OUR ULTIMATE RV MAKEOVER
We sold our first RV and bought an older motorhome – a 1999 Country Coach that we affectionately call “CC” – with the vision of renovating it. We set up our RV in Enterprise, Oregon on the Airbnb property of our friends Brett and Danelle. And Julie’s Aussie interior designer friend Jane Brown jumped on a jet and flew 8,000 miles to come help us transform CC into the ultimate home and office on wheels. Together, we pulled off a complete interior makeover of our RV – off-grid, on a budget, in under a month. The entire renovation was powered by solar panels and lithium batteries.
We filmed the whole thing and created the “Ultimate RV Makeover” – an 8 part series of YouTube videos and articles, plus social media posts on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter. Follow CC’s transformation journey from “before to after” to see the creative vision, the demolition and construction, and the final reveal. We hope you love the journey and end result as much as we do!
Whether you’re considering renovating an RV, tiny home, apartment or a house. We hope you pick up some fantastic ideas, tips and design suggestions for yourself! We continue to make upgrades to our motorhome, and you’ll find those here too. Enjoy!
Our RV Makeover in Apartment Therapy’s Contest
VUPDATE: Voting is closed and the winner of the TINY category has been announced! Unfortunately, we did NOT win, but we truly appreciate you voting for us! Read further below to learn more about why we were in the running for this contest. Click here to see the category winners of the Apartment Therapy Small
Winnebago Forza with Design Studio Concept
We were WOWED by the design, styling and storage of the new Winnebago Forza at the 2020 Florida RV Supershow. But as we dug a little deeper on capacities, we had a few concerns. Still, we have to say we are impressed to see that Winnebago is leading RV design again. This time, with their new Design
New RV Awning Replacement Fabric and Slide Topper
We’re continuing to make upgrades and improvements to our motorhome CC. With the interior makeover complete, the exterior is now getting some RV “love”! It was time to replace the RV awning fabric and slide topper. Are you ready for a dramatic “before and after” transformation? This is an affordable upgrade that can make a huge difference
Reflecting on 5 Years of Full-time RV Living
We’ve been living, working and traveling full-time in our RV for 5 years! What a HUGE journey it’s been. Exciting, fun, adventurous. Yet also a learning curve, with our fair share of mistakes, challenges, growth and travel highlights too. We are glass half full kind of folks. We tend to find the lessons and the
12 Lessons Learned from Our RV Renovation
If you’ve been following our Ultimate RV Makeover Series, you would know that we completed a massive RV renovation of our 1999 country coach motorhome. Transforming it into our ideal home and office on wheels. And while we love it, we also learned a lot through the process. For any of you out there considering taking
Getting Our RV Ready To Travel After our RV Makeover
If you’ve been following our RV Makeover series, you may be wondering how it’s all going to hold up on travel days. In particular, those 3 chandeliers! Last week we shared how much the renovation cost, this week we walk you through our process for packing down the inside of the RV on travel days. Keep
What Did It Cost? and RV Renovation Questions
Thank you to everyone for all your wonderful and positive feedback on our RV renovation throughout our Ultimate RV Makeover. As mentioned at the end of our final reveal, we have been getting quite a few questions in comments and we want to share answers to those questions, and how it has been living with our
360 Virtual Tour of Our RV Post-Renovation
[Did you see our “final reveal” video (episode 8) of our renovated CC? Now you can take a closer look at every aspect of what we did in our RV makeover in this 360 virtual RV tour! Yes, we went all out renovating our motorhome CC, truly transforming her into our ultimate home on wheels!
Episode 8 The Final Reveal | Ultimate RV Makeover
The moment has arrived. Time to reveal the final results of our Ultimate RV Makeover with before and after shots of CC’s transformation into our ultimate home and office on wheels. Hopefully, you have already seen all the previous posts in the series here. It has been fun, but it has also been a LOT of work. We actually
Episode 7: Finishing Touches | Ultimate RV Makeover
In Episode 6 we walked you through the main living area with progress updates on our mostly complete renovation. There was still quite a bit of work to be done, but you could see it was nearly there. In this episode, we walk you through the back section of the RV. The bathroom and bedroom, to share
Episode 6: We’re Nearly There! Ultimate RV Makeover
In Episode 6 we to show you the significant progress we’ve made with our nearly-finished RV renovation. We compressed a ton of physical labor into the previous 5 episodes of our Ultimate RV Makeover series. Now you get to see CC REALLY coming together. In this post and video, we walk you through many areas
Episode 5: Powering Our Off-Grid RV Renovation | Ultimate RV Makeover
We actually made the largest single modification to our RV a couple of months before we arrived in Oregon. This power upgrade is what enabled us to do our entire RV renovation off-grid. We made a massive upgrade to our power systems by adding lithium batteries, solar and a new inverter to our motorhome. This
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