Trailer Transformation

Photographer: Chris Hemer


From carpet to cabinets to furniture and more, your trailer’s living space can be better than new


Home-improvement shows are wildly popular these days. People just love seeing what’s possible when a renovation expert gets his or her hands on an old house that has great “bones” but is simply worn out and in need of a little love. As an RVing enthusiast, you may not be aware that the very same thing is possible in your trailer — but when you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Sometimes, a rig just fits your lifestyle — it’s got enough room, the floorplan is perfect, and everything works properly. But years of use have left the interior looking a little shabby, making you long for the days when it looked and smelled new inside.

Just like your home, the interior of a trailer can be upgraded, even completely remodeled to suit your needs at a fraction of the cost of a new trailer. Dave and LJ’s RV Interior Design of Woodland, Washington, 30 miles north of Portland, Oregon, specializes in making older RVs new again. The company opened its doors in 2007, but brothers Dave and LJ Ast (say “Ahhst”) actually were raised in the business, helping their father at his interior design company when they were growing up. Today, pretty much anything goes, including basic flooring replacement and upgrades, reupholstering, and installation of window shades, electronics, cabinetry and more. The company also has the largest RV furniture and interior products showroom on the West Coast, making the business a one-stop shop.

Typically, motorhome owners are Dave and LJ’s biggest customers, so we were interested when the brothers called to let us know they were undertaking a complete fifth-wheel renovation for good customers. Originally planning just to replace the worn furniture, the traveling couple decided not to stop there and wanted to switch out the carpet, swap the sheet-vinyl flooring for Congoleum tile, create a matching backsplash and have new window shades installed as well. After about three days’ work and $10,000, the job was completed, leaving an interior that not only looked better than new but was much more comfortable and durable. No doubt, home improvement isn’t just for stationary homes anymore.

Dave and LJ’s RV Interior Design | 360-225 7700 |





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