How to remodel a camper trailer easy and cheap, especially if you don’t have a lot of time to get it ready.
We bought this old and tired looking camper because it was waiting for me to make it pretty. I heard him say “buy me” and this is what we did. The next day I started making color schemes, searching for ideas and hunting for material.
Within a week and with a very tight budget our little camper came back to life.
This is how he looks after the remodel:
Now is the best time to buy a used camper or RV, especially if you are planning some road trips and you just want to drive along and feel the freedom.
So read on how to update an older camper trailer easy and of course on a budget:
How to remodel a camper trailer easy and cheap
If you are thinking about buying a used camper or you have one sitting in your driveway but it definitely needs an update, here are some tips how to remodel a camper trailer easy and cheap. And I didn’t spend a lot of money on the remodeling either. So go for it – you have nothing to loose.
All campers we looked at during our search were brown or beige on the inside. Not very appealing to me.
Therefore I did some research how hard it is to update an old camper or RV and decided that I can do this on my own.
We looked at really bad ones and some looked sort of o.k. At the end of our search we decided to buy a 10 year old “FunFinder”, 18 ft. long, in decent shape, because he talked to me.
Here are the before pictures:
How to start remodeling your camper easy and cheap:
- First we removed all the ugly brown valances and just left the blinds on the windows. Read all the details in How to replace curtains in an RV
- Then I decided on a maximum of two main colors. White, light grey, light blue is always a good option to start with. I picked a light blue paint for the walls. Check out how to decide on a color scheme here.
- After this I painted our cabinets with milk paint. No need to sand them down which will make your life so much easier. Here is a fast read how to paint cabinets and walls. Camper Remodel How to paint camper walls and cabinets
- I added some glam with teal backsplash tiles in the kitchen area. It took me almost a whole day, because I tiled it without grouting and it was a little tricky, but so worth it. It is easier and much faster if you buy self-adhesive tiles, just stick them on the walls, line them up and done. That’s what I did in the bathroom.
- First I thought I would keep the floor, but the brown beige color sucked all the light in and didn’t look good with all the other colors. So I added a new white vinyl floor. I glued the new self-adhesive vinyl tiles on top of the old linoleum. It looks great. It took me (with the help of my husband) about 5 hours to get it done, because some of the tiles had to be cut to fit.
- Of course the couch was brown/beige also. First I cleaned it with a carpet foam and brushed the stains off. There are ready made covers to buy at Amazon, but I covered the jack-knife-sofa with a white/grey sheet. Add some velcro strips at the back of the sofa so it stays in place.
- I added some splashes of color with a tiny rug, pillows, sheets and a curtain. Most of the items I didn’t had to buy.
- If you don’t feel like painting, here are the best tips what you can do easily without painting or heavy lifting.
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Here is the deal:
Painting the cabinets took the longest, because you have to paint and let dry and paint again. But with my method you skip the sanding and the priming step, which helps immensely on cutting down time.Camper Remodel How to paint camper walls and cabinets
And it can go fast if you stay on the job and work consistently. It is so much fun to watch the transformation from ugly to beautiful.
If you have decided to glam up your camper, check out all the resources and links I have collected here in this Ebook: https://colorfuldesigner.com/how-to-update-the-interior-of-an-older-rv-easy/
How our Travel Trailer looks now:
This is the “kitchen”, big enough to prepare a dinner for two! Love the backsplash.
New vinyl tiles in white. It makes everything look so much bigger and brighter. Underneath you can see small parts of the old floor. Install them in a pattern, start with a full length plank and the next row with a half length plank and so on. The tiles are still holding up great.
The section with the couch (can be pulled out to a bed) is a slide out. Space is very limited without the slide out.
Bathroom door with a funky sticker and more cabinets to store clothes and food. There is even a TV and a radio which we don’t use.
How long did the Camper remodel take?
It took me about 1 week to get it done. I worked for 2-3 hours every day on it.
It wasn’t a hard job to do. If you can park the camper right next to your home and you are able to work on it consistently, it can be done within a week.
Of course this camper did not had any leaks or major renovation issues. The only thing I had to do was making the inside prettier. But it is so much fun to watch it looking better every day, the more brown and beige disappeared the happier it looked. Also it looks so much bigger now which doesn’t hurt at all.
So far we did four trips with our little camper.
There is not a lot of space, especially for cooking or washing dishes, but you get used to it.
The camper works for two people and a dog, because we are mainly outside anyhow. It can get cramped when everybody is inside though. Especially the dog uses a lot of space.
The best thing about traveling with a camper is that we can bring our dog Apache. We normally have to book a doggy camp for her when we go on vacation and I feel horrible leaving her behind.
So now I am just happy to have my little fur baby with me whenever we decide to take a road trip or go on a weekend getaway.
And because I get asked so often, where I bought the material I used for the remodel here are some links.
Where can you buy the material I used:
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For painting the cabinets and the doors I used Milk Paint in Seagull Grey. No sanding or priming required, just two coats of paint, let it dry and then apply 3 coats of Top Coat which goes pretty fast. Read the full tutorial about how to paint the cabinets and doors Paint your kitchen cabinets without sanding and priming DIY
Here is the link for your convenience, of course there are other color options available:
Cabinet paint color:
Vinyl Floor tiles
White vinyl floor planks. The ones I used are from Lowes, but I can’t find them anymore. Here is something similar, unfortunately more expensive:
Peel and stick backsplash:
If you like it clean white:
Or you like it colorful:
A lot of the decor I found at Walmart for a couple of Dollars. I also made my own printables which you can download, print out and frame if you like to.
Let me see your remodels, I am so curious. And if you have any questions, let me know in the comments below.
See you on the road,
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Final thoughts on updating an older Camper
It is definitely worth buying a used Camper or RV, because the devaluation of a new one is insane. Just be sure you check for mold, leaks any water damage because this is hard and expensive to fix.
If you like to add color, pretty fabrics and decor, you can make a Glamper easy out of an ordinary Camper.
Here is the Checklist you want to download before you start researching for a Camper:
Find related articles you need to read before painting cabinets:
Paint kitchen cabinets without sanding and priming and see the transformation of my dark and ugly kitchen to a pretty bright new kitchen. It’s awesome.
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