When we bought the Dolphin, we knew it needed some work. Pink polyester curtains and faux woodgrain isn’t really our style. As we started ripping out the old carpet and upholstery, we realized this was going to be a much bigger project than we anticipated. It was one thing after another – leaky roof, hole in the floor, water damage over the cab. We learned a lot about what to look for in a used RV just a little too late.
This is the picture from Craigslist that brought us up to Olympia to check it out.
This is a photo of the rot over the cab area where the bed is:
After Matt started rebuilding the area:
Painting the cupboards in the driveway:
Filling in the hole in the floor:
Laying down the new laminate floor:
Kitchen counter before:
Kitchen counter after we laid down tile:
Matt cutting the table to fit:
Before and after for the bedroom area:
Before and after for the couch/closet area:
Before and after for the kitchen area:
Here’s a full list of what we did to fix up the Dolphin:
Reseal entire roof with Eternabond
Rip out broken air conditioner on roof
Replace roof vents
Remove bedroom window and reseal
Rip out carpet and install laminate floor
Fill in hole in floor with scrap wood
Rebuild area over cab
Rip out existing dinette and install table and bar stools
New curtains and curtain rods
Paint cupboards white and replace handles
Paint every surface including ceiling
Cover refrigerator door with contact paper to look like stainless steel (it was woodgrain before)
Rip out kitchen countertop and replace with tile
Install plastic panels in bathroom to replace old wood and wallpapered walls.
New futon mattress over cab area
New carpet in cab area
New seat covers in cab area
Cut out area in cupboards for microwave
Rip out old generator and install quieter/smaller generator
Now that everything is done, the RV is one of my favorite places. It’s cozy without being cramped, and we have everything we need and nothing we don’t.
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