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Travel Trailer Renovation: Forest River Wildcat Gets an Overhaul

This post was updated on March 15th, 2024

There is something special taking a weathered RV and embarking on an extreme travel trailer renovation. Greg and Merriann were the owners of this well-used Forest River Wildcat that they had enjoyed for years. But as with many RV’s, problems were looming. There was a large crack developing along the side of the fiberglass. Seeing that a large repair was in their future, they set out initially to buy a new travel trailer. They were convinced that this time they would buy for quality but found that most of the RV’s in their price range had the same undesirable construction as their previous RV. So they made the decision to do a full travel trailer renovation. Their favorite RV while shopping was the Airstream. They admired the floor plan and styling. Since they didn’t want to spend the money for that they decided to recreate it for themselves in their Forest River Wildcat.


Travel Trailer Renovation: Forest River Wildcat BEFORE Gallery


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They began to remove nearly everything. The furniture, the wall panels, insulation, kitchen fixtures, bathroom door, among other things. Once the wall panels were removed by the crack that was repaired. Then the accordion door was installed to give the bathroom area around the door much needed access. The previous door from the factory only opened partially by design. Then came the painting. Anyone who has painted inside as part of a travel trailer renovation or any RV knows that it’s a serious challenge given the cramped spaces. In this case it took them two weeks to fully prime and paint the entire interior.

Travel Trailer Renovation: Forest River Wildcat AFTER Gallery


Next they installed new benches that served as the dining chairs as well. It also was built large enough that the kids could sleep on them as well. Then came the RV Solar installation, catalytic heater, LED lights, updated kitchen backsplash, new upholstery, addition of a bunk bed above the main bed, and a new closet. Of note is that all of this was done by Greg and Merriann, even the upholstery was sewn by hand!


To see many more photos and detailed description of the Forest River Wildcat travel trailer renovation you can visit Greg and Marriann’s blog, The Bellingham Thames

The difference is incredible and unrecognizable from what they started with. Would you agree the pain was worth the gain? Please share your thoughts below in the comments section!

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