Here is a tour of our Class A bunk bed RV along with many minor RV remodel modifications that made our RV functional personally for our family! I can’t wait to do more of our RV remodels where we can further personalize (think colors and prettiness) to make it more personal to us!
Where should I start? I guess in the front of the RV. First, our RV came with 2 big box TVs (along with a small LED TV in the back by the bunks). That’s the first thing we took out and put LCD TVs in it. Since there was all that wasted space where the big box TV was, Frank cut open that space, made a box to fit in there along with shelves so we could use it as storage for our movies, games, and other electronics! He then covered it with a leather material that matched the ceiling and nearby color. He was going to finish the interior to make it a more finished project, we just haven’t gotten that far yet! (I know there is a calendar there now, I’ll get back to this in a minute!)
He also put in a converter in the front next to my passenger seat so that I could get 110 going down the road (since we do not have) for my computer, our phones, etc. That has been VERY handy! He also put in a desk in my front seat area since he knows I’m always using electronics going down the road! 🙂 It is one of those fold-up on the wall desks so that when I’m not using it that it doesn’t take up unneeded space.
This is the view of the front area – I wish I could think of some kind of temporary entertainment center cover up for when we aren’t using the front seats. We also don’t have a perfect place for the cat litter so unfortunately, when we aren’t going down the road, the litter box sits here (along with containers of our extra dog/cat food.
Now to the living room! We decided that we only use our kitchen table when we are playing card or board games. We also had school books piled here and there and when we would turn to look at the TV, whether it be for educational videos or our shows, we were getting stiff necks, shoulders, and our backs were always hurting. So, we decided to take out our bench table set and put the couch where the table was and move the TV above the door so that it would be facing straight from the couches! So, now where the TV was covering up the leather material, now we could see the material and it stuck out in our peripheral vision! We decided that it was the perfect place for our calendar (hence why it’s there now)!
We also bought a giant entertainment center to put where the first couch was at (under our window by our front door). It was hard to imagine how it would look there because we were going to lay it on its side and it was standing straight up and down on display at the store. I think it turned out great! I had a dream of having these awesome containers that fit in there; but, the ones I really liked (looking lacy and a bit old-fashioned, were a little expensive so I held off on getting them for now and used the ones I already have. I think it will look a lot better when I’m able to get them. In the meantime, it’s a great place for our books and I think it turned out really nice! It has made me feel a little less OCD since everything is organized and easy to find now!)
The only bad thing with moving the couches around, taking out the table, and putting this bookcase in is that we didn’t have a place to play cards and we had a shoe organizer attached to the side of our couch as you walked in the door and now we don’t have a place to put it! As far as the cards, Frank believes we have some kind of table in the underbelly that isn’t too big. (Not sure which table he is talking about! I know we have a portable picnic table and we also have a larger table that I use when I share my essential oils with people! So, hopefully he has the perfect sized table!) Second, now we don’t have a shoe rack! Yikes, a million shoes sitting around everywhere! We are trying to figure this out. The two things we were thinking of, was to either attach a shoe rack to the other side of the bookcase (behind my passenger seat) so they aren’t so visible, or we could put the hooks you normally use to hang pictures, etc, on the wall. So far, we aren’t having much luck! If you have any ideas, I’d love to hear them in the comments below!
Next, that left us with a very small space between the couch and I knew what I wanted there! I wanted a small coffee table setup in between them. I was thinking a simple wood square that our remotes, phones, etc., could sit on! Frank went out of his way and made a really neat contraption that fit between the couches with room underneath. We decided to buy something to eat on; but, we didn’t want TV trays that would take up a lot of room. So, we decided on mini cutting boards! Perfect for eating on and doing school! AND, they fit under this neat “coffee table.” In this picture, you can also see the cup holders that he installed on the couches! It helps so we don’t have cups sitting around getting spilled! A lifesaver in and of itself!
Let’s see, the kitchen! We haven’t done a lot here yet! We want to replace the sink with a stainless steel sink and put a back splash in! I can’t wait! We did hang up a magnetic strip next to the oven to hold our larger knives. It is awesome; not once have they fallen off of it, not even with all the large bumps we hit going down the road! Also, as you might have noticed in a prior picture, we have a Berkey and an ice maker! Two of the best investments we have made since being on the road again! Love the Berkey water filtering system. It’s a survival system and supposedly, you can use really terrible water and it will filter everything out of it! I prefer to filter the tap water. 🙂 It makes the best tasting water no matter how crazy of a place we are staying in! 😉 The ice maker is great too. A little louder than I’d like; but, hey, love that I can now have ice cold water! I know I drink a lot more now! I also love how he attached both to the slide! I don’t have to worry about either item taking up my valuable counter top space!
Next, we flipped the wood on the refrigerator, painted it white, and added a sticker type chalkboard so that we could write notes to each other, etc. I also wanted to get rid of some of the wood look that we have everywhere! (You can see where the TV is now located in the full kitchen view below.)
Then, we get to the bathroom! This is an unusual bathroom to us! First, it has two doors. One is blocked when the slide is in (when we are going down the road). The second door is back by the bedrooms opening into the bunk room. Second, it is long, not wide, so it makes changing a little difficult! Third, and this is the best part, it has a divider so that it turns our bathroom into two bathrooms when needed. It separates the area you go to the bathroom at and the other part, where you get ready, change, and shower in! It’s nice because it kind of turns our bedroom into two bathrooms! He also put hooks in the bathroom for all of our shower stuff so that when we shower at the public shower house, our bags are already organized nice and neat! I really like this touch since we also keep our vacuum, step ladder, and laundry in there! We could use our shower and I have a couple of times, it just makes it easier when we all shower at the same time. I also want to upgrade our shower head because it feels like there isn’t enough pressure to have a decent shower! I’ve seen reviews by other fulltime families on the road and there are some NICE shower heads out there! I would love to upgrade so that when I feel like taking a shower early in the morning, I don’t have to get everything together and head outside (sometimes in the weather elements) to go take a shower! Another item on the upgrade list!
I almost forgot! Whenever we have extra groceries, whether it be bread, cereal, or in the past was soda, etc., it always got put just past the kitchen behind the bunk curtain. So, we decided to take advantage of that small space in that area. By putting in a pantry shelf cabinet system, our food was no longer on the floor and we didn’t have to worry about moving it or worrying about it getting smashed in the slide in case we forgot something there! You should see the shape of this cabinet before he put it in! He made sure to shape it where we were still able to get our hand in and behind it to be able to lock the door open (so it wouldn’t bang back and forth going down the road). He also bent wire clothes hangers to act as a front wire system so that our food wouldn’t just fall off the shelves if it got jumbled. We need to get some kind of “prettier” box system back there; currently, we are just using a soda box to hold all of our extra water bottles! Also, the cabinet just between the refrigerator and curtain is a pantry system that was built into our RV. We didn’t have a pantry in our old RV so this is nice!
Bedroom and Bunk Room
Next, we are to the bunk beds and our bedroom! There isn’t much space back here, especially in our bedroom. It is a little tight since it’s not a full walk around the bed-type of bedroom. 🙂 It used to have even less space because we decided to bring our memory foam queen-sized bed with us in our RV. We took out the awful mattress our RV came with and replaced it with ours! VERY comfortable but it was a large queen and only a small queen will fit in comfortably. We spent a lot on it and it was so comfortable. I was worried when Frank wanted to cut the end of it off to fit better. Needless to say, it worked, and Frank didn’t get killed for ruining my comfortable sleep! LOL! 😉
Since the bunk beds aren’t any more comfortable than any other mattress that comes with RVs, we bought a piece of the generic memory foam from Walmart (or Sam’s Club) and cut it to fit. It is a little hard, who am I kidding, very hard to make their beds and get their sheets over their double layered bed! I figure they are happier anyway with a comfortable mattress! When we bought the RV, one of the mirrors on one of the cabinets were broken; so, Frank measured it and replaced it for me! Frank installed the shelves in their bed area to hold their personal belongings like their computers, etc. They work great when sitting still! The only bad thing is that there isn’t a lower lip along their shelves. I even got the kids to make their beds nice and neat for these pictures. 🙂 By the way, love the shelving unit with bulletin board across from the kids’ beds!
Next, both Frank and I have these long cabinets next to the sides of our bed which were meant for clothes to be hung up in. Well, we gave all of our drawers in front of the bed to the kids (besides a sock drawer for each of us), so we needed drawers or shelves for our clothes. He put in shelving in each of our cabinets and what a difference that made! I really thought the nails would go through the sides of the cabinets. Nope, he made sure to have small enough nails!
We also bought one of those wrap around shoe holders that go around the bottom of your bed. This is super handy for all of our shoes that we don’t wear every day! The only bad thing is when we would lift the bed to get to the storage underneath. Every time we did that, the shoe holder and some of the shoes would flop underneath and get smashed. So, Frank cut down the shoe holder to where each side of the bed had its own strip. Then, he screwed each side onto the bed frame itself. That way, no matter what we were doing, our shoes wouldn’t get stuck underneath (which is nice because it is heavy to lift up this gigantic bed)!
Lastly in the bedroom, we had the same situation as we did in the living room, it had a big box TV. So, we removed that and he made a cabinet behind the TV holder. That was awesome, as I have this gigantic printer that has no business fitting into an RV! It fits in there perfectly behind the TV! It is nice because it is out of sight when I don’t need it; yet, easily accessible when I do need it!
I almost forgot! Last time we were on the road, we had a Direct TV satellite and a MiFi (portable WiFi) device that we could use 5 GB! At that rate, we were always using more than the 5 GB and having to pay overage charges. This time, we decided to get an unlimited grandfathered in Verizon MiFi plan, get rid of the satellite, and just to stream our TV. We bought an upgraded MiFi device and a WiFi ranger. From there, we bought an unlimited plan and just pay monthly for it. You still have to pay for it monthly to keep your plan active so it may not be the best choice if you aren’t fulltime.
As you can see, there are a lot more areas we can improve upon and want to do! I think the top of our priority list right now are the following: (it will be interesting to see how we feel in a year)
- Some kind of shoe rack
- Cat litter solution
- Stainless steel sink
- Get rid of carpet, install wood laminate flooring throughout (antique color like the bookcase)
- Let’s see… there were a few others that I mentioned above, I’m going to have to make a priority list!
Hopefully some of our ideas helped you! What ideas do you have that could help us? Help a girl out! I could really use some ideas; especially for the shoe rack. Can you tell that shoes everywhere is an OCD moment for me? LOL! Ideas….. Okay, ready, set, go!