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about this RV renovation
Type of RV: 2016 Keystone Fuzion 416 Toy Hauler
Renovated by: @thehighwaysdaughter / Timeline: 12 Weeks / Budget: 6-7k
Autumn, her husband, Rusty, and their young boys have been living and traveling in their earthy and eclectic Toy Hauler since 2016. Rusty is a rig welder, which means constantly traveling for work, but by choosing to live in an RV, this family can stay together regardless of where the work is.
The interior of their Keystone Toy Hauler is filled with vintage rugs, artisan goods, and reclaimed wood. One thing is certain, what their home lacks in space, it more than makes up for in soul.
What made you decide to dive into rv life?
My husband’s job has him traveling around the country frequently for work, and it means a lot for both of us to be present in our children’s lives while they are growing up, so we decided to travel as a family!
How would you describe your decorating style?
I don’t really think I fit into one specific type, I kinda just add what I like, what speaks to me.
Where is your favorite place to shop for decor?
eBay, vintage shops, and thrift stores!
is there anything specific that inspired your Toy Hauler Renovation?
Before we started, I could only find two Toyhauler renovations so it kinda felt like I was flying by the seat of my pants as far as what I saw in my head design-wise. I think my thoughts going into it were ‘ok paint the walls and do the floors and hopefully we don’t hate it.
Why was it important for you to update the interior of your toy hauler?
Like any other type of home, I knew if we were going to live in the trailer for an extended period of time I wanted it to be ‘ours’ and not just a place we go to sleep.
What project was most challenging?
It was probably painting. So. Many. Coats. Of. Paint.
What is something you’ve learned about yourself since going tiny?
I’ve learned how to live in a space with intention, and how to be intentional with decorating a space. I’ve gotten pretty picky with what I bring into the trailer now, from kids toys to kitchenware, living tiny has made me slow my roll when it comes to adding to our space.
What’s your favorite aspect of tiny living?
Honestly, I love how easy it is to change up the space! Small tweaks have big impacts in tiny spaces whether it’s potting a new plant, switching up throw pillows, or hanging a small macrame wall hanging.
What’s your least favorite aspect?
Probably how fast it can get messy (mostly attributed to my rug rats) but the trailer will go from spotless to destroyed in less than five minutes. But a good flip side to that is it can be cleaned up just as fast too.
What has been your favorite place to explore?
Our favorite place we’ve been to would have to be Bend OR! And top of our trailer bucket list would have to be Canada, we’d love to take the trailer to Banff.
“I’ve learned how to live in a space with intention, and how to be intentional with decorating a space. I’ve gotten pretty picky with what I bring into the trailer now, from kids toys to kitchenware, living tiny has made me slow my roll when it comes to adding to our space.”
– AUTUMN BAILEY (@THEHIGHWAYSDAUGHTER)
What piece of advice would you give someone about to start an RV renovation?
It would be to be patient with it! Even the smallest of remodels can take time. It’s frustrating sometimes not seeing what you imagined in your head or knowing you have so much more work to do, but it will be worth it!