Meet Birdie, our soon-to-be rentable RV!

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If you’ve read my blog or seen my Instagram, you know that two of the things I love the most are renovation and travel.  One day, I had the thought, “How can we combine the two?” and the idea came to me. What if we were to buy and renovate RVs that we could travel in, and that we could rent out to others to travel in? With my entrepreneurial husband, putting that question out there was really all it took.  The concept was born, and the search began for our first RV.

We wanted to make sure that we got an RV that was accessible to all, so we looked for one that could be driven and not towed.  It was important to us that anyone could rent Birdie and experience the RV lifestyle even if they didn’t have a car capable of pulling an RV.

The very next day, we found Birdie up in Fort Worth and by 5 pm, we had driven off the lot with her!  As a side note, this is very much the way that Sean & I operate. We have an idea; we find the right match, and we act on it right away!  We are pretty fast decision makers when we both have the vision and know what we want.

Sean decided that he could do a large part of the renovation work himself, so from November 2017 until now, this has been our weekend side renovation project!  The first step was to gut the entire inside of the RV. Demo day is always rewarding and fun. It feels great to get rid of the old and make way for the new vision to be accomplished. We also wanted to make sure that the mechanics of the RV were renovated and running properly, so BIrdie spent some time in the shop getting all her mechanical systems updated as well.

 From L to R clockwise: The original interior of Birdie; Demo Day; completely gutted; Sean pleased with a long day of hard work

From L to R clockwise: The original interior of Birdie; Demo Day; completely gutted; Sean pleased with a long day of hard work

Next, it was on to the renovation!  Sean installed new flooring, and reconfigured the water tank system that was housed under the bed.  We also epoxied the shower floor and painted the entire interior. Now, Birdie is sitting at the cabinet maker getting some custom cabinets made for the kitchen.  Once the cabinets are in, we will continue with the rest of the kitchen and bedroom install.

 Top L: Prepping for painting;  Bottom L: Spraying paint; Right: All 3 of us (Birdie, me, Sean) covered in paint!

Top L: Prepping for painting;  Bottom L: Spraying paint; Right: All 3 of us (Birdie, me, Sean) covered in paint!

 Top L & R:  Sean installing the floors;  Bottom: Enjoying a job well done!

Top L & R:  Sean installing the floors;  Bottom: Enjoying a job well done!

We are so excited to see progress on Birdie and can’t wait for you to meet her.  Why the name Birdie? Because birds live a carefree lifestyle, and they have everything they need to travel wherever they want to go! We hope you love renting and traveling with Birdie as much as we have loved renovating her! 

 Top:  A man and his machine!  Bottom:  Weekend renovation fun!

Top:  A man and his machine!  Bottom:  Weekend renovation fun!

I can’t wait to put the finishing touches on Birdie in the coming months.  Look for some bird inspired decorations and fun pops of color in my coming posts!  

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