Victory and Defeat – Our Issues with the Slide

Today had been a great day on the RV remodel.

I posted this to our Facebook page because I was so happy with how it was coming together.



The entire camper was cleaned up spic n span and we even started moving some of our things into it.

Since we were out of propane, Mark decided it was time for me to drive her.  White-knuckled I pulled our 37 foot camper into the Flying J for a fill.  Whew!  I made it.  Mission accomplished.  I didn’t kill anyone and I drove over 50 miles an hour.  Yes!  I am woman, hear me roar.  😉

Mark drove her home (I think my slow driving was getting to him).  He wanted me to do the entire setup once we got to our site.  Everything was going well except the fact that the kids were tired and needed to get to bed.  Eva hadn’t taken a nap and that always makes for a pleasant experience for everyone in a 1 mile vicinity.

I put down the jacks and went on to the moving the slide out while Mark observed.

Yelling, rippling, & buckling ensued.  Oh my horror film!!!  Right in our camper.  For the next 10 minutes we moved the slide in and out to try to get the ripped up vinyl out from under the slide.  The slide’s trim had caught on the vinyl and snagged it.  Crappy iPhone picture below…


There was just a sinking feeling in my gut.  I can’t describe it.  The closest thing I can relate it to is a car accident, but on a smaller scale.

So by now, the kids are really crying and I’m crying (not really but I wanted to).  Everyone is tired and we’re 1/4th moved in.  I take armloads of sleeping paraphernalia back to the 5th wheel to get the tired munchkins to bed.

Mark came in shortly after I did, calm as can be.  What can you do?  Guess we have to roll with the punches.  I foresee new vinyl going in the next day or 2 and the transition strip being cut down so it doesn’t touch the vinyl.  EVER AGAIN.


Subfloors in our 96′ Winnie

I promise, we are *almost* done remodeling the RV.  It’s taken longer than we’d hope and we’ve busted our goal several times.  In reality, we’ve been making pretty good time, just not up to our unrealistic goal.

The work that I’ve done over at the camper has had to be during our 2 littlest one’s naps. I’ve also sewed a bunch in our current camper with kids underfoot.  You know that’s about as efficient as brushing your teeth after eating an Oreo.  So the brunt of the work has fallen on Mark.  But we’re in the final stretch and it feels great!

I’m waiting to post a picture until it’s all complete because it looks pretty amazing!  Really amazing!

But today, I wanted to share about the subfloor of the camper.

The floor felt a little squishy in 2 particular places of our 96 Winnebago Adventurer.

  1. Between the master bedroom and the bathroom.
  2. Directly behind the doghouse (which is the engine compartment hump between the 2 front seats of the RV).

When Mark removed all the carpet and linoleum, we saw that the plywood subfloor was actually cracked in those 2 spots.  We didn’t want to replace the subfloor because of cost and time, so we decided on bracing the floor.


Mark and a friend cut up a portion of the floor and insert a 2X4 down through the underneath space to brace it better.  It worked like a charm, but the only thing is there were wires in that particular section.  Wires that were cut.  Wires that we still don’t know their purpose.

96-Winnebago-Adventurer-Sub-FloorSo Mark bought some wire and patched up the cut wire.   Better safe than sorry.

The 2X4 rigging has worked like a charm.  The floor is solid now and not one bit squishy.

The only thing that is not a positive about this change is that the vent in the master bedroom cannot be closed because of the bracing 2X4 that blocks the vent.  But this was the best solution we could find and we’re pretty happy about not having squishy floors anymore.

In the picture above, you also see the extra layer of plywood that had to be removed.


Mark used an oscillating saw to cut around the edges of the cabinet baseboards and popped the extra layer off. Millions of staples followed but that puppy is cleaned up now.

I realize our updates are slow on this and we are really hoping to be done by Monday.

Monday if we don’t replace the countertops.  I’m still working on convincing Mark that we need to do the counters sooner rather than later.  The cabinets look amazing and the countertop just doesn’t match anymore (it is an off white so it looks dirty even though it is not) so I’ve reasoned and justified why we need to do the countertops.  They will only cost $60 and will make a big difference in the appearance.

Maybe I’ll take a vote on our Facebook page?  Situations like this, coercion is sometimes the best answer.

Until next time,






We’re still around friends!  I’ve so wanted to update the blog, but we had a terrible bout with the flu.  Our little guy was hospitalized which I’ll talk about in a later post.


After we got over that hurdle, we got busy on the RV remodel.  It looks AMAZING and I can’t wait to share the pictures and more details about what we did.  Above is a teaser.  It doesn’t look like this anymore.

But in the meantime a wordy update will have to suffice.

I’ve been busy painting cabinets, sewing curtains, and reupholstering the booth dinette cushions.  Mark took some time off work and demo’d the camper.  He had to do some work to the subfloor and is finishing up the painting all the walls and cabinets.

Let me just confirm that perspective changes radically based on what you’re doing.  When you’re trying to fit everything in a small space, there seems to be not enough cabinets.  Painting cabinets? There is a ridiculous amount of those babies.  Oh but it looks so NICE now and I think it’s well worth the time spent on them.

So here’s where we stand on what’s left to update.

Our Running To Do List:

  • Build Bunk Beds – Mark has a pretty cool design planned that will allow for the bunks to be lifted for more play room during the day.
  • Mattresses for Bunk Beds
  • Flooring
  • Cabinetry Hardware Update
  • Outlet Update
  • Replace Toilet
  • Trip to Ikea for Sofa Bed – After over 6 years of waiting, I’m planning on making my very first trip to Ikea this coming weekend.
  • Update Light Fixtures to LED – This is somewhat costly, so we’ll do that as we go.

I’m still not giving up on my tankless water heater, resurfacing the outside of the rig, or the vac system kick plate.  But with all we have going on, those are not at the top of the list.  I also would love to sew quilts for the kid’s custom bunk beds, but the curtains are taking me longer than I expected so I may just make duvets for their beds.

I’m not sure why these kids keep expecting to be fed all the time!  But I’m proud to report that Eliana and Eli managed to make chocolate chip cookies yesterday so they aren’t totally deprived.

So that’s it for a not so quick update.



Our New Rig – The Before

Well we did it!  We bought a used camper this past weekend, a 1996 Winnebago Adventurer.  It’s smaller, yes.  But cute and it comes with lots of potential.  We’re gearing up to be in full renovation mode very soon.

I love DIYs and can’t wait to get started!

We have lots of great ideas swimming around in our heads, but there are several projects we’re set on on tackling quickly so we can be living full-time in the camper soon.

Here is the list of our immediate projects:

  • Paint Walls
  • Paint Cabinets (and update hardware)
  • Build Bunks in Master
  • Make Foam Mattresses for Bunks
  • Replace Carpet with Vinyl Planks
  • Replace Double Jack-Knife Couch

I also have a dream list, after the majors are complete…

  • Resurface the Exterior Paint
  • Backsplash in Kitchen
  • Install Tankless Water Heater
  • Replace Shower with Tub
  • Replace Sinks
  • Tile Counters
  • Update Light Fixtures
  • Curtains
  • Kick Plate for Central Vac System

I could add a few more to my dream.  The love of my life may just lack enthusiasm over my vision for the camper. A girl can dream though.

Here are some pictures of the RV as we bought it. I forgot to take pictures of the outside and will do so soon.

Loads of pictures because I want evidence of how it looked before we transformed it.

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There you have it folks. Did I miss an area we should update?

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Slow going.

That’s the name of the game I suppose.

Slow because everything needs to be strategically placed to maximize the space.

Saturday afternoon was spent forking over the cash-o-la for organizational gadgets.

One look at my Pinterest boards and you’ll know I love organization.  Apparently that has no bearing on whether a person is actually organized or not.  But I’m working on it.

But with 2 munchkins under the age of 2…there are added challenges I believe.

All I gotta say is, “Thank you Lord for my mom!”  She drove an hour and helped me with the kids while Mark had to do some work that same morning.

My mom with V whose look seems to be saying, “Why are you interrupting my time with my best friend??”

We’re halfway in the camper.

Quite possibly, we’ve been a little overzealous in the transfer of our goods.  I’ve rethought the plan to move things so early a few times.

Like at 9 pm tonight when “E” got out of bed and came to ask me…

“E”:  “Mom!  Do you want me to sleep in just my underwear?!”

Me:  “What?!  Why didn’t you put your pajamas on?”

“E”:  “They’re all in the camper!”

We had to go out to the camper 568 times today to get something that I put out there too early.