Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Great Motorhome Reveal

Hey everyone!  I know it has been forever since I posted any information on our 1998 Jayco Eagle Class C RV, but I am finally making the time to update you all.  Long story short - we replaced the entire roof, rebuilt the front bunk and part of one wall, painted the interior, removed the carpet and replaced it with hard surface flooring, re-wired most of the RV, added 450 watts of solar panels, an air ride suspension, new tires, LED lights throughout, had brand new foam cushions made and upholstered, replaced all of the window coverings, replaced the awning, etc.  We kept the original appliances, shower, sink and counter surfaces.  There were a few minor mechanical adjustments along the way in regard to the generator and engine, as well.  All of the above took about 11 months from start to finish.  11 months of hard, back breaking work.  There were moments where I could not even look at the project because it caused so much anxiety.  We originally purchased this RV for $10k and over the next year we added approximately $8k to that cost in renovations and upgrades.  We have been offered $30K for it at an RV show and all of our friends ask if they can buy it, so we know we could get our money out of it if we ever wanted to.  For now, it suits our little family of three (sometimes four, if you count my mom) and we couldn't be happier.

The pictures tell a better story than I ever could, so here goes...

1998 Jayco Eagle Class C RV parked on our property in Southern California

Removing front bunk
Front bunk rebuilt

New Floors in Progress
New Floors in Progress

Painting the Cabinets

Painting the Interior
Painting the Cabinet Hardware

Polishing the Exterior

Replacing the Dicor Roof

Installing Solar Panels
New Day-Night Shades Installed

Interior After

Bathroom After

Bathroom Shower After

My Little Happy Camper on a Road Trip

We have used the RV lots of times for day and weekend trips.  We have only stayed in the Southern California area, but plan on going a bit further this Summer.  When people see all of the work we have done they always ask, "Would you do it again?" and our answer is, "We could do it again, but would rather not!"

Another question I often get is why did I choose to go with a white and light grey palette and is it hard to maintain.  Honestly, I love all things white and it is super easy to maintain.  I wash the bedding when we return from a trip just like I would anyway, so it has been very easy.  All of the painted surfaces are easy to wipe down and I steam mop the floors.  Easy-Peasy!

Feel free to post any questions you may have and I will try my best to answer them.  I plan on posting another blog in the future with all of the particulars (brand names, products, etc.), but for now this will have to do.  Until next time...

Happy Camping!


  1. Love your camper Angela! Would like information on where you bought the floors - brand, color; etc...they are awesome. Is there problems with peel and stick flooring if I'm going to have it in cold storage over the winter? It gets pretty darn cold in northern MN. Thanks for sharing - lots of great ideas! Marcia

    1. Hi! We purchased the peel and stick flooring from Lowe's for around $250 for the amount we needed. I can't recall the brand at the moment, but it has held up extremely well. Pros are it is easy to clean (I use a swiffer and then steam mop it all of the time while camping), the dark color looks great and we don't have to worry about ruining any carpet. Cons: in two places where the sun hits constantly the corners have started to lift, however, they easily press back down. No issues there. Another con is it seems to scratch easily. Fair to note we always take a huge ice chest on wheels, electric scooter, a propane tank and a Siberian Husky when we head out, so I am sure those things have contributed to the scratches. They are mostly near the front door area.

  2. Can we see the kitchen and bedroom????

  3. If you identify damage, Do not delay. There are certain time limits. If you cross you have to replace roof RV Roof Kit use at time can prevent you.

  4. You have done a great job on your class c. I have same issue on our 1995 28.5' Coachman. Lots of water damage. I have front stripped down to filon. Lots of mold...
    Glueing 5mm plywood 1" foam board insulation a radiant barrier then beadboard paneling. Should be solid.
    My only problem is I'm old and much slower then you young folks...