If you’ve been hanging around here for a while then you know that we like a good project and biting off more than we can chew. Such is the case with our newest upcoming spring and summer project right here.
Unlike most of our projects though, this one wasn’t decided on a whim but literally took months of svelte and cunning nightly negotiating with the hubs. I was “team hard top trailer”and he was team “Enjoy the one you JUST renovated”!!
As much as I can actually completely agree with him here, (something that rarely occurs…) I also had, and pleaded, a pretty good case. You see, a hard top trailer is not only ( most times) larger than a pop up trailer but it requires NO set up. You just hitch it to your ride, and GO! The girl inside of me that goes with the flow and isn’t a planner REALLLY loves that idea!
Hard top RV trailers also have the ability of permantently storing items in them as opposed to packing them up and finding space in our vehicle for all the things. After all, a pop up, when stored, is a neat little compact box, theres no way you can store additional things IN it while towing it.
Our pop up camper also does not have a bathroom. Something I didn’t think we needed when camping in the wild. I figured the children could simply pee outside the door (just being honest) but with three kids and a water bottle addiction, our in-the-middle-of-the-night-bathroom-breaks turned into at least half a dozen pitch black excursions. (Smack forehead here.)
If your family sleeps though the night, God bless you, but if yours pee like camels, then a potty is a necessity for peaceful and restful camping. FYI.
Hubby argued that our vehicle couldn’t tow a large RV but with the addition of our first ever new vehicle last summer, a big honkin’ truck, he now has no excuses. But regardless, I did the thoughtful and economical thing and researched the lightest trailers around. Lucky for my local loving self, I learned, that a company right under our noses created the EXACT trailer design I had wanted AND it was light enough to be towed by an SUV.
Hallelujah! Start the car!
We pulled our new baby home late last fall and I got to work taking her apart. The snow came soon after that though and she sat untouched in hibernation all winter. BUT, this week, I got back to work on her and Im so excited to share all of the things I have learned so far about renovating an RV!
This spring will be full of lots of work around here with her, but its the kind of “work” that gets me so excited! Currently she is a blank slate, as I pretty much demoed the entire inside the first week we got her.
To update you, I’ve primed out all of the cabinets with my favourite Beautitone Primer, scraped the exterior decals and now, I’m in scheming mode! What colour should I paint the cabinets? What about flooring? Should we replicate the wood floors that we installed last year in our Pop up camper we lovingly called #thecottagecamper ? Should I make her look like a little farmhouse on wheels or a beautiful bohemian escape? OR, should I play off her vintage charm and Airstream-esque interior and shape and turn her into a 1970’s inspired haven?
One thing is certain, she needs a name, and pronto! I’d love to give her a nature inspired name and have found a few that could be fitting. Wanna help a girl out and give me your opinion? Id love to know what you think? Here are my top faves:
Briar (From the briar plant, such as a rose, blackberry, or greenbrier) having a usually woody and thorny or prickly stem. a thicket of briars.
Daisy (a small grassland plant that has flowers with a yellow disk and white rays.)
Juniper (an evergreen shrub or small tree that bears berrylike cones)
Nova (a star showing a sudden large increase in brightness and then slowly returning to its original state over a few months.)
What do you guys think? Do any of these names jump out at you? Id love to know! Now, Im off to figure out what direction this sweet gutted thing is going to go in. After all, once she is done, directions will be determined from our destinations. 😉 What should we call our next biggest spring project?