We bought a trailer camper a couple of years ago for a good price. The interior was a little dated, but I knew that we could fix it up. I realized after a while that even though I could change the wall border and other small details, there were other things about the camper that I didn’t like, such as the “sit down bathtub” and the floor pattern.
We actually looked for another camper, and considered buying something brand new; but when we thought about how much money it would cost to finance another camper, we really couldn’t justify spending all that money for a camper we use for only a few months out of the year. So we decided to change what we didn’t like about our own camper.
The “sit down tub” took up too much space in the shower so we bought another one without the “sit down” part and had it professionally installed. Then we went to Home Depot to buy wood-looking floor tiles—they were on clearance for 25 cents a tile ($30 for the entire area of the camper).
We took the camper to a nearby campground and for four days straight, I worked on the floors (my husband helped on Friday night and Saturday morning). I think it looks really good, and a great improvement from what it was before.
There were a few things that I learned from this experience:
- Hard work brings personal satisfaction— there were Scripture verses that actually pertained to this: “Work brings profit” (Prov 14:23), “…hard work brings rewards” (Prov 12:14)
- Take time and evaluate if spending a large sum of money is a good move— our camper is nearly paid off, but if we bought a new camper we would have to finance about $16,000 because we would only get about $7,000 for ours. The bathtub and flooring upgrades we did were about $550 (yes, $550 is still a lot of money, but not as much as owing $16,000)
- Be thankful for what you already have— I don’t think I will ever have a brand new Thor Class A Motorhome, so instead of looking at what I can’t have or going into extreme debt, I need to be satisfied with what I do have
Our society is always looking for something new, and going into debt because of it; don’t do it!