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Before and After Fifth Wheel Renovation

September 30, 2016
A before and after photo of a fifth wheel renovation.

Hiya!

So, we figured it was about time we shared our before and after photos with all of you. While we still haven’t finished our “progress” posts we don’t think it is fair to keep it from you any longer! Oh, and we are a little bit proud of all we have accomplished and kinda, sorta, wanna show it off. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Before we look at the pretty photos feel free to look at these awful demo shots.ย Ew gross.

We did most of the work in 2 weeks, but we put a few projects on hold while we traveled and even completed them on the road! But more on that later, let’s concentrate on these before and afters pics in all their glory!

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We love our little home, and hope you do to! Thanks so much for reading!

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52 Comments

  • Reply KATY October 22, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    Great job… so much light inside, beautifully furnished, just enough colors … well done!
    Then, what’s about insulation? winter/summer? (I am living in a ‘caravane’, South France, not designed for extremes of tempearture!)

    • Reply Kevin October 24, 2016 at 3:05 pm

      Thank you so much! We honestly don’t do much about insulation. The windows are all single pane and leak heat/cool like crazy. We just try to stay in mild climates where the temperature is perfect. In the US, that means going south in the winter and north (or up in elevation) in the summer. We have an AC that barely works and a furnace that works really well to help keep us warm at night. RVing in South France has to be absolutely amazing. Consider us jealous!

  • Reply Nancy November 24, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    So much easier on the eyes. Nice update.

    • Reply Mandy Holesh November 25, 2016 at 4:44 pm

      Thank you! <3

  • Reply Julie January 25, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    I would love to paint my cabinets! Have you had any issue with the paint chipping?

    • Reply Kevin January 25, 2017 at 10:11 pm

      No issues yet. The paint + primer combo has been great for us. The cats scratch this one piece of moulding, but there’s not much we can do about that

  • Reply Christina LaPlaca January 26, 2017 at 7:12 am

    Oh my gosh! I’m in love! First of all we live in our renovated RV as well. Second I love your blog name! Simple but genius! Third I also have multiple cats and dogs. I also run a FB group I’m not sure if you’ve heard of called RV Interior Ideas. It’s all about well RV interiors and so many people have done overhaul renovations as well. What’s funny is I hear people all the time not want to paint and say “just add pops of color” like with pillows or a rug or something and I just go NO “pops of color” idea is so out of style but wow you totally brought it back! I adore the yellow cabinetry! That’s so cool! I watched the video and said “now that’s what I can approve of being a “pop of color” in an RV” . You guys did a fantastic job especially with the idea wth the cat litter box. People are always wondering how to manage that! Please please email me so we can talk more! I love meeting new people too especially who have similar interests and lifestyles! And if you haven’t joined please join my group and post this YouTube video or before and after picts cause people would love to see them! http://www.facebook.com/groups/rvinteriorideas

    • Reply Kevin January 31, 2017 at 4:36 pm

      Thanks for all of the kind words. You’re making me blush over here, although Mandy deserves all of the credit for the interior.

  • Reply Whitney + Trevor February 1, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Your renovations are GORGEOUS + so happy, bright, + colorful! We just bought a camper that is very similar to your layout. I am worried about the room to replace the sofa without removing the dinette. I know you said you purchased yours from IKEA, do you know specially which piece it is? It looks perfect + so comfy! Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Reply Mandy Holesh February 1, 2017 at 4:53 pm

      Hi guys! Thank you so much for the love! Congrats on your new camper! This is the couch we got: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20262901/ It is a futon! We did cover it with a mattress pad and fabric to match our home. It isn’t super comfy… But it is $100! lol I hope this helps!!

      • Reply Whitney + Trevor February 1, 2017 at 4:59 pm

        Thank you so much! We love your page!

  • Reply Vanessa Orr February 11, 2017 at 11:11 am

    It’s lovely! We are in the middle of remodeling our RV in south GA. We would love to know where y’all got your lights from! Thanks in advance.

  • Reply Catherine callahan February 11, 2017 at 11:45 am

    How do I subscribe to your website? You guys are adorable and I would like to see your journey!

    • Reply Kevin February 14, 2017 at 8:02 pm

      Right now, we don’t have a good way to subscribe to our website. I’ll get to work on building an email newsletter and sign you up. Thanks for reading!

  • Reply Kathie February 26, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    It looks beautiful. How did you refinish you table and counter tops. Im in the middle of our renovation and im looking for tips. Thanks

  • Reply Brigitte March 17, 2017 at 1:33 am

    Hi,
    We just purchased a 31′ 5th wheel for our first ever foray into “glamping”. We definitely want to replace the carpeting in the camper with vinyl planks as it will be so much easier to keep clean with our dogs. What did you use for the flooring and how did you handle the installation on the slide? The transition looks great would really like to know how you did it. Thanks

  • Reply Reet March 25, 2017 at 1:10 am

    Love the upgrades and the video! We just bought a 23 ft. Class C motorhome that we’re going to upgrade and would LOVE to turn the ugly couch into the futon/bed that you have.

    Was there storage underneath the couch? Was that a tough change?

    Thanks and looking forward to following you guys!

    • Reply Kevin March 25, 2017 at 10:03 pm

      Thanks! Good luck on your adventure.

      That futon is from IKEA and fit perfectly. The couch before didn’t have any storage underneath and this one does. Enough for our shoes, a broom, and some other random bits.

  • Reply Summer April 3, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    This looks lovely! We are currently in the middle of remodeling our 5th wheel with a similar lay out. I was curious to how you painted it..did you just primer and paint it or did you have to do some sanding before painting?

    • Reply Kevin April 10, 2017 at 2:26 pm

      Thanks! Good luck with your renovation! To paint the walls and the cabinets, we sprayed two coats of Kilz Maxx primer, then three coats of Behr paint+primer. For the cabinet doors, we sanded them first, then did the same paint. A year and a half later and the paint is holding up flawlessly, even with a constantly changing climate.

      • Reply Susan G July 15, 2017 at 3:44 pm

        Hi Kevin, love the pics. You did an awesome job. I’m heading north to redo my camper. I’m hoping I can get the walls and cabinets done in a week. (Hoping is the key here)
        How many gallons of paint did you end up using? I will be in a very remote area so have to bring all my supplies with me. Don’t want to run out of paint in the middle of the project.
        Thank you in advance. Again beautiful job.

        • Reply Mandy Holesh August 6, 2017 at 8:40 pm

          Congrats! How exciting! Sorry for the delay! We don’t remember how many gallons we used. ๐Ÿ™ Sorry!

  • Reply Maria April 13, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    I absolutely love your reno! We just purchased a new to us fifth wheel. Your post helped my husband, also named Kevin, get a visual of what I wanted as I want white cabinetry as well. He’s totally on board now. We are concerned about the flooring through. We are not handy. At all. However, we want to keep the costs down by doing it ourselves but that slide really intimidates me. Does your slide scratch or dent your flooring? Did you use Allure flooring? Any tips on the floor install – maybe something you wish you knew when you started. Thanks again!

    • Reply Kevin May 18, 2017 at 7:12 pm

      Hey Maria! We used a cheap click-lock flooring. Vinyl. The slide did scratch it in a few places, but Slide Slickers really help. We just color in the floor every once in a while and we never notice the scratches. I’d plan on putting down some quarter round where the floor meets the walls to make it look cleaner. That’s something we haven’t done yet, but would look much more professional if we did.

      Good luck with your renovation!

  • Reply Beth May 14, 2017 at 6:30 am

    what did you do to the counters!?

  • Reply Essie Hatfield May 14, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Hi Mandy and Kevin. Your Reno is amazing! I’m so curious as to how you removed the carpet from under the slideouts. Did you have to take the slide out all the out? I just purchased a 32ft Layton Skyline travel trailer and am in the process of demolition. I’m like you Mandy. OMG…did I take on too much…lololol. If you didn’t remove the slides, how did you get the old carpeting out so you could install the gorgeous floors you have? What type of flooring did you use and how much did the entire renovation cost? Thanks in advance for answering all my questions!

    • Reply Kevin May 18, 2017 at 7:15 pm

      Thanks so much Essie! Removing the carpet was really easy. Just slide out the slide out all the way, then rip up the carpet. Then we put click-lock vinyl flooring down all the way to edge of the where the slide comes in. We spent about $2,000 right off the bat and have been steadily adding improvements as we travel.

      Good luck with your reno!

  • Reply Taylor May 17, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Hi! I absolutely love what you did to your fifth wheel! We are just getting ready to renovate our trailer and I had one question, did you peel off the trailer wallpaper before painting the trailer walls? Or did you just paint right on over?

    Thanks a bunch!

    • Reply Kevin May 18, 2017 at 7:07 pm

      We just painted right over it. We didn’t even rough it up with sand paper. Used Kilz Maxx as a primer, which stuck really well.

      Good luck with your renovation!

  • Reply Maureen May 20, 2017 at 1:57 am

    She’s a beauty! Y’all did a wonderful job! Can you tell me about the backsplash in the kitchen? Is it a stick on? Where did you get it? Thank you!

    • Reply Kevin May 24, 2017 at 5:36 pm

      It’s stick on that we bought on eBay actually because it had the best design. Overall, it hasn’t been that solid and needs some regluing every few months because of the heat from the oven. It’s still much easier and lighter than real tile though.

  • Reply melanie May 27, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    Love your renovation!! My husband and I were forced to replace our floors (due to a leak). We tore up carpet and replaced with laminate, just like it looks like you did. ANYWAY, we have had problems with leaking every since. It only happens when the slideout is in. Not fun to travel in the rain and come “home” to a sloshy house! Been to several rv repair places to adjust slideout and have been told that we need to put carpet back because it accommodates for the space tohave the correct seal. Did you have this problem? Thanks so much for your input

    • Reply Kevin June 15, 2017 at 4:17 pm

      Sorry to hear about your leaks. We’ve never had an issue actually, but I can see how the carpet would affect things. Your slideout is probably resting a fraction of an inch lower because of the thinner floor. I’d recommend getting a pair of Slide Slickers to help raise the slide back to its original height when its in. We use those to protect our floor and it might help engage your slide seal. I hope that helps!

  • Reply S Moyer May 29, 2017 at 12:27 am

    Y’all are cute…really!

    • Reply Kevin June 15, 2017 at 4:13 pm

      Thanks!

  • Reply Raechel Murphy June 10, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Do you remember what color you used for the walls and cabinets? Also, is the backsplash peel and stick and where did you purchase? It looks amazing and totally plan on copying it!

    • Reply Kevin June 15, 2017 at 4:13 pm

      Please do! We used Fallen Snow from Home Depot. The peel-and-stick tile was SmartTile brand. We bought it on eBay, if I remember correctly.

  • Reply Judy June 11, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Fabulous re-do! I also have had great luck with peel and stick wall tiles in my camper kitchen, even with the ever changing climate. So…my question is…did you paint or replace the cabinet door handles and hinges? I’d love to know your game plan on that project. THANKS!

    • Reply Kevin June 15, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      Thanks Judy! We painted all of our hardware with a couple coats of Rustoleum. We had to repaint them after about a year, but the paint is holding up quite well. Good luck on your renovation!

  • Reply Laura June 20, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    This is amazing! We have a similar camper in regards to layout. Do you happen to have the link to the exact futton you purchased from ikea? I would love to purchase one! It fits in the space so well!

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  • Reply Jennifer August 3, 2017 at 6:22 am

    You’ve done a great job with your renovation. I would love to know the color of yellow paint you used for your cabinets. It’s such a great shade!

    • Reply Mandy Holesh August 6, 2017 at 8:47 pm

      Hmmmm let me see if I can find it! We didn’t take a lot of notes for this reno.

  • Reply Monica Roberts August 20, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    My boyfriend and I are moving into a trailer soon, (when we find the right one). I couldn’t decide if we should by a nicer one or one that needed some updating. Was it hard/expensive doing all of the updating? I’m all for doing things myself but I’m in college and working part time so I don’t have a ton of time or money, but a trailer is cheaper than renting an apartment. Any suggestions?

    • Reply Mandy Holesh August 27, 2017 at 11:42 pm

      Hi Monica! We had no idea what we were doing when we updated our camper, we used youtube videos and read articles. We figured it out, though made a lot of mistakes. It wasn’t expensive though! We spent $5k on our camper and probably $2k to $3k on renovations. We loved making it our own. When you are in such a small space it is important to make it yours. ๐Ÿ™‚

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