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5 Cheap and Easy Ways to Update Your RV

We've all gotten into our new RVs and thought...wow, that's a lot of brown! Most RVs feature a lot of wood, coupled with tan wallpaper and outdated valances. We would love to update our RV and help make it our own but who has time?

Well, there are several small updates you can make to your RV to help personalize it and make it your home on wheels.

1. Hang up pictures and paintings to give your RV a more homey feel. Command strips will become your friend, especially velcro command strips. They are great for any items that you might want to pick up or remove easily. Many RVers have a dual-purpose rule, meaning anything that goes into the RV should serve dual purposes. For instance, this Moose artwork doubles as a tray you can use to eat outside or on your bed. Velcro it on your wall to easily take it down or put it back up. 

2. Change out your drawer pulls for a more modern, customized look. If you change out all of the pulls, be prepared to purchase a lot of them. Most RVs have lots of storage (thankfully!) and therefore there are a lot of handles. Look for the least expensive option because you will have to purchase many of them. 

3. Remove the valances and hang curtains. The valances are held by brackets and are pretty easy to remove. Then you can hang curtains to give your RV a softer look. You can use command hooks to hold the curtain rod or install brackets where the valance screws used to be. You will most likely have to customize your curtain sizes but folding fabrics work as well and gives you added privacy. 

4. Add a backsplash to your kitchen and/or bathroom. There are some great adhesive backsplashes out there with different colors and designs so there is no need to add more weight to your rig. Just be sure to prep your walls prior to sticking the backsplash on to ensure it sticks properly. 

5. Paint the walls and/or cabinets white. This is relatively inexpensive but anyone who has painted a small bathroom knows, painting small spaces is hard! That's why it's last on the list, it can be a big pain but it really does pay off. Changing that bland color to a brighter color really lightens the feel of your RV. If you decide to go white like this picture, just be prepared that scuffs will show more. Purchase a satin color so it's easier to wipe off the scuffs and the light bounces off of it better so it appears brighter. 

Those are just a few of the many ways you can personalize your RV. What hacks and tricks do you have? We'd love to hear them. 

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Comments

  • clux64

    clux64   

    I think removing carpet in the walk ways (or all over) and adding vinyl plank wood-look flooring really freshens up an RV. Get rid of border paper and painting White any yellowing plastic trim with Rustoleum for plastic makes a HUGE difference. I'm also working on new curtains in our area over the cab, and painting the fake brass cabinet handles bronze. New floor and peel and stick backspalsh looks so fresh in our 2004, I'm sometimes suprised every time I walk in.
    BWadmin

    BWadmin on 02/09/2020 3:48 p.m. moderator  

    Those are great tips! Thank you for sharing!
  • dkwayman

    dkwayman   

    I realize you're referring to the velcro Command product but beware if/when you decide to move the strips. I've had bad experience with Command hook adhesive not "letting go". You know, the kind that you're supposed to pull straight down so that it stretches and releases. Well no, it stretched but it didn't release so my RV wallpaper tore off in that spot. Ugh! I recently read posts on FB of RV people who will no longer use them because they had the same kind of experience. Just a word of caution.
    BWadmin

    BWadmin on 02/10/2020 6:43 p.m. moderator  

    Thank you for your tip! You should definitely test out the Command strips on a discreet location before placing them everywhere. If you paint the walls it helps and the Command strips don't typically pull the paint off.
  • CherylRiley

    CherylRiley   

    I bought fabric on a trip to Africa and sewed curtains. Loved the brighter look! Wish I could attach a photo.
    BWadmin

    BWadmin on 02/11/2020 1:46 p.m. moderator  

    That's great, and you get a little piece of your trip from Africa in your RV. Great idea, thank you for sharing!
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