For many people, RV living is a temporary solution that allows a couple to save up for a “sticks and bricks” home later down the road, but for the Behrens, life in their camper has lasted for an entire decade!
The couple went from trade school right into RV life, and for 10 years they’ve followed husband Spenser’s line work across the country, often moving with little to no notice. As their family grew they did upgrade to a larger new fifth wheel, but they’ve renovated the interior to make it look like home!
We got to interview Libby about their decade on the road, and she shared some gorgeous before and afters of her home that are sure to inspire you. Follow the family on Instagram here for updates.
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This Family has Lived in a Renovated RV for 10 Years (Interview Below)
Here’s what their living room started out as…
Wow! What a difference those white walls make.
Here’s the original furniture that came with the RV.
And now look at it! Looks comfy.
The original, dark kitchen space.
The Insta-worthy transformation.
There’s a sink, large fridge and stove/oven.
Such gorgeous cutting boards!
How fun are those little circles of wood?
The original Master bedroom area.
Wow! What a gorgeous space it is now.
Typical RV bathroom.
Now what a glamorous place!
Shower after! Love the black accent wall.
A second powder bath becomes….
A sleek closet with hanging storage!
Part of the kids’ bunk space *before.*
Now it has tons of extra storage!
This dark vanity space becomes…
An adorable corner with a Highland Cow picture we all need.
What a splendid home! Using hats as decor.
Finally this outdoor kitchen transforms into….
The laundry room! No more laundromats.
Libby Talks about 10 Years of RV Living
What are your name(s)?
-Spenser and Libby Behrens
How many people (and animals) are living in your home?
-Two adults and one rambunctious two year old. No pets.
How long have you lived tiny?
-We have been full-time RV living for 10 years! (If you can believe that).
What do you do for work? Or do you travel full-time?
-Spenser is a Journeyman Lineman. A dangerous job that requires us to live and travel full-time in our RV as we follow his career around the county. Libby is a domestic engineer, raising our two year old son (Axel) on the road.
What are you hoping to get out of living tiny/small?
-We always say that we “traded the material for the memorable”. And that is exactly what we hope to attain by living a nomadic lifestyle, acquiring a collection of memories and experiences rather than things. Not having to wait until you retire to pack up and travel the country. Giving our son a life that few can say they’ve lived and getting to do so together as a family.
Describe your decorating style and philosophy.
-My decorating style has been characterized as a mixture between modern and bohemian where minimalism, functionality, and simplicity are key. I love the juxtaposition between the masculine and earthy all the while playing with a primarily neutral aesthetic.
What inspired you to choose an RV (rather than say a tiny house or a bus)?
-We have to pick up and move regularly, quite often at the drop of a hat. We felt that an RV was the best option for our lifestyle.
How did you acquire your home? Did you do a lot of renovations?
-We began our RV journey in a 26ft bumper-pull camper, but as our lifestyle changed and our family grew we had to upgrade to suit our needs, which landed us in the rig we have now. We have done all of the renovations ourselves, while living in our fifth-wheel full time. Even though we purchased our RV brand new, we knew we wanted to make some changes and truly make this rig our home.
What are bills/utilities like compared to before?
-We have only ever known this as “home” and what is considered “normal” to us. There was no ‘before’ to really compare our life to, this is all we have ever known.
Before going tiny, what was life like?
-We have been traveling and living tiny for a majority of our adult lives. We went from college and trade school to immediately living tiny and traveling in our RV. This is all we have ever really known.
Is there anything from your old life that you miss?
-I don’t believe that you have to give up much of yourself to live a more simple life or to live with less. However, we will forever miss being close to family.
What benefits are you experiencing after going tiny?
-Debt free is definitely a benefit of living tiny. The freedom to travel where you want, when you want is something we will forever cherish. Also, the closeness of our family. The proximity of your living translates into the intimacy of your family and that is truly something beautiful.
What about some challenges?
-Due to Spenser’s job we have to pick up and move quite regularly. The most challenging part about traveling and being on the road is having to constantly leave the friendships you’ve made and the people you’ve met along the way. It never gets easier to say goodbye.
What makes your tiny home special?
-Our tiny home is epitome of less is more. Meaning that you don’t have to completely demolish or entirely renovate your space to make it feel like home, show your personality and your space will instantly be transformed.
What is your favorite part of your tiny home?
-Transforming our outdoor kitchen into an on-site laundry room was an absolute game changer for a family living and traveling full-time on the road. It had never been done before and I am always flattered by the response we get from our neighbors when we open the door to do some laundry. Definitely my favorite part of our tiny home!
What helpful advice would you give to others interested in going tiny?
-Give yourself patience and grace when transitioning into tiny living. It is an adjustment and a complete lifestyle change. Welcome the challenge and appreciate the experience for what it is. Reflect on what is really important in your life and take the necessary steps to reach those goals. Don’t be afraid of change and living outside the norm.
Can you remind me of your instagram handle?
– Our Instagram is: @behrnecessitiesrv (Behr, like our last name, Behrens)
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Our big thanks to Libby for sharing! 🙏
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