The Minnie Winnie!

Whew! It’s finished…our little 1983 Winnebago Diesel Minnie Winnie is officially on the road! We left Montana in late July and we are currently in northern Minnesota staying with Matt’s parents. After that, we head to Minneapolis (camping with my fam over Labor Day…woo!), then to Iowa to be with my family. Then on to Nebraska and Colorado to visit friends. We haven’t converted it to run on veggie oil quite yet…but it’s all ready to go!

* Painted cupboards
* Painted walls (with leftover paint from our house)
* Installed bamboo hardwood flooring
* Removed the stove and created shelving for more storage
* Installed new countertop
* Re-laminated dinette table
* Slipcovered couch and dinette seating
* Painted all hinges silver
* Sewed new curtains for all windows
* Installed new front seats
* Replaced carpet in cab
* Installed flat screen TV with built in DVD on a swing arm
* Engine improvements: Installed new alternator
* Upgraded entire electrical system

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The practical details:

* Matt and Bella share a closet for their clothes and Lucy and I share the other closet. The closets are the 2 cabinets on either side of the door.
* The space under the countertop (where the oven used to be) houses my Vita-Mix, juicer, food processor, and other random items.
* The only thing we didn’t update was the bathroom. The shower, sink, and toilet are all in one tiny room…you pull a shower curtain around everything to protect it from getting wet…so we didn’t want to paint those walls.
* Bella rides in the passenger seat in her booster. Lucy rides in her car seat in the dinette (there are 2 seatbelts there).
* All of my pantry foods and kitchen items fit nicely above the kitchen area. I was pleasantly surprised. The fridge is a dorm sized fridge, which is challenging at times. I’m sure it would be perfect for someone not doing raw foods, but for us it’s a little tight.
* Fun fact: Matt sewed all of the curtains. He’s amazing.


  1. Awesome beyond words!!

    Comment by Amanda — August 8, 2009 @ 9:10 pm

  2. I LOVE it! I think I’m going to paint my laundry room that beautiful yellow! As always, you do a fabulous job, the both of you!

    Comment by Kristin — August 9, 2009 @ 9:04 am

  3. Hey guys! I found your site as I was reading the Green RV article on the NY Times. I have to say…you guys are awesomeness. My boyfriend and I have been planning to do what you’ve already done within the next few months hopefully. The only problem we’re running into is finding a diesel rv for a relatively cheap price. I think the size of your minnie winnie is pretty perfect for us. Our rental lease is up in April so we’ll be searching until then.

    Once again I’m absolutely in love with what you guys are doing. Kudos =D

    Comment by Vanessa — August 30, 2009 @ 9:21 pm

  4. When are you coming to Oklahoma?? I’m sure you wouldn’t think of that first, but Norman, OK where we live is very very interested in sustainable education and my husband works/owns a solar energy company that would be happy to set you guys up with connections and networks here!! We would love to have your tour swing by. :)

    Comment by Lana Wilkens — October 21, 2009 @ 3:48 pm

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