5 Inexpensive Ways to Update Your Old RV

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For the many families who enjoy camping and traveling the open road, an RV is an excellent investment. Unfortunately, however, the more affordable models for families on a budget tend to be older, with dated and occasionally worn interior decor. If you have an RV that could use a little TLC, here are five inexpensive ways to put a new face on an older RV.

Upgrade Your Upholstery

Few things make an older RV look shabby than worn, unattractive upholstery. For people with just a little crafting and do-it-yourself skills, reupholstering your sofa or dinette cushions is fairly simple and inexpensive. Sturdy upholstery fabrics are available for $10 to $20 a yard; an investment of just $100 and six to eight hours can go a long way toward updating your RV. If you don’t have the skills or the budget to reupholster, fitted slip covers are a cheap and fast alternative. You can also cover tacky vinyl seats in the driver’s cabin with plush seat covers.

Remake Your Bedroom

You’ll be surprised at how much difference new bedspreads, pillow shams, and window coverings will make in an older RV. In general, lighter colors, neutrals, and smaller prints make a small bedroom feel roomy and bright. It’s relatively simple even for a novice to make basic curtains for an RVĀ and you can coordinate them with other bedroom furnishings. You can also purchase vinyl blinds for a more modern look. Savvy shoppers find that $100 to $150 is more than enough to create a fresh new bedroom.

Replace Vinyl Flooring

If your RV has scuffed or dated vinyl floors, it’s fairly simple to replace them with press-and-stick vinyl tiles. In some cases, you can lay the new floor right on top of the old one. If the existing vinyl is worn through to the subfloor, you’ll need to remove it and prep it first. With smaller RVs, installing a peel-and-stick vinyl floor takes only an afternoon and you can find a great assortment of tiles for between $1 and $3 a square foot.

Update Your Lighting

In some cases, just replacing existing light fixtures is all you need to create a more welcoming space. Choose energy-efficient lights and add a dimmer switch for maximum lighting options. If you think your RV is a bit on the dark side, adding LED spots or strips is an easy option for highlighting various interior features.

Paint Your Cabinets

Many RV owners dread the idea of painting their cabinets because they hate the hassle of sanding and priming. Now, however, there are reliable paint products you can use on wood, wood substitutes, and even metal cabinets that require no sanding or primer. In fact, you don’t even need to remove the cabinet doors. You can even purchase paint kits to create a faux granite finish for your countertops. Turning a drab kitchen into a bright, modern space can cost less than $100.

Don’t be discouraged if you’re short on cash with an outdated RV. These five projects are easy on the pocketbook and take just a weekend or less to complete.

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