Friday, January 18, 2013

RV Reno Phase 1

In case any of you reading think that we full time RV'ers are on a permanent vacation, it just ain't so. Just like everyone else, we have a myriad of projects in the works. It's true that for our first month out we took it pretty easy; I kind of think we earned that. We worked really hard to make this happen after all!

But all play and no work makes for an unbalanced life. And we were both getting antsy to accomplish some reno projects in the RV. So we got off our butts and got busy! The last two days have been extremely productive. We inherited some butt ugly carpet with this RV. Dirty, dusty and pink. It's been driving us crazy. Yesterday,with the help of Karin's parents, we tore out all the carpet in the front half of the RV.

Moving furniture around in such a small space is no easy task. First you have to unbolt it from the floor. And then somehow get it out of the way enough to take up the carpet underneath it. And then you have very little room to move around in while stooped over and scooting around pulling out the endless staples.The good news is the plywood underneath is in great shape so we can proceed with laying down new flooring.

We will repeat this process in the back half later. But first we're going to interrupt the whole process to take a little trip up north to Indianapolis to celebrate the 1st birthday of this adorable little girl. Haven't seen her since she was about seven weeks old. And that's just wrong!!!

My granddaughter Brianna!

It's winter in Indy so no way are we taking the RV up there. Leaving it behind and driving the car instead. Will just be gone a week. And then we will resume Project: Rehab This 90's RV.  :)

A side project we have going is updating all the hideous brass cabinet hardware. There are 51 drawer pulls and handles throughout the RV! Since replacing all of them would be insanely expensive, we decided to just spray paint them. So along with the carpet/staple removal we also unscrewed 102 screws today. Fun! But seriously it felt really good to make progress. Looking forward to completing these projects.


Tight squeeze

First peek at the underlayment

Goodbye ugly carpet!

What a mess

Tackling the stairs


Staple removal....tedious!

Clean slate


  1. Good thing Dexter is there to keep us in line.

    1. It sure is! Looks like he's on top of things!

  2. I see you chose the front deck solution that we did: pretend there's no front deck problem. We just have no idea how we would recover that surface.

    1. Yup. Way too complicated! We shall shampoo it and then ignore the heck out of it. Is yours pink too? Yuck yuck yuck.

    2. Yep, pink! Or some shade of pinkish gross.

      We thought of you guys when we had breakfast at the Blue Willow today.

    3. Blue Willow....sigh....Tucson...sigh.... . Can't help myself. I have such a love affair with the southwest.

  3. Just completed reading your blog, gives me a good idea of what to expect. I plan on buying an RV and becoming a full timer. Love the info. on the frid. who would have known. Did you get the water tank straighten out?
    I am just waiting for checks to be cut. I gave my 30 day notice for my house and am putting the things I'll need in storage. It is freeing to get rid of stuff. I'll be visiting my daughters until we can launch one more nubie on the road. I'll be checking back and I'll keep you posted.
    Trully enjoy your blog and beautiful pictures.

    1. The water tank "problem" was nothing more than a couple of valves not being closed properly. Oops!!!

      Good luck to you in all your preparations. It's exciting! :)

  4. We had all of our creepy greenish RV carpet replaced when we purchased the RV. We had it professionally replaced. We also had the linoleum replaced too. I looked so much better afterwards.

  5. Love the pics! We're planning to tackle to linoleum after a few other projects. We're hoping to find retro modern sheets of linoleum, for a 50's style flooring. Would love robin-egg blue and white checkerboard, but who knows if we can find that for the RV. Anyway - glad to see we aren't the only ones who can't stand the 80/90s look the RV manufacturers force upon us!

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  8. I read the blog of another RVer who's in the middle of renovations, and he's extolled the virtues of pickup truck bed liner for floors (and walls, and ceilings, and possibly the outside, but there's no need to get carried away). I wonder if that would work to cover the front deck?

    I've never touched the stuff myself, so I have _no_ idea, but I'm planning on buying an RV the absolute first moment that finances allow and I've sure seen a lot of ugly-butt front decks while I've been looking.

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