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Camper Tour: This family traded a house by the ocean for a home on the road. Photos from @UncommonFarmer / Featured on MountainModernLife.com

This family traded their house by the ocean for a home on the road

A recent cross-country trip inspired Chad and Gina Farmer to sell everything they own and travel around the US with their two toddlers. With a business they could run remotely, they decided to put their home on the market and begin the downsizing process.

Before long they were trading their home by the ocean, for a home on the road.

Camper Tour: This family traded a house by the ocean for a home on the road. Photos from @UncommonFarmer / Featured on MountainModernLife.com

They originally wanted a brand new 5th wheel with a separate bunk room, but ultimately decided to purchase a used one they could renovate to make their own. In an effort to speed up the process, they hired the same General Contractor that worked on their home to paint the interior and install the new flooring.

Camper Tour: This family traded a house by the ocean for a home on the road. Photos from @UncommonFarmer / Featured on MountainModernLife.com

I love how they transformed part of the slide-out with custom bunk beds and storage for their sons (built by Argus Woodworks), the perfect solution for this family of 4!

Camper Tour: This family traded a house by the ocean for a home on the road. Photos from @UncommonFarmer / Featured on MountainModernLife.com

They also made modifications to their existing dining table to make it fit inside their tiny home on wheels.

Camper Tour: This family traded a house by the ocean for a home on the road. Photos from @UncommonFarmer / Featured on MountainModernLife.com

The Farmer’s hit the road at the end of January and have been enjoying the transition so far. They also have two dogs, a Goldendoodle named Zara, and a Yorkie named Sage, both seem to be adjusting well to #RVlife.

Camper Tour: This family traded a house by the ocean for a home on the road. Photos from @UncommonFarmer / Featured on MountainModernLife.com

I find their story so inspiring and if you’re thinking about hitting the road with toddlers, Gina’s Instagram post below may give you an extra dose of encouragement.

Camper Tour: This family traded a house by the ocean for a home on the road. Photos from @UncommonFarmer / Featured on MountainModernLife.com

You can learn more about their reno and view before/after photos below!

What kind of camper do you have?

2015 Cougar Keystone 327RES (36 feet)

How would you describe your decorating style?

Coastal/urban (if that’s even a thing). I love natural color tons with a little twist.

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“We have always talked about travel, but let’s be honest, getting out and going to the grocery store (with two toddlers) is a hassle. Yet, when we did venture out we discovered how easily(ish) our kids adapted and how our family actually thrived in new situations. This has inspired our longing and desire to be with our family and experience all our country has to offer.”

- Gina @ The Uncommon Farmer

Camper Tour: This family traded a house by the ocean for a home on the road. Photos from @UncommonFarmer / Featured on MountainModernLife.com

Camper Tour: This family traded a house by the ocean for a home on the road. Photos from @UncommonFarmer / Featured on MountainModernLife.com

Camper Tour: This family traded a house by the ocean for a home on the road. Photos from @UncommonFarmer / Featured on MountainModernLife.com

Camper Tour: This family traded a house by the ocean for a home on the road. Photos from @UncommonFarmer / Featured on MountainModernLife.com

Camper Tour: This family traded a house by the ocean for a home on the road. Photos from @UncommonFarmer / Featured on MountainModernLife.com

Camper Tour: This family traded a house by the ocean for a home on the road. Photos from @UncommonFarmer / Featured on MountainModernLife.com

Camper Tour: This family traded a house by the ocean for a home on the road. Photos from @UncommonFarmer / Featured on MountainModernLife.com

Camper Tour: This family traded a house by the ocean for a home on the road. Photos from @UncommonFarmer / Featured on MountainModernLife.com

Camper Tour: This family traded a house by the ocean for a home on the road. Photos from @UncommonFarmer / Featured on MountainModernLife.com

Camper Tour: This family traded a house by the ocean for a home on the road. Photos from @UncommonFarmer / Featured on MountainModernLife.com

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What made you decide to go “tiny”?

We were driving in the car the day we made the decision to RV full-time. I was scrolling through pictures from a previous trip when I looked over at my husband and asked him if he would ever want to do this full time.”Yes!” He said without a moment of hesitation. –

Yikes! I didn’t initially expect that! We were established, comfortable, had family close by, and good friends we could call at a moments notice. But why? Why such a huge lifestyle change?! Good question! I’ll let y’all know when we figure it out

We literally have no idea what we are doing.

Do you travel or are you stationary?

Full-time travel

What are you most inspired by or is there anything specific that inspired your reno?

I wanted to create a space that felt bright happy and welcoming to everyone that came in. I love mixing decorating styles and wanted our space to have a little bit of everything.

Where’s your favorite place to shop for décor?

Anthropology and Amazon

How long did the renovation process take?

2 months

How much did it cost?

$10,000

What was most challenging about your renovation?

Electrical was one of the most challenging aspects. RV electrical is no joke!

What project made the most difference?

The paint

Do you have any future projects or changes planned for the interior?

We want to complete the bathroom. Currently, we have the original shower and hardware.

What piece of advice would you give people starting a camper renovation?

Just do it! Don’t be afraid to take the step and start ripping cabinets out.

What’s your favorite aspect of tiny living?

The quality time our family now spends together. Instead of spending hours getting distracted by tv, cleaning, maintaining a home, our time is now spent together enjoying each others company.

What’s your least favorite aspect of tiny living?

Long hot showers!

What is something you’ve learned in general or about yourself since going tiny?:

That fear is okay. Being sad is okay. They are emotions that are needed to truly move forward and let things go.

What has been your favorite place to explore so far during your journey? Or a place you are excited to explore in the future?

We are beyond excited about exploring the northeast this summer. We will be visiting Acadia National Park and Prince Edward Island (Anne of Green Gables lover here).

Most asked about Product Sources:

Paint: Glidden Dove White, BEHR Vine Leaf

Flooring: DuraLux Waterproof Vinyl

Kitchen Butcher Block: Ikea

Sofa: Article

Dining Chairs: Target

Dining Room Light Fixture: Amazon


Thank you so much for sharing your tiny home with us, Gina! We look forward to following your family’s adventures!

Camper Tour: This family traded a house by the ocean for a home on the road. Photos from @UncommonFarmer / Featured on MountainModernLife.com

Follow Uncommon Farmer!

Follow Gina on Instagram, where she documents life on the road with her family, and shares behind the scenes footage of their reno in her Instagram stories! They also have a website where they share into about tiny living and city guides with tips for other families traveling with kids.

Update: The Farmer’s have decided to sell this 5th wheel and purchase a second this summer to renovate! If you’re looking for a remodeled RV you can check out their listing here!

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Comments

  • Deborah Font

    Katie, Deborah here. i tried on several of my devices from your website to see two different rv renovations and neither would show the photos. not sure what the problem is. your photos come out just fine.

    March 12, 2019
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  • Nora Berger

    We have been living fulltime in our 40 ft. MOTORhome. I have made many changes but love seeing options.

    May 16, 2019
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  • Cassaundra

    Hi! This renovated RV looks amazing! Job well done. I know I’m replying a bit late- but where did you get the bunks that are displayed in the picture? Thank you so much!

    August 17, 2019
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