My buddy Sean at Blair Mail has an older Tioga and wants to do a remodel on it. I assume it’s all original, or close to it. I offered some suggestions but given that I really need ideas for blog posts, I thought I’d write it up, too.
Remodeling an RV isn’t for the faint of heart. It isn’t made using standard construction practices. Some of the plumbing fixtures aren’t what you’d find in a home. The walls are thin and mounting things isn’t like hanging something in drywall at home.
Come Up with a Theme
I’m no interior designer, but it always looks better when you have a theme. Since they are camping in the Pacific Northwest, a cabin theme might be good. If they’re like me, a beach house theme might be good. If they’re going to be doing a lot of traveling, maybe a Route 66 theme. Whatever floats your boat. Having a theme helps you with colors and layout choices.
Low Hanging Fruit
Some easy fixes to make an RV look better are to change out the cabinet hardware. You can also repaint the cabinets. Change out the towel racks and toilet paper holders. Change out the faucets but be careful, most aren’t standard sizes. You’ll want to measure and make sure what you’re getting fits.
It’s the Little Things
Look for hooks that match your theme. If you have a cabin theme, look for something that looks like a tree branch or antlers. If it’s a beach theme, look for something like a seashell. Find covers or pillows that match the theme in color and design. Hang up some pictures that you might expect to see in a cabin or beach house — or pictures of Route 66 in its heyday. And don’t forget the trim around the floor and ceiling.
Remodeling a Bedroom
Sean’s RV has a back bedroom with two twin beds separated by a closet and that just won’t do. Oh, no. It’s time to rip that stuff out and put in a queen bed with closets on the side. I thought I’d include some pictures of how ours looks. We have the queen bed in the middle, which comes up for some storage for the bed. We have closets on either side and drawers above the bed and beside it.
The bed comes up with some storage underneath. It has lifters so it stays up. It looks like it’s about half but it’s really about a third. It’s good for blankets and linens. The space on the left is for a heating duct.
You can get a better idea how they are affixed and operate from this picture.
It Smells Like Home
All this stuff so far really works on vision. Fabric choices may affect touch, but this needs to be the whole package. Find some Glade plug-ins or something with a scent that goes with the theme. When you walk into your newly remodeled place you’ll be bombarded with the sights and smells of your new home.
One Final Word