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Woman Turns Trailer into Tiny Home That Will Amaze You

This is Meseidy’s fantastic travel-trailer-turned-tiny-home!

What was once a drab and dated typical camper, has been transformed into a clean, bright and stylish home. You’d never know from the standard travel trailer exterior that it features a fashion-forward interior.

Inside, you’ll find what Meseidy refers to as contrasting dark and light colors and brass fixtures. The kitchen includes bright yellow stools against a grey and white counter top. Over the stove, the stainless steel backsplash is visually appealing and easy-to-clean. Step into the living area and color-block throw pillows rest on grey armchairs, and funky retro chairs sit around the original dining table. The master bedroom is even more colorful, with deep ocean blue paint and more color-block pillows. Finally, the bathroom has an amazing basin sink and decorative tree branch jewelry holders. Proof that living in a trailer can be extremely glamorous.

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Related: Man Rehabs Old Travel Trailer into DIY Tiny House for Travels

Our big thanks to Barbara Gilbert for sharing!

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributing writer for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She is a coffee-loving wannabe homesteader who dreams of becoming self-sufficient in her own tiny home someday. Natalie currently resides in a tiny apartment with her husband, Casey, in Massachusetts.
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  • Lynnette February 6, 2016, 10:39 am

    BEAUTIFUL!

  • Darcy February 6, 2016, 11:12 am

    Still waiting to be amazed. It looks nice but new furniture and a fresh coat at of paint will do that.

    • Eric February 6, 2016, 3:00 pm

      Precisely what I was thinking… in the main kitchen/dining/lounge area the cabinetry all seems to be the same except painted white. Oh, and a little fold up extension to the kitchen sink area.

      And there’s nothing wrong with that but somehow I was expecting something quite dramatically more.

      Bathroom appears to have had more done to it. But again, to me I must point out, not anybody else, nothing dramatically different or more functional.

      Perhaps I’m a little bit jaded. Looking at too many mansions ala Steven Speilberg et al?

      • Sgmaps February 6, 2016, 9:17 pm

        Exactly, all they did for a lot of it was repaint the cabinets which obviously means that they were in good condition or they would have been ripped out & replaced. The trailer also looks to be in good condition outside. i would have been happy to buy it & keep it the way it was after checking it for plumbing & electrical issues.

      • Sandi B February 26, 2017, 9:24 pm

        Okay, kind of snarky I think. You need to know/remember that travel trailers are built using 2x2s and not 4x2s. This makes a huge difference in what you can do by way of actually changing out cabinets etc. 2x2s will not hold conventional cabinetry. If you are going to go the RV route, which would be the thing to actually do if you want to be moving it a lot, you want to be sure that the basic flooring and cabinetry are all in good shape and there are no, nor have there ever been, any inside plumbing leaks. A great job was done on this unit to modernize it and make it more visually appealing instead of the same old boring RV interior. Give them a hand for a well done job.

      • Sandi B February 26, 2017, 10:02 pm

        I think what was done with this 5th wheel is great. She brightened it up and made it much more livable for her. She did an excellent job on the color scheme, added a few improvements and she did not have the high expense of a THOW. I somewhat resent the attitude of some who have commented on here that in some way you must be trailer trash to live in an RV or be “camping” full time. Sounds a little snobby to me. You might be surprised at the number of people who live full time in RV’s and they are not by any means trailer trash. Some pretty famous people live full time in RVs. I have lived in mine for 17 years and would not be looking to change it except for a 5,000 pound Eucalyptus Tree limb crashing through it. In fact, just prior to that I was getting ready to refurbish it. However, when you have structural damage it is pretty much over except for the singing so-to-speak — thus my venture into the THOW movement, because if I can utilize the trailer it only makes sense to do so, I do not move around much anymore and I have a one ton tow vehicle, though a THOW, due to weight really needs a one and a half to two ton truck. The job this woman did on her 5th wheel is no small task and a lot of work. Most of the cabinetry in RVs is already multipurpose/functional if it is a higher end unit so why change it out if you do not have to? Kudos on your makeover and thanks for sharing, I am sure you will have years of use with it.

        • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee February 27, 2017, 7:54 am

          Totally agree! I think it’s commendable to see people making RVs into homes, and honestly I don’t see a huge difference in living in an RV on wheels vs. a THOW, except that a THOW has longevity (that you often have to pay for!) and an RV can be renovated at a much lower cost.

  • Lynn February 6, 2016, 11:30 am

    This is wonderful, what kind of costs are we talking? And how much help did she have to hire for this “redo”?

  • janp February 6, 2016, 11:52 am

    nicely done

  • Amalie Lopez (Amy) February 6, 2016, 11:54 am

    This is a another lovely one with lots of comfort. I still think I would invest in a more sturdy structure like a Tiny House though.

    • Ann February 6, 2016, 12:46 pm

      I was thinking the same thing. I was going to have one built but ended up with 27′ trailer that seems to be pretty sturdy and has weathered through several big wind storms. I’m doing something similar. Someone is getting the couch tomorrow. I wanted to paint walls, but didn’t know if you could paint over that wallpaper or not.

      • Mary February 6, 2016, 2:48 pm

        You can absolutely paint over wallpaper depending on preping and the condition of the wallpaper, you might strip or just prime over. Find a good paint store and they will steer you towards the best primer, etc.

        • Ann February 6, 2016, 5:53 pm

          Do you have to prime first? You can’t just paint over the top of it? I may strip the banner pieces off, though.

      • Barbara February 8, 2016, 6:32 pm

        RVs don’t have wall paper. They have wall vinyl, so I would definitely use a good primer before painting. Ditto for mobile homes.

        • Ann February 8, 2016, 6:36 pm

          Ah ok, I wondered about that. Thank you. Someone did tell me I could use a paint that has primer IN it, so I might go that route.

      • Eric February 18, 2016, 5:09 am

        Ann… trust me on this, I’ve had plenty of experience. If you are painting over vinyl wallpaper firstly you will need to lightly (I stress “lightly”) roughen its surface with sandpaper. Then give it a coat with primer that is designed to key into vinyl. Leave for a couple of days and then paint. Depending on the colour you want to paint you “may” need to use a highly pigmented paint to cover any bleed throughs of the vinyl primer. Or, possibly use undercoat over that primer (they are NOT one and the same) and then your final colour coat of paint.

        • Shawna February 24, 2017, 12:30 pm

          Thanks, Eric, that was exactly what I needed to know. Bought an older Lazy Daze to travel with me mum til she can’t anymore, was debating painting to lighten the “room” (mine has a rear bath, so the dining/living is like a one room cabin) and give it a feeling of space, as it doesn’t have pull outs (LD doesn’t put them in ANY of their RVs). Thought all white might be a bit dull, even though I have lots of bright fabrics to cover the furniture, etc., thinking maybe an off white to match my existing counter top or a beige or pale blue. Sounds like it’s a LOT of work to do it yourself, but does look more roomy after. Was also debating removing shades and installing curtains, I do like how much more like a home that makes it feel. And I really like what they did with the bathroom, really adds some modern class. LOVE the kitchen sink being sunk down into the counter like that, wanna do that in mine, too. Thinking I’d really like to have the kitchen faucet on a step peddle so I can control water better, not sure how that would work in an already built cabinet in such a small space, though. Would love any ideas on that one. 🙂

  • Mike H February 6, 2016, 2:53 pm

    I want to add my support for the concept of using quality RV’s as Tiny Homes. Looking this model up on RV Trader, it looks as though they can be found for around $12,000. The owner probably put $5k more in furnishings and improvements. This is alot of house for under $20k, and going just a few model years older can save thousands more. Over a period of 10 years the monthly cost is less than $150, and with some care and strategy (and a modest budget) this unit could last many more years. For as little as $1500 a metal carport could be used to cover the RV helping to protect it, improve longevity, and greatly reduce future maintenance. The carport could also reduce wind loads with wind walls, be used as a permanent awning, and be a great way to attach solar. I also agree that the slide-outs make a big difference and am not a big proponent of an 8′ wide dwelling if it can be avoided. Even Thoreau’s cabin was 10′ wide.

    • Alicia February 6, 2016, 3:31 pm

      Mike,
      I could not agree with you more!!
      After seeing the remodel and reading your comment, I am feeling really inspired!

    • Alex February 6, 2016, 5:54 pm

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and research with us, Mike!

    • Eric February 18, 2016, 5:11 am

      Yeah, but Thoreau didn’t have to tow it on roads did he?

      • Mike H February 18, 2016, 10:50 am

        I consider that a pretty weak argument. Most of the stick built tiny homes rarely get moved, and a permit can be obtained to move them if they’re over width. Many of these tiny homes are incredibly heavy and require a 1 ton truck which alot of tiny house dwellers probably don’t even own. It all depends on how often you plan on moving.

        Bottom line though Eric is that most of the stick built tiny homes aren’t made to be moved often are they?

        • Michael February 24, 2017, 7:15 am

          Mike, I absolute agree.
          There are tons of used RV on the market. The most important thing is that they are water tight.
          Sure, they aren’t so rock solid but even if you re-enforce, add more insulation and put a new light weight interior, you are still miles away from a new THOW weight and price wise.
          When you take a goose neck you have something which can be towed much easier than the heavy and enormous high THOW.
          The booming THOW industry has obviously lost a decent price limit. There are THOW exceeding 100k but there is almost nothing complete for less than half of it.
          But most interesting is that it happens despite of insecurity where to park and use them legally.

  • Sally Schrock February 6, 2016, 2:54 pm

    Incredible makeover of an older trailer! I could see someone turning this into a business, acquiring generic, plain vanilla trailers like the one above and making them over with custom touches, then reselling them at a profit–or doing other people’s trailers on commission. Either way, it has all the ambience of home sweet home, but on a smaller scale. I love it!

  • Alicia February 6, 2016, 3:33 pm

    I’m so impressed by the remodel and updates! Beautiful! I love it!

  • Sgmaps February 6, 2016, 9:00 pm

    The new decor is colourful & bright, very nice, but, personally I see nothing wrong with the previous. It is in good condition, appears well taken care of, I guess it is just personal preference. Obviously I like the wood tone look, it is not dark. I do like the addition of the fold down counter & the covers over the kitchen sinks to add more counter space.

  • MareM February 6, 2016, 10:23 pm

    Beautiful redo, and a very liveable home. I’m saving this one to my favorites.

  • Mike February 6, 2016, 11:51 pm

    This reminds me of the Airstream Bambi that Wilsonart reimagined for an Airstream trade show display at least a decade ago which might have been partially an inspiration for the tiny house movement. To wit: http://www.curbly.com/users/diy-maven/posts/1198-trailer-chic-the-vision-of-christopher-deam

    That exercise inspired the current line of Airstream International models which are popular and a little more towards the higher end of the market. There has been a number of well known designers embracing an Airstream armature since then with some amazing results.

    RV interiors are notorious (with some notable exceptions like the described foregoing) for looking like they were designed by a committee. I suppose that’s the price you pay for a manufactured environment. RV manufacturer’s seem to be evolving in a more design-focused direction, but it’s not caught fire just yet. I’d bet a serious study of historical RV interiors from the golden age (say, 1920’s through 1950’s) would produce some amazing and compelling ideas for manufacturers to incorporate in their current lines which could be well received. Those classic interiors just feel right somehow…

  • MareM February 7, 2016, 4:04 am

    Would like to see the bathroom/shower room. I assume it’s behind the book/TV shelves. Again, great job.

  • Barbara February 8, 2016, 4:13 pm

    A trailer of this age can be bought for $5,000 to $6,000. We intend to to do just that, and maybe refurbish it and maybe not. I love what was done to the one featured here; it is light and bright, has lots of storage space, and no loft beds. It has comfortable new furniture and looks modern and clean. We will live in ours for a few months to a year, than park it at a son’s house when we move to Costa Rica. As our three sons live far apart, we intend to use the trailer when we come back to visit them all. We will make Costa Rica our permanent home, but intend to spend a fair amount of time each year back here in the U. S. Meanwhile, we want to build some tinies in Costa Rica for visitors or other expats to rent. As retirees, we can no longer afford medical or dental care in the U.S. That’s why, if you’re wondering…..

    • Merrilyn March 3, 2016, 12:56 am

      Have you found anyone in the Costa Rica area that builds tiny houses? The only thing I have found is shipping container houses which make a whole lot of noise when it rains. I’m planning on doing the same in Costa Rica! 🙂

  • D February 9, 2016, 1:15 am

    Sorry though refurbished nicely it’s still a trailer.

  • Wilma November 30, 2016, 5:32 pm

    I have a 2000 trailer that I would love to refurbish, but I’m looking for more than paint and furniture. Without tearing it all apart, I’d like to insulate and make it sturdier. I just don’t know how I would go about making such changes. I’d like my money to go more into the structure and function rather than giving it a face lift.

    If anyone has any ideas, I’d love to know what they are!

  • Frances Batson November 30, 2016, 5:58 pm

    I love my camper and could easily live in it full time. I would recomend a primer before painting. Took 2 coats to really look good. Paint had primer. I know many people who live half of each year in theirs. Love the lighter color of this one. An update is needed any where you live.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie December 2, 2016, 8:43 am

      Absolutely! We used to summer in our family’s and I loved it. — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Sondra December 1, 2016, 12:52 pm

    I bought a 1982 Fleetwood Travel Trailer for $2500 on eBay. My husband I have remodeled and upgraded it, we use it to go on cheap vacay’s like Westport, CA or Death Valley etc. We figure when we build our home we can live in it (yes small) while we build to save on costs of renting etc.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie December 2, 2016, 8:42 am

      That’s so great for you and your husband! I’m happy for you! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • jm December 2, 2016, 11:09 am

    Still a travel trailer with maybe a few more pounds added. So, I guess thows have been around for a loooong time.

    • Frances Batson December 2, 2016, 12:02 pm

      Why put negative comments. If you are not a camper person that’s OK but don’t act like a tiny house is soo far above it. They are both great.

      • jm December 3, 2016, 6:51 pm

        Hold on here Frances. Reality bites–I know. I’m neither a proponent of tiny homes on wheels, or living in caves. And I’ve camped plenty.
        An airstream is still an airstrean no matter what you do to it. And Kim Kardashian will still be she no matter how many boob jobs she gets. You have a nice home–I didn’t critisize that. Besides, I didn’t say YOU have any extra pounds…
        The only sane voice that gets singalled out…

        • Natalie C. McKee Natalie December 5, 2016, 10:24 am

          Do try to be kind. She did a stellar job on this remodel and many folks would love to live there. — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Jacque Chinnery December 15, 2016, 6:20 pm

    I thought the changes were great. I would live in it. My husband and I are considering doing that and I like the idea of customizing an older rv. to suit your own needs and tastes. My husband has wondered we would need another rv for my art supplies!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie December 16, 2016, 8:24 am

      Haha 🙂 Hobbies (or jobs!) like to take up space, huh!? — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Kris December 16, 2016, 1:53 am

    I personally think it looks great. A HUGE improvement. I love the idea of this because I cant do ladders to loft beds so I was going to build my tiny house on a goose neck trailer. I didnt realize you could refurbish a 5th wheel like this. I think this is the route I want to explore more. Thank you so much for sharing this. Im not too proud to live in a “trailer”…I couldn’t give a hoot less what others think. If it’s right for me Ill do it. Congrats on a job well done to the owners. I hope they are receiving much enjoyment from their tiny home.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie December 16, 2016, 8:18 am

      Our pleasure! Renovating RVs is an amazing way to get a tiny house 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Deanna February 24, 2017, 8:10 am

    What an inspiration!! I Love it!!!

  • Jeff February 24, 2017, 12:21 pm

    I think this is fantastic! I love the color choices and all of the re-do. Meseidy is a very talented and creative young lady. It just shows what a little bit of paint / upholstery and a lot of hard work will do. Great job…

  • Debbie February 25, 2017, 5:00 am

    I love it! I have a 2003 Sandpiper that I was thinking about renovating and this has given me some great ideas. I would live year round in my RV. Good job!

  • Nancy February 26, 2017, 12:22 pm

    Thanks, Alex! It’s nice to see what a new colour scheme and a few upgraded fixtures can do to make a travel trailer look modern, bright, and homey. I have a travel trailer that’s in the process of being re-done and this is inspiration for doing much more with what already exists in the trailer rather than ripping it all out and starting from scratch!

  • Faith February 27, 2017, 9:28 am

    I think this is a lovely update, Meseidy.

    I have been considering tiny and/or RV living. A nicely-designed new RV can be found for well-under $30K, and for the same price an older luxury model.

    My big questions pertain to 4-season living in a THOW or RV. Insulation is critical. Electrical capacity and lots of outlets where you need them. And a washer/dryer! The fifth-wheel style is appealing because you can do away with stairs.

    Does anyone have any experience with the slide-outs? How well-insulated are they? Waterproof? Sag-proof?

    Another consideration is weight capacity. Check the original specs. Some of them recommend adding only 1500 pounds of cargo. IF you fill your water tanks, that could be half your capacity. RV manufacturers and spec-sites offer this information. It is not provided for THOWs. I think getting rid of a lot of the clunky furniture and particle-board built-ins could enhance RV capacity.

    Lots to consider, but hope to commit some time this year!

  • ROSEE March 1, 2017, 11:38 am

    BEAUTIFUL & LIVABLE!

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