Class A RV
Hi, friends! Here is is, our big Class A RV renovation project that has been in the works for a few months now. I’m sorry I’ve failed to share all the details here on the blog. If you follow me over on Instagram or Facebook, you’ve probably seen some of my updates! I try to share all the progress, specifically in my Insta Stories. I’ve saved many of them in the highlights section.
After selling our Class C RV this Summer, we found a great deal on this Class A on Facebook Marketplace. We’ve renovated everything from a 1956 vintage trailer, to a 1995 Class C RV. We decided we’d like to experience something a little bigger with a slide-out! This is our first time owning something with a slide, and our family of 7 is excited for the extra room!
I’m sharing many of the before pictures today, as well as some shots of the progress. Obviously, this project is far from done, but it’s getting close! I’m excited about this room taking shape. With Winter on it’s way, I’m not sure I’ll be able to tackle the bathroom, rear bedroom or exterior yet this year. With this living area completed, the RV will be usable if we we’re itching to take a trip!
The To-Do List
Before purchasing, we inspected this RV, test drove it and asked lots of questions. We looked for water damage and soft spots. We tested whatever was possible to test at the time (AC, lights, slide-out, engine, fridge, etc.). The previous owner shared several things he knew had been updated or replaced by the owner before him. He also shared about the issues with the generator. We purchased this RV knowing that the generator wasn’t working, but we were hopeful it could be fixed. The purchase price was low enough to take into consideration any updates that would need to be done.
We always start our renovation projects with a general idea of what needs to be done. Here are the things we could anticipate right away:
- Rip out carpet and replace with new vinyl or laminate flooring
- Paint walls
- Paint cabinets and replace hardware
- Remove trim around slide-out and replace
- Cut curved area of slide-out flooring to make straight
- Replace window coverings with bamboo shades or curtains
- Reconfigure slide-out layout and replace couch and dinette
- Clean front captains chairs
- Clean and salvage curtain that goes across front window
- Paint dash
- Update lighting
- New counter tops and farmhouse sink
- Seal outside from water, remove decals and clean or paint exterior
My Little Helpers
I get asked a lot about my kids and what they do to help. I’m pretty committed to including my kids in each project I take on. For one, I don’t want them to ever become bitter about my time spent working on these RV projects. I include them in each step of the progress. From searching for RV’s on Facebook Marketplace and visiting potential sellers, to negotiating the purchase price and setting a final sale price.
On day #1 of renovating, I always have the kids help with demo. They rip out fabric curtains, unscrew hardware from the cabinets and remove cushions. As each day goes one, there is always something little I can have them help with. We talk with them about the layout and what kind of beds they would like. My hope is that these little moments spent teaching them good work ethic and financial strategies will help them in the future! I also think it helps them appreciate the final project a lot more.
What We’ve Done so Far
We had a lot of ideas for what to do with this slide-out space. I knew I wanted to do something different. We had grown tired of the traditional dinette and the process of making it into a bed every night. The challenge was to create a space that sleeps 5 kids, offers plenty of safe seating while on the road, and folds away easily during the day.
Here’s what we’ve done so far:
- We bought 2 armless sofa sleepers (from Bob’s Furniture) that fit together perfectly! These sofas each have a pull-out full-size bed. Each bed will have Beddy’s bedding to make clean-up a breeze.
- I went with peel and stick plank vinyl flooring because out of all the flooring I have used, it’s the easiest! It was also one of the cheapest options. I would only recommend this if your floor is super level and smooth. Tip: Install when it is hot and humid. If you lay your flooring in cool temps, it will expand in warmer weather and bubble up!
- We painted everything using Glidden Gripper primer and Glidden white paint. I usually use Behr Marquee, which is more expensive, but I wanted to compare the difference. I’m not sure the end results are different at all. Glidden primer and paint was cheaper and took more coats, while Behr Marquee is more expensive but covers in fewer coats.
- The 2 armless sofas are from this sectional at Bob’s Furniture
- I used IKEA white curtains and woven shades
- The counter tops are real Butcher Block counter top from Home Depot. I needed such a small piece, it was worth the splurge!
- I used this IKEA apron-front sink
- We purchased this faucet from Amazon
- The cabinet color is Glidden “Scarborough”
- Find the lights we used here
- I love Tick Tack Tiles – I have used them many times and used their Subway Tile for the kitchen backsplash on this project
- Here is the large IKEA basket light
- I painted the dash with the same primer and paint that I used on the walls!
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