Spring is right around the corner, and if you are planning to renovate your first RV for this upcoming camping season, we are eager to help. When it comes to RV renovation, the process can be overwhelming, especially if you have no prior experience or knowledge. But equipped with these 6 RV renovation tips for beginners, we believe you can do it!
Our Top 6 RV Renovation Tips
1. Get and Stay Organized
To begin your ultimate RV transformation, you need to declutter your space and sort through your belongings. To kick-start the renovation process, it is imperative to start with only the essentials that you know you, your family, and your guests will be using regularly. There are many different ways to get and stay organized while on-the-road, but here are a few of our top organization tips:
- Storage Bins are key and can be used practically anywhere
- Hang as much as possible to maximize counter/floor space
- Invest in dual-purpose items (which we will discuss more later)
- Leave the unnecessary items at home or better yet, in the trash or Goodwill.
One of our favorite organizational products we carry is SkyTracks storage bags. They are easy-to-install and add extra storage space in your camper without taking up any floor space. We dedicated an entire blog to RV organization that you can check out here for more tips.
2. Change Your Perspective
The whole point of RVing is to change your normal, everyday scenery and expand your horizons. This means it’s time to pay some attention to where you will be spending the majority of your time while you’re traveling. If the environment that you surround yourself in every day is stale, boring, and outdated – your mindset and attitude will match. Some ways to adjust your perspective in this tiny atmosphere are renovating the main features of your space.
Flooring is one of the main ways to do this. The floor of your RV is an important, albeit often underrecognized, part of your camper and is an element that you can’t overlook when it comes to renovation. If you’ve had the same carpeting since the ‘90s, its probably time to upgrade to wood floors, linoleum, or nicer carpet – depending on your preference.
Another element that plays a huge role in defining your RV is windows. Your RV windows are important to safety, aesthetics, and efficiency. The larger windows, the better! And if you have plastic windows, the best thing you can do for them during the renovation process is cleaning them up, but if you’re replacing them, we recommend going the glass route. Overall, they will be more durable and long-lasting.
3. The 3 R’s – Reduce, Reuse, and Repurpose
While many RV owners associate renovation with all brand-new items, this doesn’t have to be the case. You can completely renovate your RV while keeping most of the furniture, decor, and furnishings of your old camper.
Like we mentioned earlier, purging unnecessary items is a great way to reduce space-wasters in your RV and give it the open, airy feeling you’ve been aiming for. Reused items such as an older couch can become “brand-new” with something as simple as a slipcover, giving it a fresh look and feel! There are tons of ways to reuse existing pieces of your camper and save money along the way.
Repurposing is your best friend when it comes to renovation. For example, you can take a jar that your grape jelly came in, and paint it to use it as a pencil/pen holder on your desk or even to hold your q-tips in the bathroom. If you think outside of the box you can come up with hundreds of practical uses for common items around your RV.
4. Update Your Outdated Kitchen Space
The kitchen is the most commonly used space where meals, conversation, and memories are made in your RV. Whether you’re spending time with family, friends, or just yourself making meals in your kitchen, having a space with updated appliances, wall decor, and an open concept will make it a more enjoyable experience.
One of the best ways to make your kitchen modern and full-functioning while you’re on the road is by updating your appliances. Through our partnership with GE Appliances, we are able to provide our customers with state-of-the-art appliances at great prices. From the 12V DC refrigerator to the GE Profile Series OTR microwaves/ovens, we have options in all makes and colors for each of our customer’s specific kitchen needs.
5. Create Dual-Purpose Spots
Being on the road in your RV can create a set of challenges that every RVer needs to know how to tackle. Whether it’s finding a place to prep your meals or making a make-shift workstation, many spots around your camper can and should be used for multiple purposes. Not only does this save you time and resources, but it makes your life easier knowing you can utilize this one spot you have designed for a multitude of things while you’re traveling.
In addition, create spots around your RV that you know you will actually use, after all, you’re in charge of this renovation! If you don’t see yourself cooking inside much because you are more likely to cook at your campsite or eat out at local restaurants, then skip including a dinette and opt for a comfy couch in front of a TV to meet your entertainment needs!
A great addition to your camper, inside and out, is a multi-purpose table like this one from Lifestyletables. This table can be used for anything from playing cards and board games to prepping a meal. Read more about all of the creative ways you can use your Lifestyletable in this blog.
6. Don’t Forget to Add Elements to Make it Feel Like A Home
Greenery, textures, and color are all elements that will add life to your RV and make it truly feel like home! When you are designing or making improvements to your new or existing camper, don’t neglect the features of your home that you know and love, because these can just as easily be added to your RV.
We recommend adding different types of textures to your space to give it depth and style. Some of the most common ways to incorporate texture is using steel/metal appliances and fixtures, wood (shiplap is a favorite), and plush rugs or furniture.
Along with texture comes color. Color is an easy way to add vibrancy to your RV. When designing your RV, the thought of using a bright color on your walls may intimidate you, instead, try using pops of bold hues and patterns for smaller things such as decorative pillows and wall art and use plants to add in natural tones.
Greenery is another key to giving your camper an energetic feel and bringing life into your on-the-road home.
Another must when it comes to traveling is to feel comfortable, which includes having air conditioning. Summer weather can get hot and sticky, and having a good A/C unit such as the GE Rooftop A/C unit, will keep you cool and composed all year long.
Our team at MWSS wants to ease your next RV renovation process, and we hope this blog has given you ideas you can use now or in the future! We would love to assist you by providing the latest in RV appliances, electronics, and accessories to complete your next project. If you’re currently undergoing an RV renovation, you can shop our online store here or contact us when you’re ready to take the next step in renovating your camper!