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This week we’re visiting the home of Dylan, Renee and Griffin, who live in a renovated fifth wheel!
Whether you’re thinking about renovating your own camper, or are just curious about the lifestyle, we know you’re going to love this tiny home on wheels!
Modern Boho Fifth Wheel
Renee is a stay at home mom to their 4-year-old son, Griffin and Dylan is a Naval officer, which has them moving every year or two. Dylan’s job, mixed with wanting to live minimally, and be debt-free are the main reasons they decided to go tiny. They’ve really embraced the lifestyle and love to spend their weekends enjoying the great outdoors or exploring the local area.
Renee shares inspiring photos and insightful information on living tiny over on their Instagram account, Pleading the Fifth Wheel.
Type of RV:
2007 Forest River Cardinal 34 QS fifth wheel
How much did you spend on the renovation?
What has been your favorite place to explore so far during your journey?
We are stationary, so it’s honestly been really great renting cabins and tent camping again! We recently visited Shenandoah since it is nearby and it is so beautiful! We are definitely looking forward to going back this summer.
How would you describe your decorating style?
All over the place? Haha. Kind of a modern, boho farmhouse style?
Slide over the images below to see the before.
How long did it take you to remodel your RV?
We still have some unfinished projects, but the majority of the remodel took about a month and a half (working weekends only).
Did you do everything yourself, pay a professional, or do a mix of both?
We paid a professional. I’m not handy and Dylan works too much. It would have taken years rather than months to finish!
What is your favorite project or piece of decor and why?
This is such a hard question because I love it all! The shiplap trim is probably my favorite because it makes SUCH an impact. So much better than the gaudy trim that was there previously…
What was your least favorite project and why?
I don’t have a least favorite since we paid someone to do the difficult stuff and I LOVE shopping for the interior decor… but our contractor would probably say her least favorite part as discovering all of the random wires and such that you need to find a new home for when you remove existing cabinets and such.
What was most challenging about your renovation?
Again, nothing really since we paid someone to do the hard stuff. The most challenging thing I suppose would be having to find places to stay (with our friends or a hotel) while the contractor was working on the remodel.
What project made the most difference in the space?
Everything 😂 but painting the walls and cabinets most definitely made the biggest difference. If we would have done nothing but paint this place would still look a million times better than it had pre-renovation.
What do you enjoy most about your space following the transformation? Is there a specific area you spend most of your time?
How light, bright and airy it is. I literally long to be home when I’m away from the camper for a few days. It’s definitely my happy place.
Where’s your favorite place to shop for décor?
Target. It’s convenient, on trend and affordable.
What’s your favorite tiny home hack?
Owning pieces of furniture that provide multiple uses. For example my son’s bench at our dining table also triples as a sofa table and a foot rest, our storage ottoman houses Griffin’s toys and can be an additional seat for guests and my faux snake plant is also a spot to put my coffee cup 😉
What’s your favorite meal to cook in your tiny home?
Anything in the instant pot! It has been cold lately so we have been doing tons of soups, chili and stew in the IP. Best tiny living kitchen appliance in my opinion.
What piece of advice would you give someone starting an RV/Camper renovation?
My biggest piece of advice is to shop around and take your time. Find an older model that is structurally sound, has the floor plan you want and is the right price.
Additional Tips or Advice:
If you are on the fence about tiny living, I say go for it! Having the ability to save money, live minimally and move your house WITH you from one place to the next is truly amazing. Plus the people you meet in this tiny community are really some of the best people I’ve ever met.