5 Things To Consider Before Renovating Your RV | Mid Florida RV Services
Updated: Feb 12
Renovating your RV can be exciting and a great learning experience. You get to design it to meet your needs, make essential updates, and turn it into the perfect home. But renovations can also be stressful. Here are some things you should consider before you start renovations.
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Consider Why You Are Renovating
There may be multiple reasons you are renovating, and it is crucial to nail down your "why" before starting. Some reasons include making essential updates, changing the RV's purpose, or changing up the living arrangement. For example, if you purchased a used RV, the interior may be outdated, damaged, or just does not fit your goals. Another factor to your "why" might be your plans for the RV. Are you going to live in the RV for a significant length? Are you going cross country and then selling it? Are you just making short trips? Consider who is going to travel in the RV. Is it a whole family or just you?
Plan Your RV Renovation
The next important step in your RV renovation is to make a plan. The easiest way is to create a need and a want list. Then go room by room and fill the list. Don't forget the driver's area if you need new seats or want a new center console.
Come up with a color scheme. Coming up with a color scheme will tie the whole way is to create a need and a want list. Then go room by room and fill the list. Don't forget the driver's area if you need new seats or want a new center console.
If you are a visual person, you can start planning with boards on Pinterest or an app on your phone. Go room by room, take a picture, and then list ideas on what to change or update. Don't forget the walls and even the carpet.
While you inspect each room for updates, make notes of any maintenance that needs to be done and take measurements of the room. Include the heights of the RV from floor to ceiling for cabinets and nightstands.
Budget Out Your RV Renovation
Many people overlook the budget when planning a renovation because the excitement makes them forget. There are a few ways to make a budget and stick to it. Once you make a list of wants and needs in the renovation, you can research what an average version of that item costs. For example, if you need a carpet in the bedroom, you can use the cost of an average carpet. You don't need to decide the brand or color yet, just an idea of how much it will cost.
Where To Shop
Essentially, this is part of the renovation that will lock in final decisions. Decide if you are building items, purchasing, installing, or needing more professional help. If you add this to your itemized list, it makes final decisions more straightforward. Make sure items are in stock or will be installed or delivered by the time you need them, especially if you will live in the RV.
Decide On A Timetable
Something to consider for an RV renovation is your timetable. The timetable depends on your first step: "why." The timeline for someone planning on living in the RV with a lease that is up or a house on the market is different than the timeline for some planning a fall trip to the mountains when it is now July. Consider shipping times, the installation schedules from above, and any custom building projects. You may need to adjust certain plans to meet your timeline.
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