When you are frugal rv living, you will recognize quickly that you will get what you pay for, where rvs are concerned. As we’ve said before, you shouldn’t overspend on a motorhome or travel trailer…just make sure the important parts are functioning and sound (appliances, motor, no water damage, good tires and axles). Don’t base your decision on decor that isn’t your taste, or a dull interior that needs a good cleaning.
Most likely, when buying an older camper, you will not care for how the inside looks. In fact, as exciting as it is to be purchasing your used rv, you might feel a bit down because it wasn’t what you pictured living in. But we’re here to tell you that your recreational vehicle is going to feel better and more homey than any fancy, new camper on the market. How? Because you are going to create a one-of-a-kind home on wheels, like no other on the road. When people step inside, they are going to be in awe of how every little inch of that trailer is 100% you and your taste. They will think you spent a fortune, but you haven’t spent much at all. Even better, by cleaning and decorating yourself, you actually just increased your rv’s value!
We will be making blog posts, sharing all of the different rv remodeling tips we’ve either invented or learned, for our entire 1993 Fleetwood Bounder. But this specific post is here to get you started in the right direction. We renovated and/or cleaned every single space in our motorhome. It took 4 weekends to accomplish it and we are still amazed with the results. We are not “handy” by nature, we did not build cabinets or furniture…we worked with what we had. Not being a seamstress by any means, we utilized only very minimal sewing. You absolutely can do this. So once again, do not buy your rv based on aesthetic desires – just make sure it functions, is not damaged and will need no large repairs such as appliances and tires.
We touched and cleaned every square inch of our motorhome interior, in one way or another. We painted most walls, but left some wood paneling to add a nice accent look to coincide with cabinets. Working room to room, we took down all window coverings and replaced with affordable, clean curtains we made. We got rid of all brass lamps and cabinet handles by painting them (even painted lamp shades to match). All carpeting was ripped up and replaced with linoleum and/or porch and floor paint. Furniture was cleaned, dried and then covered with cute throws or fabric. We found many materials (paint, flooring, trim) at the Habitat for Humanity Restore, thrift stores or clearance items at stores like Walmart. Paint supplies were found at Dollar Tree. Curtains and fabrics (even sheets can be used) were either long curtain panels on clearance, that could be cut and used for a whole room, or they were thrift store items (a $1.00 tablecloth was the main coloring pattern for our entire kitchen, and became a window curtain and dinette valance). Be sure to visit our posts that go into detail, room by room, to see how affordable our rv renovation was, and how beautiful the results turned out.
Our one favorite tip, which worked out exactly how we planned, was to make each room a different decor, to give the motorhome depth and to give us a sense of different areas to lounge in. When you look down a 30 foot rv, it often looks like one long hallway of the same color scheme. Even the highest quality decor can be so boring to view. We made our living room, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom all their own styles – and we love each and every room.
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