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Inside our RV Sneak Peek

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Mr. Misadventures promises that once we get better light (it has been overcast and raining the last couple of days) that he will take professional photos of the interior of the RV. In the meantime, I have taken a few shots with my iPhone, enough to allow a sneak peek and give you a “design” update.

We purchased a Tiffin Phaeton Class A Motorhome, our interior floor plan model is a 40 AH (as in 40 feet). I am not sponsored by Tiffin (I wish!), we made a down payment and have a mortgage (because buying an RV is like buying a home rather than a car, at least in the bank’s eyes!).

The interior is laid out like this (full pics to come when Mr. Misadventures does his shoot):

Tiffin Phaeton floor_plan_40AH
Photo courtesy Tiffin Motorhomes.

The photo is a bit small, if you are interested, you can see it on the Tiffin website. We have the version that has the dinette with the computer workstation.

And we have the English Toffee color scheme, not our first choice, but the floor plan was a higher priority.

Phaeton-English-Toffee
Photo courtesy Tiffin Motorhomes.

According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association and a couple of other sources I reviewed, the current average age of an RV owner is 48 which based on just 3 months living in this thing and being around owners, seems way off. What I can tell you is that I don’t think that the RV manufacturers have caught up to that 48 years in terms of style! I just turned 46 and my hubby is in his mid-50’s and we think the interior decor is U-G-L-Y!

Don’t get me wrong, despite my newly found addiction to HGTV’s Property Brothers (it is dangerous having Dish Network and 4 TVs in this rig!), I am totally not the renovation/interior design person that is going to transform our recreational vehicle into something that can be shared in Dwell.

But, Mr. Misadventures and I are doing our best to add personal touches.

Also, we don’t know how long we will have our RV so we don’t want to make a lot of permanent changes in our first year, better for the resale value.

What we’ve done so far:

Removed the lounge chair to create a space for Jessica. The chair used to look like this:

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Photo courtesy Tiffin Motorhomes.

Removed the coffee table, which used to look like this:

living-room
Photo courtesy Tiffin Motorhomes.

Now it is just gone.

We removed the heavy dining chairs. This is not our color scheme, but the chairs were the same construction, just lighter fabric:

phaeton-dining-chairs
Photo courtesy Tiffin Motorhomes.

We’ve replaced them with these chairs from Amazon which are much lighter and more modernly designed in red which gives us a pop of color (and red is my favorite color!).

Inside-our-RV-Sneak-Peek-Dining-Office

Sorry, the lighting is so dark, like I said it has been overcast. Also, we are still figuring out how cord management is going to work for the office stuff. And I had the shade pulled down (the reason why Mr. Misadventures does the photography!).

Without thinking I have gone overboard on the splashes of red, (the toaster isn’t always out, but I am not giving up my Nespresso machine) you can see how the dining runs into the kitchen.

Kristin of Camels & Chocolate is sure to pick up on the fact that my rice cooker is front and center. When she and her hubby Scott did a six-week road trip in a 5th wheel in 2011 she posted a photo of the inside in one of her posts which also showed her rice cooker. Fellow Zojirushi Rice Cooker owners recognize it immediately – it is the best rice cooker ever! We’ve had this one for close to 7 years, it cooks rice flawlessly and it is an RV owner’s best friend!

Inside-our-RV-Sneak-Peek-Partial-Kitchen

We replaced these ugly wicker baskets in the closet. Pieces of wicker fell off every time you touched them and it drove me crazy!

Inside-our-RV-Sneak-Peek-Wicker-Baskets

Instead, we have plastic bins from The Container Store. I would have liked something a little more design, but the holes are an odd shape and this is what we could find for now:

Inside-our-RV-Sneak-Peek-Plastic-Boxes

While I am in the closet, here is a peek at my clothes. Mine are the ones on the left that go from the red jacket on the far left to the vest in the middle. That’s it. I have 3 pairs of jeans in one of the drawers below the plastic bins along with sweatpants and the second drawer has hats and gloves, etc.

Inside-our-RV-Sneak-Peek-Closet

For the next year, this is the sum total of my clothes, mainly Patagonia, North Face, UnderArmour, and Uniqlo pieces. I have a couple of things that I am keeping at my Mom’s (I’ll need them for speaking at conferences such as WITs, have you got your ticket yet?!) but that’s it. And I love it. For the first time in 26 years, I don’t have to worry about what I am going to wear to the office!

In terms of shoes, I have my black and blue Converse on their last legs, so they’ll get tossed out sometime soon; my black and red Tieks; tennis shoes; a couple of pairs of hiking boots in different sizes; and one pair of sandals/water shoes.

Lastly, we replaced every single brass knob and handle with brushed steel ones, installed a wifi booster (I need my internet!), and a VIZIO Sound Bar for the TV in the bedroom. Tiffin includes a soundbar with the TV that is outside, yes you read that right, the TV outside, but not on the other TVs, so we bought one. It is not super high-end but does a really good job.

What’s up next

We need to find a solution for the couch. It is leather (actually I think it is vinyl) and I hate it. I want to cover it, but we have an L-shaped couch because our model has an added pull-out chair on the end when the slides are out. Plus it’s a sleeper. All that makes it complicated to find a cover. I have seen some great renovations on RV couches but they are usually straightforward bench-style couches. I am not crafty, but I am frustrated by this, so we will think of something.

We need to buy pillows for the couch, but I won’t get them until I know what color the couch cover will be. Ditto for the ottoman I want, although I found a really cute (and inexpensive) one at Target, and I might bite the bullet and get it.

We need to find a runner. A long narrow carpet that will work when the slide-outs are in.

What we need to do, but not quite yet

Remove the moldings around the windows. Check out the photo with the lounge chair, or the dining chair, or the one with Jessica, and look at the wood thing around the window. It is around every single window. They are bulky and ugly! Now that we have confirmation from the manufacturer that they don’t support anything structurally, we want to get rid of them! Since we are leaving in about one week, we will probably do it in March when we are back in the Phoenix area and can put them in storage where we have put everything we have removed from the RV.

We need to change out the pictures on the wall. We will use the existing frames so as to not create new holes in the wall, but we are definitely changing out the hideous art. We’ll use photos from Mr. Misadventure’s portfolio and that way if we have guests inside we can show off his work.

Photo-in-RV

I’d like to change the sconces above the sofa, we just need to find something we like and haven’t found the time. They are kind of growing on me, so I have to wait and see what happens with the couch cover, etc.

Sconces

I would like to cover the captain and co-pilot’s chairs with something less sticky. I am not a fan of leather (or vinyl) and would like to cover them eventually.

I’d like to make a window box for Jessica in her space, something low that she can actually climb up on but gives her the opportunity to look out. She is never going to be one of those cats that sit in the dashboard, her poor little legs just can’t make that happen, but a low window box would work.

cat-window-box

This one looks like it is easy to mount, but I wonder if it really would support a cat’s weight. Most things with suction cups don’t last long!

Well, that’s it for the tiny peek. I will be back real soon with much better photos once Mr. Misadventures gets them done.

How about you? Have you done home, apartment or RV renovations? Where do you source your ideas? What do you like best (or hate the most) about redecorating?

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