Building custom RVs, what a way to make a living.
These Tennessee Airbnb hosts worked way longer than 9 to 5 to turn this RV into a tribute to country music legend Dolly Parton. Now they invite people to go with them to $99 a night before taxes and fees.
“My daughter said, ‘You know what, mum, how about giving a big, giant, beautiful nod to our local queen, Miss Dolly Parton? And I’m like, ‘Brilliant,’ ” Adrienne Smith told the insider inspiration to turn a 20ft RV bought for $2,500 on Craigslist into a tribute to the music icon.
Adrienne, her husband Dean, and their daughter, Tayler, bought the RV three years ago and then invested some $20,000 to turn it into a livable “not too kitsch, but a little kitschy” celebration of the singer. Jolene”.
“She inspires us to do better for ourselves, and we take the proceeds out of [the RV] each year and donate to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library“, Adrienne added to Insider. Where the Smiths live in Maryville, Tennessee – an hour from Dollywood – Parton is not only a nationally beloved artist, Adrienne told the publication, but a “local hero”.
In building their short-term rental sanctuary, they incorporated both Parton’s image and aesthetic, commissioning tattoo artist Mira Mariah to create a Dolly mural on the vehicle’s exterior and fill in the interior. of various usable Parton tchotchkes. Records and photos of Dolly decorate a seating area, pink plates fill cabinets, a patterned tea towel encourages users to pour themselves “a cup of ambition” according to the song’s lyrics, a bathroom poster features Parton’s quote “The higher the hair, the closer to God”, and the Tennessee vanity plaque reads “Partnme”.
Guests can also enjoy a covered, grill-equipped outdoor area adjacent to the trailer, which is shared between Parton-mobile guests and the two other Airbnbs the Smiths operate on their 6-acre property: A elevated aircraft hangar and one train car small house.
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