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.
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.
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!
They also made modifications to their existing dining table to make it fit inside their tiny home on wheels.
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.
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.
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Today Asher (our 3 year old) informed us he missed his “bunkhouse” 🙌🏻 (btw bunkhouse means RV in Asher language).🤣 – Can I tell you… this meant the absolute world to me. My greatest fear during this whole process of downsizing was that my children would feel pain. I know, I know, this may sound crazy🙃 but I struggled with the thought of them wanting to go “home”. – Thank you Jesus for days like today 🙌🏻 “home” to him is not our old house… it’s our “bunkhouse”🥰 can I just say, this mamas heart is happy.
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.
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?
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?
How much did it cost?
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?
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
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!
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!