The RV Renovation | Before & After

 

September 2017 – OUR RV IS CURRENTLY FOR SALE in the Nashville Area – $11,500

 

If you like our Renovation and don’t want to do the majority of the work yourself this could be for you. If you would like more information or to view the RV send us a message.

 

Alas! Here is the grand unveiling of our newly renovated Fifth Wheeler! We are really excited to share our RV Renovation with you as the finished product turned out a lot better than we ever dreamed of!

Note, I am planning on posting some more details surrounding the actual renovation and also some more pictures of the finished product.

Hopefully this gives you a good enough insight into where we are currently living. For the record, we are LOVING it. I think it’s the best home we’ve ever lived in, between you and me 🙂

So, bit of background information. We have broken our RV into 4 main areas

– Living Room
– Kitchen & Dining
– Bathroom
– Bedr0om

LIVING ROOM AND KITCHEN & DINING MAKEOVER

Living-Renovation

Here is a better shot of the ‘living room’:

Living-Renovation-2

Here is a look at the fridge, new kitchen and the dining area:

Living-Renovation-3

Ahh, and the newly renovated kitchen!

Kitchen Renovation

BEDROOM MAKEOVER

Bedroom-Renovation

If you’re wondering if the bed looks bigger in the after shots, yes it is. Drikus rebuilt and upgraded the bed so that we would have more storage below it and be able to fit a queen size mattress on top of it. Now we have a nice big, comfortable bed to sleep on and loads more storage to keep stuff hidden away in. Woohoo! Go Drikus!

Bedroom-Renocation-2

BATHROOM MAKEOVER

Bathroom-Renovation

 

That big white thing in the shower in the above ‘after’ shot is our washing machine. We keep it there when we drive and just take it out when we need to shower. It’s an awesome little machine!

Bathroom-Renovation-2

I’d still like to spray paint the actual toilet & shower with white epoxy spray, but we’re too busy exploring the country to worry about the little things like that. After all, at least they’re working! Can’t complain!

And that’s all for now!

 

FAQ

  1. Q:  What did you use on the walls and ceilings?
    A: We primed the walls, ceiling, all the cupboards and even bits of the floor with Bullseye Primer from Home Depo http://thd.co/2eXq13U Then we pick an off shade of white that we liked and sprayed it over the primer. The white really made the trailer look bigger.
  2. Q: What washing machine did you get?
    A: We bought the Panda Portable XPB36, I believe there is a newer model now XPB45 that you ca get from Amazon http://amzn.to/2fYKMv7
    We stored it in the shower our whole trip and it worked great, the water could be drained down the shower and it worked very well. It has two sections a washer and dryer, we would only put half a load in the dryer at a time as we found it left our clothes drier.
  3. Q: What flooring did you use?
    A: We used the same flooring throughout the whole trailer. It’s called Trafficmaster Allure Grey Maple and we go it from Home Depo http://thd.co/1Fyylx5 Our inspiration came from http://bit.ly/2fXt3Ra
  4. Q: How did you replace the countertop and vanity top?
    A: We actually did not replace the counter top and vanity top, we painted them with a kit. After the trailer was painted the counter tops looked really old and dated, replacing them seemed difficult and costly, we opted to buy a Giani™ Countertop Paint Kit, Bombay Black from amazon. http://amzn.to/2fWQ1Jx There was more than enough for both countertops and we were relly happy with the results.
  5. Q: What did you replace the windows shades with?
    A: We bought the TUPPLUR block out blinds from IKEA for our windows in the fifth wheel. They worked great to block out the sun, especially when we were in Alaska in July and the sun shines past midnight. We usually kept them rolled up when we traveled but sometimes left them down they sometimes came up on the drive. We did not install a latch to hold them in place but you easily could. You can find the blinds we bought here http://bit.ly/2g1LA1T.
  6. Q: What did you do on the edge of the slideout for flooring?
    A:We used the Allure Traffic Master for the flooring and extended it about half an inch over the plywood from the slideout. It might not be the perfect finish but it worked for us. WE had some spare flooring left in case a bit of flooring tore.
  7. Q:What Sofa did you buy?
    A: We purchased the SOLSTA from IKEA. It is a pullout but can only sleep 1 adult or 2 children comfortably. I would not recommend 2 adults, it was only for when we had a guest.
  8. Q: What did you do with the flooring int he bathroom did you remove the toilet?
    A:From memory, we only removed the front cover of the toilet and used the Allure Traffic Master as close to the flange as possible.
  9. Q: How did you transform the fridge?
    A: We removed the wooden panels from the fridge door and painted them, then reinstalled them.
  10. Q: What dinning table did you buy?
    A:We got the NORDON table from Ikea, we used clear velcro to keep the drawer closed when e were driving. It worked great. Her is the link http://bit.ly/1n48IgB
  11. Q: I want to replace my RV floor and paint, where do you start?
    A: The remodelling process can be fun but also hard work. Replacing the carpets or flooring makes a big difference, but almost everything needs to be removed to remove the old flooring. Often when RV are constructed the flooring is put in before the bed or any other fixtures are screwed down. We had to remove basically everything to remove our old flooring. We chose to use a spray gun to paint so we removed everything and started on a clean slate, if that is not an option for you I would suggest tackling one project or section at a time, eg paint one wall, replace the blinds, change a mirror.
  12. Q: Did you paint over the wall paper?
    A: The only wall paper we removed was the small strip in the middle of all the walls in the main cabin. You should be able to see on the photos. After that we spray painted over everything.

 

 

 

 

 

69 thoughts on “The RV Renovation | Before & After

  • June 9, 2015 at 1:18 pm
    Permalink

    your RV looks amazing after the renovations, love the grey/black/white & touch of yellow effect,

    Reply
  • September 17, 2015 at 2:03 am
    Permalink

    hi there fellow aussies. love what you did with the fifth wheeler!!! we have an rv in the states also. heading back for the winter this year. i sometimes play with the idea of renovating our little rig also. i was just wondering what you used on the walls and ceiling?? is the finish lasting ok on the road?

    it all looks really nice and fresh. good job. have fun on the road, regards stuart

    Reply
    • October 24, 2016 at 6:57 am
      Permalink

      We are also wondering what you used on the walls and especially the ceiling.
      You’ve done an amazing job.

      Reply
      • November 17, 2016 at 8:04 am
        Permalink

        Thanks Chris and Stuart! This is great question. (sorry for the late reply) I did lots of research and decided that the best way to get a smooth finish, even if it was more work was to use a spray gun. After we stripped the whole inside, we primed the walls, ceiling, all the cupboards and even bits of the floor with Bullseye Primer from Home Depo http://thd.co/2eXq13U
        Then we pick an off shade of white that we liked and sprayed it over the primer. The white really made the trailer look bigger.

        Reply
  • July 21, 2016 at 8:47 am
    Permalink

    Can you tell us more about the washing machine? I have been looking at them and haven’t decided which one to get.

    Reply
    • November 17, 2016 at 8:16 am
      Permalink

      Hi Tudy, Sorry for the late reply. We bought the Panda Portable XPB36, I believe there is a newer model now XPB45 that you ca get from Amazon http://amzn.to/2fYKMv7
      We stored it in the shower our whole trip and it worked great, the water could be drained down the shower and it worked very well. It has two sections a washer and dryer, we would only put half a load in the dryer at a time as we found it left our clothes drier. Hope this helps.

      Reply
  • October 17, 2016 at 4:49 am
    Permalink

    That is awesome! Love your rig!

    Reply
  • October 21, 2016 at 3:08 am
    Permalink

    What kind of flooring did you use on the slide outs. I really want to get rid of the carpet in my camper and this is what I was looking for

    Reply
      • March 24, 2017 at 11:07 am
        Permalink

        Did u glue the flooring, staple or just float the flooring . Thanks

        Reply
        • March 24, 2017 at 11:41 am
          Permalink

          We used the Allure Traffic Master and did not staple or glue it, we simply laid it in the plywood.

          Reply
  • October 24, 2016 at 5:27 am
    Permalink

    Hi there. May I rudely ask your age range & what you do for $$?
    Tried to convince hubby to do this BEFORE home & kids but he didn’t see the sense. Now he wishes he listened!
    The youngest is near grown now, so no time like the present to plan!

    Reply
    • November 17, 2016 at 7:58 am
      Permalink

      Hi Tammy, We are in our mid 20’s and worked in IT and online advertising before going on your adventure of a lifetime. It’s been more than a year since we have returned home, but we have never regretted the trip and are very grateful we got the opportunity to do it.

      Reply
  • November 11, 2016 at 8:47 pm
    Permalink

    Your camper looks amazing! My fiance and I are in process of renovation of our 96 Conquest we bought. I was wondering did you replace the counter top and vanity top? Thanks for any advice.

    Reply
    • November 17, 2016 at 8:10 am
      Permalink

      Hi Angela, You are not the first person we have fooled. We actually did not replace the counter top and vanity top, we painted them with a kit. After the trailer was painted the counter tops looked really old and dated, replacing them seemed difficult and costly, we opted to buy a Giani™ Countertop Paint Kit, Bombay Black from amazon. http://amzn.to/2fWQ1Jx There was more than enough for both countertops and we were relly happy with the results.

      Reply
  • November 25, 2016 at 2:58 am
    Permalink

    Love your remodel! We are in the process of remodeling our fifth wheel, can you tell me more about the window shades? During travel did you keep them rolled up? Or did you create a latch to hold them in place?

    Reply
    • November 26, 2016 at 2:34 pm
      Permalink

      Hi Kamilie, We bought the TUPPLUR block out blinds from IKEA for our windows in the fifth wheel. They worked great to block out the sun, especially when we were in Alaska in July and the sun shines past midnight. We usually kept them rolled up when we traveled but sometimes left them down they sometimes came up on the drive. We did not install a latch to hold them in place but you easily could. You can find the blinds we bought here http://bit.ly/2g1LA1T.

      Reply
  • November 26, 2016 at 11:48 am
    Permalink

    Love your redo! We’re redoing our motorhome. Could you share how you did your flooring especially the slide edge.
    Debbie

    Reply
    • November 26, 2016 at 2:37 pm
      Permalink

      Hi Debbie, We used Trafficmaster Allure Grey Maple through the whole trailer and we go it from Home Depo http://thd.co/1Fyylx5
      We even used it on the slideout and for the edging I allowed it to overlay about one inch. This worked ok after 6 months on the road the flooring that did overlay did start to break but I though I could always get some more from Home Depo and then redo it. Hope that helps. If you find a better way to do it please let us know?

      Reply
      • March 18, 2017 at 3:33 am
        Permalink

        Do you catch the edge of the slide out with your foot when you step close to it? We live in our RV now for 3 yrs for work. I would love to do this and get rid of the carpet. Just didn’t know how to finish the edge of the slide out plywood.
        Thanks Jenni

        Reply
        • March 24, 2017 at 11:40 am
          Permalink

          Hi Jenni, We used the Allure Traffic Master for the flooring and extended it about half an inch over the plywood from the slideout. It might not be the perfect finish but it worked for us. WE had some spare flooring left in case a bit of flooring tore.

          Reply
  • November 28, 2016 at 3:53 am
    Permalink

    Hi there! Love the Reno!! Question: where did you get the blinds/window cover for the bedroom? I’m renovating my RV and love your style.

    Reply
  • December 6, 2016 at 9:37 am
    Permalink

    Hi. We have a 1994 Fleetwood. The cabinets are ugly brown cheap cabinets with the paper over them that simulate wood. Also they have the cheap fake brass trim inlay-ed around the cabinets and drawers. Also, at the end of a row of cabinets as the end of the cabinet rounds down and back it has like a sort of rubber-plastic trim. I am wanting to paint all the cabinets white. I was wondering if your camper had any of this type of trim and if so how is it holding up to paint? Thanks

    Reply
    • December 13, 2016 at 5:00 pm
      Permalink

      We spray painted our brass handles black However, our cabinets did not have paper or laminate over them. We sanded the cabinets and then spray painted them. they held up really well though the paint did wear a little where the door made contact. I hope that answers your question.

      Reply
  • December 6, 2016 at 12:59 pm
    Permalink

    Could you tell me how you guys covered the sofa? I’d like to do something similar in our travel trailer. Thanks!

    Reply
    • December 13, 2016 at 4:55 pm
      Permalink

      We bought a new sofa 🙂

      Reply
      • July 28, 2017 at 1:58 am
        Permalink

        Hi i love it .can you tell me were you buy the sofa ..thanks

        Reply
        • July 31, 2017 at 4:33 pm
          Permalink

          We purchased the SOLSTA from IKEA. It is a pullout but can only sleep 1 adult or 2 children comfortably. I would not recommend 2 adults, it was only for when we had a guest.

          Reply
  • December 27, 2016 at 11:54 pm
    Permalink

    Love your remake, it is lovely. We have an older 5 th wheel and I painted the walls a number of years ago with Behr primer/pant in one and it looked great. Still need to do all the wood cabinets later so your information will be very helpful.
    The flooring you used is very nice and although a different colour, the same brand we have in both our cabin and a little Trillium trailer we also have. Some people have been very surprised to hear that even though we have exttreme temperatures (30+ to -30) they have never rippled, lifted or been an issue.
    We do not travel with it but use it as a guest house for overflow visits and will be redoing the outside and add a deck in the next year or so. Do you have any experience with redoing the exterior? My wish is to have it look more like a house with wood exterior.

    Reply
    • December 28, 2016 at 4:37 pm
      Permalink

      Hi Judy, thanks for the comment. We loved redoing the inside of our RV, unfortunately we don’t have any experience with redoing the exterior.

      Reply
    • July 6, 2017 at 8:20 am
      Permalink

      Hi Judy, You could have, what is called a wrap, done to the outside. People do it to their cars and trucks all the time. I read somewhere just the other day someone had their 5th wheel wrapped.

      Drikus, love the reno, Very nicely done.

      Reply
  • January 1, 2017 at 10:40 am
    Permalink

    Love your Reno!! I was wondering when you replaced the floor in the bathroom, did you remove the toilet and tile all the way to the flange? Did you remove the flange and then replace it after you finished tiling? Thanks for your help!!!

    Reply
    • January 15, 2017 at 7:46 pm
      Permalink

      From memory, we only removed the front cover of the toilet and used the Allure Traffic Master as close to the flange as possible.

      Reply
  • January 5, 2017 at 12:02 pm
    Permalink

    Looks great! Giani…. how is it holding up?

    Reply
    • January 15, 2017 at 7:47 pm
      Permalink

      It held up pretty good, we drove over 40,000 miles with it to 49 states.

      Reply
  • January 15, 2017 at 7:34 pm
    Permalink

    Hi Guys. STUNNING work. Please can you advise how you transformed the fridge?

    Reply
    • January 15, 2017 at 7:49 pm
      Permalink

      We removed the wooden panels from the fridge door and painted them, then reinstalled them.

      Reply
  • January 18, 2017 at 6:09 am
    Permalink

    Great job throughout! Where did you get the dining table? It appears that there are storage cabinets or drawers in the rear side, right? Did the chairs come with the table or did you buy them separately?

    Reply
    • January 18, 2017 at 1:30 pm
      Permalink

      We got the NORDON table from Ikea, we used clear velcro to keep the drawer closed when e were driving. It worked great. Her is the link http://bit.ly/1n48IgB

      Reply
  • February 3, 2017 at 7:17 am
    Permalink

    Love it!!!! Turned out amazing! I am currently remodeling my camper. I have one very important question for you….Where did you get your gray roller shades for the windows????

    Reply
  • February 19, 2017 at 11:53 am
    Permalink

    We just got an rv and want to remodel but I’m just unsure where to start…I don’t want to rip EVERYTHING out…but I would like to fix/repair what we need and pretty much everyone needs fixed or update…what would you recommend? All the carpet needs ripped up…but I’m just not sure what to do first…love your remodel! Hopefully ours will look as good as yours!

    Reply
    • February 23, 2017 at 11:35 am
      Permalink

      The remodelling process can be fun but also hard work. Replacing the carpets or flooring makes a big difference, but almost everything needs to be removed to remove the old flooring. Often when RV are constructed the flooring is put in before the bed or any other fixtures are screwed down. We had to remove basically everything to remove our old flooring. We chose to use a spray gun to paint so we removed everything and started on a clean slate, if that is not an option for you I would suggest tackling one project or section at a time, eg paint one wall, replace the blinds, change a mirror.

      Reply
  • March 4, 2017 at 10:32 pm
    Permalink

    Where did you purchase your new sofa and is it a pullout?

    Reply
    • March 24, 2017 at 11:23 am
      Permalink

      We purchased the SOLSTA from IKEA. It is a pullout but can only sleep 1 adult or 2 children comfortably. I would not recommend 2 adults, it was only for when we had a guest.

      Reply
  • March 6, 2017 at 8:17 am
    Permalink

    HI,YOUR RENO IS AWSOME,i’M TRYING TO CONVINCE MY HUSBAND TO REDO OUR FIFTH WHEEL
    MY QUESTION IS ABOUT THE FLOOR WITH THE SLIDE,HOW DID YOU GET THE FLOOR TO STAY DOWN
    WHEN YOU MOVE THE SLIDE IN AND OUT.DOES IOT NOT BUCKLE OR CATCH.

    Reply
    • March 24, 2017 at 11:31 am
      Permalink

      After we removed the old carpet (and flooring underneath the carpet) the was space to slip the new flooring underneath the slideout. The slideout flooring overlapped the main cabins flooring and did not catch when we moved it in and out. We used the Allure Traffic Master and it stayed in place.

      Reply
  • March 14, 2017 at 3:00 pm
    Permalink

    Looks great! Makes me excited to get started on our 5th wheel reno! Did you paint over that wall paper on the walls? Or did you have to sand or peel it off first? Also, I love that blanket on your bed. May I ask where you got it?

    Reply
    • March 24, 2017 at 11:35 am
      Permalink

      Hi Leah, the only wall paper we removed was the small strip in the middle of all the walls in the main cabin. You should be able to see on the photos. After that we spray painted over everything. I believe we bought the blanket from IKEA to cover the bead.

      Reply
  • April 17, 2017 at 5:24 am
    Permalink

    Hi! I’m in love with your Reno! I would love your tips on the process of getting started. When you said you basically gutted everything before redoing anything, what exactly did you remove? Bed, table, chairs, cupboards, doors? When you spray painted, wasn’t it messy? Im guessing you painted everything first and then did the flooring? I’m so excited to get started on this project!!! 🤗🤗🤗

    Reply
    • May 10, 2017 at 4:25 pm
      Permalink

      Hi Lindsey, Yes we gutted the whole RV. Anything basically that could be removed was and we taped up the windows, fridge, and countertops that we did want to get paint on. The spray painting was very easy and consisted after everything was prepared to paint, but it took a took a lot of prep. WE would have removed most things to redo the floor anyway. We removed all the doors and hinges, bed table chairs couch microwave and anything we could unscrew.

      I hope that helps, let me know if you have any specific questions?

      Reply
  • May 18, 2017 at 10:40 am
    Permalink

    love the reno. i was wondering what you did to the countertops. it looks like granite but i’m guessing it’s not, due to weight. i apologize if someone else asked above and i missed it.

    thanks, wynn 8^)

    Reply
    • May 23, 2017 at 1:42 pm
      Permalink

      Hi Wynn, sorry for the late reply. After the trailer was painted the counter tops looked really old and dated, replacing them seemed difficult and costly, we opted to buy a Giani™ Countertop Paint Kit, Bombay Black from amazon. http://amzn.to/2fWQ1Jx There was more than enough for both countertops and we were relly happy with the results. Hope this helps.

      Reply
  • May 26, 2017 at 5:46 am
    Permalink

    Oh, I forgot to ask you about the washer in the shower in one of the pictures. What kind is it? And do you like it? I bought Haier tiny washer http://amzn.to/2rVoKwx and I think I love it but I really only have used it once. Usually, we are visiting relatives and we just use their washing machine LOL I think the bigger challenge is drying clothes. But of course my camper is only 15 ft long inside.

    Reply
    • June 29, 2017 at 5:40 pm
      Permalink

      Hi Liz, We bought the Panda Portable XPB36, I believe there is a newer model now XPB45 that you ca get from Amazon http://amzn.to/2fYKMv7. We were very happy with it, it did not draw to much power and we were even able to run it from our solar power without a hookup.

      Reply
      • July 9, 2017 at 11:29 am
        Permalink

        Thanks for the info. Does the Panda spin well? that was one of my concerns with the smaller washer. Do you have a post on how you added the solar? That is one thing I really want to learn to do. I have remodeled the inside of my tiny camper (https://WackyPup.blogspot.com) but I have no idea how to add solar. We are planning a lot of dry camping at National Parks, solar would be a great help! Thank you so much for a really neat blog! Thank you for taking the time to answer comments 🙂

        Liz

        Reply
  • May 27, 2017 at 9:05 am
    Permalink

    I am starting to reno our motorhome and want to paint the dark wood cabinets white. I plan to sand them, but would you suggest I also put a primer on before painting?

    Reply
    • June 29, 2017 at 5:44 pm
      Permalink

      It would require two coats of paint, we used a spray gun for the whole trailer and bought Bulls Eye Primer from Home Depot. It is water based so was easy to clean and the would be my suggestion.

      Reply
  • June 10, 2017 at 9:58 pm
    Permalink

    Love what you’ve done. I’m looking for a table like the one you put in the rv. Do you remember where you found it?

    Reply
    • June 29, 2017 at 5:45 pm
      Permalink

      We got the NORDON table from Ikea, we used clear velcro to keep the drawer closed when e were driving. It worked great. Her is the link http://bit.ly/1n48IgB

      Reply
  • June 17, 2017 at 11:35 pm
    Permalink

    Great renovation – love it! We have an RV that we’d like to update and have a couple of questions for you.
    It appears that your baseboards, particularly in the bedroom, were carpet. How did you redo those?
    And you mentioned that you removed the center accent strip of the wallpaper before you painted the walls. How did you remove that accent strip without damaging the paper under it?
    Thanks for any info you can provide.

    Reply
    • June 29, 2017 at 5:48 pm
      Permalink

      The baseboards in the bedroom I think we used a Stanley knife and removed the carpet and just painted the backboard white. With the mattress and pillows on there, you barely saw it.
      For the wallpaper removal, we used a sponge with warm water and then peeled it off and carefully used a scraper to get the rest. I hope that helps.

      Reply
  • June 20, 2017 at 4:54 am
    Permalink

    Your renovation work is beautiful! We’re currently in the middle of our own renovation on our travel trailer. The decorative surround around our slide out has a wood border with upholstery-covered thin boards in the center of the wood borders. I can’t tell what you did to that area from your pictures. Would you please share what you did? This part has us stumped! Thank you.

    Reply
    • June 29, 2017 at 5:53 pm
      Permalink

      We basically removed the wood border with upholstery and put in in the trash and bought new blinds from IKEA.

      Reply
  • July 14, 2017 at 2:00 am
    Permalink

    Wow! That looks amazing. We have a 31′ Wilderness and I want to out Allure on the floor as well. Our slide out goes flush to the main floor and yours appears to be the same way. Did you have to do anything to avoid scratches on the main floor from the slideout? I’ve seen all kinds of nightmares about scratches etc from rollers or slides. Any tips or suggestions regarding flooring and the slide out?

    Thanks

    Reply
    • July 31, 2017 at 4:24 pm
      Permalink

      No our slide out did not drag on the floor so we never had any damage thankfully. From memory, I did put some felt on the bottom of the slide out to avoid any damage.

      Reply
  • July 16, 2017 at 1:29 am
    Permalink

    We have the same exact 5th wheel! I mean exact!
    Love all you’ve done and it has totally inspired me to tackle ours. How has it held up?
    Also, what size tv did you use and how did you mount it? Can you use all that extra space behind it with the new tv?

    Reply
    • July 31, 2017 at 4:26 pm
      Permalink

      Hi Marie, We were very happy with our fifth-wheel and it traveled with us to 49 States. I believe we had a 32″ TV and I bought a TV mount from Amazon that you can move. I cut I piece of Plywood and painted it white and then bolted to the left wall of the TV cabinet area. I hope that makes sense. I might have some photos of it stored somewhere. Hope you enjoy your fifth-wheel as much as we did ours.

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Copyright © 2017, FiddyStates.com