You might have seen videos or even walked through an old camper that has been remodeled and thought to yourself, “That looks like so much fun!” or “I could never do that!”. Well, we’re here to tell you that remodeling an old camper is doable – even if you’re not a professional!
Based on my experience, it’s a lot of fun and rewarding to take an old camper and remodel it into something new. Not to mention, it can save you a lot of money in the long run.
While there are some projects I’ve tackled and thought I would never do again, this is not one of them. In fact, I’m looking for a project camper right now to remodel!
So if you’re thinking about remodeling an old camper, here are some tips to get you started.
Inspect the camper for any damage and make necessary repairs before beginning the remodel.
The absolute first thing you want to do is go through and inspect your camper for any damage.
Look for holes in the walls or ceiling, water damage, or structural issues. Ensure the tires, axles, and frame are all in good condition.
If you find any damage, repair it before continuing with the remodel.
If you overlook damage and start remodeling, you could make the problem worse or even create new problems. For example, if there are structural issues with the frame, remodeling the interior could put too much stress on the frame and cause it to collapse.
Water damage is another big problem to look for. If there is any water damage, you need to find the source of the leak and repair it before continuing with the remodel. Otherwise, you could end up with mold or other problems down the road (no pun intended) in your newly renovated camper.
By fixing critical problems like these first, you can avoid any significant issues later on and have a much smoother remodeling experience.
Remove any items that are not needed and make room for the new remodel.
When doing a total rehab on a camper, you’ll want to know how much space you have to work with. You can get a great sense of the amount of space by removing everything that isn’t needed.
All those extra items take up valuable space that could be used for storage, comfortable seating, or even just extra living space. If you plan on remodeling the kitchen, you’ll want to clear out all the cabinets and countertops so you have a blank slate to work with.
The same goes for any other camper area you plan on remodeling. Clear out all the old fixtures and toiletries if you’re redoing the bathroom. And if you’re remodeling the living room, remove any unnecessary furniture or decorations.
By removing everything that isn’t needed, you can get a precise idea of how much space you have to work with and what type of layout would be best for your needs.
Plan out the remodel before starting to ensure that everything will fit properly.
Now onto the planning. Actually, you probably already have a good idea of what you want your remodeled camper to look like. But it’s essential to plan everything out before starting the remodel to know everything will fit properly and function the way you need it to.
Start by sketching out a rough layout of the camper. Then, with your wholly gutted RV, measure all the areas you plan on remodeling and note the dimensions. You’ll use this information to determine how much material you need and what size furniture or appliances will fit.
Now you can start planning the specifics of your remodel. For example, if you’re remodeling the kitchen, decide where the stove and refrigerator will go, how much counter space you need, and where you want the cabinets and sink to be located. I recommend using existing plumbing and electrical hookups to help determine the layout of your remodel.
It may seem like a lot of work to do all this planning, but avoiding any issues later is worth it. Plus, once everything is planned out, the actual remodeling process will be much easier and much smoother.
Use quality materials to ensure a long-lasting remodel.
I can’t stress this enough! Travel trailers, campers, and RVs take quite a beating when driving down the road—especially when you’re heading in the backwoods for a glamping excursion. Therefore, you need to use quality materials in your remodel if you want it to last.
For example, when remodeling the kitchen, use solid wood cabinets instead of particle board or laminate. And if you’re redoing the floors, use a durable, easy-to-clean material like vinyl or tile instead of carpet.
When RVs come from the factory, they typically use lighter, less durable materials to save on weight. But since you’re not worried about keeping weight, you can use heavier, more durable materials in your remodel without issue.
Not only will using quality materials make you remodel more durable, but it will also make it look nicer and improve the resale value of your RV. So it’s worth spending a little extra money on quality materials.
Take your time during the remodel to ensure that it is done correctly.
Renovating a camper is not a fast process. It’s going to take time, effort, and patience. So make sure you take time during the remodel, so everything is done correctly.
If you rush through the process, you’re more likely to make mistakes or overlook important details. And since RVs are not easy to work on (compared to your home), those mistakes can be difficult and expensive to fix.
The last time we did a remodel, it took us around six months. Of course, we weren’t working on it full-time, but it was still a lengthy process. I’m sure you can remodel a camper much faster if you dedicate all your time to it. However, it’s not going to be a quick or easy process.
So my best advice is to take your time, do things right first, and enjoy the remodeling process. It’s a lot of work, but it’s also a lot of fun.
Have fun with the remodel and add your personal touch to it.
This goes without saying, but remodeling a camper is your chance to add your personal touch to it and make it feel like home. So have fun with it!
There are endless possibilities when remodeling an RV, so think outside the box and get creative. And if you’re unsure how to do something, there’s always YouTube or Google. Not only can you learn how to accomplish a specific remodeling task, but you can also get some great ideas from other people’s remodels.
Enjoy your new remodeled camper!
This is the most important tip of all. Once you’ve finished remodeling your camper, sit back and enjoy it. You worked hard on it, and now it’s time to relax and enjoy all your hard work.
If you put in the effort to remodel your camper correctly, you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful, functional, and long-lasting remodel that you can enjoy for years to come. So please don’t rush through the process. Take your time, and have fun with it.