Travel trailer cleanup

I wanted to surprise my son to 5 days of camping after he returned home from camp.

A travel trailer cleanup - it was time to go camping but the trailer was a mess! Here's how I got it back in shape in a day!

However.. ugh. We were big time due for a travel trailer cleanup first.

A travel trailer cleanup - it was time to go camping but the trailer was a mess! Here's how I got it back in shape in a day!

Basically, the travel trailer was just a mosh pit of all things RV with no rhyme or reason being in storage all winter long.

It was overdue for a decent clean up and organizing, so we could head out!

So it was time to roll up my sleeves, and get this done in a day so I could surprise my son with a fun getaway in short order! Plus… I’d need the rest after this big rush.

A travel trailer cleanup - it was time to go camping but the trailer was a mess! Here's how I got it back in shape in a day!

Cleaning out the trailer

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I say the best way to clean anything is a deep purge.

So everything was tossed outside for starters, plus I yanked down all the blinds and screens.

Everything seems to sparkle when your windows are clean, so I did it right.

EVERYTHING got cleaned.

Replace all the bedding

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Next up, Teddy Bear helped me spread out clean sheets on the beds.

Why are cats so mesmerized by clean sheets on a bed anyway?

A travel trailer cleanup - it was time to go camping but the trailer was a mess! Here's how I got it back in shape in a day!

Setting up the electronics

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Ok well… yes, I packed my massive mac desktop computer. For movie viewing in the evenings of course!

It was easier than lugging a TV around that we didn’t have at the time.

A travel trailer cleanup - it was time to go camping but the trailer was a mess! Here's how I got it back in shape in a day!

The boy got his own screen too with a laptop.

A travel trailer cleanup - it was time to go camping but the trailer was a mess! Here's how I got it back in shape in a day!

Befores and afters

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So from this…

A travel trailer cleanup - it was time to go camping but the trailer was a mess! Here's how I got it back in shape in a day!

To this!

A travel trailer cleanup - it was time to go camping but the trailer was a mess! Here's how I got it back in shape in a day!

And from this…

A travel trailer cleanup - it was time to go camping but the trailer was a mess! Here's how I got it back in shape in a day!

To a sparkling clean travel trailer kitchen ready to cook up a storm!

All nice and clean! And then I packed it full of food and clothes and deemed it ready.

But before heading out, I had to quickly practice towing this thing again. It had been a year. Hookups went awesome. As for driving, I proceeded down a quiet sports field road, however their gate at the END of the road was closed and it was a no exit area. Doh!!! With no room to turn around, I got my practice in for sure, ending up vertical on a horizontal road. That was fun. πŸ˜› But rather than panic and yelp for help, I just took it nice and easy and got out. I’m a towing pro at this point!

Oh.. back to the trailer..

In such tight quarters, there isn’t a lot of room for pretty decor accessories, as there’s barely room for the necessities. HOWEVER… I did buy beadboard wallpaper last summer with full intentions on starting a small reno project inside this thing… might be a great upcoming fall project to involve you in. πŸ™‚

A travel trailer cleanup - it was time to go camping but the trailer was a mess! Here's how I got it back in shape in a day!

Hope Valley Campground in Hope, BC

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This Gitter Done project paid off BIG! We did indeed make it to a lovely campground an hour away from us.

Camping with the travel trailer at Hope Valley Campground in Hope, British Columbia Canada!

We tried out a new place (to us) in Hope, BC Canada called Hope Valley Campground, (yes, I would go back!) and had a huge private campground with full hookup…

Camping with the travel trailer at Hope Valley Campground in Hope, British Columbia Canada!

With a heated pool!

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… a gorgeously VERY warm pool we got to ourselves quite often…

Camping with the travel trailer at Hope Valley Campground in Hope, British Columbia Canada!

… plenty of beautiful grounds to meander about on…

… as well as a fully stocked store AND arcade games room…

Camping with the travel trailer at Hope Valley Campground in Hope, British Columbia Canada!

Camping with the travel trailer at Hope Valley Campground in Hope, British Columbia Canada!

And woodworking entertainment

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… and I ’bout died and went to campsite heaven when manager Gerry was making picnic tables one day! My son knocked some sense back into me and told me to haul it on back to the pool as we were on VACATION. *sob* He knows me so well.

However, this wonderful guy took me through the ropes of all things picnic tables and inspired me to start on my computer table once I returned home. So you see… DIY will even follow you all the way to a remote campsite in the middle of nowhere if you allow it to. πŸ™‚

Oh. I’ve already blogged about this one, but my other big time Gitter Done was finally getting my hair done! I was nearly down to my natural GREY colour I waited so long on this last one. Know the sign of a good haircut?

You roll outa your travel trailer bed, dry blow dry it and you’re ready to go! Thank-you hairdresser Crystel! πŸ˜€

Guess the travel trailer cleanup needed to include me too…

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33 thoughts on “Travel trailer cleanup

  1. I don’t have a blog, but I finally got started on the china cabinet I’ve had sitting around here since March. I got the primer coat done and am going to spray the color on next weekend. (or sooner!) Thanks for the kick in the pants! πŸ™‚

  2. I just have to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! If it were not for this series I would have not done my kitchen, or started the process of opening my own shop! You inspire me more thank you know!!! Thank you Donna

  3. Looks like you really had a great time in your freshly washed and organized camper. Way to go. And thank you for making me stop working on my guest room and bed room and finally get something ugly taken care off. Of course I was working on it yesterday at 10 pm but without this deadline it might have taken me another six years. So thanks again!

  4. Your hair looks fabulous!!! And congrats on getting the camper whipped into shape. Looks and sounds like you both had a fabulous time!! How wonderful that you two enjoy each others’ company!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

  5. I was reading along, enjoying your post, and all of a sudden I see the guy with the chop saw. My immediate thought was “Oh my god, Donna has talked that guy into building her desk!” lol

    It’s so good to see a mom and son enjoying so much time together. You’re lucky to have a little guy that appreciates you as much as you appreciate him. The times you create with him now are what he’ll be telling his own kids about some day. I bet you’re a fun mom.

    I miss having a camper set up at a campground. I tried talking my mom into setting one up again and unfortunately she doesn’t want to do it anymore. Her camper, so I’m out of luck.

    I aspire to be you.:) squeeze

  6. Not exactly roughing it but wow they do take a lot of erroft to clean up. So proud of you for figuring out your tow dilemma.
    My Gitter Done will be posted tomorrow.
    I have tried to take part in several blog parties and something always comes up. Of course the one I want to join this week is not finished, but today I will Gitter Done!

  7. After school starts I need to get my tush in gear and get some stuff done! Until then I will just be looking at all of the wonderful things YOU get done.

    Of course, after reading your post I want a travel trailer!!

  8. It looke like your vacation went great, nothing like having fun with kid(s) (or with out too!)
    Seeing pictures of your trailer reminded me of my childhood, we always went camping that way….so much more confortable than tent camping!

  9. You did a heckuva job cleaning out the trailer, it looked like it sparkled. You can sleep better at night, right? Campground looked awesome, having the warm pool must be heaven when you are “roughing it”. Every campground I ever went to had a lake…I wanted to tell you thanks for sponsoring this kick in the butt event because for some odd reason it does make me finish old projects or start ones I am dreading. Not sure what the psychology is on that one, but thanks!!

  10. Amy, try HOSTING a kick in the butt event. It’s a double whammy of “I’d BETTER Gitter Done or I’ll be fired!” πŸ™‚

    Honestly, I agree with you. Whenever I sigh at something I do NOT want to do, I think of this. I think that it’s simply out there and inside our heads now that that’s a huge encouragement to just end the misery already and just do it so we don’t have to think about it ever again.

    I revisit undone projects so many times a day I grow weary from it. One by one, I’m pulling stuff out of that horrid garage to get it over with. I may have a workshop one day yet!

    Oh dear. But today is hot and sunny. We’re heading to the beach. Doh! (true story)

    I’ll get on it tomorrow. πŸ™‚

    Donna

  11. You are so cute Donna! Great job getting the RV cleaned up and camp ready. With six cats in my house I can so relate to the problem of making beds. It does not matter to my cats if they are fresh sheets or the regular making of the beds in the morning – they are on them, under them, jumping on them. Your Teddy Bear is a cutie. He reminds me of my Diego (aka pequeΓ±o diablo).

    ~ Tracy

  12. My family always makes fun of people who shower and blow dry hair and wear makeup when camping because camping is supposed to be well, un-convenienced (though not inconvenienced)… uhh … not you, not you. Lol.
    Nice job with the camper. I wish I could add my lingering bathroom reno to the gitter done project … I haven’t worked on it in over a month despite hating to shower downstairs int he tin-box.

  13. I just posted a campout we did for a birthday on my blog. Camping is a lot of work! You have beautiful photos of your location. And I wish I had a camper like you do. πŸ™‚ Love that little black kitty…awww.

  14. #16 Twyla, I feel sorda the same way when I see 8,000 feet units pull in, all the slideouts set just so, and then they hike up the TV antennae, never to be seen until they pull out again.

    It’s all relative, depending on where you’re sitting yourself. πŸ™‚

    Donna

  15. Looks like you were really “roughing it” (LOL!) with the computers! Teddy Bear is sooooo cute! As for building, if you haven’t already heard of it or checked it out…www.knock-offwood.com is all I have to say! I hope you are relaxed and refreshed after your vacation!

  16. I was thinking about gitter done yesterday when I was without computer. I thought, what will I do? Now that I see it up, I am like CRAP!!! Do I have time??? What should I do(notice I don’t say what can I do, got lots)? I like this, it challenges me, but if you choose to eliminate it for more time for you, it’s all good:)

  17. Erin, I won’t discontinue the event. If it helps even one person, it stays. I don’t care about having a million linkups. So not what it’s about. I want to help YOU.

    So… GITTER DONE already! πŸ™‚

    Donna

  18. Isn’t it an amazing world when you get traffic for posting before pics? πŸ™‚ Glad to help, Melissa!! But YOU did all the hard work here.

    Anita… welcome!! Starting a project can be more difficult than DOING the project. You fit into GD perfectly! Go go go! We wanna see the results!

    Donna

  19. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your trailer. My husband and I had a 25 year old trailer that was just as ugly as the day is long, but the inside had been whitewashed and had perfect storage for our family of 4. It was only 19ft. We got lots of looks at the campgrounds from those with deep pockets. Someone actually gave us $5,000 U.S. for the thing and we had paid $2,000. I love the smell of a new trailer, but BOY I wish we had that old junker back. None of the new ones are built as well. SIGH.
    Thanks for the walk down memory lane.

  20. just wanted to thank you for giving me some peace.we have to move out of our home with 3cats and 2 dogs.we have a trailer almost like yours.has b.beds in backwill use for storage.we are leaving indiana going to TN.but we can’t afford a motel until we find a house and go thru all that stuff.but if you can take a child i can make it with the few animals.i can
    animals,i just can’t put them down. this will be different than just a week-end!

  21. Hi Donna, I really like your camper! My husband and I bought a camper in October. A Keystone Fireside; 19 feet inside the trailer. We love it! We camped in it for the weekend and had a great time. Thank you for the pictures and wish lots of happiness in your travels.

    Missy

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