- Trina Sholin is a self-taught interior designer, and her husband Steve has a background in construction.
- Using those talents, the couple has flipped over a dozen houses together.
- They started doing the same sort of renovations on RVs eight years ago as a hobby.
- In 2019, they made it their full-time job and founded RV Fixer Upper, buying used RVs and turning them into stylish tiny homes to sell them for a profit.
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RVs are hotter than ever right now, with companies seeing huge spikes in sales and rentals.
While some of us are only just discovering the joys of travelling with our own bathroom and kitchen, Trina Sholin has been doing it for years.
Her only problem: RVs are ugly.
“The dark dated, drab interior â€” after many months, it was more than I could handle,” she told Insider.
So the interior designer decided to make a few tweaks to her RV to make it homier and more aesthetically pleasing.
“I couldn’t believe the difference it made and how much more it felt like a home after I completed the renovation,” she says on the website for RV Fixer Upper, the company Trina runs with her husband Steve, who has a background in construction.
Trina, who has flipped around 15 houses alongside Steve, decided to do the same with houses on wheels, and started buying them, renovating them, and selling them for a profit.
While this was a side hustle for almost eight years, around a year ago, she and her husband turned their hobby into a full-time job by creating RV Fixer Upper.
Trina Sholin and her husband Steve are originally from Alaska, where he works in road construction and has always needed to be mobile.
Because of the seasonal nature of Steve’s work, the pair were already living in an RV, splitting their time between Alaska and Arizona.
Trina says that no matter the brand RVs seem to have “awful” design and decor. The interior designer saw that as a challenge.
Their first full renovation was on a Keystone Montana fifth-wheel trailer around eight years ago, which she said they completely gutted.
Back then, however, they didn’t find much inspiration online.
“There still wasn’t much online. Instagram had virtually nothing to look at or to follow,” Trina said. “We just kind of figured it out along the way and had tons of people telling us that you can’t do this and you can’t do that – you can’t put a chandelier in an RV, you can’t put in tile.”
However, when she did put in a chandelier and used tile, her renovation went viral after posting it on Pinterest. Trina said that she still gets inquiries about that first renovation, though she and Steve sold the RV years ago.
Although they started out renovating RVs for themselves, Trina said it soon became a hobby, and then a business in 2019.
In terms of starting an RV renovation business, the Sholins are