8 Tips for a More Luxurious RV Experience

Looking to spruce up your RV to add even more comfort and touches of home? Check out these ideas for a more luxurious RV experience out on the road.

Use Real Dishes

This may be a simple suggestion, but real dishes help make your RV feel like home. Using real dishes instead of paper plates and plastic forks not only adds to your experience, but is also more environmentally friendly. However, be careful in your material and storage choice – no one wants broken dishes on the road! High end plastic or a lightweight dinnerware like Corelle would make good choices.

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Make a Customized Campsite Sign

Add a personal touch to your campsite with customized RV camping signs! This is a chance to flex your creative muscles and can help facilitate introductions with your neighbors if you include your last name and home base location on your signs.

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Furnish Your Floors with New Vinyl

Another idea for a more luxurious RV experience is to install new flooring! Vinyl can really update the appearance of your RV and it’s not too difficult to maintain. Mrs. Padilly’s Travel Blog about RV life has a great walkthrough on how to put in a new vinyl floor. Find the instructions here.

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Photo credit: Mrs. Padilly’s Travels

Reduce Clutter with Organization Solutions

Storage and organization in a small RV space can be challenging. Why not make it simpler by modifying your RV storage drawers to be as efficient as possible? Adding an organizational tray can help you get a lot more out of your space, while keeping belongings neat and tidy.

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Revamp Walls with Peel and Stick Tile

Similar to installing vinyl flooring, peel and stick tile is a fairly simple upgrade. It’s exactly what it sounds like… peel off the back of the tile and stick it on your RV’s walls! An easy and stylish do-it-yourself project, this is sure to give your kitchen or bathroom an instant upgrade. You can find a more detailed breakdown of instructions and advice here from a blog called Paint by the Light.

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Photo credit: Paint by the Light

Install an Oxygenating Showerhead

This is one of the most impactful changes you can make for a more luxurious RV. Oxygenating showerheads use air to increase surface area of the water stream for a more satisfying, yet water-saving shower. Enjoy these types of RV modifications in your own shower.

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Reupholster Interior Cushions

This project requires a little more skill and patience, but the finished product will be worth it! The Pop Up Princess blog has a great tutorial on how to reupholster your interior dining area cushions. This great idea can help add some additional comfort and charm to your new luxurious RV. Get the instructions here.

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Brighten Interior Spaces with LED Lighting

Normal incandescent bulbs are energy consuming and provide less light, but you can upgrade your lighting with RV LED interior lights to improve efficiency and create a better atmosphere. Not all LED lights are created equal however, and they may not be right for your RV. Understand the different types of RV LED replacement bulbs so you can make an informed decision.

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What ideas have you tried to take your luxurious RV and camping experience to the next level?

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44 Responses to “8 Tips for a More Luxurious RV Experience”
  1. Phillip

    My wife & I have just purchased a Mercedes Sprinter van. We want to fit it out ourselves. Is there any ideas on design & layout pls.

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Phillip. Thanks for visiting the RV Repair Club site and the opportunity to share your journey in customizing your Sprinter! The Sprinter has been one of the most popular models in the RV industry the past 4-5 years due to the great fuel economy, convenient length (fits in a traditional parking spot), and flexibility of interior floorplans. If you are starting from a shell van, I would suggest lining the walls with the space age insulation that has the foil on both sides and then applying a thin wallboard/paneling. As for the design and layout, I would suggest checking out the floorplans offered by RV manufacturers such as Winnebago, RoadTrek, Airstream, Pleasureway and others. You’ll get some good ideas of what might work for your RV needs, however the challenge will be finding the furnishings. Most of the cabinetry is customized by RV suppliers in Elkhart IN and not readily available to the general public. The appliances will also be more of a customized size and not available at your typical “box” stores so they will be more expensive.

      You will need to get creative, contact the RV manufacturers that build a Sprinter model and see if they have a “scratch & dent” or salvage department that will sell some of the items you need like a dinette, sofa, or even kitchen cabinet. Get a local cabinet maker to look at the furnishings in a factory built unit to see what he can do. Most home improvement stores will customize countertops and such to make that work for you as well. And find a good upholstery shop, they can take residential furniture and redesign it to a smaller size, or build new cushions and benches to fit the smaller size.

      Keep us posted on your journey!

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Sandra. You can find the peel and stick wall tiles at Home Depot.

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    • Larry Power

      RV Make: Aljo, RV Model: 30' fifth wheel, RV Year: 1993

      We bought the exact white peel and stick times off of Amazon. They seem to offer the biggest variety with best prices.

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    • John KRas

      RV Make: Tiffin, RV Model: Phaeton, RV Year: 2003

      We bought tic-tac-tiles on Amazon about $45 for 10 sheets. The sheet are about 10″X10″. They are available in many designs and colors. They are super easy to install and look great I will try to attach a photo.

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    • Barrett

      RV Make: Fleerwood, RV Model: Bounder M-34 J, RV Year: 1995

      You can find the peel and stick at Lowes as well as on-line.

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  2. warren

    My StarCraft AR ONE 15 RB needs a better air conditioner. Possible to put in a bigger unit and how much? Thanks

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Warren. Thanks for visiting the RV Repair Club and the opportunity to assist with your Starcraft AC question. It looks like the 15 RB came with a 5,000 btu AC unit standard and the larger ones had an 8,000 btu standard. Both can get an upgrade to a 13,500 but model, however I would suggest comparing the weight ratings and what your rig currently weighs. The newer models only have 3200 GVWR and the larger model may put you over recommended weights. Also, the 13,500 btu will draw more power so be sure your distribution center is rated for that and you have 30 amp power.

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  3. Allen

    RV Make: Tiffin, RV Model: Phaeton , RV Year: 2007

    The drivers slide out will only move out 8 inches and will not go back in. Any ideas?

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Allen. We would be happy to assist you; we just need some more information. What is the make/model/year of your RV?

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Allen. Thanks for visiting the RV Repair Club site and the opportunity to assist with your slide room issue. To provide more specific information we need to know the make, model, and year of your RV and what slide mechanism you are referring to. If the unit actually does slide 8” it could be something jambed or lodged underneath the slide floor and your RV floor or even on the sides? Is it electric or hydraulic? If it’s electric, it could be a weak motor, if it’s the Schwintek slide with a rail on the side of the slide box, it’s probably the small motor in the mechanism? With the above information we may be able to pinpoint the problem better.

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  4. Marcel

    RV Make: Itaska, RV Model: Sunova, RV Year: 2007, Brand: Dometic, Model Number: 9100

    I recently purchased my first class a motorhome and I am upgrading it. I want to change the awning to a power awning. Any tips or videos to share?

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Marcel. Thanks for visiting the RV Repair Club site and the opportunity to assist with you upgrade to a power awning. Currently we have videos showing recommended cleaning procedures and products for awnings and installation of an awning covering the sliderooms as those have been high volume requests. We will put your request on the list for content in the future, however in the mean time if you could provide the make, model, and year of your RV (and the floorplan/length) and the automatic awning model you are looking at, we can provide some information to make the process easier.

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  5. Randy

    RV Make: Alfa, RV Model: Gold 5th wheel, RV Year: 1996

    I am rebuilding an alfa gold 38′ 5th wheel. It has extensive water damage. There is alot of wall damage inside and out. Has anybody had experience in replacing large pieces of filon?

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  6. Larry

    RV Make: Everest, by Keystone, RV Model: 345s, RV Year: 2008

    Bought my new 5th wheel just have not gone to pick it up and enjoy it yet to busy at work, but should be getting it shortly…….

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  7. Bill

    RV Make: Forest River, RV Model: Lexington GTS 270, RV Year: 2005

    Considering new wall paper in salon area and bedroom , and border in bathroom
    any ideas for a original look ?. Or…

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Bill. Thank you for visiting the RV Repair Club site and the opportunity to assist with your wallpaper remodel. Make sure you get a good quality wallpaper that can stand up to some extreme temperatures as you will have these when the rig is not in use. Also it should be moisture resistant due to condensation.

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  8. john yost

    RV Make: winnrbago , RV Model: journey, RV Year: 2008

    I have paint peeling in the underneath cargo bays and on the freightliner frame. I have research many products to fix this issue. Freightliner was no help at all. We have not traveled in snow etc and kept away from the coast. We purchased the rig new in 2010 and has 12800 miles. Even had to replace roted tail pipe this year. Any suggestions for rust treatment. thanks

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, John. Thank you for visiting the RV Repair Club site and the opportunity to assist with your paint issue. If it’s the underneath cargo bays, then it’s the RV manufacturers welded outriggers that probably had a simple paint application rather than a true electrolysis powder coating? I have also seen flaking of the chassis rails, usually due to condensation that gets trapped in the compartments. You can use navel jelly, however the best procedure is to sand blast the peeling paint and reapply a good quality primer. It’s messy, but there are several smaller sand blasting kits you can get at Northern Tool or Harbor Freight, or get a local body shop to do a quick blast the next time they are going to strip and paint another vehicle?

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      • Barrett

        RV Make: Fleetwood, RV Model: Bounder M-34 J, RV Year: 1995

        There is another method one can use besides sandblasting which could be very expensive and cause potential damages to surroung areas.
        OI would suggest you look into a quality rust converter such as POR-15 or other “Rust Converters” as there are several on the market.
        One would need to use a wire brush (by hand or wire wheel on a drill etc,) to remove any loose rust flakes and such and then coat the rusted areas with spray or by brush. This material actually converts the rust to metal like properties which can be left as coated or painted over for further protection. This material can be found at auto parts stores (e.g. NAPA, Auto Zone etc.) and may be found at Home and Garden stores (e.g Lowes). The good news is that all rust not be removed…just the loose stuff. Done properly, this will also prevent further corrosion.

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  9. Clarence

    RV Make: Keystone, RV Model: Outback 27 RBS, RV Year: 2003

    I need to know the floor joice measurments center to center…..for the Outback 27 RBS

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Clarence. Thank you for visiting the RV Repair Club site and the opportunity to assist with your request for information on your Outback floor structure. Unlike residential construction, RV framework seldom have standardized dimensions that are “center to center” due to the complexities of numerous floorplans, sliderooms, windows, and other extenuating circumstances. Most RV floors are constructed of 4’ x 8’ panels placed sideways so you might find them at 4’ on center, however there are some that “split” a panel at 2’ because of a toilet or shower. You might be able to use a stud finder to locate the actual frame?

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  10. John

    RV Make: JayCo, RV Model: Greyhawk, RV Year: 2006

    I’m interested in perhaps new wallpaper in the RV – is there anything specific one needs to know about wallpaper for an RV?

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, John. The wallpaper in most RVs is actually part of the interior Luaun board supplied by Pluswood Or BP, not an actual residential wallpaper. It’s applied to the raw wood with an adhesive on the back of the paper rather than soaking the wallpaper in a glue solution like typical residential applications.
      Here are some considerations for installing new wallpaper:
      The current wallpaper usually has a clear coat as the outer most layer to reduce fading and to make it easier to clean. You will need to clean it with TSP and probably “scuff” it up for another wallpaper to adhere to it! This can be done with a very soft grit sandpaper.

      The new wallpaper must we able to withstand extreme temperature changes such as –20 in the winter and 120 in the summer with high humidity. This means a heavy grade material with an adhesive that can withstand the temp changes. And make sure the new wallpaper is applicable to vinyl on vinyl.

      Another option is paint? Again, clean, scuff, and make sure you get a good paint that will stick to vinyl. Bullseye 123 has been very successful on many applications.

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  11. Antonio

    RV Make: Newmar, RV Model: Dutch Star, RV Year: 2003, Model Number: 4007

    I’m wanting to replaced carpet with tile throughout my motorhome..I understand the frame flexs..what are some concerns to tile?

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    • Customer Service

      I would not recommend replacing with real tile squares unless you have a “Motorcoach” that has the utmost in chassis durability! Most manufacturer’s installing tile in even diesel pusher models are having trouble with the grout breaking in time and especially if you are going to do any cold weather camping! I would recommend installing a quality wood that interlocks and “floats” which can take the temperature changes and chassis flexing. Make sure it’s at least 7 mil, not the cheap thin stuff. Another option is simulated tile squares that interlock such as NAFCO and other products. Many RV manufacturers use this with great success and it looks nice.

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  12. Robert P

    RV Make: Rexhall, RV Model: Vision V29, RV Year: 1998

    Looking for organization ideas

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  13. Larry E. McFadden

    RV Make: Thor, RV Model: Miramar, RV Year: 2014, Brand: Stairwell cover, Model Number: Homemade

    LaMesa added a Burr wheelchair lift but, I had to make a stairwell cover so I would have something to roll the wheelchair on to we travel with the cover down so the dog doesn’t fall into the stairwell. I sent some pictures in but I posted some pictures on my Facebook page.

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  14. Robert

    RV Make: Thor, RV Model: Compass 26TB, RV Year: 2017

    New RV TV’s do not operate on 12vdc battery only power. Want passender to view TV while we drive motorhome.

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Robert,

      You can run the generator, or get a small 130 watt inverter to run off 12-volt battery power. You will need to find a way to run a wire from a 12-volt source up to the TV area for the inverter.

      Thanks
      David RVRC Video Membership

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  15. Guy Mazzarella

    RV Make: Thor, RV Model: Vegas, RV Year: 2016

    I paid a membership fee why am I getting only previews and being asked to join again. Please advise. Thanks GMazz

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Guy,

      We are excited to see that you are a Premium Member! To access the full videos you will want to make sure you are logged into your account prior to watching the video. Click on the Login button in the upper right hand corner of the page. Enter in your Username and Password and click on Login. Once you are logged into your account you will have unlimited access to stream all our expert videos. Please let us know if you have any further questions.

      Thanks,
      Becky RVRC Video Membership

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  16. Renee

    RV Make: Thor Wanderer, RV Model: Wide Lite, RV Year: 2002

    I cleaned and spray painted all the cabinet hinges and knobs. Or you could just by new ones at the big box stores. Any current metallic will be a more modern look than bright brass.

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  17. Pat Shaw

    RV Make: Fleetwood, RV Model: Mallard, RV Year: 1994

    We have made several updates to our ’32 1994 Fleetwood Mallard. We replaced the tacky gold tone sconces in the living room with dark metal sconces with frosted glass shades. Just had to drill holes and add the on/off push button to the new lights. We also used the peel and stick tiles that look like glass mosaic in our kitchen and bathroom backsplashes. We have added some cute little wooden trim pieces around the living room and kitchen cabinets and wooden rope trim in a few places. Also added some wallpaper border in the kitchen and living room. A few more things to go. I really want to find log wallpaper for the walls. I’ve seen a lot online, but have not made a choice on color yet.

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  18. CathyHinson

    RV Make: Monico, RV Model: Monarch, RV Year: 19999, Brand: Onetouch carefree awning

    Is there a problem replacing the material on our awning to vinyl from a ripped up tarp material? This is a Carefree One Touch awning that no longer works electroniscally. Just wondering, I was told by a repair man it could be a problem.
    Thanks for input
    Cathy

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Cathy,

      It depends on the type of vinyl material. Most awning fabric is either an acrylic vinyl or heavy duty 15 mil vinyl that can be rolled up frequently without cracking and will not “melt” or fuse to itself when it gets hot. You can find replacement vinyl on line for about $200. Check out the Carefree of Colorado site regarding the material available here:
      http://www.carefreeofcolorado.com/rv-products/rv-canopy-replacement.html

      Thanks
      David RVRC Video Membership

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  19. Sam Crabtree

    RV Make: KZ by Thor, RV Model: Sportsmen, RV Year: 2017

    Question – Is there any problem using the slideout not fully extended?

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      Hi Sam. It depends on the type of seal used around the perimeter. Most slide rooms have a bulb seal on the inside wall and outside wall and the slide room flange will compress the seal when it’s in or out to create a weather tight seal. If the room is only partially in or out, the flange does not connect to the bulb seal and you could have a gap around the room that would let moisture, wind and bugs inside. If you have the double sided bulb seal with a rubber flap or squeegee, it will help seal the gap. Otherwise you will need to insert some type of foam rope or other sealant to seal the room.

      Thanks
      Dave-RVRC

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  20. Leslie

    RV Make: Coleman, RV Model: Fleetwood, RV Year: 2008, Brand: Willingham

    We are looking for assistance to install an electronic lift on our pop up tent trailer. Also a parts list to do that.

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  21. Latoya Johnson

    RV Make: aaa, RV Model: aaa, RV Year: aaa, Brand: aaaa, Model Number: aaa

    Thanks for sharing your tips for a more luxurious RV experience. I like that you talked about how you can make the atmosphere of your RV cozier by upgrading the interior lights. My brother is interested to buy have his RV customized to create a comfortable atmosphere because he’s planning to use it on their family trip. It’s important for him to make sure that entire RV will make them feel home. I will make sure to share your blog with him so he can get some tips.

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  22. no3putthook

    RV Make: Holiday Rambler, RV Model: Vacation, RV Year: 2007

    36’ 2slides. I want to redo floors and interior walls
    Looking for easiest way . Not good mechanic but must save money. We just bought and our first MotorHome 47000 miles

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    • Customer Service

      Hello,

      Unfortunately there is no “Easy Way” redo floors and interior walls and if you are not a “good mechanic” as you stated, or have experience with flooring and remodeling, it’s not a DIY project that I would suggest! The walls are a sandwiched design with interior paneling laminated to block foam insulation with integrated aluminum framework or wood in less expensive model. Then a thin luaun wood panel and fiberglass outer skin laminated so a “redo” for the walls in pretty intensive! If your are looking to just change the color, I would suggest painting or applying wallpaper as the covering you have now is a wallpaper applied to a panel just like you would find at a home improvement store. You can’t just cover with new paneling as the thickness would create issues at the windows and other areas.

      As for the floor, you probably have carpet and want to either replace it with other carpet, or another material. The challenge is getting a covering that will withstand the tremendous push of your slideroom and not tear or bunch up. Also, you will have twists in the chassis when driving which will create an issue with wood or tile flooring as well as huge temperature changes which will make the material expand and contract.

      We just completed a renovation of a 2002 Winnebago that had carpet and 2 slide and installed a Luxury Woven Vinyl product from Infinnity which will be posted on the site next month. Look for the videos coming soon.

      Thanks,

      David
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

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