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Marty the RV Build For Colder Weather

After a job loss, these college sweethearts sold everything they owned and decided to leave “normal” life behind, find remote work, and renovate an RV fit to take them to the slopes! Since most RVs aren’t winter-proofed, it took a lot of creativity to insulate and protect their rig enough to withstand a winter of sports and exploration.

They painted a beautiful mountain mural on the exterior of the RV and added a DIY composting toilet and solar system to allow them to go and stay off-grid. What do you think of this conversion?

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Couple & Dog in Class C Conversion

Marty the RV Build For Colder Weather

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Some upholstery covers and new paint does wonders!

Marty the RV Build For Colder Weather 2

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Look how cute their doggo is! Also the mural.

Marty the RV Build For Colder Weather 3

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VIDEO: Beautifully Renovated RV – Built for Winter


  • Class C RV
  • Automatic awning
  • Re-upholstered the furniture
  • Tons of added insulation
  • DIY Reflectix window treatments
  • 1000 watt solar
  • Wifi connection and booster for signal

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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  • LargeMarge
    August 25, 2022, 9:24 pm

    2003, we converted a 1996 Ford CF8000 commercial truck to our concept of an ExpeditionVehicle.
    For insulation, we have:
    * adhesive-back acoustic against the inside wall and ceiling, a gap, then
    * one-inch pink-board, another air-gap, then
    * two-inch foil-side poly.
    Although our rig has obsessively excessive insulation, I think proper windows are essential.
    We mounted 3010 (three feet wide by a foot tall) dual-pane sliders designed for a stand-still house.
    We mounted these at our eye-level standing inside, about eight feet above pavement.
    As we developed our RequirementsStatement, we were certain we would freeze an untimely demise if the weather got below 68°f.
    Accordingly, we acquired three Wave 3 catalytic heaters.
    Irregardless of weather, we open two windows on opposite walls 24/7/360°.
    The escaping warm air carries humidity and odors.
    We think a mention of ventilation requires discussing the potential of moisture accumulation under the mattress.
    I fabricated our bed platform using expanded metal, similar to stout window-screen.
    Plenty of under-mattress circulation.
    And two of our Wave 3 catalytic heaters are new-in-the-box, never-used.
    The one in-use is only set to ‘LOW’.
    Any hotter, and interior turns into a sauna.

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