5 Ways to Make an Old RV Feel Like New 43115

RV interior design and technology have made plenty of advances over the years, but just because you have an aging RV doesn’t necessarily mean you need to trade it in for a new model. There’s plenty of steps you can take to modernize your rig and make it feel like new.

Here are five ways you can spruce up your current RV and make it look and feel showroom-ready.

Get New Furniture

Dining Room Camper

Furniture is one of the key items that you should look at when thinking of updating your rig’s interior. If it looks something like the picture above, you should be able to do some updating or altering to give your RV a more modern, brightly colored, and homier feel.

The couch, chairs, and table are the first things you may want to turn to. Adding in more modern furniture is a surefire way to change the way you feel about your old rig.

Even if your RV isn’t too old, changing up the furniture to better fit your needs can make the whole space feel new. If you have a single large couch, consider replacing it with a couple of comfy recliners. Try updating the seating around the kitchen table or even adding cabinets to create more storage space.

You don’t have to replace every piece of furniture either. Try going one piece at a time. That way you can build the modern-feeling living space you want.

Replace the Flooring

The floor of your RV takes a true beating. It’s designed to, but eventually, you’ll need to replace it. A new carpet in your living area or some more modern tile or vinyl flooring in the bathroom and kitchen can completely transform the look and feel of your RV.

Take a critical look at your floor. Is the carpet showing signs of wear beyond just dirt and grime you and your visitors track in? If so, it’s probably time to remove it and replace it.

With your RV being such a small space when compared to a typical home, the cost to replace the flooring is often pretty reasonable. If you’re handy, you can even do the install yourself.

Redecorate and Update

RV Storage Compartments. Modern Camper Van Cabinets.

It can be easy to set your camper decorations and forget about them, but everything ages. That trendy wall art you put up five years ago might not look so cool now. It’s easy to gloss over these items, but redecorating your RV’s interior can completely change the look and feel of the space.

Don’t just stop with wall art. Think about all-new décor. You can replace curtains with something new, consider reupholstering couches and chairs if you don’t want to replace them, and even paint walls or cabinets if needed.

If you don’t want to do anything that extensive, just go with small things. Try some flameless candles, new throw pillows or a small accent rug. It’s amazing how small changes can make a big difference.

Update the Tech

It’s not 1985, and your RV should reflect that. Unless you want to live in a time capsule, you should update the multimedia system or add one if your RV is without one. Add in all the necessary connections for a modern TV and gaming console if you’re into that sort of thing.

Even if you don’t want to update your RV’s entertainment features, you can always update other aspects. Consider adding in a smart thermostat, new lighting, or switching your old manual awning to a powered one. Taking steps to modernize the electronics in your RV can do wonders to make it feel newer.

Get New Appliances

Checking on Camper RV Propane Stove. Cooking While Travel Theme.

How old is your stove, HVAC system, or refrigerator? Do any of your appliances look like they belong in a museum? If so, it’s probably time to get something new. Transform your RV’s interior and get the job done faster with our selection of high-performance RV appliances. We carry everything you need, from washers and dryers to range burners.

Even if your old appliances work well, age can take its toll on how efficiently they run. Upgrading could reduce your energy consumption, save you money in the long run, and let you stay out at certain faraway locations longer.

Also, new appliances can go a long way to modernize and improve the look of your RV’s interior. Many older RVs have off-white appliances that don’t age well. A newer appliance with a stainless steel or black exterior can do wonders to spruce up your RV’s galley and add some much-needed visual style to the interior overall.

How do you keep your RV looking great? Leave a comment below.

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  1. Great ideas, however I would start with the roof and ceiling fixtures first. Why you ask? The simple answer is, it will protect everything else you put inside. When completed correctly it will be the best investment in your RV. Then look into all other exterior seals, around slide outs, doors, windows, storage boxes….. then after you finish with the body of the RV you should look at the mechanics of the chassis and tires then functionality of all your electric, AC & DC, water and Gas / propane. Once all of this has been inspected / updated then go to town on your interior. There are only 3 reasons I can think of why it is so much better to do it this way than to buy a new rig.
    1) the COST
    2) I have not yet seen an RV that came with durable furniture that will last. This way you can pick and choose what you want.
    3) sometimes you just can’t afford to have a bunch of upgrades at the time of purchase, however to upgrade instead of purchasing could be much more affordable. Not to mention you are officially putting your seal of approval on it and will be much more proud of what you have accomplished.

  2. We are buying a 2001 class A Hurricane so this is nice info as I can see where we can upgrade a little at a time. It has 41,000 or so miles on it. My concern is as a 17 year old Rv how do we know all of its major systems are ok for a long while? Is there a way to get insurance on one that old? Thanks.

    1. Hi Ed,

      Older RVs require plenty of care. If you’re wondering about the state of the rig currently, look at the old service records to make sure everything is up to date. Another option is to take it to a service center to have a technician test all the equipment and replace any faulty parts.

      Insurance is easy and required by law in most states. You should have no problem getting that. I think what you’re looking for is an extended warranty. Extended warranties provide peace of mind and can often be tailored to your needs. Unfortunately, many extended warranty companies won’t provide coverage for vehicles over 15 years old. Some will do it for vehicles under 20 years old so you may be in luck. However, it’s not always worth it to buy an extended warranty. Get some quotes and weigh the costs vs the costs of potential repairs to decide.

  3. Our couch is very uncomfortable and I wonder if it can be replaced with 2 recliners like you said. However the couch is the slide. My hubby says there is mechanical stuff under it and it can’t be removed. Is he right?

    1. Hi Joan,

      Your husband may be right about that. Some couches do conceal important mechanical equipment. However, if you’re seriously unhappy with the couch in your RV, then there may be another furniture option (other than recliners) that you could fit in there instead. But you might just be replacing a couch with a couch.

      You could always call your nearest dealership and talk to someone there. If you tell them the make, model, and year of your RV, they may have a specific solution to your issue. Hope you figure it out!

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