The Long Awaited Start: Renovation
Dreaming is easy. Buying an RV and truck turned out to be the easy part too. Renovating the RV and truck is not easy.
Two and half years after we purchased the RV we are finally onto the next step: RENOVATION. Part of our delay is that we had other dreams to pursue and itches to scratch. We wanted to play more here in Asheville and take advantage of some recreational/travel opportunities that came up. Before we knew it, it was 2013 and we're still in Asheville.
It's now or never.
We had plans to work on converting the truck to WVO this summer, but non-stop rain and not having access to a covered garage killed that. Jerud and I decided that winter was going to the best time for us to tackle the RV renovations: 1) He gets a two-week shutdown at work in December which gives him extra time. 2) We won't be mad about not riding as much since the weather will be cold and crummy.
Since we have to replace the RV roof and parts of the bedroom walls due to previous water damage, this meant that we'd need a covered space to work in. We can't leave the rig in the open storage lot where we've had it stored and our driveway is too steep to drive the RV up. Jerud found a covered storage complex not too far from home and we're currently renting a unit. Turns out renting a storage unit big enough to fit an RV is expensive! Even though the price is high, we are extremely glad that we have this space. Having a covered storage unit will make the tear down process a lot easier. We'll be able to leave everything as-is at the end of each work day instead of having to store away all the tools in a secure area. We also won't have to constantly relocate items we've torn from the RV but want to keep.
Despite knowing all the hard work that is ahead of us, we are super excited to get started with this project. Aside from the unit being the smallest in the storage complex (aka cheapest), it's also the best unit: it has two windows, there's lawn right outside for the dogs, it's located right by the gate entrance, and it's close to the bathrooms. Sometimes we're easily pleased.