Budget Breakdown: A Tired RV Is Refreshed and Relisted For $21K

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By Michele Koh Morollo
A DIY couple in Phoenix give a 2004 Jayco camper a contemporary upgrade and put it back on the market.

Phoenix, Arizona–based couple Steve and Trina Sholin have brought their house-flipping skills to the tiny home movement in the form of masterful RV renovations. Their most recent project? A 350-square-foot, 2004 Jayco Designer RLTS-33 ft Fifth Wheel that was worse for wear until the duo gave it a total makeover for a total of $21,345. Now the charming home-on-wheels is available for $27,000—a great value considering the labor of love that was poured into it.

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The Sholins removed the outdated wallpaper border and furniture from the original trailer, and replaced all the flooring with new wood laminate.

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All of the cabinets and walls were professional-sprayed with Benjamin Moore Simply White, creating a crisp, modern look. The duo then sanded and wiped down the doors, primed them, and used Alkyd Satin paint for the final coating. 

All of the cabinets and walls were professional-sprayed with Benjamin Moore Simply White, creating a crisp, modern look. The duo then sanded and wiped down the doors, primed them, and used Alkyd Satin paint for the final coating. 

Benjamin Moore Blue Note defines the peninsula cabinets.

Benjamin Moore Blue Note defines the peninsula cabinets.

The most challenging part of the renovation was installing a water pump in the middle of the rear living room. "The pump needed to remain accessible, which compounded the problem," says Trina. "My solution was designing a custom dining bench with a hinged seat."

The bench seating with hidden storage turned this rear living area into Trina’s favorite part of the camper home. 

The bench seating with hidden storage turned this rear living area into Trina’s favorite part of the camper home. 

This not only solved the water pump obstacle, but it also created extra storage, and allowed the couple to move the dining zone to a more spacious part of the trailer.   

This not only solved the water pump obstacle, but it also created extra storage, and allowed the couple to move the dining zone to a more spacious part of the trailer.   

"I love these little challenges that come with renovating RVs. These tricky aspects bring out my creativity and problem-solving skills, which makes the whole process extremely gratifying," she says.  

A Better Homes and Gardens Porter Fabric Tufted Futon from Walmart is a smart, small-space furniture option.

A Better Homes and Gardens Porter Fabric Tufted Futon from Walmart is a smart, small-space furniture option.

A Besta storage unit from IKEA works as both storage and seating.

A Besta storage unit from IKEA works as both storage and seating.

Major alterations were also made in the bathroom. The tired, plastic shower surround was removed and replaced with beautiful scalloped tiles from Floor & Décor, and a gold-colored shower head, purchased from Amazon, adorns the compact shower area. A ceiling-mounted shower rod and Target shower curtain replaced the heavy, dated shower doors that existed.

Major alterations were also made in the bathroom. The tired, plastic shower surround was removed and replaced with beautiful scalloped tiles from Floor & Décor, and a gold-colored shower head, purchased from Amazon, adorns the compact shower area. A ceiling-mounted shower rod and Target shower curtain replaced the heavy, dated shower doors that existed.

A sink and vanity in the bedroom makes use of a tight space.

A sink and vanity in the bedroom makes use of a tight space.

As a bonus, the camper comes fully furnished.

As a bonus, the camper comes fully furnished.

The camper is now available for sale for $27,000. If you’re interested in owning this stylishly renovated tiny home, you can contact Trina at trinahakkinen@yahoo.com, or reach out through the Sholins' Instagram.