"not all who wander are lost"
Good morning friends!
Super exciting news... I'm sure you guessed it from the pics here,
but we bought a travel trailer!
We found out last spring that my husband will be switching his MOS and will be going to a school up in Missouri. He will be there for 6 months and get this it's a PCS move... which if you aren't familiar with the military lingity... it stands for Permanent Change of Station. Which means they will pay for you to move you and your family.
Well it's for six months? Like I'm going to give up my home and job for six months... come on we have already done two tours, so six months is really nothing.
But because it is a PCS move, it means they won't provide on post housing, so my husband would have to find an apartment...
So now your talking major money in addition to still paying on our home.
Plus Missouri is a lower cost of living so our BAH changes and we lose money there too.
Soooo..... so far this really blows....
we had a brilliant idea,
let's buy a camper, fix it up and have something to show
for the money we will be spending.
Plus we have always wanted one since we first got married. His parents are big campers and have always taken vacations in a travel trailer.
So you know I'm dreaming and scheming of a cross country trip to Yellow Stone National Park...
But first things first...
let's get rid of the grossness...
So I give you our newest project...
A 2007 31ft Jayco travel trailer.
We started searching this summer but if you have ever searched for a camper in the summer, they go fast and they go for a premium price.
We knew we wanted an older used one, cause A. we weren't looking to spend a tone on this... and B. we knew we would completely transform it so we didn't really care about the cosmetics, as long as the bones and electrical were good.
As you can see, it's a pretty typical camper with the pretty typical
camper decor that can only be described as less than sexy.
We have 3 months to revamp this camper to a sexy glamper.
And I can't wait for the challenge.
I will be painting the camper from top to bottom and will install new flooring.
I plan to update the kitchen by painting the cabinets, installing a backsplash, refreshing the counter-tops and new hardware.
It has a very open floor plan and really does feel like a small apartment. It has a large corner shower and open sink cabinet with a medicine cabinet and descent size water closet.
We got a really good deal on it cause it had a few minor issues. The outside looks to have some sort of dents on top, like a tree branch fell or something. Also, the slide works, but has some issues and needs some help to operate, however, my husband can fix it. So we are really excited to get such a modern looking camper that has many upgrades, at a really good price.
I have been reading tutorials and scouring Pinterest for previous camper renovations, I have been so impressed and inspired by the ones I have found. I can't wait to restore this camper to a gorgeous little home on wheels for my hubby.
Honestly six months is a long time to live in something this small ( I know some live in smaller) so I want to make this as lush and full of the creature comforts that I can.
I have already started priming and gathering goods off Amazon:)
I can't wait to show you!
I'll be back soon to share more progress.
If you have restored a camper before, please let me know if you
have any tips or tricks of the trade:)