When you come to think about it, your RV is not just a vehicle to get you from point A to point B – it’s a home on wheels. And just like a home, it has to take on your personality. And that is done by equipping it with RV furniture that suits your taste and preferences.
Before You Remodel or Replace Your RV Furniture – 4 Factors to Consider
But fitting your RV with the right furniture is not as simple as it is to get new furniture for your house. There are a number of factors you will have to put into consideration before you go about giving your RV that much-needed interior redo.
Space is a big issue in RVs, furniture or not. RVs are designed and built to maximize every little inch of space onboard. This, in more cases than one, means most of the space serves a dual function. For example, an RV couch usually transforms into a bed while your dinette can fold up to give you extra room to move around the RV when not eating. And so, when you plan on remodeling your RV, you have to put all these into consideration.
Everything that goes into an RV has to serve an important purpose. When you think of removing one piece of furniture for another, you have to weigh the pros and cons of that move. For instance, replacing your fold up dinette with a bolt-down traditional kitchen table has no effect on functionality, even though space is compromised. It’s all about making a trade.
3. Remove or Repair?
More often than not, RV furniture does not necessarily need to be completely removed, it simply needs repair. Unlike your home furniture that is mostly stationary, RV furniture endures a fair amount of shaking that can cause it to become loose. This does not mean you have to replace it, all it needs is a bit of repair work to get it back to its glory. If you do need to replace the furniture though, make sure to get quality replacements fitted by professionals. This is especially true for more complicated pieces of furniture. If, however, you feel you’re qualified to handle the other less complicated pieces, like your RV cabinets, then, by all means, go ahead.
4. Home Furniture or RV Furniture
If you decide to remove your old RV furniture, you can also consider which kind to replace it with. Just because it’s an RV doesn’t necessarily mean you should always furnish it with RV specific furniture, sometimes house furniture will do you more good, especially when it comes to the couch. You can also replace your dinette with a small kitchen table if you so wish. It’s your RV after all, and it has to be as comfortable as it possibly can since you’ll be spending a lot of time in it. A word of caution here though – make sure to check with your insurance provider how the changes you make will affect your insurance, and while you’re at it, check with the RV supplier if the warranty will be affected.
Now that you have your furniture sorted, you may (or should) look into improving your rig with some RV appliances to make life on the road as comfortable as possible.
Top 3 Appliances Every RV Should Have
When it comes to life on the road, there are certain appliances that are no longer luxuries but necessities. Here are the top 3 you should consider installing if you haven’t already.
1. Full-Size Fridge
Life on the road is no license to eat out every day. Remember, your RV is your home on wheels and as such you need to eat home cooked meals, and that means you need to have a good refrigerator to store your perishables. Depending on the amount of space you have available to fit the refrigerator (and the extra battery to power it), a refrigerator is a definite RV appliance to have on board.
One inherent weakness that all RVs have is humidity. Due to the small interior space and inadequate ventilation, coupled with lots of water usage in the bathroom and kitchen, RVs tend to become humidity “factories”. This is why you need to invest in a good dehumidifier to help reduce humidity levels, especially in wet seasons.
3. An RV Heater
This one is not debatable, especially if you’re a full- time RVer. RVs, unlike houses, don’t have central heating and a good heater will be a blessing in the cold months. Most RV heaters are energy efficient so you don’t have to worry about overloading your battery.
Time to Upgrade Your RV
Now that you have considered all the RV furniture and RV appliances to change, repair, or upgrade in your home on wheels, it’s time to go ahead and give your RV that long overdue makeover. Let’s get to it.