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How To Renovate An RV Interior For Less Than $1000

This post was updated on March 15th, 2024

Transform Your Camper Interior: Renovate An RV For Less Than $1000

If you’re looking to renovate an RV interior on a budget of less than $1000, you’ve come to the right place. With proper planning, patience, and discipline, you can achieve your goals without breaking the bank. Follow these six steps to get started.

Step One: Prepare mentally to renovate an RV

Before you start renovating an RV, answer a few questions to help you understand your pattern of use. Do you camp frequently or only a few times during the summer? Will you be spending most of your time inside or outside the camper?

Do you require all the amenities of a home or just the basic necessities to stay comfortable? Once you’ve determined your usage pattern, you can begin planning your remodel.

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Step Two: Choose your remodel goal

There are several common remodeling goals for RV interiors, including storage, color schemes, counter space, and interior design. Begin by identifying which of these goals are most important to you.

For example, if you need more storage space, focus on finding creative ways to add extra storage throughout your RV. If you’re more concerned with interior design, think about ways to personalize your space and make it feel like home.

Step Three: Do research

To make informed decisions about your remodel, do your research. Look for inspiration on social media and RV forums, and seek advice from experienced RVers. You can also find instructional videos and tutorials on YouTube and other online resources.

Make sure you research the materials and products you’ll need for your remodel, and compare prices to find the best deals.

Step Four: Stick to a budget when you renovate an RV

Setting a budget is critical to achieving your remodel goals without overspending. A good place to start is by budgeting for a few gallons of paint and primer to cover all walls, ceilings, and cabinets. Budgeting around $60 is more than enough to cover curtains and recover dinette seats or add new pillows.

Other inexpensive options include shopping clearance shelves, local shops, thrift stores, online marketplaces, and yard sales. Basic remodel considerations can be done relatively inexpensively, but if you decide to include a centerpiece like a new appliance or custom furniture piece, you’ll need to be thrifty in order to include other things.

Upgrade your RV with new decor at a discount. Photo by Gwendolyn Call

Step Five: Set your timeline

Set a timeline for your remodel to keep yourself on track and focused. Determine the start and end dates for your project, and break down your tasks into manageable steps. For example, you might spend one weekend painting, another weekend installing new hardware, and a third weekend adding decorative touches like artwork and plants. By breaking down your tasks, you can ensure that you stay on schedule and don’t get overwhelmed.

Step Six: Get materials and help to renovate an RV

Once you have done all the planning and research, it is time to get the materials and help you need for your renovation project. Make a list of all the materials and tools you will need for the project and shop around for the best deals.

It is also important to get the help you need to renovate an RV. Ask friends or family members who have experience in renovation or DIY projects to help you with the project. You can also hire a professional contractor or handyman to help you with the more complicated parts of the project.

During the renovation process, make sure to take breaks and pace yourself. It is easy to get overwhelmed and burnt out, but if you take it one step at a time and stay organized, you can successfully renovate your camper interior for less than $1000.

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Renovating your camper interior for less than $1000 is possible with proper planning, research, and discipline. By following these six steps, you can transform your camper interior into a comfortable and functional space that reflects your personal style. Remember to stick to your budget, shop smartly, and take your time with the renovation process. With a little patience and creativity, you can have your own five-star hotel room on wheels.

One of the best parts about RVing is engaging with the community of traveling enthusiasts. iRV2 forums allow folks to chat with other RVers online, and get other perspectives on everything RVing, including products, destinations, RV mods, and more.

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1 thought on “How To Renovate An RV Interior For Less Than $1000”

  1. None of this pertains to me. I am working on a high top van to camper conversion. I will be doing things that none of you can evan imagine likely enough. I will not be buying from Amazon, Ikea, etc., I will be making custom chairs, that will cost almost nil to make, can be made by almost anyone, and will fold to allow storage and more usable space. How? Because I have been reserching this for a year or more. Things will include a DIY lift bed, for less than $100, not $1500 or so. I can source water boondocking. I will be distilling water not filtering it to make it potable, distilling is better, also cheaper. I have the design now for my wood floor, custom, almost cost free, no plastic flooring for $150 or so. Because I do my homework is why I can accomplish all this. Most seem to just follow articles on what toilet to use, what stove, and so on. I will be making a custom composting toilet, likely around $50 at max, which will work as well, or better, then a $1500 or more model usually recommended. I will not be using propane. I will not be using electric water pump. I will not be using a water heater. I will be using a DIY clothes washer, and a drying rack. I will be enjoying what I made myself, that works, rather than a bunch of things I spent big bucks on. It is not difficult to do, but you have to do your homework, which most seem to not do.

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