We quickly discovered that Miss Lippy really didn't meet our needs. There would be anywhere from 4 to 8 of us camping at one time; and, Miss Lippy realistically only slept 5. Honestly, probably 5 people under 5 ft. and weighing less than 100 lbs.
Our resident Jack-of-all-trades, Scott, said he could probably remodel Miss Lippy so that she was better suited to our needs. It has been a 2 year journey; but, she is almost finished. Behold... the transformation!
|This is the kitchen before the remodel. Typical 1980's decor of blues and mauve were used in the upholstery and wall paper border.|
|box covering new water tank|
|wiring and plumbing re-configured|
|new water tank|
|water pump, wiring, and plumbing; all were covered with a step|
|The top bunk crosses in front of the window so we took the blinds off.|
|I used a weathered gray stain rather than trying to paint the wood. I didn't want to have to prime and paint when I could use stain and get it done in one step. I also painted the walls while the space was gutted.|
|There is some wiring hanging down that went to the TV cabinet. Scott is going to put some bunk lights in (eventually) and the wiring will be gone. The lower bunk platform is level with the under carriage storage.|
|I found these organizers at IKEA. They had to be altered to fit in the space but they are perfect storage for tablets, flash lights, water bottles, watches, etc.|
|This is the almost finished bunk room. I removed the old, floral curtain that was used for privacy and replaced it with a khaki colored one. We still need to cover the front of the steps and put in bunk lights; but, it's usable the way it is now.|
Once the bunks were finished, we started on the living room/dining area. The guys pulled everything out so we could remove the carpet and put in benches that will convert to twin sized beds. Because we were probably going to have people riding in this area when we travel, Scott left the seat belts on the sofa side. While everything was torn out, Ron found used replacement seats for the cab (they were terribly uncomfortable) and the guys put those in as well. Scott reused as much of the original wood as he could. I'm torn about that because I know it saved money; but, it's ugly.
|Scott reused the doors on the dinette benches. We ended up having twice the storage with this bench.|
I had to put down flooring where the carpet was pulled up and stain what wood I could. I don't like the cheap RV wood below one of the benches but I'll just have to learn to deal with it. We found a plastic folding table at Wal-Mart that fits between the two benches so we still have a place to eat indoors when we need to. The table is stored in the basement of Miss Lippy. To turn these into beds, Scott made support legs and an add-on platform that are stored in the shower until we need to set up as beds. The back cushion then comes off and lays beside the bottom cushion. It makes a very comfortable bed that is plenty large enough! This is a huge improvement over the original furniture.
|The bench where the sofa was. The seat belts are behind the bottom cushion. The new cab seats are leather and have a lot more lumbar support than the original blue velor seats.|
|This bench is where the dinette was located. We have clear pockets on each of the doors and I use 3X5 cards to write what is in each cabinet. This saves us a lot of time when we are looking for stuff.|
As I mentioned, we have one more area to update. That is in the center of Miss Lippy. There is a split bathroom. A shower and sink are on one side and a toilet room and large wardrobe on the other side. Scott wants to pull out the wardrobe and put a shelving unit in there. He intends to have the shelves high enough that a dog kennel will fit under them. That way we have the kennel for his crazy dog to sleep in. Our dogs, (Leslie & me) sleep wherever they can find a spot.
Miss Lippy has been quite an adventure. We have used her for camping at many of the state parks here in Texas while this whole remodeling process has taken place. During that time, we have upgraded her tires all the way around. Ron and Scott plan to get all of her belts replaced soon because we will be taking her on her first real road trip in August. Hopefully, she'll prove just how tough an old girl she really is. We can't wait!