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    What is TRIPPED RV?

    TRIPPED RV is a weekly YouTube series following our adventure renovating a 30ft Class A RV and driving from Florida to Alaska.

    We bought ourselves an RV- AKA a house on wheels- AKA something you keep throwing money at as it continues to break your heart to take on the next adventure. We’re heading toward Alaska in 2018 to begin at the starting point of what will be a three year Pan American road trip. We’ll probably have to ditch the RV in about a year but we’ll figure that out down the road.

    Meet The RV - The Before Tour

    We are making the jump to living full-time in our RV! Come along on the "before tour" (before our renovation tour) of our new to us (AKA used) 2005 Winnebago Sightseer. We’ll go through some of the built in features of this used Class A RV as well as talk through some of the of the renovations we have planned.

    Marvel at the 19” Built in Standard Definition Television! -Be Wowed by the sage green interior accented by way too many ruffles! -Be further amazed at the use of warm taupes!

    The RV Renovation

    Our RV Renovation took 2 months of work but we have narrowed down this video to 7 minutes - hah! Before the RV remodel/renovation AFTER tour, you’ve got to see some of the sweat that went into the RV transformation!

    We spent two months parked in Florida working on the renovation of our 2005 Winnebago Sightseer, trying to update the RV for the next year of full time RV life. Budget RV Renovation Additionally, this is what one would call a budget RV remodel. 

    RV Renovation Update: UPDATE: Having living in the RV full time for two months we've barely even used the generator.  We can typically power our laptops and other energy needs off the inverter we purchased and only drain the house batteries to half capacity. 

    We typically only turn the generator on to quickly use the microwave or for the once a month session where it needs to be run for an hour for maintenance. Instead of 6 weeks of waiting for paint to dry in a high humidity climate, you can watch a timelapse of a few seconds of painting and feel all the satisfaction that comes along with it.

    This video is like a mashup of Property Brothers by way of Fixer Upper-except with none of the expertise. Also, instead of a house, it’s a huge car. (Yes- An RV is a car you can shower in.)

    The After Tour

    We've all seen some of the incredible remodels/complete teardowns/ overhauls that are littered across Pinterest and Youtube.

    Since we're planning on spending almost exactly one year in this Class A for our Pan American roadtrip we don't want to invest too much money into it.  That means that we'll be doing all the work ourselves and limiting the scope of the project. For example, solar energy is hugely popular in RV community right now- and with good reason.  By investing in a proper solar setup RV owners can be all but completely free of the standard power grid.  However, the up front investment is high and the return takes years. 

    Since we want to limit the amount of money we're sinking into the Sightseer we'll be skipping the solar upgrade and instead relying on the built in Onan generator for power needs.

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