It’s been a dream of ours for years to own a travel trailer/camper and explore our beautiful country. Our daydreams are filled with exploring new areas, working remotely from a laptop, and cozy evenings by a campfire.
We aren’t fully living this daydream yet, though we have taken the first step with the purchase of our hybrid travel trailer. Searching high and low- weighing our options, budget, realistic amount of usage, and current needs – we settled on a hybrid style travel trailer – providing hard shell living space with two bunks similar to a pop-up camper.
We found our travel trailer
Our 2005 Trail Cruiser Travel Trailer was in shockingly amazing condition when we purchased and initially, our upgrades were purely decorative.
- Wrapping the dinette, kitchen, and bathroom countertops with marble-style contact paper.
- Removed the curtains and window valances which were an instant upgrade and let in an incredible amount of natural light.
- Adding a shoe organizer to the outside of the bathroom door expanded our “pantry” and gave us the ability to keep our most used items within reach.
- A second collapsible organizer was added to the closet with a small three-bin organizer to store our clothing and still utilize the bar for hanging clothes.
- Attempted to “cover” the couch with a couch protector typically used for pets which ended up becoming more hassle than worth.
Camping season one setup
SEASON TWO UPGRADES:
Major construction became a priority after a soft spot in the flooring became a cause for concern.
We believe our toilet was the source of the leak which led to not only replacing the toilet but also ripping up the flooring to expose the sub-flooring which had become damaged over the years.
Replacing or covering the existing flooring had been a plan and after discovering the poor condition of the subfloor we made this renovation a priority.
Faux-wood laminate flooring was the best choice without adding additional weight to the travel trailer and remaining budget-friendly.
The one last upgrade for this camping season was to enlist the creative and crafting talents of my mother. Reupholstering our dinette cushions and making new bunk curtains revived the interior of the travel trailer in a major way. Offering a lighter interior with a boho feel.
A couch slipcover transformed our jackknife sofa in an instant without the hassle of disassembly and the expense of fabric.