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Travel Trailer Renovation

This category details the long process of deconstruction and then rebuilding a 1997 30ft Fleetwood Mallard travel trailer that I named “The Wind Rose.” There are more than 20 posts that cover the DIY instructions for every aspect of the project. There are categories within the category, such as Kitchen, Bathroom, etc.

Travel Trailer Renovations: Part Twenty-two – Finishing Touches in the Kitchen

Travel Trailer Renovations: Part Twenty-two – Finishing Touches in the Kitchen

Travel Trailer Renovations: Part Twenty-one – New Floors

Travel Trailer Renovations: Part Twenty-one – New Floors

The desk with bookshelves moved to the side and a stool placed underneath

Travel Trailer Renovations: Part Twenty – A Useful Desk and Console Combo

A picture of the travel trailer from outside, taken at night, with warm light shining out of the windows and the open door

Travel Trailer Renovations: Part Nineteen – Plug in the Lights

How To Create A Beautiful Butcher Block Countertop Out Of Reclaimed Barn Wood

How To Create A Beautiful Butcher Block Countertop Out Of Reclaimed Barn Wood

Interior of the travel trailer showing the toe kick under the bathroom sink counter

Travel Trailer Renovations: Part Eighteen – Brand New Bathroom Sink

Travel Trailer Renovations: Part Seventeen –  It’s All Downhill From Here

Travel Trailer Renovations: Part Seventeen – It’s All Downhill From Here

Interior of a travel trailer kitchen with framing shown

Travel Trailer Renovations: Part Sixteen  – How To Build a Tiny Kitchen

Schematic plans for kitchen shelving and countertop

Travel Trailer Renovations: Part Fifteen –  How to Design a Tiny Kitchen

Fully paneled kitchen in the travel trailer

Travel Trailer Renovations: Part Fourteen  – Painting the New Walls

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Stunning Travel Trailer Remodels to Inspire Your Next Project

Is your travel trailer in need of a little TLC? Are you looking for inspiration with your very own travel trailer remodel? Maybe you're just starting to think about remodeling it, and you're not sure where to start. Either way, we've got you covered! 

What you'll find...

One of the best things about RV remodeling is that it shows how even just a little effort can go a long way. Remodeling is also the most economical way to upgrade your RV. 

In this blog post, we'll showcase some of the best and most stunning travel trailer remodels that will inspire your next project. These trailers have been completely transformed into beautiful homes-on-wheels, and there's no reason why you can't do the same.

So get inspired and get started on your own remodel today!

The Best and Most Inspiring Travel Trailer Remodel Ideas

Travel trailer remodel no.1 - rustic kitchen remodel.

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How to Find an RV to Renovate


Can’t wait to launch into an RV renovation project but need a canvas to showcase your creativity?

Camping World offers thousands of used RVs ready for your DIY dreams. Many of these are perfectly suited for your renovation project. Butt here are other benefits of buying a pre-owned RV , such as cheaper upfront costs and potentially lower insurance payments. 

Shop Camping World’s selection of pre-owned RVs perfect for a DIY renovation.

Plus, Camping World’s Design Centers will make your renovation projects fun and easy. Bring the family to help you select new furniture, fixtures, appliances, and more. Our design experts will help you visualize how it’ll all tie together inside your RV. 

How Much Does it Cost to Renovate an RV?


RV renovations come in all shapes and sizes, large and small. For example, using a wallboard kit to revive your RV’s interior walls can cost little more than $200, but larger DIY RV renovation projects can easily cost you thousands. 

RVers that have completed renovation projects report spending anywhere from $2,000 to $7,000+. But it all depends on the size of your RV and the extent of the renovations undertaken. 

Here are a few tips to help you cut costs for your RV renovation: 

  • Renovate in stages. Break up your project into 3-4 stages to spread out the work. I like to use Demo, Prep, Installation, and Finish for my stages, helping me visualize what the space will look like at the end of each stage and providing time to earn a few more paychecks before covering the costs of the next stage. 
  • Creatively source materials. When I redid the floors in my Fleetwood Bounder , I found a local couple with extra laminate RV flooring from a completed renovation project. I purchased it from them for substantially less than I would’ve paid at a retail store.
  • Mark retail sales on your calendar. RV retail sites like Camping World often offer seasonal promotions. Mark them on your calendar so you can pick up renovation supplies, new appliances, and other RV accessories at a discount as you prep for your renovation project.

How Hard is it to Renovate an RV?

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Like cost, renovation difficulty varies from project to project. It can be as easy as unscrewing old knobs and screwing in new square knobs to freshen up the look of your RV cabinetry. But it can be as difficult as you want to make it.

Flooring can be a tricky RV renovation project because many manufacturers build RVs from the frame up, meaning the flooring is installed in a singular sheet before base sets are installed on top of it. 

A base set is the cabinetry and framework that creates rooms in your RV – bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchen, etc.

Removing worn RV furniture can also be challenging, as some manufacturers install certain items before the exterior walls are set into place. This means you may have to deconstruct a worn sofa instead of simply removing the bolts securing it to the floor and carrying it out your RV’s door. 

Here are some of our favorite easy RV renovation projects: 

  • Upgrade the kitchen. Install a new backsplash and change your cabinet pulls for a revived look.
  • Brighten the bedroom. Turn your bedroom from dark to light with a DIY wallboard kit .
  • Advance your airflow. Keep your RV cool and maximize your A/C’s performance with this DIY RV airflow installation . 
  • DIY your dream dinette. Improve this oft-overlooked RV space with these RV dinette design ideas .
  • Sanctify the shower. Bring comfort and relaxation to your RV shower with these upgrade ideas .

How to Plan an RV Renovation

There’s no substitute for experiencing what it’s like to live in an RV before starting a renovation. 

Misty took this approach: 

“I lived in it for a year and figured out what would be beneficial and make life easier. I put shelves in the closet where there was wasted space. Instead of huge open cabinets, I added dividers and shelves. I removed and installed a new dining table to make getting around easier. Then, I installed lights I liked, and now I’m ready to remove and replace the shower door.”

Others take a more systematic tact, like Barbara: 

“We made a list of items we liked about our rig, items we didn’t like or wanted to change, and things we really wished we had. Then we drew up a floorplan detailing where things were and how they could change. Then started tearing out the old and putting in the new. We removed the entire kitchen and changed it to fit our needs – especially since I’m short and upper cabinets are nearly useless for me. We got rid of the oven because, in 11 years, we had only used it once. We removed the bathtub for the same reason. We altered the footprint of the bedroom to accommodate my 6’+ tall husband. Then we put in new floors, cabinets, countertops, etc. We started with a laminate floor we loved and built the coloring around it.”

How to Renovate an RV Interior

When renovating an entire RV interior, work from top to bottom, addressing items like installing a new roof vent fan or reviving worn cabinetry before progressing to upgrading furniture or installing new flooring. 

Some RVers also start with their most pressing need, like Remedy: 

“Our first travel trailer had no seating. So took out the queen bed and closets on each side. Built platforms for twins and put bolsters like a daybed. Used the closet doors for storage beneath beds. Mounted a TV on the wall. It has a cubby for an old tube TV, so now that’s extra storage. Also installed a small window unit since the original A/C was so loud.”

Keeping it simple is also a great idea if your RV just needs a modest upgrade, like Frances’:

“We removed the little jack-knife couch and replaced it with 2 rocker recliners. Much better! We like everything else just how it is!”

If you’re like Traveling 8 Pack , though, a little more effort can be worth it: 

“We took out the U-shape dinette and original couch in the living room of our 2019 bunkhouse so we could put in a sleeper sofa, table, and benches. Then, we covered the window with pic on the side of the slide and ship-lapped wallpaper.”

Check out their finished product!

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How to Renovate an RV Bedroom

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.  – Irish Proverb

Aside from full-timers, most of us plan RV trips for adventure, relaxation, or some combination of the two. Your RV’s bedroom must feel peaceful and comfortable if you want to avoid feeling just as tired or burnt out as you were prior to the trip. 

It all starts with the bed, so read our tips on how to make your RV bed the most comfortable bed ever before you progress. 

Beyond a comfortable bed, consider your RV entertainment system options , closet storage solutions , nightstand access, and anything else you enjoy in your residential bedroom. 

Here are a few of our favorite RV bedroom renovations:

How to Renovate an RV Kitchen

Many campers spend most of their time in the kitchen and living room of their RV. If this space isn’t working for your RV lifestyle, it’s time for a makeover. Does your RV feel a bit too cave-like? Many older RVs featured darker cabinetry, so it makes sense to start here if you want to brighten up your space. 

Genesis makes a complete cabinet revival kit that’s available in eight different colors. It provides a much more cost-effective alternative to ripping out and replacing cabinetry. Plus, it’s easy to apply and has enough peel-and-stick material to cover up to 150 square feet of cabinetry. 

Check out Camping World’s complete selection of Genesis Cabinet Revive Kits.

Beyond cabinetry, there are more in-depth renovations like installing a new kitchen sink basin, upgrading your cooktop, and reviving worn kitchen countertops. DIY projects like these are a bit more intensive, and you’ll benefit from contacting a Camping World Design Center to help you plan and execute your renovation. 

Find a design center near you.

Here are a few recent RV kitchen renovations that have caught our attention: 


How to Renovate Sidewalls of an RV


Wallboard kits are arguably the easiest way to revive your RV’s interior sidewalls. They come with the supplies you need to complete the simple peel-and-stick application, and they’re available in multiple colors and modern designs. 

They’re great for renovating older RVs with ominously dark wallpaper or eccentric patterns that have gone out of style. Genesis makes some of the best kits for RV interior wall renovation, and their kits can be used in your RV’s living room, slide-out, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and anywhere else you want to give the walls a facelift. 

Shop the complete selection of Genesis RV renovation products at Camping World.

Sometimes, uplifting the sidewalls completely changes the feel of your RV’s interior. Just ask Charol: 

“We did a makeover to our 18′ Starcraft camper. All the cabinets were dark brown, including the bathroom door, and the walls were beige. The video is how it looks now.”

How to Renovate an RV Bathroom

An RV bathroom renovation can be as simple as installing a more comfortable RV toilet. I’d rather not tell you how many times I’ve had to remove and replace one of these. It’s never pretty, but things get much easier (and cleaner) once completed. 

You can also get creative to satisfy a unique need, like Leigh: 

“I added a 2″ duct hose from the heater plenum under the tub and exited with a small vent to blow heat into the bathroom. I was my wife’s hero to give her some warmth should there be a nighttime need.”

Other, more attractive bathroom renovation ideas include: 

  • Upgrading your showerhead. Find a new showerhead for a more luxurious RV bathing experience. 
  • Redesigning the vanity. Employ the right storage caddies and organizers to design your ideal bathroom vanity. 
  • Installing hooks for hanging storage. Ensure everyone has a place for their bath towels with strategically-placed hooks and hangers . 
  • Replacing the shower curtain and bath mat. Brighten up the space with a matching shower curtain and bath mat set .

For more inspiration, here’s everything you need to upgrade your RV shower.

How to Sell a Renovated RV

Flipping an RV can be lucrative, but selling privately comes with baggage. We’ve detailed our recommendations for how to sell a used RV here , but the easiest path is to consign with Camping World.

Start by using the Good Sam RV valuator to get an instant quote.  

Then, utilize the resources available at your local Camping World dealership for cleaning and photographing your RV, listing it on our nationwide marketplace, and providing 24/7 customer support to answer the questions of prospective buyers. 

We’ll show your RV on our lot, negotiate financing through local or national banks, satisfy outstanding loans, handle the paperwork, and write you a check when the sale is final. You’ll be free to focus on other matters, like shopping for your next RV !

Learn more about consigning your RV with Camping World.

How to Rent Out Your Renovated RV

Once your RV renovation is complete, you don’t have to be the only one to enjoy the newly-renovated space. When you’re not using your RV, renting it out is a great way to earn extra cash and grow your rainy day fund for the next renovation or RV purchase.

It also gives curious folks the opportunity to experience RV life without taking the plunge of buying. You never know who you’ll inspire to hitch up and hit the open road after they enjoy their stay in your renovated RV. 

With Good Sam RV Rentals, you can easily list your RV for rent in your region and earn up to $1,485 per week (depending on your RV make and model). The program only takes out 10% of your earnings as commission fees, and payouts for rental earnings can be initiated in as little as 24 hours.

When you rent through Good Sam RV Rentals, your RV is protected with 24/7 Roadside Assistance coverage and up to $1 million in rental protection coverage. Find out how to list your RV and start earning today.

Your RV renovation project has begun once you have the vision in your head. Here are a few more articles that we hope inspire your next DIY renovation: 

  • 50 Dramatic RV Renovations
  • The #1 Thing to Remodel in Your RV, According to You
  • Why You Should Upgrade Your RV’s Interior

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How To Remodel RVs & Motorhomes Yourself (…See How I Renovated Two 5th Wheel Trailers)

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It’s been said that most RVs off the lot are decorated “early ugly.”

For that (and other) reasons, lots of people remodel their RVs.

  • Some take on a different RV renovation project each year .
  • Others tackle it all at once with a complete RV overhaul .

I’ve actually done one of each!

Generally, the idea is to modernize outdated furnishings and optimize the placement of things inside your RV — to give it a more cozy, updated look and feel.

This is a comfy cozy fun way to remodel and decorate an RV!

According to The RV Makeover Bible , the 5 most commonly performed RV renovation projects are:

  • Replacing or upgrading the flooring
  • Reupholstering the furniture
  • Upgrading the window treatments
  • Painting or wallpapering the walls
  • Replacing the dinette with a table and set of chairs

How many of those have you done?


The first words out of my wife’s mouth when we brought our Dutchman 18B travel trailer were, “So when are you going to tear the dinette out of this thing?”

I don’t know what it is, but ever since I remodeled our first RV, my wife has approached the subject of redecorating with a no-holds-barred attitude.

With 2 successful RV makeovers under my belt , my wife now thinks I can make a silk purse out of any old sow’s ear when it comes to making an old RV come to life!

How We Remodeled Our 1st RV

Our first RV project was a 10-year-old Prowler 25-foot fifth wheel trailer .

It had seen a hard life, but we bought it cheap enough and wanted to make a good vacation RV out of it.

Here’s what we did…

First, we replaced the dinette table.

The very first thing to go was the dinette. My wife and I have a particular dislike for RV dinettes. Since there are only 2 of us, dinettes take up way too much space inside the RV. Plus, as you get older, it becomes more difficult to get in and out of those dinette seats — which are so confining!

A simple small round table and 2 chairs works well inside the RV, and it looks a lot better too.

For the table, we picked a pine table top from Home Depot, and the familiar metal tube table legs from Camping World. After a few coats of polyurethane , we had an RV table that could still be easily removed.

Best of all, our new dinette table gave us even more space in our small RV living room!

Here are my tips to help you decide… should you repair or should you replace RV furniture?

Then, we replaced the carpet.

The next step was to replace the badly worn and faded blue carpet throughout the RV.

A vacation rig doesn’t need carpeting — because carpet just collects dirt. And before long, RV carpet will look just like what we had: dirty carpet!

I’m a firm believer in a floor that can be swept out. If you have kids (or pets, as we do), this is the only way to go.  RV rugs can be taken outside and shaken, but carpet is harder to clean and will rapidly start to look nasty.

So, out came the carpet. We installed peel and stick vinyl tile in its place.

I must admit, the peel and stick vinyl was a mistake. It was fine in the summer — but when storing the RV through the colder months, some of the tiles came loose and had to be replaced.

RVers share some mistakes to avoid when installing peel & stick vinyl flooring.

It would be well worth the extra effort to put in 1-piece vinyl flooring when you’re upgrading the floor inside your RV.

Better yet, installing laminate wood flooring would add a touch of class to the space. With today’s snap-together laminates, it’s a simple and cost-effective way to get rid of old RV carpet!

This video shows how to install laminate wood flooring inside an RV yourself:

Finally, we replaced the window treatments.

With some new RV curtains on all the windows, our mini-makeover was complete.

Our old RV trailer was freshened up and looking like new again!

This video shows how to hang RV curtains:

Paper shades are another popular option for RV window treatments. Through Camping World’s website, you can create custom day/night RV window shades .

Here’s a great tutorial for replacing RV windshield curtains with roller shades .

How we remodeled our 2nd rv.

Our second RV renovation project was quite a bit more extensive — though still within the abilities of the average person who isn’t afraid to get their hands dirty.

See the top  10 common RV repairs  that the average do-it-yourselfer can easily complete.

one of the rvs I remodeled

After some time off from fulltime RVing, we later decided to get back on the road again and leave Texas. We gave up our apartment and quickly moved into a secondhand 36-foot triple slide 5th wheel trailer .

Again, it was about 10 years old and a little worse for the wear. The redeeming factors of this RV were:

  • It was incredibly spacious.
  • It was the layout we wanted.
  • It was less than half the price of what a new RV would have cost.

We moved into it just as it was.

Our remodeled RV living room in a 5th wheel travel trailer.

We approached this RV remodel a bit differently. Since we knew that we would be living in this RV for at least a couple years, we wanted it to feel like a home .

Only couples who get along very well together should attempt what we did next….

I immediately started a top-to-bottom rebuild while we lived in this small space! This ended up being a pretty good-sized RV renovation project… to say the least.

First, we had a sizeable repair to take care of. There was some structural water damage that required gutting one of the slideouts, adding new wall studs, adding a new sub-floor, adding insulation, and doing away with one window. Once it was sound, we started putting our RV interior remodeling ideas into place.

We removed the  dinette , as well as the  fold-out sofa .

Actually. we emptied the 2 living room slideouts of everything that was permanently mounted, and we approached that part of the RV as an entirely empty room!

The remodeled RV slideout.

Wainscoting  panels were installed, and the upper portion of the walls were painted on one side of the room.  Wallpaper was installed on the accent walls.

We finished off the look with new wood trim around the slideouts and some lace curtains for the windows .

Next campe the RV flooring . We installed new carpet in the living room, and we installed vinyl flooring in the kitchen portion of our newly remodeled home.

My wife wanted to be able to move the RV furniture around — in order to give our residence a fresh look every now and then. So we actually treated this RV like an apartment, and we bought all new furniture — including a small sofa, recliner, kitchen set for two. Having all of the new things inside a freshly remodeled RV really brightened up the place.

Here are my tips for replacing RV furniture , plus a few of my favorite videos showing you how  to do it.

A cozy fulltime RV parking spot at an RV resort.

When we finally made the move north (with the walls slid in and things placed for travel), we had no issues with the fact that the RV furniture wasn’t bolted down to the floor . Everything stayed in place just fine.

And without all the built-in stuff taking up valuable space inside the RV, we were also able to add a small chest freezer for additional frozen food storage. A freezer is a great RV add-on if you’re going to be stationary for long periods of time.

At the RV park, we also fixed up our RV parking spot pretty nice too. We stayed there 2 years — during which time we built a deck , planted flowers , and we even built a swing . In fact, the RV park was pleased that we left all of those things behind when we moved on.

After these 2 major RV renovation experiences, my wife now looks at everything with an eye for change.  An interior decorator at heart, it doesn’t matter where we are… she always wants to tear something out and do it different.

So, would I do another RV makeover again?

Absolutely! It’s the best way I know to save and possibly even make money on an RV purchase .

Besides, it gives your RV the feeling of home that just can’t be obtained from the factory.

Where To Find RV Parts & Accessories

Wondering where to find parts and accessories made specifically for motorhomes, travel trailers, and other recreational vehicles ? Start here:

  • Factory RV Surplus  – a great selection of RV parts & accessories
  • Vintage Trailer Supply  – vintage RV parts (1940s to 1970s)
  • Dave & LJ’s RV Interior Design  – everything you need to remodel an RV

RV Renovation Companies

Don’t want to remodel your RV yourself?

If you’re not particularly handy with do-it-yourself projects, or you just don’t have the time or space to do the RV renovation yourself, then leave it to the professionals do it!

These companies will do a complete RV makeover for you:

This one would be a great remodeling RV project!

  • RV Decor  – See a gallery of their work .
  • Timeless Travel Trailers  – See their portfolio .
  • RV Camping World Collision Repair Services  – Don’t let the name throw you… they provide interior & exterior design solutions, too.

Helpful Tips Before Remodeling An RV

In addition to the links I’ve included above, here are some other resources to help you finalize your RV renovation plans:

  • RV Bed With Storage Remodel
  • A Frilly RV Renovation
  • RV Closet Remodel
  • RV Pantry Upgrade
  • RV Forum With Tips For Renovating An RV
  • Small RV Upgrades That Make A Big Difference
  • How To Set Up Your RV Office

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Ashley Mann spent three years living full time in a 38-foot, 5th-wheel RV with her husband Josiah and their cat, Kitty. Her favorite thing about RV life is the challenge of finding the perfect way to organize a space, and she loves seeing all the creative and clever ways people come up with to customize their RVs.

If you want your RV to look Instagram-worthy, you don’t necessarily need to renovate your camper from bumper to bumper. The boho-style RV renovations in this article include brand-new RVs, vintage trailers, giant fifth wheels, and tiny campers. Any RV can be turned into a beautiful glamper with a little decor and good design.

Now let’s look at some pictures!

Restored Vintage Shasta Camper

Many people dream about buying a little camper to live in and travel around doing yoga in beautiful state parks, but Summer and Ryan decided buy a 1969 Shasta camper and make that dream a reality. 

Summer Ginther Vintage Shasta Retro Camper

Follow their adventurous lifestyle and see more pictures of their adorable little home-on-wheels on Instagram at @summerginther .

Renovated Keystone Cougar Fifth Wheel

That cactus wall!

The owners of this RV, full-time RVers Kevin and Mandy, nailed an effortless boho look with their renovated fifth wheel.

188sqft renovated fifth wheel RV

Vintage 80’s Motorhome Makeover

Jessi is an artist who turned a small, older motorhome into a retreat that expresses her personality and facilitates her travels.  Follow her on Instagram at @mashuplove .

mashuplove Jessi Schuler colorful camper

1970 Silver Streak Travel Trailer

This vintage trailer with Southwest vibes was renovated by Katie and Jed, a husband and wife team who together own Stagecoach Detail & Design , a camper renovation company specializing in creating and staging short-term rentals. 

Stagecoach Detail and Design RV with Custom Woodwork

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I’m obsessed with this unique painted door!

1996 Damon Motorhome Makeover

This is of my personal favorite motorhome renovations because of the unique touches like the hand-painted compass and the glass tubes of spices in wooden holders on the wall. 

Nautical themed camper by GypsyAndAPirate

Looking at the before photos of this 1996 Damon Ultrasport makes the vision this couple had for its potential even more amazing when you see the after photos on Instagram .

Renovated Vintage Millard Caravan (Australian)

Tony and Jennifer’s vintage Millard caravan “Millie” allows them to go on adventures and make memories with their two girls. 

Renovated Vintage Caravan For the Love of Millie

See more of Jen’s beautiful decor and clever use of space in this tiny Australian Mallard glamper on her Instagram profile, @fortheloveofmillie .

Remodeled Quantum Fifth Wheel

A black accent wall creates a dramatic backdrop to show off pattern and texture in this rustic camper. Interior designer and custom sign maker Mariah renovated this gorgeous trailer. 

You can see photos of their entire RV renovation process on her Instagram page, @TheSloppyJos .  (They even painted their RV exterior , and it looks awesome!)

The Sloppy Jos RV Drifters Farmhouse Rustic RV

2007 Sunset Creek Travel Trailer

One of the first steps for many RVers when renovating is to remove the built-in dining booth , which opens up much more potential for the space. 

LoveTheTinyLife remodeled fifth wheel RV

Fresh paint, new furniture, and touches like a colorful rug made this an inviting space for Amy and her two kids to call home. See photos of this RV’s renovation process on Instagram at @lovethetinylife .

2006 Vauxhall Movano Camper Van (European)

This dreamy boho-chic camper van carries fashion blogger Natalia Homolova and her husband Roland on adventures throughout Europe. 

Follow their travels on Instagram at @WhereWeTravelTo .

2007 Dutchman Fifth Wheel

Working as a travel nurse gives Emily the opportunity to travel not only in the States, but around the world.  Living in her renovated RV makes it easy for her to relocate, and also gives her an outlet for her creativity with interior design! 

ems_traveldiary Colorful rug in renovated fifth wheel

You can see more pictures of Emily’s RV on Instagram .

2013 Open Range Fifth Wheel

Rough beams and shiplap in contrast with rich colors and ornate details make this renovated newer fifth wheel a luxurious but comforting retreat.

r.maria.fuller oriental rug in renovated RV

Get to know this full-traveling, homeschooling family of four and follow their travel lifestyle on Instagram at @r.maria.fuller .

Remodeled Big Horn Fifth Wheel

Shelby and her husband Rooster bought renovated this fifth wheel as a home that would allow them to stay together when Rooster’s military career forced him to move.  Since they’re currently parked in California, Shelby decided to go with a decor style she describes as “Bohemian surf shack”. 

Shelby Adrift Remodeled Fifth Wheel Travel Trailer

You can see more pictures of this beautiful RV on Instagram @shelbyadrift .

Renovated Class A Motorhome

Living in a motorhome with her family gave Erin the freedom she needed to start pursuing a career in music. You can see Erin’s renovation process at @erinflaniganmusic .

Erin Flanigan | Mobile with the Mandershieds

Psst! Those gorgeous copper drawer pulls?  Spray painted! 🙂

Keystone Fifth Wheel Makeover

Bright white walls and painted window frames make this fifth wheel feel extra spacious.


See more photos from this couple’s time living in an RV on Instagram at  @emily_economides .

1982 Windsor Statesman (Australian)

The space in this Australian caravan is utilized so well, you’d never believe this camper (affectionally named “Ollie”) is just 18 feet long! 

Danielle Symes caravan

The couple who gave it a makeover made sure the mechanics were in good shape so they wouldn’t have to do much more than paint.  See more pictures of the interior here , and follow this family on Instagram  here .

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This camper is home to Tiffany and Caleb Remington, who live and work in the San Diego area.  You can follow their tiny life and see some additional photos  here .

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Forest River Wildwood Travel Trailer

Zac and Melodie chose to downsize to an RV with their two boys in order to live debt-free. Their fully gutted and remodeled travel trailer proves just how beautiful a tiny home can be when you eliminate the clutter and keep only that which you need and love! 

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Follow this family’s travels and see more photos of their RV at @oursimpleadventure .

2002 Keystone Cougar Fifth Wheel

I had an extremely difficult time figuring out which angle to choose to show off LeeAnn’s bright and airy, plant-and-pillow-filled cottage on wheels! You’ll just have to go see the rest of the photos for yourself (worth a click for the hexagon woodwork detailing alone!). 

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You can read about how she and her boyfriend Jordan renovated this currently-stationary fifth wheel in this blog post from Mountain Modern Life .

1989 Holiday Rambler Motorhome

This motorhome is over 30 years old, but you’d never know it from the interior alone!  Leah and Brennan renovated it to live in full time, and they also have a tiny pull-behind camper that they use for shorter adventures. 

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See more pictures on Instagram at @the_ramblr_rv .

2016 Keystone Fuzion Toy Hauler Remodel

Autumn and Rusty Bailey renovated a brand new Keystone toy hauler to turn it into a home so they could all stay together when Rusty needed to relocate for work. 

The Asphalt Gypsy Bohemian toy hauler

You can see more photos of their inventive use of space and beautiful decor on their Instagram page , and you can read about the family on Autumn’s website .

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Love seeing what can be done with a little work and imagination. Wife and I bought our first RV. A 1998 Jamboree… I’m interested in starting a travel blog with the options of getting some sort of small income from the advertising. Any advice or help would be so appreciative. Sincerely Baden and Clairissa Whitehead

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What do people do with all the furniture and decor when they are traveling?

Most of it is left in place. Things hung on walls can stay there as long as they are not breakable, and items set on shelves can be held in place using museum putty or acrylic mounting tape. Some items may be packed into a box or basket. The furniture is usually secured using bungee cords and tie-down straps.

Thinking about journaling our campsites for later referencing. I’d like to keep in mind numbered campsites, easy access and great views for future reservations, pros and cons, etc.. Do you recommend any notebooks or ideas for doing so?

I would recommend the Complete RV Travel Planner from Streets Wander…it is available in a digital or spiral bound version, and is very thorough!

I love the white, soft look. But I think it would be hard to keep clean.

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Magnificent Travel Trailer Remodel Before and After (Costs & Designs)

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Looking for Travel Trailer Remodel Before and After ? – Owning an RV is becoming more common nowadays. Generally, people use their RV, whether for full-time living space or a travel companion. The vast development of the world today has caused a lot of people to seek out new adventure, freedom, and exploration through road trips.

Compared to an RV, a travel trailer offers more convenience. The main benefit of owning a travel trailer is that you don’t need to spend a lot more money on an RV; you can pull it using standard vehicles. So, you can turn your daily car into an RV by attaching a travel trailer to it. And when you are not traveling, you can put the trailer in the garage.

However, just like any design, the travel trailer interior can also become obsolete. Because of that, as the travel trailer ownership rises, the travel trailer remodel also becomes more popular. Remodeling old camper interior can refresh the look and make the journey more fantastic than before. With that in mind, this article will provide you with travel trailer remodel ideas and cost estimation. Furthermore, we will also give a few transformation examples that you can expect from a finished renovation.

Travel Trailer Remodel Before and After

RV and travel trailer remodel have relatively the same renovation techniques. There are plenty of things that you can do to customize and renovate them. Some of these require little effort; meanwhile, the others need your full commitment. Although the possibilities are endless, our simple suggestions below are enough to start your travel trailer remodel project.


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1. Apply decorations

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Applying decorations like hanging pictures, adding pillows, and displaying your favorite items can improve the overall interior atmosphere of the travel trailer. Moreover, decorations make the travel trailer feel just like home. They help to make you comfortable as soon as you step inside the trailer. However, too many decorations can counter the positive effect. So, you need to keep it simple.

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2. Renew the furniture

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Sometimes updating the travel trailer is as easy as replacing the old furniture. If you buy an old travel trailer, there is a good chance that they might still be covered with floral or tropical prints. These print styles might be a hit in the past, but now they tend to look outdated. Therefore, swapping the furniture with the current designs can make the interior feel fresh and personalized.

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3. Install a backsplash

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The look of the kitchen and the bathroom usually rely on the backsplashes, which often improve the overall appearance. However, installing ceramic backsplashes are not recommended for moving interior. But, you can choose the peel-and-stick ones that are both easy to apply and remove. Not only they can add your personal touch, but they also can minimize stains in the kitchen. You only need to choose the heat-resistant one.

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4. Add some details

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Adding small details to the interior design can make a big difference. These small details can be light fixtures, curtains, wallpaper, and other items that are both easy to install and swap. Although they seem pretty basic, they can enhance the overall look as effective as other renovation elements.

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5. Color up

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Maybe the most effective way to change the look of any interior is by painting it. Although it’s not a small task, with the right paint, you can make any space seem larger. However, you need to choose the right paint for the right material to make sure they stand the test of time.

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6. Renew the flooring

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Flooring replacement is rather hard to do. It might require you to move the whole furniture inside the trailer before doing it. But, if you want a balanced atmosphere, you might need to do it if you decide to replace the furniture and the paint. One thing to remember, though, make sure you choose the right type gulfportpharmacy.com/tramadol for you since it’s often not easy to swap.

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How much does it cost to renovate a travel trailer?

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Renovating an old travel trailer is better than buying a brand new travel trailer. One of the reasons is that the price of a new travel trailer usually decreases over time, while the renovated vintage travel trailer prices tend to increase. It seems a bit weird, but that is the reality. The 18 Foot Forest River travel trailer used to cost $21,000, but now it’s only $16,800. On the other hand, a 1957 Avion can be bought for $5,000, and when renovated, it can be priced for $20,000.

Restoring a travel trailer to its former glory can range from $1,000 to $10,000. Many factors affect this number. The variables that can cost you quite a lot of money are electrical and plumbing systems, exterior, and appliances. Meanwhile, the interior, flooring, lightings, and LP systems are considered minor prices. Furthermore, if you are a skilled person, you can also decrease the renovation budget by doing the work yourself.

Travel Trailer Remodel Before And After Design

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After knowing what you can do to personalize and customize your travel trailer, now you can look for some design inspiration. We understand that searching for remodel ideas is often an exhausting task. Therefore, we already prepare a list of travel trailer remodel before and after design . Not only this list can shorten your search progress, but it can also encourage you to experiment with your creativity.

From boring to charismatic

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The initial condition of the interior looks very straightforward and boring. The remodel, however, was able to turn it upside down and make it more charismatic. All of the makeovers, like bed replacement, couch change, and black-painted cabinets, contribute to creating its attractive yet straightforward vibe.

From rustic interior to simply modern

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The old interior design definitely needs a breath of fresh air. It’s old-looking and pale-colored. Fortunately, the remodel successfully brings out the beauty of the interior. The black and white color choice makes the room feel minimalistic yet modern. Not only that, the new furniture and a little touch of yellow enhance the good vibe in the room.

From vintage style to bright and contemporary

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Although the previous design was not bad at all, sometimes a remodel is necessary to renew the vibe. Since the old interior still looks decent, it doesn’t need much improvement. The remodel mostly focused on changing the tone of the interior with a brighter one. Not only white is a perfect color to build a bright and pleasant vibe, but it’s also able to create a modern look.

From straightforward living room to cozy cottage

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This remodel successfully turns a basic rustic travel trailer interior into an attractive one. The new design uses white paint and tons of decorative items, such as a giant plant and a rocking chair . Surprisingly, those items make the room feel like a cozy cottage.

From conventional oak style to vintage teal design

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This renovation project proves that conventional style can blend well with bright colors. Although it seems very contradictory at first, the remodel decides to keep some of the original oak styles. This gives the new delightful teal interior a bit of vintage touch and a familiar atmosphere.

From gloomy to roomy interior

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Not only the white color can create a modern look, but it’s also able to make a room feels roomy. This time, the white color is used to turn the gloomy travel trailer interior into a spacious one. Furthermore, the remodel also managed to improve the overall look by replacing the floral printed sofa with a pair of cute-looking chairs.

From cheerless diner to a family-friendly living space

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Transforming a bleak travel trailer interior into a more cheerful one is necessary. It will make every journey a lot more fun to experience. This remodel managed to illuminate the interior very well using white paint and new furniture. Without a doubt, people will have a much better experience while having a road trip with such a clean-looking travel trailer.

From retro-looking to clean and elegant travel trailer

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This travel trailer remodel turned the outdated interior into a stylish one. Although a few cabinet spaces are removed to create a more open space, the result is definitely worth it. Moreover, the little decorations such as wall hangings, small plants, pillows, and a small rug enhanced its beauty.

From outdated interior to eclectic design

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Although this is not a travel trailer interior, you can still recreate this layout to a travel trailer. The remodel turned an outdated interior into a perfect combination of rustic and modern design. Shortly, the new eclectic design applies the modern white tone with some vintage touches on some furniture and appliances.

From classic style to stylish design

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This remodel project is a perfect example of a design transition. The previous design that is still in decent condition might be great for some people, but not for the others. Of course, remodeling should be the right solution for those other people. This remodel uses light wood material, bright interior, and plants to create stylish Southwestern vibes.

From old and dull to colorful design

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The old design of this travel trailer interior looks boring. Undoubtedly, it needs some renovation to bring out its potential. Compared to the initial condition, the remodel proves to be a success. It’s bright-colored and filled with a bunch of awesome decorations and small details.

From narrow and dark to fresh and concise

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Even though the actual interior space of this travel trailer is minimal, it doesn’t mean it can’t get any roomier. With the right design treatment, even the smallest room can seem spacious. The remodel changes the interior tone with white to make it appear larger. It also replaces the old-looking striped prints with a new unique teal-colored zig-zag pattern. Moreover, the tree printed wallpaper accentuates its fresh look.

From basic design to Arabian look

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Although this is actually a pop up camper design, its interior layout can also be applied to a travel trailer. The remodel makes the interior space to be more open and apply white glossy finish to the cabinets. Moreover, it adds some decorations like pillows and curtains to the resting area to create a taste of Arabian look.

From tiresome to awesome interior

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The initial design of this interior looks drab. However, the remodel undeniably restores the interior’s beauty. From changing the outdated floral prints to applying new flooring, the full makeover is worth every penny.

From dark and old to sunny interior

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Dark interiors tend to create a gloomy atmosphere. Therefore, for more fun trips, you can change the retro style interior to a brighter contemporary interior. Not only the redesign changes the yellowish background to a white tone, but it also adds plenty of decorative items to it.

From toneless to invigorating interior

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This is another inspiration that we took from an old RV interior . Such a dull design undeniably needs a renovation. A lot is going on in the renovation process, for example, the cabinets removal, curtains and sofa replacement, and table addition. These elements help to create positive vibes.

From traditional to sensational interior

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The previous design of this travel trailer looks pretty basic and will quickly become outdated. The remodel, however, solve that by implementing a trendy look. It changes the chairs and sofa with the modern-looking ones. Moreover, it uses white as a background to keep the design simple. It also adds new features such as the removable extra counter space.

From outworn to vibrant interior

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This travel trailer interior remodel uses vibrant colors to create colorful vibes. Also, it restores the cabinet shelving to its former glory to store necessary items. Moreover, painting almost every part of the room and throwing some pillows should be able to make the interior cozier.

From old-school to futuristic-looking interior

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This remodel applies only one thing to refresh the look, which is painting. The black and white combination is undoubtedly effective in creating a futuristic look. In addition to that, the remodel also replaces the door and add a few items that match the vibe.

From pale-looking to simple but modern interior

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This travel trailer remodel also doesn’t change the original design much. Instead, it only changes the tone, the lighting, and the seating to more contemporary ones. In effect, the remodel feels more glamorous than before.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does remodeling an rv decrease value.

It does decreasing the value of your RV. Most buyers tend to look for the originality of the product. The modification or remodelling sometime changes the look or shape which is can respond differently depend on their taste. So if you plan to resell your RV, dont do any significant change on it.

How much does it cost to rewire a travel trailer?

In order to rewire a travel trailer, the price is varied depending on labor cost or the design. It can go anywhere around $50 to $300 to rewire.

Is renovating an RV worth it?

If you pallning to use it for long period of time or use it regularly, it is worth it to personlized your RV in to your taste. But if you planning to resell it, it may cause a decrease price. But if your modification is on high-quality renovation, it can also be sold on a good price.

In conclusion, remodeling an old travel trailer not only saves you money, but it also makes road trips even more fun. Travel trailer remodel is often favored by many because it can make the travel trailer feels just as cozy as home. Even though we have provided plenty of examples of travel trailer remodel before and after , the internet is still stuffed with more of them. Therefore, you always need to be open to new ideas to find your ideal travel trailer design. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

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One of the first considerations in an RV remodel is what to do with the windows ? Whether you have outdated cornices and valances or just plain brown faux leather ones like ours, something has got to give. Updating your RV window treatments is one of the simplest and least expensive ways to personalize your camper and make it yours! I’ve spent a lot of time on Pinterest and Facebook looking for inspiration and will share some of my favorites here.

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Fabric First

A designer told me when working on my RV remodel I need to consider fabric first. She advised, “It’s easier to match paint color to fabric than it is to match fabric to paint color.” I had a basic idea of what I liked, but don’t know much about fabrics. Lucky for me, she was staying at the same campground and took me shopping!

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Here are some things to consider before you start looking at fabrics. The most important is where you plan to use it. Are you planning to cover outdated cornices or valances? Maybe add curtains for your living room or bedroom?

Cornices or Valances

There are two simple fixes to outdated or dark cornices and valances: cover them or remove them. I absolutely love the bright colors that Stacy from You, Me & The RV used to cover hers.

Update your RV window boxes, valances, or cornices with fresh fabrics. Banish the brown RV interior forever!

Check out this tutorial to see how easy it is to do it yourself!

The other option, as shown by Mountain Modern Life below, is to remove them all together.

Here's a terrific video tutorial on how to remove the out dated valances in your RV. One of the best ways of rejuvenating your dark RV interior is by updating your RV window treatments. Check out these simple, affordable RV window treatment ideas.

Here’s their video tutorial on how to do it yourself:

Depending on the room, consider how much light you want to filter in or out. For example, if you’re goal is to lighten up the living room, you may want to opt for sheer curtains to allow more light into the space. Ashley Mann of RV Inspiration made the curtains below from bedsheets.

For a simple way to brighten up an RV living room during your remodel, consider white curtains. These were made with inexpensive bed sheets. One of the best ways of rejuvenating your dark RV interior is by updating your RV window treatments. Check out these simple, affordable RV window treatment ideas.

Or try a splash of color with coordinating throw pillows like these.

To brighten up and personalize your RV living space, try a splash of color with curtains and throw pillows. One of the best ways of rejuvenating your dark RV interior is by updating your RV window treatments. Check out these simple, affordable RV window treatment ideas.

Consider a heavier fabric in a room where you want more privacy like the bedroom.

For a simple way to update an RV bedroom during your remodel, consider colorful curtains. One of the best ways of rejuvenating your dark RV interior is by updating your RV window treatments. Check out these simple, affordable RV window treatment ideas.

I opted for no-sew cafe curtains made out of fabric shower curtains.

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I’ll be the first to admit that decorating is not my strong suit. That’s where friends and Pinterest come in handy.

If you need more ideas for updating your RV window treatments, head over to RV Inspiration, a great website devoted to helping you make your RV feel more like home. Be sure to read this terrific article with several  RV Window Makeover Ideas !

Another great place to find design solutions for your RV remodeling efforts is Pinterest. I created an RV decor board to help me keep track of things I like. There are many great tutorials that provide step-by-step ins instructions on Pinterest as well.

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