A lot of couples dream of owning their own home, but others dream of traveling the world — then there are those who find a way to do both. When Elyse and Amanda decided it was time to make an investment in their future, they looked to something that would give them the flexibility to live on the road. When the ambitious couple found an old 1986 Fleetwood Avion on Craigslist, they went to work creating their DIY dream home on wheels.
The 40-square-foot, 34-foot-long Avion camper was in terrible shape when Elyse and Amanda began to craft the vision for their new home. Renaming the silver trailer “Geraldine” after an Avett Brothers song, the couple found the original interior was dark and dingy. However, not everything was as it seemed. Amanda explained to Apartment Therapy that although its appearance was a bit daunting, the overall structure was actually in surprisingly good shape. Amanda said, “It was all of ’86 when we got it, but it was well-made.”
To start with a blank canvas for their DIY restoration, they gutted almost all of the interior furnishings in order to create what they call their “bungalow on wheels.” Doing almost all of the work themselves, except for the plumbing, they replaced the carpet and linoleum with beautiful vinyl wood flooring and applied peel-and-stick reclaimed wood panels to the walls.
To make the most out of the compact space, they built most of their new home’s furniture, including a custom wood dinette table, which doubles as storage space. Having past experience in woodworking, Amanda even converted an old farm table into a fold-out desk.
Other furnishings were given a strategic makeover to fit into the renovated RV’s new interior design, such as the pull-out sofa and its cushions, which were all reupholstered. The kitchen was also given a face lift thanks to a new coat of paint for the walls and the kitchen cabinets. A new tile blacksplash, butcher block countertops and a large stainless steel sink gave the compact galley kitchen a fresh, modern aesthetic.
Images via Gerry on the Road