5 Inexpensive Remodel Ideas for Your RV

Major upgrades don’t have to mean major expenses (or headaches)! There are some changes you can make to your RV that will make a big impact on your RV’s style, but not on your wallet!

1. Paint

Painting isn’t a super costly change, but it is a time consuming one! Painting dark RV walls a light color such as white can make a dramatic difference in the interior of your RV. RV walls can be challenging to paint though! It takes several coats of good primer as well as several coats of good paint to cover RV walls and look good. Many people decide to also paint RV cabinets and trim. This is quite a bug undertaking but can completely change the look and feel of your rig!

2. Change Curtains

RVs usually have curtain valances as well as side panel curtains. If you don’t like the look of these, they’re fairly easy to tear down. You have several options for replacements. If you don’t want to make any more holes in the walls, (or if you find that you can’t screw any more holes in the wall because it feels like metal-this happened to us!) you can opt to use Command strip hooks and curtain rods. You can shop for curtains you like and them cut them down and hem them as necessary, or choose to make your own curtains from your favorite fabric!

3. Switch Out Light Fixtures

Updated or changing light fixtures is a nice way to put your personal touch of style in your RV. If you decide to try this, be sure and make sure to get fixtures rated with voltage compatible for your rig, and compatible bulbs. The most common RV light can be replaced with any 12v LED light bulb. I found several options that worked for our rig on Amazon.

Related videos: RV LED Interior Lights: A Simple Fix For Dim Corners, How To Upgrade Your RV Wall Light To 12V, How To Add An RV Reading Light, LED RV Porch Light Install

4. Add A Backsplash

Adding a backsplash to your kitchen, bathroom or both can be a fun, inexpensive upgrade. You don’t have to use tile and grout- there are some lightweight, easy to use alternatives to tile that work perfectly in RVs. I found some 3D sticker sheets on Amazon that look just like actual subway tile! They didn’t cost a fortune and I didn’t have to hire a contractor to install them! I just measured my space, cut them to size and applied. They’ve held up great and still look brand new.

5. Add Fun Decor

Adding pops of color here and there can brighten any space. Throw blankets, pillows and rugs can be used to add different textures, making your space feel cozy. I love having several plants around to keep the air clean and give the feeling of bringing the outdoors inside! Placing a few lightweight decor items on the walls (secured in place by command strips) can also be a nice way to personalize your space.

Personalizing your RV’s interior doesn’t have to cost a fortune. I hope this list gives you some ideas of ways to renovate your space if you have the itch to make some changes!

Related blog: 8 Tips For A More Luxurious RV Experience

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About the Author: Lauren is a wife, mother of two, photographer, blogger and lover of nature and adventure! Currently traveling around the U.S. in a fifth wheel, Lauren and her family seek to live life to the fullest and continue to look for ways to simplify their lives in order to live larger with less. Follow along on their journey by visiting their family travel blog.

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29 Responses to “5 Inexpensive Remodel Ideas for Your RV”
  1. Donna L Barnett

    RV Make: Forest River, RV Model: Surveyor, RV Year: 2019

    I LOVE the ceiling fan. How did you get that hung and what kind of fan (to keep it light weight)? Thats an amazing touch! Love all your ideas! Thanks

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    • Customer Service

      Donna,

      The ceiling fan is actually from the factory. It is just a standard ceiling fan that can be found at local hardware stores. There are many trailers and 5th wheels that come equipped with them. They are usually installed into a recessed opening for clearance over the slides when they come in but I have seen others just attached to the ceiling on taller ceiling 5th wheels. These need to be mounted to a roof truss for support and will need 120v wiring to them as well. To be able to install one yourself, 120v wiring will have to be run from the distribution center, through the walls and then through the ceiling. It’s not impossible but a lot of time is needed and things might have to be torn apart and reconstructed.

      Sincerely,

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

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      • Christopher Lambert

        RV Make: Hilo, RV Model: Voyager, RV Year: 1984

        Redoing a oldie , wondering just how I can put up a new roof on this 1984 Hilo,

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  2. Joe

    RV Make: Grand Design , RV Model: Reflection , RV Year: 2016

    Regarding changing out light fixtures, Lowes and Home Depot have a section where you can build your own hanging fixtures and mix and match the rods, glass or metal housings etc. My wife loves the vintage Edison bulbs and I found some 12 volt Edison base bulbs to use in the RV. And the wife loves them!!!

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  3. ROBIN

    I purchased self-adhesive towel bars for our RV bathroom. They didn’t stay up (due to heat, I assume). Then I thought they were up for good with super glue, but nope, they have fallen off the wall again. Any suggestions on how to get these lightweight towel bars to stay up? Now I’m afraid the command strips I bought to hang some canvass won’t hold either. Thanks in advance.

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      Robin,

      If they are too heavy for command strips to hold up you might want to consider using screws or gorilla hooks to hold up the towel bar. It is ideal to attach to a stud for towel bars but if that is not possible for the area you are in, using the gorilla hooks is a great way of securing something. These are just hooks that press into the wall panel. These are hooks so you do have to have something hang off of them, you might have to modify the towel rack by drilling a hole in it to use these hooks put they work great and only put a little hole in the wall that can easily be covered up with wood putty when they are removed. Other than that, command strips are what I recommend when going into the panel is not an option. Here is a link of what I am talking about:

      https://monkeyhook.com/

      Sincerely,

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

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  4. James Stryd

    RV Make: Komfort, RV Model: 5th wheel, RV Year: 2003

    Just want to know how to upgrade my rig.
    I do like my rig but just want some Ideas as to upgrade it

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      James,

      We’d love to assist you! Could you supply us with a little more detail on what you’d like to upgrade and we’d be more than happy to recommend items to you!

      Sincerely,

      Jessica
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

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  5. Greg

    RV Make: Fleetwood , RV Model: 35K bounder , RV Year: 2018, Brand: J pull out sofa

    Factory sofa not comfortable to me I would love a sofa/recliner Theater style in the same color and material

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  6. Dennis

    RV Make: Thor, RV Model: Vagas, RV Year: 2015

    My overhead bed lost power halfway down. Where can I find power reset?

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    • Customer Service

      Dennis,

      The best place to look is the power distribution center. There will be a set of breakers and a set of fuses. You will want to check the fuses as this operates off of the 12v system. Most of the time this is where the main power protection is located. There could also be a problem with the switch or a connection but if it stopped half way down most likely the fuse blew from high amp draw. Finding and checking the fuses would be the best place to start.

      Sincerely,

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

      Reply
  7. Don

    RV Make: Roadtrek, RV Model: 190 Versatile, RV Year: 1992

    Your tips and repairs seem always to be for big rigs. Do you ever have info for us class B guys?

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      Don,

      We try to make our tips and troubleshooting to accommodate all RV’s, this includes trailers, 5th wheel, Class A, B and C’s and even park models. The components are typically the same and they all use mostly the same appliances so troubleshooting issues will be the same on most models. We just shoot a lot of the videos based on what we have in the shop that day and the problems that arise from them. I am sorry we don’t have many tips showing things in Class B’s but if you are looking for some troubleshooting help and can’t find that in our videos I would be glad to assist you!

      Sincerely,

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

      Reply
  8. Richard Dryden

    RV Make: Dodge, RV Model: Lazy Dais, RV Year: 1977

    Need a company recommendation to have the inside gutted and redone to make it wheelchair friendly and accessible, including the entry into the motorhome. Located in Fallbrook, CA.

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  9. Steve Huson

    RV Make: Carrage, RV Model: Cameo, RV Year: 2008

    Is it possible to pull the carpet & linoleum from the main area & replace with a laminate that looks like boards. Similar to what is in homes these days?

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Steve. It can be done as long as the new flooring isn’t thicker and interferes with anything like the slide out or cabinet doors. Many people have done this and it can look nice when completed. Just be aware that a lot of vinyl floors are glued down and can be really hard to take off. Some manufactures only glue around the perimeter which makes it easier but others glue the entire floor. If you do use planks you also need to be aware that the flooring will shift a lot more than in houses due to the constant temperature changes that occur in RV’s from use to storage. Other than that, it is something that can usually be done and can turn out nice.
      Thanks
      Dan RV Repair Club

      Reply
  10. James & Janice Shadrock

    RV Make: Fleetwood, RV Model: Bounder Diesel Pusher 38V, RV Year: 2008

    In our 2008 Fleetwood Bounder Diesel Pusher model 38V, The chair in the bedroom is missing. Does anyone know where we might get an original chair? Also can anyone explain how to get the setting on a sleep number mattress correct?

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      Hello James and Janice!

      That’s a great question!

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  11. TRACY

    RV Model: Yellowstone , RV Year: 1955

    What kind of veneer paneling and thickness of vintage travel trailers. Where to buy?

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    • Customer Service

      Hey Paul,

      Our expert Dan has some tips for you:

      The most common paneling used over the years is 1/4″ luan that is either painted or vinyl covered. Most manufactures had the panels made for them so it’s hard to find an exact match out there especially for vintage. If the manufacture is still in business you could try contacting them to see if that color is still available but most likely you will have to use something different. There are plenty of websites that sell RV paneling or you can go to dealerships or service centers and see what they are able to order. You can always just use regular paneling found at local hardware stores as well. This is actually a popular choice when renovating a used camper as it gives it more of a modern look.

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      Dan
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  12. matthew jamison

    RV Make: cherokee, RV Model: 38h, RV Year: 2002

    i am looking to remodel

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Matthew!

      We’d love to help you out! What specific questions do you have and what is the year, make, and model of your RV?

      Thank you!

      Jessica
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

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  13. Laurie Adkins

    RV Make: Winnebago, RV Model: Adventurer, RV Year: 1999

    What is the average estimate on remodeling a bathroom?

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    • Customer Service

      Laurie,

      It really depends on what you want to remodel with, what you want to keep and what needs replaced. Just replacing a few faucets can cost a few hundred dollars based on what you get. It really depends on if you want to go high end or just get things to look a little nicer but it could range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. If you want to replace the shower surround, flooring, cabinets you could be looking at a lot more. It all really depends.

      Sincerely,

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

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  14. Ann Pederson

    RV Make: Starcraft AR-One, RV Model: QB 18, RV Year: 2016

    This is the perfect RV for me except, I am wanting to add a sink in the bathroom.I have a closet right next to it.so I could take half.Has anyone done this kind of a remodel job.can give me hints/ideas.

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  15. Evonne

    RV Make: Toyota, RV Model: Sunland Motorhome , RV Year: 1986

    Remodel ideals for my 1986 Toyota sunland Motorhome

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  16. Judy Smith

    RV Make: Motorhome, RV Model: Rockwood, RV Year: 1984

    I need to make it brighter & update. So drab feeling.

    Reply
  17. Dion Brennan

    RV Make: Four Winds, RV Model: Hurricane, RV Year: 2000

    We have just purchased this rig, and it has no owners manual. Thor only saves the manuals for 7 years. Does anyone know of a source for obtaining one (perhaps an RV Repair club library or database?

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    • Customer Service

      Unfortunately there is no online data base for owners manuals. I wish there was as many people have the same issue. The only place to get owners manuals would be directly from the manufactures. The only other place to check would be owners forums and see if anyone has a similar model and would be willing to copy it for you.

      Sincerely,

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

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