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Stylish RV Makeover from Sarah Lemp of All Things with Purpse

This motorhome makeover will have you dreaming of a glamping adventure!

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Sarah, her husband, and their 5 kids love traveling to Disney World and National Parks, but traveling can get expensive, especially when you’re a family of 7!

Not wanting to give up their passion for fun and adventure, they decided to ditch the hotel rooms for a (vacation) home on the road.

Family of 7 renovates RV together before taking vacation in it

All photos in this post are courtesy of Sarah Lemp – All Things with Purpose

90’s Motorhome Makeover

A few years ago, they purchased a vintage trailer, which they renovated together as a family. After enjoying it for the summer, they decided to list it for sale on the Facebook marketplace and were blown away when it sold that same day! They have since created a side hobby (and business) of flipping Rv’s they can enjoy as a family before re-selling them.

Over the years, and as their family has grown, they’ve renovated several RV’s on a thrifty budget, from vintage campers to motorhomes, and Sarah shares the lessons she’s learned on her blog, All Things with Purpose.

Update: Buy her new book, All Things Camper Renovating, to learn how to transform an ugly camper into a stylish home on wheels! It’s available as a paperback or digital download and you can save 10% at checkout with the coupon code: “mountainmodernlife”.

Sarah Lemp of All Things with Purpose inside an RV she renovated

“The first RV we ever renovated was a tiny, 16′ vintage trailer. We bought it with cash and fixed it up so our family of 5 could have an affordable way to travel. Our family grew from 5 to 7 and we quickly found ourselves too big for that little vintage cutie. We listed it for sale on Facebeook Marketplace and it sold the first day. This got us interested in the idea of flipping RV’s and we began to hunt for old, cast-off campers at affordable prices.”

- Sarah Lemp (All things with Purpose)

Today we’re taking a peek inside a 90s C-class motorhome they renovated a couple years ago, before embarking on a road trip to Disney World. It has since been sold, but this motorhome makeover is light and airy with pops of pink and will have you dreaming of a glamping adventure.

If you’re looking for ways to travel in style with your family while on a thrifty budget, I’m sure you’ll be inspired by this incredible family!

Type of RV

1994 Ford E350 Horizon Motorhome

Reno Timeline

Roughly 3 months

Budget:

Just over $2,000

How would you describe your decorating style?

Cozy and modern with pops of soft color on a thrifty budget!

What are your favorite places to shop for décor?

IKEA, Amazon, Hobby Lobby and Target

What’s your favorite aspect of interior design?

The transformation! I love taking something that’s super ugly or in terrible shape and completely transforming it. I love the shock and awe of the BEFORE and AFTER pictures!

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“I gather a lot of ideas from Pinterest and Instagram. I take design elements I’ve seen in homes and other high-end RV remodels and try to replicate them on a small budget. I love following the latest home decor trends, and then thinking creatively about how to translate them into an RV design.”

- Sarah Lemp (All things with Purpose)

Family takes renovated RV to Disneyworld

Stylish RV Makeover

C-Class RV painted white inside

Renovated RV with white and pink bedroom

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Tell us a little about you, and those you share your RV with.

My name is Sarah and my husband and I have 5 kids (3 biological and 2 adopted). We’re always looking for ways to save money and stretch our dollar, without giving up fun and adventure! We love traveling as a family, from Disney World to the National Parks.

How often do you travel?

We do a lot of spontaneous trips! We love the fact that with an RV, we can be road-ready within a matter of minutes. We have flexible work schedules and have homeschooled for many years to give us the flexibility to travel and take life on the road.

Are you able to work while traveling?

My job as a full-time homeschooling mom and blogger is very flexible. I blog mostly about family life, RV renovations and travel – which is perfect for taking on the road!

What’s one item you couldn’t live without?

A good quality mattress. I need my sleep!!

What’s your favorite aspect of tiny living?

Being forced to strip away all the extra, unnecessary stuff that so easily clutters our lives and living space.

What’s your least favorite aspect?

Being forced to strip away all the extra, unnecessary stuff that so easily clutters our lives and living space. LOL! Without fail, every time I think I have packed light, brought only the essentials and got everything organized, it turns into a mess. With 5 kids, it’s a constant struggle to keep the floor clear and things put away so there is room to move. This is hard to do no matter how large your living space is, but in a tiny home, you have to be all the more intentional about it.

What has #RVlife taught you?

Camping as a family has stretched me and forced me to be even more intentional. I consider camping trips to be a lot like a team-building exercise. It is going to stretch you and push you over the edge at times, but you’ll come out on the other side, with a better understanding of yourself and your family. Road trips bring out the best and worst in everyone. I’ve learned that even though I consider myself a pretty laid back person, I need more patients at times. I’ve learned I need good sleep in order to function properly and enjoy myself. I’ve also learned that I need a minute alone every once in a while, especially when living in such tight quarters.

What has been your favorite place to explore?

We love exploring anywhere new, but our favorite places are the National Parks and State Parks. We have hiked through Haleakala National Park in Hawaii, Muir Woods in California and Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. Some of our favorite places to camp have been Fort Wilderness Campground at Disney World and Beverly Beach, FL (or anywhere right on the ocean).

What was the most challenging aspect of this remodel?

The most challenging thing for me is anything dealing with the actual mechanics of a motorhome. When we made the jump from travel trailer to motorhome, I was most intimidated by the thought of dealing with a motor. I will attempt to DIY almost anything but feel totally out of my realm when it comes to auto mechanics. This meant asking for outside help and paying for things to be done. Aside from this, water damage is always a challenge. With older RV’s, I just assume they all have water damage, it’s just a question of where and how bad.

What do you love most about this motorhome makeover?

I love the light, airy pastels in this RV and the pops of black and white. I love having a good size “master bedroom” that stays a bedroom without having to convert anything. I like having an area where we can crash at the end of the day that offers the same comforts as home (comfy mattress, TV, soft lighting, etc.) Class C’s are great for families and have lots of sleeping spots for all our kids. Overall, this RV met so many of the things we were looking for in a cozy home on wheels.

What project made the most difference?

Painting everything white always makes the biggest difference!! It is always shocking how much brighter and larger a room feels after transforming it with paint.

What piece of advice would you give someone about to embark on an RV remodel?

Be realistic about what you think you can take on. I’ve met so many people that have the ambition, yet lack the time and resources needed to finish the job. Sadly, they get overwhelmed and give up half-way through. I’m not going to sugar-coat it, renovating a junkie old RV is time-consuming, messy and unpredictable. It’s hard to know what obstacles you’ll hit along the way. But, the final product is SO REWARDING. It is worth it in the end, to step back and take pride in what you have accomplished! If you have the time and motivation, you can do it!

Do you have any projects planned for the future?

We have sold this RV and are already onto the next project!

Sarah Lemp of All Things with Purpose inside an RV she renovated

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Be sure to visit Sarah’s website, All Things with Purpose, for more information on this RV renovation, including the products used. She also shares helpful RV renovation tips, including how to paint a carpeted ceiling or RV exterior, and even how make money flipping RVs.

Update: Buy her new book, All Things Camper Renovating, to learn how to transform an ugly camper into a stylish home on wheels! It’s available as a paperback or digital download and you can save 10% at checkout with the coupon code: “mountainmodernlife”.

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This motorhome makeover will have you dreaming of a glamping adventure!This motorhome makeover will have you dreaming of a glamping adventure!

Comments

  • Julie lester

    Hi Question for you the area that you have ship lap is it wooden ship lap or a wallpaper? just wondering as we are renovating out trailer and would like the shiplap look but worry about the added weight. thans Julie

    April 28, 2020
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