On a whim, we decided recently that we wanted to upgrade Maude, our small RV. To be honest, when we started the journey of full-time RV living, we didn't really do any upgrades or remodel besides just easy cosmetic stuff. Vanessa and I wanted to get on the road as fast as possible, rather than renovate and upgrade, and stand still too long. Turns out, we made the right decision. Because after a year of living on the road, we knew exactly what was necessary, logical, and functional in order to make Maude feel more like home. So, our Class C RV remodel began just a few short weeks ago.
Here are a few things we wanted to change immediately:
Maude's floors were a bit outdated. They were a yellowy, Vinyl sheeting, and it really made her look old. We wanted something new and fresh.
Ditch the old carpeting. Maude's beige/yellow/gross ten-year-old carpet had to go. It wasn't pretty, nor did it smell too good.
New paint. After painting Maude initially over a year ago, Vanessa was not feelin' the gray. She wanted something cleaner, brighter, and more representative of Maude's modern/bohemian vibes.
The good news is, we finished everything we set out to do in about a week. Maude looks like a COMPLETELY new rig. Check it out:
We went with a StainMaster Vinyl Plank Flooring and it worked out beautifully. We purchased it from Lowe's, and it only took two packages of 40 planks each to finish our 24 foot RV. This was with a lot of mistakes, and using more planks to correct those mistakes. We decide on vinyl plank flooring for a few reasons, the most important being weight in the RV. There were other choices we were debating, but in the end, we decided that the vinyl plank was the best idea, in terms of adding excess weight to Maude.
It took us about two full days to get the flooring finished. Not because it was strenuous, but because there were a lot of precision cuts to make and.... we are perfectionists. We really didn't have any mathematical, or engineering prowess to guide us through. It was kinda just, cut, measure, cut, and pray it fits. The good news was, the vinyl planking was so easy to cut with a regular blade, and broke like glass once you made the initial cuts.
We completed the flooring and the carpets simultaneously. The carpet we picked up at Home Depot for $14.57 a sq yard. We ended up with a bit more than we needed. Thankfully, when we tore up the original carpet, there was tons of wood which we could use to staple down the new carpet. On the spots where there was no wood, like the stairs for example, the old carpet adhesive was SO intense, we didn't even need to add new adhesive, it just stuck perfectly. We finished the carpets in a day.
We really couldn't be happier with the outcome of this project. But it is only the beginning for Maude Mods. Consider it a part one of sorts. Because we have some more major renovations in the works, including a movie projector, new fridge (YAY), solar kit, painting pics, new blinds, and a custom-build banquette in our slide. Stay tuned for more mods to come!
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