Most RVs come pretty standard – brown cabinets with beige walls and beige seating area. Even some of the fanciest rigs still need a few simple RV upgrades to make them more homey and comfortable. It doesn’t matter if you are a weekend warrior or a fulltime RVer, we have some simple suggestions to help you out.
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RV Mattresses are Terrible!!
You know this if you have spent even one night in your RV: those RV mattresses are the worst! Not only are they uncomfortable, but they wear out really quickly.
You can decide to upgrade your original mattress with a higher quality RV mattress, or you can get yourself a new regular household mattress. We ended up changing out our Master Bedroom Mattress with a household Full Mattress. The RV mattress was a Queen, but the household Queen mattress would have been too long. The Full Mattress was a little narrow, but the correct length. We use the extra space left over from from the narrower mattress for extra “storage”.
For the kids’ bunks, we decided to replace those crappy mattresses with Foam Mattress Toppers. The bunks are somewhere between a twin and full, so we opted for the Full-size Foam Mattress Topper. We had to trim a little off, but nothing major.
The kids are a lot more comfortable now.
Whatever kind of mattress you choose, make sure to measure the dimensions of the current mattress and bed space so that you get the right size mattress for your RV.
Stop Tracking all the Dirt Inside!!
Even if you are staying somewhere with paved sites, you can minimize the amount of dirt that you get inside your RV with a Welcome Mat.
Since we often find ourselves in campgrounds/RV parks with sand, mud, and dirt, we decided to get a mat with little scrubbers. While it doesn’t keep all the dirt out, it has definitely helped minimize what gets inside. This has been especially helpful with school-aged children that love walking through dirt.
You can also minimize the amount of dirt tracked inside your RV with an outdoor camping mat. There are many different pretty options (not just the Walmart mats) that help you define your outdoor space. Now, in the event of heavy rains, even your precious outdoor camping mat and welcome mat aren’t going to help you out. We have been in such conditions that our mats were just floating on the water. Good thing we tethered them down!
How are those faucets working for ya?
Our faucets worked fine (one in the kitchen and one in the bathroom), but they just weren’t a good quality. We felt like we would break them whenever we used them. Add to that the inability to really get the water temperature just right. It was either too hot or too hold.
We ended up completely replacing the faucet in our bathroom. We purchased one of the cheapest ones could find (like $10) and we were shocked at the difference it made. Not only did the facet feel sturdy and good to the touch, but we were now able to better select our water temperature. It was the best $10 we spent!! The removal and install was very easy as well.
We are still waiting on our kitchen faucet. We already purchased it (less than $20), but just haven’t taken the time to replace it yet. We already know it will be a game changer for us!
Don’t Know About You, but My Feet Hurt When I do Dishes
As a work from home mom and wife, I sometimes spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Robert does too!! We split the “household” chores equally. RV floors are, well, they are hard and cold/hot (depending on the weather). After nearly 4 years, we finally purchased a small kitchen mat. Not only does it add a little pretty something to the RV, but it is also a non-skid, anti-fatigue mat.
We are now able to stand on a softer surface, making our dishwashing and RV cooking time much better. I can’t believe it took us so long to get one!!
RV Levelers, Because Not All Sites Are Created Equal
There are so many different ways to level out your RV it can be overwhelming. Regardless of which you choose, I am here to encourage you to at least have one type of RV leveler that you keep with you at all times. Yes, most campsites in Florida are level, but go anywhere with hills, mountains, or just a dip in the landsape and you may find yourselves completely angled towards the passenger side of the RV or way too nose high.
We have only used Lynx Levelers and we love them. Not only are they easy for us to use, but we kind of like the bright orange. They stand out, making it harder to forget…although we left an entire stack of them one at a campground. I’m sure we were leaving in a rush.
Hey, Where do you Hang Your Coats and Towels Anyway?
It took us less than a week to realize that storing our towels and coats was going to be a problem. We only had 2 closets in our RV and they were crammed full of our clothes. Where the heck were we going to put our coats? And what about our wet towels?
We immediately turned to Command Hooks. They come in a wide variety of sizes, styles, and strength. If you look around our RV, you will find them on nearly all our walls and doors. Because we often find ourselves RVing in colder weather, we have big ones for coats. They have worked very well. In the bathroom, we have some very strong hooks for our wet/in-use towels.
The Command Hooks were a big winner for our RV life.
Why are RV Cabinets so Oddly Shaped?
While I can’t actually answer this age-old question, I can definitely help you figure out how to use that cabinet that is too tall and shaped like a trapezoid.
We have found cabinet shelves to be really helpful and require zero hardware installation. They help us make use of that vertical space and some of them fit those weird corners that would otherwise be unusable.
The shelves do not need to be disassembled when you move your RV. Just leave them in place. If you are concerned about items on the shelves moving during transit, you can add some shelf liners. This will help keep your items in place.
Your pantry will certainly provide you with many simple RV upgrades. Just open your RV pantry after an RV travel day and you will probably find half your items have fallen over and the other half are on the other side from where you put them. It’s just part of normal RV life.
You can prevent these in a few different ways. You can use shelf liners to keep items from drifting, but they might still fall over. Kitchen Cabinet Organizers are your best bet to keep your items well organized and upright. I recommend the clear ones so you can still see what you have in your containers. When we first started, we got opaque containers and while the items stayed in place, we couldn’t easily see what was in the containers.
Another way to keep your pantry organized is by using Food Storage containers. Not only will everything look amazing and neat, but these containers will help with critter control. It can be pretty easy to get ants, roaches, and even mice in your RV. With these sealed containers, you can keep all but the most persistent (mice) pests out. Those cardboard boxes and containers will not keep them out and can carry roach eggs. Ew!!
Blinds are nice, but they Neither Provide Warmth nor Hominess…
To make those windows prettier and help insulate you during weather extremes, we recommend getting Blackout Curtains. They help you with privacy and reduce noise as well.
Blackout Curtains can be stylish too. So don’t think that you will relegated to black curtains or other dark colors. And you can use them in other places, like if you need to divide the space in your RV. Our kids have stacked beds (bunk beds), but there is no door, just curtains. Blackout Curtains would give them a lot of privacy, more than simple curtains could.
RV Toilets Have Everything you Need, Except a Toilet Paper Holder!!
We have been in some fancy rigs and guess what, no place for that toilet paper. When we first started our fulltime RV life, we just put the toilet paper in the bathroom cabinet. That got old real quick, especially with young kids. We ended up just getting a really simple toilet paper holder and attaching it to our bathroom door, the one that leads to the outside, with velcro. Believe it or not, it has stayed there without any issues.
There are a bunch of different Toilet Paper Holders out there, so get one that you really like. For us, minimizing the number or holes in our RV, the better. Since our RV bathroom is really tiny, we decided against one that sits on the floor.
Have you done any upgrades? Share them in the comments!