulled truckloads of stuff out and attempted to fix it up, he got tired of it. He began to replace the flooring but didn’t do a great job of it.
The most important things we needed were enough sleeping quarters for our 4 kids and us. This RV has 3 bunks, and we will be building a trundle-like bed/couch to make room for all of them.
The bathroom is small and disgusting.
The master room is up the stairs, in a cozy little spot that Kevin can’t even stand up straight in.
We need to rework this slide-out section to fit enough seating and dining for all 6 of us, and I have some DIY plans for that.
The kitchen is . . . . well . . . in need of some love. And maybe we need to take a minute to just admire the lovely color palette and wallpaper.
Now time is of the essence for this project, so we have actually begun to rip things out already and prep it for the renovation. The couch, the table, the nasty carpet, some upper cupboards, appliances, countertops, window treatments, and much more has got to go. The number of mouse droppings we found would make anybody shudder. I’m hoping by the time we are done with it, the TIDBITS mobile will look completely different.
PLANNED CHANGES FOR THE RV
While brainstorming, here are some of the plans we have for this RV.
SEATING AND LIVING AREA
- Rather than buy a sofa, we are looking at building our own custom couch with cushions, much like these images. Then my husband will add the trundle like bed into the design.
- The other kids will get a much improved cozy bunk area.
- You can see in my inspiration images how much better the RV could look with some major improvements to the walls, such as paint, new wallpaper and some detailed trim work.
- We will upgrade what appliances we can, sinks, faucets, lighting, etc.
Go ahead and check out my RV Pinterest board, which will help you catch a glimpse of the hidden potential that lies in the TIDBITS mobile.
I hope you’ll enjoy following along on our next crazy adventure, which I’m hoping doesn’t end up making me a crazy person. I’d love to hear what you think, and let me know if you have any experience in the RV world whether that is living in one for a time or renovating. I would love all the suggestions I could get!
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