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2006 Forest River Cardinal Gets a Bright Interior Makeover

The impact a well done remodel can have on the interior of a RV is astounding. If done right, it can make an aging RV look better than new. J.O. and his wife live full time in their RV as J.O. travels across the US as a Lineman. They had been living in their fifth wheel trailer for 6 years and that use had taken its toll on the interior. The couple decided it was time to make some major improvements to make their fifth wheel easier to maintain, better looking, and more organized.


They sat down and mapped out the project. It was made all the more difficult as they live full time in their RV while also trying to renovate it!


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They decided to go with a light and airy theme that had the influence of the beach (who can argue with that logic?). But, before any of that could happen the demolition had to begin.

2006 Forest River Cardinal Renovation List:
  • Carpet Removal
  • Install Laminate Flooring
  • Removal and Replacement of Window Treatments
  • Add Upholstery to Carpeted Wall Areas
  • Paint Walls (Two coats of primer and three coast of paint)
  • Refinished Cabinets and Woodwork  (They used Rustoleum Cabinet Transformation to refinish 49 doors and drawer faces)
  • Install New Backsplash in the Kitchen
  • Replacement of Furniture (Sofa, Chairs, Tables, etc.) – Purchased mostly from IKEA!
  • Heavy Focus on Organization and Downsizing
  • Installed a Custom Headboard
  • New Wheels and Tires Installed

Incredibly they finished all the work in just 5 weeks. They did not have much of a choice, the next stop for work called them away and that was all the available time they had. Nothing like a deadline to keep you motivated!


They luckily had the support and help of family and friends to keep them on track. They had nieces, siblings, and parents doing all sorts of odds and ends to finish this amazing fifth wheel renovation.

Before/After: Kitchen


Before/After: Bedroom


Before/After: Headboard


You can see dozens of photos and a full explanation of the renovation process at

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