Our 90’s RV Renovation
Today is the day. I’m sharing all the amazing “before” and “after” pictures from our latest camper project! We started with a 16 foot vintage camper and have slowly upgraded as our family has grown. My husband looked at me one day and said “I think I’d like to try an RV instead of a trailer.” I knew in that moment that our next adventure was about to begin! The adventure of RV ownership brings a lot of challenges and lessons to learn. Driving and maintaining an RV is different from pulling a trailer in so many ways.
If you missed any of my Insta Stories highlighting the whole renovation process, you can watch them here: 90’s RV Renovation on Instagram
What We Got
We found this 1994 Horizon – 29 foot “class C” RV on Facebook Marketplace. It had 82,000 miles on it when we bought it. I used to have great success finding campers on Craigslist, but in recent years, Facebook Marketplace has taken over. I love hearing the stories behind campers. It’s always interesting to hear what it was previously used for. This one was repaired by an older man and then sold to a women with teenage sons who traveled around to music festivals. The teenagers would store their kayaks in the camper – hence, a lot of water damage and banged up floor trim. The man who owned it before them would travel the country, most frequently to Florida for NASCAR races (the proof was in the bumper stickers!).
We negotiated and purchased this RV for $3,500. We figured we would need to put around $2,000 into it to get it where we wanted it to be. After a thorough inspection, here are the areas of concern:
- Water damage in the front cab-over bed and in the rear ceiling
- Everything smelled
- Gross carpet
- Outdated everything
- Broken toilet seat
- Air ducts were chewed through by mice
- Old style lights and yellowed fixtures
- Wheel coverings were cracked
- Roof damage
- Broken window coverings
- Fridge doors were banged up
- Microwave broken
- Weird smell while driving – coming from muffler. Upon further inspections: muffler was overheating and burning a hole through the floor boards!
We always start by assessing the damage and then make a to-do list of the things we want to tackle.
- Repair roof damage, seal all cracks and ensure everything is water tight before starting interior repairs
- Paint exterior so it looks better sitting in our driveway!
- Remove all bumper stickers and window decals
- Remove window coverings and valances
- Remove all cushions, couch and mattresses
- Remove all carpet and curtains
- Bleach everything!
- Paint walls and ceiling
- Paint cabinets
- New cabinet hardware
- Paint ceiling vent covers
- Paint air conditioner unit
- Replace all lights with new 12 volt LED fixtures
- New couch
- Roller shades for windows
- Replace mattress
- New toilet
- Paint floor or lay new flooring
- New smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detector and LP gas detector
- New microwave
- Fill propane tank
- Seal up holes where mice can get in
- Check engine, get tune-up
- Repair muffler damage
My Favorite Products
Here are a few of my favorite products that we used on this project. I’ll be posting more soon, on specific things we did.
- Peel and stick owl wallpaper
- Peel and stick jewel tile back splash
- “Adventure Awaits” vinyl sticker
- “Hello” vinyl sticker
- Vinyl sealing tape – I used this as trim around cabinets and floor!
- Drip rail (rain gutter)
- Rolled vinyl flooring – from Home Depot!
- Rugs and pillows – BH&G from Walmart!
- Paint – Behr Marquee in white, satin finish
- Wall decor and pictures – Hobby Lobby
- Cabinet Hardware
- Happy Camper vanity plate
- LED lights
- LED spotlights over bed
- Couch – We purchased from a local RV dealer’s listing on Facebook Marketplace. Find it new: here
- TV/DVD combo with a mount that can be moved to the outside of the camper!
- TV mount with two brackets that can be moved inside or outside
- Roku TV
- Aerosol Fire Extinguishers
- Fire Extinguisher Mount
- LP Gas detector
- Carbon monoxide/smoke detector
- Storage Ottoman
- Surge protector/power strip with USB
- Roof tape
- Liquid rubber roof sealant
- Exterior Sealant
Thanks for joining me on this little tour!
Don’t hesitate to ask if you have any other
questions about products I used.
I’ll share more details in future posts!