Larry and Mary Richling enjoy all the comforts of home in their rustic Colorado retreat.

Except their vacation home is no longer in Colorado, and the mountains outside are a vinyl wrap applied to the outside of their RV.

Larry purchased a 2003 Fleetwood Southwind motor home three years ago and decked it out to look like a vacation house the couple once owned in Frisco, Colorado.

It has the same old-fashioned vibe, Larry said, including the tin ceilings, the reupholstered couch and the logs used in the walls.

“I built the Lazy Bear Lodge all over again,” he said. “It feels like a little cabin in the mountains.”

If a mountain retreat isn’t your thing, you could also check out their Flip Flop Inn, another RV transformed for when the Richlings visit family in Florida.

That one has a beach getaway theme. There’s an aquarium video, teak wood cabinets, ocean wave tile, 1950s beach blinds and — again depicted via a vinyl wrap outside the RV — a palm tree planted in the sand.

“I like them to have a unique look,” Larry said.

Mary’s love of sewing is on display inside. One of her exquisite quilts — with a matching ocean theme — rests on the back of the passenger chair at the front of the RV. A dining table gives her the opportunity to sew when they aren’t chasing down their grandson, Ellis. She also sometimes sews outside on a picnic table.

“You have the total comfort of a home on the road,” Larry said.

Larry, the owner of Hollywood Candy and the River City Star riverboat, said his mind doesn’t work like everyone else’s. Check out either business, and you’ll get the idea.

Larry worked with carpenter Peter Lochren, who he said has the ability to comprehend and carry out his designs. No detail was overlooked, down to the authentic seashells in the beach home that he and Mary have collected.

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Everything must fit together perfectly when the home is packed up for trips. The Richlings did a test run to Canada last year in the Colorado “cabin,” zooming down the roads at a whopping 65 mph. He drives no more than seven hours a day.

“I thought this was too much fun,” Larry said after. That prompted his purchase of the 2003 Monaco Windsor Motor Home. Combined, the two cost less than $150,000.

Both RVs have heat and air conditioning, as well as their own generators. Their clothes are in the closet, and there is food in the fridge.

“You just go, go, go,” Larry said.

When it’s not being used, the “beach house” will reside in Florida, in a hurricane-safe facility, giving them a cheaper place to stay than a hotel when they visit. Both RVs have queen-sized beds.

The rustic cabin RV is built for travel. Larry said now that he’s discovered the motor home’s mirrors are the key to success on the road, he loves road trips. It’s all about driving defensively, he said.

“What better way to have a second home,” he said. “I have two vacation homes I can take anywhere I want.”

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Marjie is a writer for The World-Herald’s special sections and specialty publications, including Inspired Living Omaha, Wedding Essentials and Momaha Magazine. Follow her on Twitter @mduceyOWH. Phone: 402-444-1034.

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