RV Renovations

Underbed Storage for Off-Season Clothes

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Storage is often a number one issue for families living full-time on an RV, and stuff that isn’t being used is usually quickly jettisoned. But what about off-season clothes? What about that one formal dress, or the suit you need for an occasional formal occasion? What if you need to store ski pants or keep your […]

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Installing an Affordable Adjustable Bed on an RV

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The absolute BEST thing we did on board our class A motorhome (with NO SLIDES!) to increase space was to replace the existing queen sized mattress and its storage base with an adjustable wall-hugger bed-frame and a foam mattress. We weren’t sure about buying a mattress online, sight unseen, firmness unchecked, but we took a leap […]

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Repurposed Parts Make a Perfect Craft Desk

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One of the things that helped reduce costs on our RV Refit was repurposing parts of cabinets – doors, drawers, glides, knobs, and even cabinets themselves to create the cabinetry that we needed to meet our goals of traveling, homeschooling and working full-time on the road with four people – two parents, two tweens / […]

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RV Kitchen Storage Solutions

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For a relatively small kitchen by household standards at only 8′ wide by 9′ 9″ long, our RV galley is seriously functional – all the major components lined up on one side, and all the prep space on the other – literally, a galley-style kitchen. It has a surprising amount of storage space, which for our family […]

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Replacing an RV Fridge with a Marine Model

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When we purchased our 1998 Foretravel U320, the fridge was the original Dometic model 7832 side by side unit, which uses ammonia, hydrogen gas and water for the absorption refrigeration cycle. Given what we’d read about the potential for this type of refrigerator on an RV to spontaneously catch on fire, we decided that replacing it would be […]

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Fold Out Laptop Desk

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Much like many 14yo boys, our son’s needs are pretty well-defined and simple. He wanted a place to lay his head, a place to store his stuff and a place to work on his laptop computer. He wasn’t interested in a full-on desk, nor did we really have space for it after we transformed his […]

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How We Replaced Super Ugly Accordion Shades on our RV

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One project that actually proved to be as simple and quick as we’d hoped was replacing the ugly horizontal accordion shades that were original to our 1998 Foretravel. These are the shades that covered the front windshield for privacy and light blocking. They’d put in a number of years of service, but their days were […]

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How to Build a Lightweight Copper Bunk Ladder

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When we had our daughter’s bunk custom built, we needed to come up with a solution for the ladder. We looked at stainless ladders, wood ladders and foldable bunk ladders, but we could not find something that would be non-intrusive, easy to stow and sturdy enough for a growing teen within our price range. Enter […]

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How to Build an Integrated Bunk in an RV

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When we were looking at RVs for our family of four, including two growing teenagers, we considered many differentpotential floor plans. One important priority for us in particular was separation between parents and teens, for …a number of reasons, so a bunkhouse arrangement, which is typically too close for our comfort, was out. While we’d […]

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How to Hide a Catbox on an RV

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Traveling with pets on an RV can be a challenge for a number of reasons, not least of which is the litterbox – not only is it potentially smelly and not pleasant to look at, but often cats want a bit of privacy in doing their business. Wouldn’t you? Cats on Board – Doing their Business Most of […]

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