Everybody is different and every RVer is different. That’s why they make so many different types and models of motorhomes, fifth wheel trailers, travel trailers, Class B vans and other specialty vehicles for fulltime RV travel. When it comes to selecting an RV, you have the opportunity to choose a home on wheels that closely meets your needs, and then customize it to fit your own lifestyle.
Some RVers, especially fulltimers, want lots of storage space, to be able to carry everything they want or think they will need.Others want smaller rigs that will fit in state and national park campsites that would prove a challenge for larger RVs. Some just want raw power to be able to pass semi-trucks on steep hills, or big slide rooms to move around in when set up in their favorite RV parks.
I think it is important to adapt your RV to meet your needs and interests, and we have seen a lot of them whose owners have done just that. We removed the original dinette and recliner from our Winnebago Ultimate Advantage and replaced them with a two custom built desks units, a bookcase, and table that better accommodates operating our business on the road. Installing a custom desk unit seems to be one of the most popular interior upgrades we see in RVs.
But that is just one of the many modifications we have seen. Often, RVers make changes to better suit their hobbies or special activities. We have seen a lot of RVs with ham radio antennas, a couple of RVs that had large weaving looms, some with custom built craft or sewing tables, and at least one with a quilting frame built in. A lady we saw at Elkhart Campground in Elkhart, Indiana had a potters wheel and kiln mounted on pull out trays in her motorhome. We even saw a motorhome with a large built-in aquarium!
RVers with physical challenges can customize their units to meet their special needs. This may include roll-in shower stalls for wheelchairs, widening doorways, or having lifts or ramps installed. One lady who attended our rally in Yuma has some physical challenges that require regular special exercises, so she had the sofa removed to accommodate a treadmill and exercise machine.
Bus converters can have a lot of fun, building their custom coaches to fit their lifestyle. When we had our MCI bus conversion, we did a lot of dry camping, so we installed extra large fresh water and waste tanks, a very large battery bank, and we covered the roof with solar panels. One couple we met had a hatch built into the floor of their bus, and the bay below was a dedicated playroom for their grandkids. We even met a fellow who carried a shortened, cut down (but still street legal) Honda automobile in one of the bays of his Eagle bus conversion!
On the other hand, we have met some RVers who are afraid to do anything at all to their rolling homes, because they are terrified of lessening the resale value. Some won’t even hang a picture on the wall! I’ve told many of them that their fears are unfounded because they already lost a fortune the day they drove or towed it off the dealer’s lot!
Nonsense. If you lived in a sticks and bricks house, would you be afraid to hang a picture, or install a custom countertop, because whoever buys it from you, years in the future may not like it?
Make your RV fit you! It’s your home on wheels, make it comfortable and convenient for your needs, not the next owner’s!
So what trips your trigger? What modifications have you made to your RV to meet your special interests or needs?
Thought For The Day – Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living.