A family lives in this charming home on wheels while building their dream mini farm

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about this RV renovation

Type of RV: 2019 Forest River Salem 29QBLE

Renovated by: @tennessee_campers for @plumorchardfarm

Budget: $25k / Timeline: 2 Months

When LeAnne and her husband bought an old farmhouse on 5 acres in the North Georgia mountains, they planned to transform it into a vacation property. Life, however, had other plans.

While spending a few months in the home, trying to get it rent-ready, they fell in love with the property. Not only could they see it as a place to create a casual homestead, but they loved the idea of their son growing up with the surrounding nature as his playground. That’s when they decided to sell their home in Florida and move into the old farmhouse full-time.

However, the home layout was a bit wonky, and they quickly realized it would need to be completely renovated to work for their family. After toying around with a few options, they decided to buy a camper they could live in temporarily while their home was under construction.

Even though it would be temporary, LeAnne knew she wanted the camper to feel cozy and personal. So she enlisted the help of Tennessee Campers. They found the perfect RV for her family and transformed it into a charming home on wheels that reflects their style and needs. Using the camper as temporary housing allows them to stay on the property during construction and continue building their dream mini farm. It also allows them to take sporadic road trips, including visiting family and friends in Florida.

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Tell us a little about yourself and who you share your RV with.

I’m an eDesigner and wannabe homesteader. I live with my husband Robert, our 4 yr old Jacob, and our two dogs Zumi and Hundley. About a year and a half ago, we decided to sell our home in Fl and move to 5 acres in the mountains of N Ga. We’re working on learning how to grow our own food and recently began an extensive renovation of our 50 yr old farmhouse. In the future, we plan on adding chickens, grapevines, and possibly a few more acres. We’ve definitely found our happy place!

What inspired you to experience #RVlife?

I got interested in RVing during the pandemic when I started seeing other families doing it. Then, when our contractor told us we had to move out during our home renovation, I knew moving into an RV instead of renting a house temporarily was the right choice for us. We were already talking about traveling more with our son, plus all of our family lives in Florida, and we like to visit as much as possible. Buying an RV checked all the boxes for us. I’ve never been a fan of RV interiors, so I decided to buy a used one and worked with Tennessee Campers to bring my design vision to life.

How would you describe your style?

I like a lot of different styles, although right now I’m definitely inspired by the European farmhouse look. I believe in layering over time and adding pieces from all different styles to make a space feel comfortable and lived in.

What’s the most meaningful item you incorporated into the RV interior? 

The fireplace! The cabinet that was there really had no purpose. There was no usable storage, and it was ugly, lol! I told Thomas at Tennessee Campers that I really wanted a fireplace there and, if possible, a small liquor cabinet (where else would our wine collection go?) He designed the cabinet and built the faux mantel on top. Now the cabinet is beautiful and functions as extra storage.

What was most challenging about this travel trailer renovation?

Tennessee Campers may answer differently here, lol, but for me, it was figuring out how to get as much space for hanging clothes as possible. We wear dress clothes a few times a week, and you can’t really fold up dresses and suit jackets, so we really needed some kind of closet system. By taking out the tiny closets, turning the bed, and adding a strong rod with a shelf on top, we created just that. I also found a small dresser that fits perfectly between the bed and the wall for folding clothes. It’s tight but cozy. We call it our sleeping closet, lol!

What project made the most difference?

The changes we made in both of the bedrooms probably made the most difference. My son’s room originally had four bunks, but we removed two of them to give him a little play area. Tennessee Campers also built a desk with cubbies and added cubbies to his closet for way more storage. In our bedroom, I asked if we could turn the bed to fit like a daybed so we could have a little extra room for a small closet system on the wall. It worked out perfectly!!

“I love that it feels like a home and reflects our personalities and how we like to live. It’s opened up a whole new way of traveling for us, and we can’t wait to get out there and adventure more with our son!” 

– @plumorchardfarm

What piece of advice would you give someone about to start an RV renovation?

Don’t be afraid to ask for help! We knew nothing about RVs (including how to renovate one) when we began this process, but I found the right people to help. Their knowledge and expertise were invaluable and allowed me to focus on what I enjoy most: Decorating!

Most asked about product sources:

Paint Colors: Main Walls- Sherwin Williams Shoji White / Cabinets- Sherwin Williams Evergreen Fog /Bunk Room- Sherwin Williams Repose Gray Bedding: Beddys / RV Renovation by: @tennessee_campers

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