We did it! We purchased a fifth wheel camper to renovate, and we are so excited to get started & turn this camper into our home. Read about our plan and why we bought a camper to remodel here.
As soon as we had the title in hand we hauled the camper to our in-law’s house for the remodel process (with the help of my brother-in-law and his pick up truck). It will live there for the next couple months while we travel back and forth to work on it. Unfortunately we have nowhere to keep it at our current house, but the good news is it will only be 45 minutes away.
The picture below is of the entry area, kitchen sink & stairs up to the bedroom area. Our plan here is to paint from floor to ceiling, take out all the carpet & replace it with laminate flooring, and replace the sink with something a bit deeper. Since we don’t have a dishwasher, a deeper sink will be more comfortable for Judah, the official dishwasher of Emory Lane.
As you walk in, the dining & living area is to the left. It features a hideous couch and matching window treatments, stained carpets, and a water damaged ceiling & wall. The slide out has a leak (or two) and it has ruined the back wall & ceiling. It needs to be repaired and it’s priority number one with our remodel plans. To be honest, we have no experience working on campers, so we will be doing a ton of research to find the best solution to tackle the water damage problem. Luckily my father-in-law owns a construction business, and we also have a friend with an uncle that renovates & sells campers for a living. We will have lots of experts to help us!
We are also planning to remove the dinette and replace it with cabinets to give u more kitchen storage for pots, pans, our coffee machine, etc. This is where my dad comes into play. He owns his own custom woodworking business, GL Euromaster Woodworks, where he hand makes gorgeous cabinetry. I am hoping to get him down to see the camper & get his opinion on what to do in this space.
Across from the couch & dinette we have another slide out with an entertainment center, fridge, stove, microwave and tiny countertop. There is a little area of water damage behind the entertainment center that needs replacing, which works out fine since we plan to tear out that entire area anyways. Right now it’s built for a small box tv, and there isn’t enough room for our current tv. I’m planning to let my dad take over in this area as well, and come up with some better tv/storage solutions.
We will keep the stock fridge & stove for now, and paint the cabinets & walls something neutral. Will we be able to make the small fridge and 3 burner stove work for us? Honestly, I don’t know… but we sure as heck are going to try!
As you turn right out of the front door and go “upstairs”, you will enter through the bathroom/laundry room. The bathroom has a full shower, sink & cabinet space, and a separate toilet room. This bathroom cabinet actually has more space & storage than the one in my current house, so I am tickled pink! All the updates in this area are aesthetic, mostly painting.
Then to the bedroom, and the end of the grand tour. The bed is another slide out, which gives us a few extra inches of space in the room. Every little bit counts! The dresser is quite large and the closet is decent as well, which was a MUST for me & my large wardrobe. The bathroom & bedroom are currently divided by a floral curtain that matches the drapes, valances, headboard, and wall panels. This floral motif actually haunts my nightmares and I can’t wait to remove all evidence of it’s existence the first chance I get!
Camper Remodel To-Do List
- Demo Day. We will remove all the furniture, window treatments, blinds and leftover junk from the camper so we will have plenty of room for the next steps.
- Replace Water Damaged Walls & Fix Leaks. Once we figure out the best method, the walls will need replacing and the leaks will need fixing so it doesn’t happen again.
- Paint Prep. This is one of my favorite jobs for some reason. I will go through and remove all the knobs, handles, clamps, door knobs, cabinet doors, drawers, light switch covers, and anything else that we aren’t painting. This is also when i’ll be cleaning like crazy, bleaching every single inch of the place.
- Paint! Grab a brush and meet us in NC, we will need all the help we can get.
- Replace Floors. We are replacing all the floors in the entire camper with snap & click laminate wood.
- Move In!
That’s all, folks! Now that you’ve seen our tiny new home, you can follow our remodel journey and watch the transformation step-by-step.