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about this RV renovation
Type of RV: 2017 Forest River Wildwood 261BHXL
Renovated by: @revampingcamping / Timeline: 7 Weeks
David and Carrie are RV enthusiasts who worked in an RV dealership’s service department before getting laid off due to Covid. That turn of events led to an opportunity to create their own business, Revamping Camping.
Now this husband and wife duo flips RVs, offers design consulting, provides camper repairs, and even has rental campers in Murfreesboro, Tennessee!
Their story is proof that when one door closes, another one opens. And today, we’re peeking inside their latest RV renovation, a 2017 Forest River Wildwood 261BHXL. This revamped travel trailer includes a new open-concept floor plan, flexible dining space, pole wrap cabinet inserts, and a custom TV lift.
What inspired you to renovate RV’s?
My husband and I worked in the service department at an RV dealership prior to Covid. We were both laid off in April of 2020 due to cut backs. We had our older fifth wheel that we hadn’t sold yet after purchasing a new camper in 2019 so I decided I was going to renovate it and then sell it. The dealership we worked at was a Keystone exclusive dealership so I was following The Flipping Nomad on social media and she was a big inspiration.
What made you choose this specific travel trailer to renovate?
I love that it’s only 29 feet long and not too heavy. So it is a great model for first time RV owners. It also had an outdoor kitchen, electric stabilizers, electric tongue jack and an electric awning. Those are all great features that we try to find in every RV we renovate.
Was this rv renovation inspired by anything or anyone specific?
I wanted to redesign the floor space to create a more open concept and this was the perfect model for that!
How would you describe your style?
I love the modern farmhouse look. I also love a simple design that creates more usable space.
What are your favorite places to source products and decor?
My favorite is probably HomeGoods, you can find so much in one store. I also love TJMaxx, Marshall’s, Ross Dress for Less, Target, Hobby Lobby and Amazon.
What’s your favorite aspect of interior design?
I love the aspect of what colors pair well with each other, incorporating something unique into each renovation, and redesigning spaces to fit clients’ needs. I love DIY projects and Dupe designs!
What project made the most difference?
I love how the faux stone fireplace cabinet and TV lift turned out. It’s exactly what I envisioned.
What’s the most splurge-worthy item you incorporated into the camper interior?
On this renovation it would probably be the 2 burner stove from RecPro. I removed a perfectly working 3 burner stove with a glass cover and installed the 2 burner in its place to create more countertop space.
What was most challenging about this travel trailer renovation?
If you ask my husband he’d probably say moving all the wiring and cables for the TV connection from above the dinette area to the wall on the other side of the door.
“I love to make the dinette space in our renovations more versatile. This space can now serve as extra cooking prep area, a dining space, a game table or you could even take the table completely out and just use the bench for seating.
The table can be pushed against the wall to create a larger walkway or pulled out to create more seating at the table. The ottomans double as stools for the dinette and ottomans for the sofa. The bench has two hinged lids to provide extra storage space.”
“This camper came without an oven but with a three burner stove top. It was actually a very nice one with a glass cover, but it took up so much countertop space. Does anyone actually cook with 3 burners at one time? So we replaced it with a two burner option from @recprousa. This created a nice size prep space next to the stove. We found a Ninja countertop oven combo unit that fits perfectly in this space and stores in the cabinet under the oven.”
What piece of advice would you give someone about to begin an RV renovation?
Be patient, do the prep work if you are going to paint, be prepared for it to take longer than you expect and cost more than you expect.
Do you take on custom RV renovation projects or offer design consulting
At this time, we are not renovating client-owned units, but we do offer consulting. We also buy RVs specifically for our clients and renovate them with the client’s input.
Most Asked about product sources:
You can shop this revamped travel trailer on Amazon here.