We’re finally done with our RV renovations! It only took us 109 days.
We grossly underestimated how difficult and time consuming this project would become. Every time we needed to make a renovation decision, we would research it to death, over-think it, procrastinate, then time would finally force us into making a decision. It was not an ideal way to get things done. All of our date nights were at home improvement stores, and when we weren’t working on the RV, we were researching the next step in the project. Even though it was a long road, we are very happy with how everything turned out. We will probably continue to make small changes along the way, but right now we’re focused on enjoying the ride!
Just a few things we learned from this process:
Not all big-box home improvement stores are created equal.
If you paint the interior of your RV during the hottest month of the year, first make sure that the air conditioning unit works.
Painting an RV is MUCH more difficult than painting a home, but it creates the biggest bang for your buck.
Expect to modify or retrofit anything purchased in a HOME improvement store.
Done is better than perfect—because in an RV, it will never be perfect.
The interior of Bigfoot was in near perfect condition when we bought it. Since we will be living in it full-time, we felt it was necessary to brighten it up and add some heavier duty materials that can withstand daily use. For a full list of everything we did, check out our previous blog post here.
Update: We have since replaced the kitchen faucet and installed blinds in the kitchen.
For those considering purchasing and renovating an RV, there are a lot of other RVers who have taken the time to carefully document their renovation techniques and have beautifully produced video content available online. Don’t reinvent the wheel if you don’t have to!