Don’t Be Afraid to Personalize Your Coach
By: Kristi / Adventurtunity Family
In their latest blog, The First Family of RV Living share the value of turning the RV you own into one that truly reflects your tastes. Read on to see how they personalized their Vacationer, and get some ideas for ways you can bring more “you” into your RV.
If you are in the market for an RV or recently purchased one, this is a very exciting time for you and your family! You’re about to hit the road on adventures, all while making memories to last a lifetime. But finding the perfect motorhome for you and your family is no small task. In fact, it may seem darn near impossible! With so many models, floor plans, and interior choices, the combinations seem to go on forever. But when you do finally find “the one”, the excitement of those first few trips makes all the research and walkthroughs worth it!
While you are no doubt excited to embark on your new travels, you may find that there are a few things here and there within your RV that would make the way your family vacations or lives on the road even more enjoyable. Brands like Holiday Rambler put a lot of work and research into creating welcoming spaces that you want to spend a lot of time in. But as beautiful as they are, everyone’s taste is a little different and you’ll probably want to add some of your own touches to really make it yours! Whether you live in your coach full time, get it out on multi-week vacations, or weekend getaways this is your home, and your space should function and be aesthetically pleasing for your family.
When we were searching for our coach, we had initially intended to buy something a little older and DIY a large-scale renovation inside. But when we found our Vacationer, it was only a couple years old and was in immaculate condition! It was so beautiful that the thought of drastically changing anything quickly became a silly idea. Plus, it would have taken a significant amount of time and been an unnecessary financial investment. We did, however, decide we still wanted to personalize our Vacationer to feel like home and did subtle cosmetic and decor modifications. Because after all, it was our new home!
Where to Start
Whether your rig is brand new or has a few miles on it, don’t feel like you can’t make it a little more “you”. If you are like us, you probably have a Pinterest board or two full of beautiful RV modifications and décor ideas and are now trying to figure out what might actually work for your coach. Thankfully, there are a lot of things you can do that don’t involve major demo or full-on construction to accomplish a fresh livable space specifically for your family.
You’ll first want to assess your parameters for RV personalization. Then it would be helpful to make a list of all your real ideas while prioritizing the most important modifications and budgets associated with each one. If time permits, taking a trip or two in your RV prior to starting can really help you decide or narrow down your modification ideas. It could also add an item to two that you may not have previously considered.
We were on a two-month time crunch from taking possession of our Vacationer to living in it full time. Thankfully, we were able to squeeze in one trip before we started making modifications. That initial trip turned out to be so helpful since we had never camped before! Luckily our RV was in fantastic conditions so the only personalization we made were cosmetic. Our main goal was to brighten up the space. As the light, white and airy home decor trends continue to be popular, you will notice several NEW RV models have adopted this aesthetic. Our walls and furniture are on the lighter side, but the cabinets are a rich, dark cherry. To open and brighten our space we removed window valances, painted the walls bright white, replaced the kitchen backsplash with white subway tile, wallpapered the master with faux shiplap, and added a whiteboard learning center for our son. Additionally, we strategically added a few picture frames, wall décor, towel, and coat hooks, and closet organizer to make our space match our living style.
You Can Do It
The idea of even the simplest modification on your new coach may give you the sweats. But that’s normal. Take your time and go at your own pace. Even hanging a piece of art or family photo will start to make your rig feel like home. You can tackle a few personalizations at a time or in phases, there’s no need to rush into anything. We painted all the walls inside our RV and replaced our backsplash in phases one and two of our modifications before realizing the master bedroom still felt a bit dark. That is when we decided to add the faux shiplap wallpaper to brighten up the back half of our Vacationer. Unfortunately, we ran out of time to complete our son’s learning center before launching full-time on the road. So, we put that project on the back burner and finally finished it two months into our journey.
If you are still hesitant to make changes, look to add small personal touches. Swapping out cabinet handles and drawer pulls, hanging some photos, adding a pop of color with your kitchenware, and putting a centerpiece on your table are all great places to start small in creating the look you want for your RV spaces. What it all comes down to is not being afraid to make changes. Do what makes you feel good and love your coach even more than did when you first brought it home! Happy travels!
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