Week 1

Where to begin?

Where to begin?

 

So, I skipped over any information about our drive from Colorado to Maryland.  Nothing exciting happened over that period of time.  We didn't stop for much other than gas, sleeping, bathroom breaks, and eating.  One thing we learned from the trip is that we weren't comfortable AT ALL living in the original layout and the dirt that comes with buying an older RV (the carpet, mattress & couches scared us a bit)...

Disclaimer:  We are not professionals, and are very new to all things that go into renovating an RV.  We didn't do everything the correct way, but all is said and done now, so please don't fill out inboxes with smarty-pants messages!

Anyways, back to the stuff you all came here for, we began by unscrewing window frames, finding water damage, scraping/peeling off tons of wallpaper, attempted ripping out the carpet, took out the couch, ripped down the overhead cabinetry and began assessing water damaged areas.  We then began to use Peel & Seal roofing tape to ad an extra layer over our 2" original foam insulation (a recommendation from Tommy's dad Mark).  It also acts as a sound deadener -- the walls in these motorhomes are so thin you could hear just about everything said in here from the outside and vice versa.  After peel & seal tape, we could play music inside of the RV (pretty loudly) and not here it outside.  SUCCESS.  We also had a heater running in the RV with us and after the peel & seal was up the heat was staying in the RV a lot longer than before.  SUCCESS.

Our thoughts from those first few days...

1.  SO. MANY. STAPLES.

2.  Damn, Peel & Seal is kinda expensive...

3.  We're actually DOING THIS!!

It all started when...

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We bought our RV!  If we are truly going to show you guys the process of our remodel then it would need to start with the actual hunt for the RV.  We searched craigslist for MONTHS, and went to test drive about 4 different Toyotas we found around the Denver, CO area.  Which sometimes meant driving two hours away just to come home empty handed.  There were tons of reasons why we didn't jump at those first Toyotas we found--to list a few:  almost all the other models of these Toyota Rv's are shorter in height, the seller didn't have very much info on anything about the RV (sketchy), mouse turds were found (which can possibly mean electrical issues somewhere),  some of them were V4 and we didn't want to be that underpowered, but ultimately none of them felt like home.

So, when we finally ended up with our V6 Toyota Odyssey we were ecstatic that we had taken our time and patiently waited for the right time for us to buy.  I mean, there really isn't a down side of being patient, you'll end up saving more money in that time period, and money is ALWAYS a good thing to have stacked up before the day you find your dream home.

Our brand new, old RV!

Our brand new, old RV!

So, from this point, we had to wait for our lease to end in the city.  That date was about four months away.  That gave us enough time to purge of all the unnecessary stuff we had accumulated in our studio apartment, and save, save, SAVE.  We did nothing but work for the next few months.  Wait, that isn't true, we did one other thing besides work and that was...going downstairs to where Nigel was parked on our street, and we would sit in the RV and plan, think, discuss ideas of what the space could look like, and dream about all the places we would eventually go.  We had a pretty concrete idea of the style and feel we wanted the interior to have before we were even moved out of our apartment.

That's our old apartment building to the right of the photo.  Our neighbors thought we were insane.

That's our old apartment building to the right of the photo.  Our neighbors thought we were insane.

Once February arrived, we had worked our last days at the restaurants we were working at and we had packed Nigel up to the brim with all of the stuff we wanted to keep.  I guess that's something we haven't touched base on, Tommy and I didn't have big cushy corporate jobs before we chose to take this leap.  He was working part-tine in a kitchen at a restaurant, and I was waiting tables part-time at a pizza place a few blocks further downtown.  The rest of our time was dedicated to LowTide Longboards.  Anyways, February 7, 2016 rolled around (quicker than anticipated) we were completely moved out and on the road to Annapolis, MD where we would be renovating the RV in Tommy's parents driveway.

Leaving Denver in the RV with the crew!

Leaving Denver in the RV with the crew!