A Florida family is enjoying a delightful home in South Africa after converting every square inch of their RV into a comfortable, useable living space.
Jordan and Heather Harger define themselves on their website NoMuck.com as “a crazy and ordinary radical family of six.” The family left their suburban home near Disney World to become Christian missionaries in South Africa. “I have a deep desire to serve others in my life,” Jordan said. “Our family is willing to serve in any capacity God needs us.”
Since the couple entered the country on a volunteer visa, they are not allowed to earn an outside income. Lacking the money to rent a house for their large family, the couple used their creativity to convert a Cedar Creek Silverback RV into a dream home.
In a YouTube video, Heather, a former teacher, coach and administrator, walked viewers through the incredible transformation of the RV that is designed to meet the needs of their four children, ages four to 11.
Heather starts with the outdoor patio that is a place for relaxing as well as learning. The picnic table is not only a gathering place for meals, but also a place where the kids can work on their homework and hobbies.
A key part in making the RV a home was taking out traditional, utilitarian decorating styles found in standard RVs and going for a more fun, colorful look. Heather and Jordan painted the bedrooms bright colors, removed drab curtains, and carved out every available niche for storage. “I home-school our children and I was really worried how I was going to fit all their home-school things in here, and it all fits great,” Heather said. “And actually, I’m really enjoying being a minimalist with that.”
The Hargers removed the original kitchen table and replaced it with “a creative corner” that is a work surface surrounded by seven chairs. The small kitchen retains some creature comforts with a stove, oven, pantry, two sinks, counter space with an additional leaf, and barstools for extra seating. However, since Heather doesn’t like to use the microwave, she uses it for storage.
The boys, Silas and Asher, share a space with a bunkbed and mobile crib below, while the girls, Phoebe and Esther, enjoy their own room that is pretty in pinks and florals. Additional touches include a purple bathroom and green master bedroom. The master bedroom has a queen bed and includes ample storage space for the large, tight-knit family.