The profile of the traditional RV owner proves to be a moving target. More and more young people are tossing the traditional image of the “American Dream” aside. They are taking the house with the picket fence and trading it in for the simpler life in a RV. Without restriction of being stuck in any one place they are free from many of the perils of home ownership, including the cost. At times saving money means there may be some work involved. A great example is Josh and Carrie, an adventurous couple from Michigan who sacrificed the typical life full of “stuff” for a simpler life full of experiences that usually take a lifetime to capture. Like many people, they were on a tight budget after downgrading from their 4 bedroom 2,500 square foot home to a 2006 Keystone Cougar 31′ 5th wheel travel trailer. They made the decision to live full time in the RV. Before they could really call it a home Josh and Carrie had an interior fifth wheel remodel to complete.
They spent countless hours (Josh estimates 40 hours or more) on their fifth wheel remodel. They tore out flooring, window valences, a couch and other items that didn’t fit the vision of their future home on wheels. Carrie seemingly has a great eye for design as she was responsible for choosing the look for the finished interior. It was important to make it as comfortable as possible because Josh works from the RV and would require not only space to live but also to work.
Fifth Wheel Remodel Before and After Photos
Perhaps the most amazing part of this story is the extremely tight budget they stuck to. The entire renovation tallied only $650 in materials which included vinyl flooring, paint, new couch, kitchen backsplash, and a few miscellaneous items. The pictures and video certainly seem to show many more dollars in work. We suppose that is the benefit of being young. It gives you the ability to provide your own labor and elbow grease should your budget call for a fifth wheel remodel.
Fifth Wheel Remodel Video
This video is only 2:23 minutes long. It shows the removal of the interior and a much more thourough walkthrough of the before/after change. If you like renovations, it is a fun one to watch.
We think Josh said it best “For us, a simpler life makes for a more enjoyable one.” They are clearly a couple wise beyond their years. We know far too many folks who haven’t realized the benefits of simplicity late into their life! Many of us here at Do It Yourself RV included.
A huge thanks to Josh for sharing the fifth wheel remodel photos and story with us. We encourage you to follow Josh and Carrie on their adventure over at their personal blog.