RV Renovation Tour! ’01 Intruder becomes Beautiful Tiny Home

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , /

Why would you build and live in a tiny
house when you could simply buy an RV? This is a question that I’ve been asked
a million times since building my tiny house five years ago, and the answer I’ve always given is
that they’re completely different. RVs are typically mass produced and made
with cheap and lightweight materials. They just don’t have that same feeling
of home that you get with a tiny home. That is what I used to think
at least until recently. I’ve come across quite a few renovated
RVs that have completely blown my mind. In today’s video, you’re going to meet a newlywed couple
who decided to gut and renovate an RV into a gorgeous tiny home and I
think once you see the inside, you’re going to get that same
feeling of home that we all crave. We’re the Remingtons
and this is our tiny house. Caleb and I actually grew up 15
minutes away from each other, but met out here in California
through a mutual friend. Caleb has a condition
called cystic fibrosis. CF is a genetic disease that affects
the lungs and digestive system. Diagnosed when I was one told I was only
gonna live till 19 when I turned 19 the life expectancy went up to 29 and then
when I turned 29 it’s up to 37 so kind of just live this life of having this disease for him to kind of come into my life
and bring this new energy in light. It changed my life for the better.
So long story short, fell in love, got engaged in Hawaii and then decided
to put on the greatest wedding ever donated, which is a charity gala and benefit
concert hosted in place of our wedding. Our tiny home is about 300 square
feet and we’ve been living in it for just over a year now. We bought it for $20,000 we put about
10,000 into it and we just started ripping everything out. This place kind of felt claustrophobic
and that was goal number one was to open it up and give it more space. After that. That’s when Tiff really got to flex her
creative design brain and really bring this place to life and
make it feel like home. We had like no idea how to do
tiny living or how to use really a hammer and any kind of
tool and we’re like, wow, yeah, we’ll figure it out. Welcome to our tiny home. Come on in. So this is living room and this is our amazing couch
that folds down into a bed. We’d love to host people here. So this generally is the place where a
lot of people put their little rump of bump bumps, and here we have some storage. This
is where we put our containers. This is Oso’s special cabinet.
Where is food and brushes. we also have extra storage underneath
where we have blankets and also any fun little tinker toys that we have.
I actually do a lot of work here. So I sit in this corner,
I sit in this corner. We also use this space
for our TV watching time. It is cornered to
the TV, so it’s perfect. So this is the front of the RV
and this is the captain’s chair. This is where Caleb loves to sit
and take his little lounge-y time. Also right behind it is the steering wheel
and that is how we actually move this whole motor home. We have the
curtains here that we made ourselves. They’re just regular curtains from Ikea. We folded them in half and then latched
them onto the original hooks that came with the RV and also in front we have
insulation that keeps us cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Here is our day bed that
also acts as storage. There used to be another co-captains
chair that we ripped out, but we figured since that
chair was collecting so much, just random stuff we’re like let’s
build an extra storage space so this is bolted to the ground and we also have
hidden seatbelts that come out when we move. I’m going to take you to our
kitchen, which is my favorite spot. I love to cook. We completely gutted this. We just kept the lowers. I just took out the upper cabinets
and put floating shelves in. I know it’s something that a lot of us
tiny homers love to have cause it opens up this space and we have so
many beautiful dishes that
have been collected over time. So we wanted to
showcase that off, over here we kept to our original oven and stove
just financially it just made sense for us and everything was working and it
seems like the previous owners didn’t really use it that much.
So it was a big win for us. We also use it as extra storage for
some pots and pans and this is something that we absolutely love.
We just built a box, kind of like a faux vent over
it just to hide our microwave. And what we have is a
little metal magnetic at the
bottom and it just sticks to the top and this is where we can
access our microwave. But yeah, we just felt like this was such a nice
little modern and kind of open touch. And something else that I love about
our kitchen is these faux brick walls. So we got this thin sheet of faux brick
from home Depot and we mortared on top of it and then just painted it. And again it gives that
really rough kind of texture, but it makes it look a little
bit realistic and again, more modern and the white always
opens everything up in here. Here is our fridge. This is
something I’m always curious about. When we were looking to live tiny, we
were like, how big are the fridges? Because we like to eat, we can hold a lot of things and we have
a couple of drawers at the bottom for our fruits and vegetables.
We have little meat stations, but we try to keep everything
as organized as possible. But it definitely does hold a lot of food. And this is our pantry as well this has a little rolling
rack where we can pull out, we have our can food some of
our baking essentials and
any other little knickknacks that we have. This is
our coffee nook area. We use it a lot for our
Instapot and prep area. So there’s not as much real
estate on the kitchen countertops. So I I like to come here
and prep a lot of our foods. This one is so special to us. This is a drawing made by my
best friend at Kayla Haber. She also has cystic fibrosis like Caleb, Caleb and I actually saved our
actual wedding day for them. We got married at UCLA hospital because
Kayla was waiting for a second lung transplant and she couldn’t make it to
our actual wedding that we had and she was supposed to stand with us. So while she’s in the hospital she’d do
this for us and gave it to us as a gift and we absolutely love it. This is where we eat.
This is where we work. This is where we play games. Up here, we have some storage for our cups in
thermoses and on this side is more of Caleb’s medications. So this table was actually leftover scrap
wood that we had from cutting out our kitchen counter. block and all we did was just
buy some industrial lights from Amazon. You’ll see throughout the rest of the
house it has like a modern industrial kind of feel. We do love white spaces. It just again opens up
our tiny house so uh, you’ll see a lot of
those different accents. We are going to take
you to the bathroom now. This space is actually is a lot
bigger than we ever anticipated. We love how drastically different we
were able to transform this small room. We went with the peel and
stick tiles for our accent, which has been absolutely awesome.
This back wall I just added, I just used a little bit of
black paint and a sponge. The sink is just an actual sink bowl. We were able to just put a
little drain in it, drill a little hole and then the faucet is
from Amazon and it gives another, again, different kind of metal that
is brought into the home. One thing that we always get asked
about honestly is our toilet. We ended up keeping the original
toilet that was in here. We were kind of thinking about
going towards the composting route. It was just a little bit more expensive, so just trying to keep
budget friendly. What I love about this space
as well is the skylight. We’re able to kind of shower under the
stars or have the sun beating on us. Um, it always just makes it a little
bit more of a nature feel. It’s also a tub shower, so it’s really great for when we have
to give Oso a little bath time of which he absolutely hates. So this is our bedroom in the front we have our dresser where we
put most of our everyday clothes we have our bookshelves
with our essential oils. That’s also another place
that we frequent a lot. We try to do reading every morning
and every night about 20 minutes. This was something that we brought
from our old place. We absolutely love. It was just a easy print that we got off
Etsy and we took out the other half of the cabinet closet here and then made it
into a nook for reading and also extra seating space when people
come into the bedroom area. Behind me is another closet. This is where we put a lot of like our
bigger kind of chunky coats and suits and clothing wear that we don’t
necessarily wear every day. I think our bedding probably
changes out every month. I feel like especially with pillows
underneath the bedding is more storage space. We’re able to lift it up and I have a
little bit more storage for clothing as well as some extra blankets
for guests that come over So one of the things that we had
to consider while going tiny, um, is trying to figure out space
to store Caleb’s medication. This is Caleb’s vest. We store
it on the side of our bed, um, as well as his nebulizers. We chose the bedroom to store
most of his medications, um, because it is the least
traffic area in the house. Um, with people coming in and out all the
time and especially a lot of the windows open, there’s just higher opportunity
for bacteria and viruses to land on things. In our very near future,
we’re starting to plan, hopefully growing our family. Our kind of bigger goal is to be
able to move into a container home. We’re obsessed with them and
we’re starting to get that
same feeling that we did when we were looking at motor
homes and all that stuff. So I feel like that’s something that could
definitely be a reality for us in the next, um, three to five years. So living tiny and moving into a space
that is less than 300 square feet has definitely brought its
challenges. But if anything, it’s brought us closer together. It’s made us learn how to
communicate better with one another. While there is lack of privacy, there is more of an opportunity for
intimacy in a way that you don’t have, like when you’re in a
big space. If anything, it’s allowed us to grow individually, which helps us grow together as a couple. We love this lifestyle and I think it’s
definitely showed us a whole new way of life. Make sure to check out my website for
more stories on the tiny house movement, including renovated RVs, vans,
schoolies, and everything else, tiny living.

100 thoughts on “RV Renovation Tour! ’01 Intruder becomes Beautiful Tiny Home

  1. The perspective that RVs (or trailers, double-wides, etc. for that matter) don’t have the homey feel of a tiny house, while certainly an opinion, is kind of classist. I’d be interested to see more videos that break out of the expensive upfront renovations that just aren’t accessible to most people. How has someone made home in an unrennovated RV? Is there a trailer park community you can highlight? These were the original budget tiny homes. I appreciate the tiny home movement, but I think it certainly has some blind spots in favor of aesthetic.

  2. How do you travel with your breakable dishes on the open shelves? We took an RV vacation this past summer and everything needed to be bolted down BIG TIME. Was curious about that…

  3. Oh I love their tiny home!! I’ve told my husband that’s what I’d like to do. Get an RV with slide outs and renovate and update. It makes a perfect little home! Thanks for sharing! ❤️💜💚

  4. I absolutely love this couple! They're so creative… this looks identical to a tiny home! I love it! God Bless them! I said a prayer for him & pray he lives a long, healthy life! ♥️♥️♥️

  5. Just beautiful! I can't believe that you renovated all of this for around $10k! Just amazing! Was wondering if you are doing this for a living? I would love for you to renovate my 2011 Aspect Winnebago 2011! Are you doing this now as a career choice? You definitely should!!

  6. Hello @tinyhousegiantjourney

    I have a question and people might think 🤔 I'm stupid for asking but I got to know… When you live in a tiny house or a campingvan like this couple…. How to the secure their interiors? Like kitchen items (plates, cups, etc) when they don't have it in a drawer or cabinet…. Please answer

  7. Nice home… I am sorry to hear about you being sick though . The most important question is , where are either of you going to be in a 100 years ? Please take Jesus as your Lord and Savior and you will go to Heaven . Enjoy your home , but please consider something so much more important in this life and that is where you will spend eternity ..

  8. Well done.. Beautiful story. I'm in Australia the old RV's are no where near 20 grand or as big as this they really hold their value here.

  9. Excellent – keeps us posted on the future family edition 🙂 AND the future container home!! Congratulations 💖💖💖

  10. I loved their home. I do not like white, too blah but theirs was so nice. The young lady spoke so good while touring us and was cut off while speaking rather frequently. I adored their wedding sketch from her friend Kayla. So heartfelt. She is gifted. Love this video, best RV reno I’ve seen. They are a lovely couple ♥️♥️

  11. Very nice reno. However, it looks like there's a LOT of stuff that has to be put away before rolling out down the road, especially in the kitchen. I wish videos would explain that; even show where everything gets put when driving from place to place. As a van dweller, that was one if my main "pet peeves". I want to be able to get in my drivers seat and go. If something crazy is going on in the middle of the night and I'm not safe, can I jump in my seat and roll out? Of course if an RV is at an RV park, you can't do that because you're hooked up to everything outside. #TheProsAndConsOfWheeledHomes Also, how accessible is the rig with the slides in? Extra seating in the bedroom for people 😲‼️What do the people you showcase do for income to maintain their mobile/nomad lifestyle? It's cheaper, but not free.

  12. How lovely — your home, your relationship, the life you've created for yourselves! I lived in 300 squares for a period of time and never saw it as an inconvenience, rather it helps contained my wants and limit my needs. I'd still be there but landlords kept raising the rent…

  13. Great Reno…. Sad when these old RV's look better when remodeled than 95% of the New Wagon Wheel Interior RV's coming off the Line in Indiana..Do this People!

  14. Seriously considering buying one of those $1000-$3000 RVs and remodeling it. This videos are so inspiring and the people renovating them very creative.👍

  15. So how do these tiny homes hold up to destruction from white supremacists who might not want me in their community? Bcuz I'm Black.

  16. What a truly delightful, inspirational & genuinely wonderful couple. Their incredibly beautiful tiny home is gorgeous. Having had a traditional travel trailer in the past, I've often thought about doing a conversion like this. Magnificent job with such creativity. ❤

  17. I wish my best friends life expectancy was 37, she had CF and died when she was 25 because she got pneumonia. I wish I could have travelled with her more. Beautiful caravan.

  18. What a beautiful home! They did a great job!

    I wonder if he is a candidate for the new CF medication, I'm not sure if it's an actual "cure", but it is suppose to lengthen the life span and lesson symptoms. Another youtuber with CF named Stephi, recently did a video about the medication and how it's working for her.

  19. While I enjoy seeing all kinds of tiny house options, as a fulltime rver = I especially love seeing the renovated rv’s! Hope to see more of them in the future!!!
    Thanks for sharing this couple’s story,

  20. Your husband and your best friend both have cf. bless u all. You are a hardworking couple. What a great job u did.

  21. I am disabled but someday I hope I can get my Skoolie built. Maybe if I win the lottery. nope, that won't happen I don't play it. ; (

  22. So glad you highlighted renovated RV’s….I am nearing completion of my own renoe’d and completely rebuilt Class C….and its definitely going to be my little log cabin on wheels when Im finished👍👍

  23. Have a different medical issue, began at 6 years of age. At 20years told by Drs I'd die before 30. Just began 7th decade…….wasted too much time, 20 years, believing them…….so glad you just live.

  24. They mentioned going to container homes. I read comments on a container home build and apparently it has to have wooden frames, making it costly, and the floor can rust so it has to be sealed every so often. There are a lot of expenses.
    Instead, I'm considering 2 long qonsets side-by-side about 40 feet apart. The 40ft gap would be covered with the semi-circle quonset roof. Quonsets have no bearing walls so the design can be flexible. I saw one that used a spray foam insulation that was finished in a way that had embossed bricls and embossed designs that when painted looked like riverstones, also acted as interior walls. The quonsets seem easier to move and easier to code than container homes.

  25. I've seen many surprising RV renos here on YouTube. Tiny homes are unaffordable for a lot of people, especially when they aren't self-built. They seem to have become a status symbol rather than a economical path to owning your own roof. Concidering that a lot of people will only use them for a short period of time ( a few years) it probably makes more sense to not invest so much in a tiny home. I see a lot of pre owned ones for sale and always wonder if they'll lose, gain or break even. While I'd certainly prefer a tiny, it'll be RV living for me for certain.

  26. I love your house. The very best of everything to you both. I am also hoping that your husband will be ok health wise.

  27. I am glad I subscribed to your channel because I get the chance to see some incredible homes, I can't wait to have my own, now looking for an affordable piece of land then build it myself, it will be nice to get an acre of land donated from a very rich person, and I guarantee I will watch his property

  28. She has such a beautiful soul and vibes to her. Out of all the tiny homes/RV renovations, this one is one of my top favs. I love how open, yet practical it feels. Love the decor and bohemian/clean feel to it. Beautiful couple!

  29. What a beautiful, functional design! Great use of color and wood tones to make things look homey, and that faux brick wall is amazing. Great story, as well – wonderful couple.

  30. I think what I like the most about tiny houses is the lofts… I like the idea of living on two levels, of having high ceilings. That is what RVs, Schoolies, and Shipping container houses lack… but this renovation is very beautiful, and alternatives like this are a great option for people who don't want to climb stairs. I think there was an older woman specifically looking for a one-story tiny house in one of your other videos.

  31. Tiny house giant Your channel has been around for quite soje time now b6t I truly belive your channel would do could so much better if you changed your intro, recordingstyle, editting and use of music. Hope you wont be offended, and dont know if you will ever read this comment so will keep it short but hope you may be willing to accepts constructive critism?. Take a look at Living Big in a Tiny House and Kirsten Derksen for example.

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