By Nanci Dixon
Mike and Bobbi (Mikey and Barbi) Wemple set out to make their 30′ 2005 Coachmen Concord into a woodland retreat – and succeeded. They hail from Montana and know a thing or two about log cabins and forests. Mikey and Barbi have totally (inch by inch!) remodeled the interior of their motorhome to be their perfect vacation retreat, aptly named “Barbi’s Rig.” Intrigued by the wood door, I stopped to spend a little time chatting. They treated me to a tour of their log cabin RV.
Barbi and Mikey started the remodel when they first bought the Class C new in 2005, and they have been joyfully doing all the work themselves ever since. They decided early on to make the RV into a real log cabin on wheels. Pine cone and tree details were added to cabinet doors. Rope and antlers are used as handles. They even used buffalo nickel tacks in the corners. A non-firing replica Winchester is permanently mounted above the dinette.
The faux stone, log and pebble wallpaper give the RV that log cabin feel, while the pine cone cushions give it the finishing touch.
Old West charm is even in the window valances with fringed leather draped creatively over rods. In addition, the bathroom sink went from standard to extraordinary with the addition of a hammered copper bowl. They removed the carpeting and replaced it with vinyl wood planking. In other words, they overlooked no detail in their log cabin RV. Even the handrail is a well-polished rustic log.
Everywhere is a feast of log cabin detailing in this RV
The majority of their remodel is complete, but they continue to add details. For example, most recently Barbi and Mikey made the beautiful wood dinette table, bathroom and kitchen counters. They crafted them from hickory with insets of real turquoise and copper nuggets. They’re gorgeous!
They have also done a fair amount of motorhome mechanical upgrades too: removing the heavy house batteries and installing a lithium battery system, 200-watt solar panels, inverter, KONI shocks, Roadmaster steering stabilizer, 5 Star Tuning engine transmission upgrade and K&N® intake system.
They added numerous upgrades to the motorhome including flat-screen TVs, electric heated floors, baseboard heat, hot water recirculation system, and a pump transfer to send gray water to the black tank.Their two traveling companions, Snowshoe Siamese cat brothers, Bill and Ted, even have their own cat scratching pole on the dinette table support!
You can check out more of the Wemple’s remodel and travels on Mikey and Barbi’s blog.