April 17

Remodeling The RV: Before The Madness Begins

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As I write this post, the remodeling has already begun. The rig is torn apart. 🙂

But, I decided to document what I was doing on video as I went. This video shows what the rig looked like before I did anything.

Our motorhome is a 2002 Holiday Rambler Vacationer. It is a great rig and has almost every amenity that a brand new rig would have. In many ways, it is also better built.

But, there’s no doubt that it LOOKS like a 2002.

Newer rigs have more modern styling. Stuff like:

  • Solid flooring and little to no carpeting. It’s like they finally realized that carpet wasn’t the best floor surfacing for a campsite.
  • Darker cabinetry.
  • Better looking furniture.

In our motorhome, we have:

  • Carpet. Really grungy, NASTY, used carpet.
  • Honey oak cabinets.
  • Furniture with pretty horrendous fabric choices.

Now, we’re not going to do anything about the cabinets. In my ideal world, we’d stain all the cabinets to darken them. However, we’ve determined it isn’t worth the effort. Part of the problem is that we’re not simply talking cabinets. We’re also talking about walls and doors. It would be a colossal amount of work to recolor all that and it simply isn’t worth it.

That floor, however, is being replaced! The carpet is absolutely horrible. So, we’re going to rip everything up and replace it with luxury vinyl planks. I will install new carpet in the driving area, the slide-out, and the rear bedroom. Everything else will be hard flooring.

As for the furniture, we’re going to bite the bullet and replace it. Yes… new furniture. It’s rather expensive, to be honest. However, I think the cost to reupholster the stuff we have would be in the same ballpark (cost-wise). Plus, the new furniture looks like a million bucks. We’re likely going to be buying from Shop4Seats. More on this later.

While we’re at it, we’re going to also do something about the window valences and some of the trim work. We may also install a new backsplash behind the stovetop.

I’m doing all the work myself. Should be fun, yet challenging.

You can follow along on this blog. 🙂


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