These happy campers took worn-down RVs and remodeled them into modern homes on wheels. You’ll be itching to hit the road when you see the all-new features and smart updates they added.

By Sydney Price
October 18, 2018
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A dated camper that’s been collecting cobwebs might not be everyone's dream vacation quarters. But the creativity of these couples shows that there’s hope yet for a junky rig. Just as in home renovations, a little bit of paint, new hardware, and updated fixtures can completely transform a space. See how these families made “home away from home” more than just a cute phrase. We’re totally envious of the clever updates and cozy nooks they've created in such a small space. Can we stay over for a night, please?

You have to swipe through this insane before-and-after RV makeover. Kayla Miller (@plumprettydecoranddesign) transformed heavy drapes, ancient green carpeting, and clunky cabinetry into a spacious, airy hangout. Smart touches, such as a lip on the bottom shelf to hold baskets in place during transport, speak to the unique needs of an RV.

Kevin and Mandy (@188sqft) are the ultimate RV power couple. They both work remotely—sometimes very remotely—and live in their camper full-time with four furry friends. Despite their username, they're now on their second, larger RV update. In their new rig, they outfitted the kitchen with a forest-green DIY backsplash, mini range hood, and a bar with S-hooks for hanging pots, pans, and other cooking essentials.

"Stay true to yourself," Mandy says. "Try to follow what makes your heart sing rather than what trends you see. I am always learning and evolving my taste."

Thinking of retrofitting an RV of your own? Mandy offers a note of caution: "What many people forget about is to watch how much weight you are adding to the rig," she says. "Lots of campers aren't built to have heavy things, and if you add too much it can totally ruin your suspension." Lesson learned.

Just adding a few plants, artwork, or framed photos instantly gives an RV more personality. Although wall space is limited in RVs, Laura Grace’s (@dwellandwander) letterboard allows her to change out quotes for a new look when the mood strikes. Curtains and throw pillows offer another way to personalize—there’s no rule that says you have to keep the ones your camper came with!

A restaurant-like dinette is a traditional motor home feature, but a bit of reupholstering can make it fit your style. Laura’s buffalo check fabric is giving us all the farmhouse feels. She even kept a strip of leftover fabric to use as a table runner—so cute!

We honestly can’t believe this is an RV. Then again, Steve and Trina Sholin (@rvfixerupper) already flip houses so it wasn't a stretch to add remodeling campers to their resume. Woven textures and blue and white stripes give this newly added dining area a nautical look.

Before Lisa (@rice_camp) got her hands on it, this 1980s-era tent trailer was dark and cramped. Sweet pastel blue paint instantly lightened things up and made the space feel way bigger than it actually is. A tablecloth, tea set, and vase of flowers are just the finishing touches needed to make the dinette homey and comfortable.

Comments (3)

November 28, 2018
I’m so frustrated with this site. No photos only links to other sites. All the time!!
November 28, 2018
Hey Keg926611, did you see the arrows (< and >)? I saw some amazing remodels! Thanks for the ideas!
November 28, 2018
And how is it you'd like us to see the before & after photos? I see ONE photo. (There is no "swiping right" from a computer. Eesh! Very disappointing presentation. who were you thinking of?)