18 DIY Interior Mods & Upgrades We Made to our RV to Make it a Home | Full time RV Living



– Hey everyone, it's Julie
and Marc here from RV Love and we just had a really
exciting realization. We've officially lived on
wheels and mobile in our RV longer than we ever lived in a stick and brick home together. We thought that was a
pretty amazing milestone and not something too many people can say. In talking about that,
we looked around our home and we realized there are
actually so many things that we've done in that
time to make our RV a home. Some of these you may have seen in videos or blog posts
already and plenty of them, I think, maybe you haven't
so we're going to take you on a little tour of our RV
today and show you the mods, improvements, and
upgrades that we've made. – So stay tuned! (upbeat acoustic music) – All right, so we're going to
start at the front of the RV and then gradually make our way back. The first thing I want to do is show you what we've done here in the front area where I've created my RV office. Now, we've done a whole
separate video that goes into a lot of detail about this office and explaining the detail of it so we'll put a link to that down below. But just to give you a quick
overview of what Marc did here is he built a little wooden
shelf that just goes across this keyboard tray so that it keeps my laptop and the monitor stationary and the laptop
tray pulls out underneath. Marc has built a little
wooden box here to make use of this floor area in front
of my feet because I am short and I need something to rest my feet on but it has a hinged lid so
I can use it for storage. I usually keep some shoes and
miscellaneous things in there but it also doubles as a
foot rest while I'm working, which is awesome. And as a step stool when I need to get up into these higher cupboards,
makes it easy to reach. It stays out of the way
but it's really practical, handy, and makes optimal use of this space in front of the passenger seat. It may not work as well if you're tall and you have long legs but
if you're short like me and you have space, then
it's a really great way to utilize that extra little corner here. All right, let's show
you some other things we've done up here in the
front area of the cab. – The next thing we
want to show you up here in the front area is this
big map up in this front cab. When we bought the RV,
this was actually a TV. This RV had three TVs, one
up here, one in the midship, and one in the bedroom. We don't watch TV. In fact, in the three and a half years that we've been in this
coach, we've never watched TV. It was really silly to have the TV up here and we love travel and we're inspired about doing more travel so by having a map that's
of the whole world, it's a great inspiration to
keep us looking forward to that. This was actually a smaller
version of a map that we had in our old townhome. We had a gigantic one
that we got from Ikea and we just took a digital
photo of that and then had one, a new canvas print made to the exact size that we wanted to fit this space. What we did to mount this is we have the original TV
mount that's right there and you can see some little
Velcro Command strips at the bottom and then
I just put a board here that's at the same angle
as the wood up there so it fits very solid and then you press it
against those Command strips and it holds completely
still driving down the road, even on bumpy roads. It's a pretty great install,
if I do say so myself. All right, let's go check
out the main living area. – This is the main living space of our RV. You can see I've got the
kitchen, living area, and dining area. All right, so nothing has really changed in the living area here but we have done a pretty big modification
to our dining area. This was a typical booth dinette in an RV and you can see this is
what it used to look like from the factory. We didn't really like the booth dinette. It worked fine but it just really wasn't
very exciting to us. It felt a little bit like
a kiddy booth dinette and, of course, we don't have
kids and we aren't kids. But we didn't want to
remove the booth dinette because one thing that we really love are big storage drawers
that we have underneath each of the seats. They were great and we
didn't want to lose those. And the seats are comfortable
so we decided to keep those but I like the idea of u-shaped dining. Let's just quickly
explain what we did here. We removed the regular booth dining table and you can see that we have replaced it with just a little round, kind of like a cocktail bar table, really, and you can't really see it
there but if you come closer there's a brown storage
ottoman over here in the corner so let's pull all of
this apart and show you what we actually did. Once we removed the dining table, we had this open space so we
measured and found an ottoman that almost perfectly fits this space in terms of the height and the width. It actually gives us a u-shaped seating and I can actually sit
here and put my legs up right by the window, which I love. And it's got a storage area underneath. This is where we store all of
the really important things in the RV like wine and chocolate. We're almost out. We really liked that we
could move this table anywhere else in the RV. If we happened to be sitting
over here with friends, we can bring this out and this
is where we can put drinks and snacks and all enjoy them here. It's been a really fantastic
change that we made to our living area. We absolutely love it. It's a pretty small table but
it is actually just enough for us to have two
plates, some silverware, and a couple of glasses
for us to enjoy a meal. This leather storage ottoman,
I just found on Overstock.com and same for this little round table. This is actually height adjustable but Marc put a screw in it
this side so it stays fixed and doesn't spin. Because it's just got a
single leg and a round base, it doesn't take up leg area here so you've got plenty of leg space when you're sitting at the dining area. This base actually has a
little bit of weight in it so if you're wondering what
happens on travel days, it's actually never even
come close to falling over on travel days and we
mostly don't even move it but we did, when we started,
just pushed it a little bit under the front of the ottoman so it just, under the lip, so it, you can
see it's not going to move any further than that. But honestly, most of the
time, we don't even bother but if you're in a travel
trailer or a fifth-wheel doing something like this,
you probably want to make sure that it's more secure. But in our motor home,
it's never been a problem. Now let's show you what
we did in the kitchen. – Similar to the TV in
the front of the RV, we had a solution for the TV in the middle of the RV as well. We don't do this all the time,
in fact, you can clearly see we're not doing it right now,
but we have Command strips that are mounted onto this TV
on the sides and the top of it and then we have felt strips mounted on the back of a white
board with the other half of those Velcro Command
strips and then it allows us to simply snap that white
board over the top of the TV so we can write on it
with dry-erase markers whenever we're working on a big project. All right, so the kitchen, the modifications were
really short and simple. The only two things we did in
here was a paper towel holder. We thought this was a
really nice use of space between the light and the valence so it was a very simple installation and we just put the paper
towel holder up there. It's still very easy to grab. Big benefit is that it
keeps the power towel off of the countertop
because countertop space is usually pretty limited in an RV. The second modification
we did in the kitchen was installing a far superior faucet. The standard RV faucet that came with this was pretty much just a plastic unit. This is a much more robust unit, it's a Delta residential
faucet and it's a nice one. It's got the pull-out sprayer that can run regular water or the spray. I also drilled a hole in the countertop to be able to install a soap dispenser. Again, I don't need to
have nearly as many things on the countertop. This keeps a nice and clean countertop. This has been a really nice upgrade. We love this faucet. We never did a video
about this installation but it was actually a
very simple installation. We'll include a link to the blog post of the people that we followed when we were doing our installation. This is my RV office. This is definitely the
largest modification we did to the RV. When we bought this RV,
it was a bunkhouse model. This would have been an upper bunk. This is the monitor for whoever
was up in the upper bunk and this rail here is where the
second bunk would have been. Then there would have been a
ladder for them to climb up into the upper bunk. Then the second bed is down here and this is where the
mattress would have been. When it was originally designed, it would have been a design
for a smaller person on a bed but for me, this is a
grown person in a chair so we put a much heavier
duty wood as the base and then we covered it
with a vinyl tile floor to match the original vinyl
tile as close as we could. A couple of other things we did, Julie made this really
awesome window cover because we had to remove the
window valence for the room but we didn't want that an open window. We made a really nice cover
that blends in with the wall. This desktop is a very simple desktop. It turned out to be just the right height, drilled a hole in the back
to let the cords run in. These shelves above and below the desk were already existing and then
I installed a keyboard tray for my keyboard and mouse
so that I actually have fantastic ergonomics in this office. We did a complete video
about this bunkhouse to office conversion. It was actually one of
our earliest videos. We'll be sure to link to that
in the description below. All right, we're in the bathroom now. This is another area that
was really small on upgrades and modifications but they are things that have really made our life easier. One, we put a small tension rod up here that we're able to dry swimsuits and stuff after we get back from the hot tub. Then we also really liked these dispensers so we don't have to clutter
any of the space on the floor with soap and shampoo. We have two of these. We have one that has
predominantly my stuff in it and one that has Julie's stuff in it. But it's great because you
can keep them topped up, you know how much you have
left and it's super simple to disperse them while
you're taking a shower. It makes a huge difference in keeping your shower
from being cluttered. One thing I want to be sure to point out with this tension rod is
it's not touching the glass of the shower, it's
touching the wood cabinet on the other side of the shower and then it's coming all the way across and touching this sturdy
part of the fiberglass wall. I didn't want to put it against the glass and risk popping that out. Two other things we've
done in the bathroom. We've replaced the sink,
the original plastic sink. We got it pretty scratched
up so we bought this second plastic sink from Lippert. I think it was really
inexpensive, like $20 bucks, and it looks a million bucks. The original sink being
plastic got discolored and it did get a bit
scratched up too but this one looked so much better when we put that in. I was really glad we did that. We did replace the toilet. I'm doing some repairs at Tiffin and it was actually less
expensive to replace the toilet than it was to repair
it because it's, again, just a simple plastic toilet. – All right, so now let's
take a look at the bedroom and how we modified this. This was your typical RV bedroom with lots of browns and beiges. It came with the original
bedding and linens and valances and we wanted to brighten it
up and bring in some more color and lightness and movement
to more accurately reflect the fun and adventurous
life that we were living. Here's what we did. First off, I called my very
dear friend in Australia, Jane Brown, who is an interior stylist. Even though she's on the
other side of the world, she was able to, through
some photos and FaceTime, give me some great ideas
on what we could do in here that wasn't going to involve
anything major like painting because I knew that being a
fairly newer RV, this is a 2012, we didn't want to do anything
that was going to destroy the value when the time
came for us to sell it. Here's what she suggested. First of all, Marc removed the
valance and we took that down and he actually built a new one. You can see the shape of
this valance is very straight as opposed to the curve on the
valances in the living area. Compared to the original valance, it's just got a more straight, clean line. The second thing that you'll notice is this actually a window
right behind our bed. But, obviously, being
right behind our bed, it's not one that we
ever open or leave open and just isn't really practical. We wanted to create the
illusion of a bed head. What we actually have here is
the valence that Marc covered with the same fabric. I simply ordered two duvet covers. These were from Pottery Barn. They're probably not available anymore because I bought these back
in 2015 but this is a queen and then we just bought
a double as an extra to be able to cut up and
use to cover this valence that Marc built for the back here. Now inside you'll see there's like a white voile curtain inside and also on both sides. These are just simple tension
rods from Bed Bath and Beyond. They were really inexpensive tension rods, really inexpensive voile. I actually bought these as voile curtains and then just cut them off
at the end and hemmed them with some of that hem webbing tape so I just ironed it on. It's really simple, no sewing
machine required whatsoever. This just creates the illusion of a big, white, colorful bed head when it's actually just tension rods mannered with some voile
curtains inside a valence and outside a valence. What else we did in the
bedroom here, obviously, just simple decor. A couple of cheap, white
photo frames from Walmart, really inexpensive, lightweight. Couple of little candle holders. We don't use real candles in the RV. We used to and we stopped
just for safety reasons. We now use the little lighted LED candles that you can actually put on timers and they'll come on for six
hours and go off for 18 hours. They're really inexpensive. We just got those from Amazon. It's safer to just light
the RV naturally on a timer at the same time everyday, which we love. A couple of more things. This is a, just a plain paper
lantern from World Market. I think it was $6 bucks or something, it was really, really inexpensive. What we did here, what we did here is Marc just
put a tiny, tiny little hook up here into the ceiling to
be able to mount this on. We just put a little
bit of string on the end to hold that up there. This is super lightweight. Inside, for the base of the lantern, because this doesn't
have any, you can see, any wiring in this whatsoever, I just made a little piece of
cardboard, cut out some Vs, stuck on some like museum
putty to stick on one of these timing tealight candles and
position that in the bottom of the lantern. Super simple. Just a piece of a cardboard
and a pair of scissors. Then stick this with museum putty on top and it just sits in there. Then we put the light back up. That is our simple little paper lantern. It's just a cheap paper lantern with a little piece of
cardboard, some museum putty, and a timer LED candle. I'll put the links to
those down below as well. – We also made a few safety upgrades. Our RV came with a
carbon monoxide detector and it came with a smoke
detector up at the front but being in our bedroom we wanted to have the additional safety of
having a smoke detector back here in the ceiling. We also mounted a carbon
monoxide detector here. We also mounted a fire
extinguisher in the cupboard right above our bed and
it's one of the foam ones mounted in a bicycle water bottle holder because it's just the right size. This is the foam style fire extinguishers and they're really compact
and we like having them a few places around the motor home just for that extra little bit of safety. One thing Julie didn't mention when she was talking about this bed head, she mentioned it's a window, this actually the fire escape
window, the exit window. Heaven forbid there is
something going on in the front, this is way we're going to get out. As we've been working our
way to the back of the coach, just one last thing we wanted to show you. Again, another piece of canvas art. This particular one was
a photo that we took at the Monterey Aquarium
and this used to be a TV on this big, heavy arm
that would swing around and to be able to watch TV in bed. Not only do we not watch TV in bed, we don't watch TV so why
have a big bulky thing impeding in your space when we could just have a piece of art. But when we put this on, we're also careful to leave all
the original wiring in place so it'll be super easy
to reinstall the TVs when it comes time to put those back in. You can see I've also labeled
all of the with some tape, I've labeled all of the individual cables so I know exactly what to
connect them back up to when I put the TV in. Again, Command hooks and
these are Command hooks too just to keep the cord all wrapped up. Pretty simple. You can see the big holes
because these are put in with large, large screws
into the back wall. That'll be a pretty
simple installation but I think that bracket weighed 50 pounds and the TV jutted out, even when it wasn't
disconnected to swing out, it was still impeding
on walking around here so that was out of here. It such a better thing just having a piece of
canvas art on there. – Well, thanks for joining us
on a tour around our RV today. We hope you got some great
ideas and inspiration for maybe some things
you'd like to do in yours. If you have any questions
at all or any comments, please feel free to put them
down in the Comments below. We'd love to be able to
help you and answer those. Of course, give the video
a like, a thumbs up, and share it with anyone else that you think might enjoy it too. Until next time, we'll see you on the road.
– We'll see you on the road. (beeping) – Now, let's take you into the bedroom. – [Julie] (laughing). Do another one. – All right, now let's go check out what we did in the bedroom. – (Julie laughing loudly) That sounds funny! And now the room you've
all been waiting to see, where all the magic happens,
the bedroom, ha ha ha. I don't think I'll use that.

42 Comments

  • Jeanmarie Tuggle

    April 15, 2019

    Where do you find the soap dispensers.

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  • You Big Dummy

    April 15, 2019

    She said ; “Ah V”. ?
    I think she was trying to say; “RV”.
    She sure does talk funny.
    She’s cuter than 2 bugs though!
    I wonder if she has a pet kangaroo?

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  • E. M. Moeller

    April 15, 2019

    Thank you so much. It is great to see other modifications that maybe of help.

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  • DaleandGail

    April 15, 2019

    would be neat to have a light behind the map

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  • Joe O

    April 15, 2019

    I love how you cover your TV wires. Now my TV is leaving. I don’t go to the woods to watch the city!

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  • Joanna Ledbetter

    April 15, 2019

    I am a new subscriber as of today and OMW what great channel and video. Your AMAZON store is going to get me into a lot of trouble with HUSBAND. There are a least 15-20 items I will be purchasing and then I am sure HUSBAND will also want a couple on your list. We are planning to get on the road soon. Thanks again for a great video. ~Joanna♡

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  • Ruby Colvin

    April 15, 2019

    Great ideas

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  • Tracy Porter Wheeler

    April 15, 2019

    PS I love watching you two, you seem to be very happily married, you're a breath of fresh air.
    We are seriously considering buying a motorhome & leaving our larger than Life, Life, with so much Stuff…. Im not sure How or What I will be able to part with & Im the least Hoarding type of a person I know… however did you do it ?

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  • Tracy Porter Wheeler

    April 15, 2019

    I love your videos, so very helpful !! Especially your clear,
    straightforward explanations Marc, I really appreciate this.
    Thank you both for sharing your expertise & experience ?

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  • JoAnn Hutt

    April 15, 2019

    Where did you get the dish drainer? I've been looking for one like that (to put in/over the sink) and you have it! LOL

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  • RV FREEDOM

    April 15, 2019

    HI guys I will like to recommend back splash in your kitchen it will look amazing.

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  • David Schonhardt

    April 15, 2019

    I really like what you did! Those are super ideas except for the bedroom window, I would be concerned about moving anything to get out in case of emergency. A fire only gives you seconds to get out. I really like the the fire extinguisher above the bed. Thank you.

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  • MY NEXT RIDE

    April 15, 2019

    Thank you so much. Be safe out there!

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  • MY NEXT RIDE

    April 15, 2019

    Loving all the updates on your RV, looking for were you bought the bathroom sink! Can you please let me know….thanks

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  • Our Nomadic Story

    April 15, 2019

    Thank you for showing your pragmatic changes that made your home better for you.

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  • David & Sonia London

    April 15, 2019

    Hi Julie and Marc, you did some wonderful and smart mods to your rv. Love what you did with the dining area and the bedroom especially. Very clever. Don’t mind if I steal some of your ideas.

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  • Rocki5pr

    April 15, 2019

    Curious if you considered using the space where the front television was as a monitor for Julie's computer/alternate workspace instead of the setup she has; … and if so why you chose not to do it (I'm guessing ergonomics factored in…)?

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  • Kat Brown

    April 15, 2019

    ??

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  • Nadine Augustyn

    April 15, 2019

    I'm probably wrong but I thought carbon monoxide detectors were supposed to be mounted low…as in lower than your head while you are sleeping?

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  • Crowman

    April 15, 2019

    I had to laugh because when Julie showed the bedroom you KNOW Marc had no say in the decor. If Marc did the same decor you know he got highjacked by the Queer Eye for the Straight Guy crew. Don't feel bad my wife does the same at home and in our rig.

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  • Tom Yes

    April 15, 2019

    Julie, another great video. I never thought about the fire extinguisher fitting in a bike water bottle holder. It looks like your dinette upgrade was after we visited you in January. Everything looks great. Thanks for sharing your upgrades with us. Tom and Donna Boatwright

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  • AirStream Azza Dream

    April 15, 2019

    Congrats, we are not quite there yet since we are only in month one of our RV lifestyle thanks for the tour!

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  • Sylvia Jones

    April 15, 2019

    Great ideas. Loved them.

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  • thomas dipaolo

    April 15, 2019

    Ingenious mods. Thanks for sharing

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  • John Bergholm

    April 15, 2019

    Ahvee, i love it

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  • imbitterman

    April 15, 2019

    Marc, Julie, Thanks for this informative content.

    When you were in the bathroom, I saw you have the same medicine cabinet as my 2007 Allegro. I don't know about yours, but my center door was screwed shut so you could not see what was behind it. The funny part is that the hinge for it is already there and working, it was just screwed to the other hinge so it would not open. I modified it and put a screw-on magnetic latch at the top. Details here:

    https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/29494477.cfm

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  • Roy Davis

    April 15, 2019

    Julie's office set-up would block the steps/door on a diesel pusher. Ours has a pull up tray for the co-pilot's chair and it reclines. The one change I can recommend is the mattress. We got one from Denver Mattress who asked us for the make and model and the one we got fit perfectly. We spent the extra $$ upfront for a higher end unit so we wouldn't need to upgrade much. Our front TV is on when cooking. We watch sports, weather, movies, and game shows, mostly on the one outside.

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  • LovingAtlanta

    April 15, 2019

    ?Terrific mods & ideas. ? Thanks for sharing. ???

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  • David Brickey

    April 15, 2019

    You guys did an awesome job on your RV

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  • myjeepzia

    April 15, 2019

    Fantastic , love it thanks.

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  • Brian Hubbard

    April 15, 2019

    Great ideas. And your not short you're vertically challenged. The koala from down under, lovable and huggable, pretty and sweet.
    OK! Marc you are too.
    Keep the rubber on the road.

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  • Carol Bulsa

    April 15, 2019

    Great ideas for making your rv fit your personal style and needs.

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  • Janice Voss

    April 15, 2019

    Hello! So glad to have you back! Love what you have done with your RV. Lots of great ideas. We are a few months out from starting our adventure. We ordered our 2019 Tiffin 36 LA this week. Needless to say are very excited ?. I have watched most of your videos and they’re so informative, I can’t thank you enough for doing so much research and sharing. We are going to purchase a Thousand Trails membership about six weeks out from delivery of our motorhome. We are still deciding if the new versus the resale is the best fit for us. Question? Did you all purchase the Trails Collection? If so, do you think is is worth the added expense. Happy trails ?

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  • Just Plain Common Sense

    April 15, 2019

    Thanks for sharing those fantastic tips! All us full timers have a couple of custom tricks I'm sure. We should all make a video like yours and put them on one playlist.

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  • Gordon Crow

    April 15, 2019

    Good episode with lots of good ideas. You mentioned the bathroom faucet replacement was simple. Did you install the sink as well?

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  • Larry T.

    April 15, 2019

    We have a 2011 34TGA. It has the same color wood as yours and up front it is about the same. We don't have the bunks so ours is about 3ft shorter than yours and our bath is split. Shower, sink and med. cab. on one side and the stool, another sink & med cab inclosed in a small room. Our bedroom tv is on the wall next to where you walk into the BR. Was interesting to see how your MH is compared to ours. Thanks for the tour.

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  • Tennessee Traveller

    April 15, 2019

    Great to see more videos posted by you guys! Safe Travels!

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  • Jody's Journey

    April 15, 2019

    I didn’t realize your dinette booth didn’t come like that. I LOVE it. Totally stealing that idea.

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  • Latada

    April 15, 2019

    I just love when you guys post a new video. I know it’s going to be fun and entertaining and educational! I truly love each and every upgrade that you have done. I especially love the dinette upgrade. I also love the bedroom ensemble. I was just looking on Pottery Barns Website this week and they carry a ensemble that’s so very similar to yours it’s called Sea Life Coastal Organic Duvet and shams. It does have a little more neutrals/browns which I absolutely love! I’m probably going to be ordering that set today! Quick question?? Was it very tricky removing the dinette table? And will you be able to reinstall it later should you need to? Wishing you both happy and safe travels… I’m always looking forward for the next update! Thanks for sharing

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  • Hula Shack

    April 15, 2019

    Your home is amazing. I love it. It's hard to believe it is an RV. It looks like a beautiful home! Love it.

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  • Rebel Lucy

    April 15, 2019

    Not watching TV is probably the BEST thing anyone could do for their health and well being. Good move!

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  • Rebel Lucy

    April 15, 2019

    Congrats on your milestone! I suppose that makes you modern day gypsies.

    Reply

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