Our RV Renovation

fifth wheel renovation

After a few years of camping, we jumped on the band wagon of doing a full rv renovation for a family with kids. Our fifth wheel was in overall good condition but we did a huge cosmetic lift. One of the first things we wanted to change up with the sofa and dinnette. We removed both the dinnette and sofa and decided to go with 2 futons. After a few rainy camping trips with these we will never look back. I added tv trays that store under the sofas. We also removed one of the overhead bulk cabinets that was sticking out into the room and that opened up the space so much more.

Covering almost every square inch of this camper with paint was as much work as it sounds. I debated the paint sprayer method, but decided against it. I am a hot mess painting without a sprayer. I did prime the cabinets with oil based paint, but the rest of the camper is a behr one coat the followed a bonding primer. It is holding up well. We went with the light weight floor throughout the camper and not having carpet is a huge game changer! I will not look back to carpet. It is so easy to sweep up and no harboring smells from wet children running in and out and mud caked to the carpet.

We also added the fireplace as the “entertainment” center seemed to lend itself to making a space for it. Of course my handy husband figured all of that out and goes along with most of my “bright” ideas. Bless his heart. We replaced all of the hardware to brass pulls and spray painted the faucets and and doorhandles to match. I was hesitant on the hype of the peel and stick wallpaper, but decided to give it a go in some less main areas, like the bathroom. I am so impressed. I did do the bonding primer under the paper so maybe that is why it is holding up so well. They do not lie about this product. I think it requires the right conditions to use it, but apparently it is in our favor so far. The peel and stick backsplash is also quite amazing.

Our stove also needed a facelift so I made new decals with my silhouette to freshen it up. All in all this project was definitely a labor of love and doing an rv renovation is not for everyone. If I didn’t have a handy husband there is no way it would be worth it, although I may have attempted painting. I’m always amazed how he doesn’t hesitate to tear things out with no worries how to fix it. He also replaced the entire slide surround with poplar wood. So far this summer we have spent a good amount of time in our “new” camper and I look forward to so many more trips!

Here are where to find some of the most asked about things in the camper:
Tic Tac Tiles for backsplash from amazon
Futons from Bob’s Discount Furniture
Wallpaper from Spoonflower
Peel and stick shiplap and brick from lowes
Paint color is glidden scarborough and behr swiss coffee
Pouf from amazon
Light fixtures from amazon
Bamboo blinds from amazon (I cut all these to fit, super easy)
Shower curtain from world market (Hemmed)
Brass hardware pulls from amazon

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