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Knowing These 6 Secrets Will Make Your RV Look Amazing

Knowing These 6 Secrets Will Make Your RV Look Amazing

RVs. They’re massive kings of the road. Whether you’re going away to your favourite lot/cottage for the weekend or taking a week-long vacay, RVs are invaluable when it comes to transporting the entire family.

You know this – otherwise you wouldn’t have bought, or thought about buying, an RV.

Sometimes, though, RVs are just plain flat-out ugly. I’ve bought 2 in my lifetime. [types]. Both were under $200, though… So you get what you pay for.

Not to mention that I didn’t even know about The RV Makeover Bible, at the time. This lifesaving book says that the most common remodeling projects to RVs are replacing the dinette, repainting walls, and upgrading the flooring and furniture and windows.

So, everything basically. We want to be happy campers, right?

But replacing and upgrading everything leaves little to the DIY free spirit that you are. You need secrets that not everybody knows about, to really make your RV feel more like you. Here are 6 of those secrets:

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1. Tailour the Woodwork

The biggest complaint with RVs is no shocker: the woodwork. Why do RVS come with such laughable woodwork designs? They’re cheap, for one. Low cost. Saves time installing them. Maybe they were even vogue at one point during RV manufacturing.

Whatever the reason – it’s likely that you want to replace the woodwork. How just do you go about doing that? Good ol’ fashioned interior painting.

The next thing you can do is replace the windows yourself. You can check your local hardware store for windows.

2. Paint

I read in a home décor magazine, to find a design that’s totally you, to look no further than your wardrobe; your fashion colour and patterns should dictate your home colour design.

Let’s take it one step further: extend your fashion/home sense to your RV. Look at the main colours of your wardrobe – what is it about this colour you like so much? Why not paint your RV in a lighter (or darker) shade of that? I personally love royal blue décor colours for my home and clothes.

Finally, after you’re done repainting your new home-away-from-home, take it one more step further and think about silver/gold/platinum lever handles to your cabinets. Why not?

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There’s no drawback to replacing the plastic or wooden “bulbs” that pass off for handles in RVs. Everything we’re doing right now is for the benefit of radiating new and fresh in your RV.

3. Pets

I don’t know ANYONE who likes leaving their pets at home when they’re travelling, do you? I take my Suki (a 15 year old Siamese/Persian cat) whenever I’m gone for more than a day. For two reasons: 1) we’ll miss each other too much, and 2) I can’t trust my neighbours to refill her water dish. Animals are just like humans: going days without water will kill them.

That’s why investing in TORUS, a water bowl specifically designed for RVs. Why? The bowl is high enough for your pets to drink, but low enough so it isn’t splashing everywhere. I didn’t even know about this time-saving bowl until I came across this comprehensive list of RV hacks.

4. Lights

Many pendants and small lightings add a whimsical aura of elegance to any space; be it home, an office, hallway, or RV. Some of the smaller ones are pricy, but are well worth every cent.

I personally love chandeliers – they make family time so much more classy and elegant. Like we’re a luxurious family that can afford to travel each and every single day, forgetting about the drama troubles waiting back home.

Something about low-hanging lights just adds a touch of… Something. I don’t know what, but I love it.

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5. Exciting Colors and Patterns

Nothing brightens up a small space more than vibrant colors and fun patterns. If you don’t want to go as far as painting the walls of your RV, simply buy some pillows with bright colors, drape the sofa with a fun patterned blanket, or cover the floor with a rug.

Earlier, we talked about painting, right? Right. But we didn’t talk about what to paint. Yes, you can paint the kitchen royal blue or paint the bathroom any exciting colour you want.

Whatever colour you go with, be exciting! Something amazing. Colours that’ll make you want to stay in your RV and forget about camping altogether.

For interesting patterns, rugs are a go-to necessity. Sadly, some rugs in some RVs are like wearing blue pants and a purple shirt – it just doesn’t work. Not to mention the practicality of rugs; people’s feet shuffling them everywhere, dirtying them up with good ol’ nature. It can be frustrating, and the more worn rugs get, the less attractive they are – defeating the entire purpose of buying them and ugh! (I love rugs. I have a [rug design] in my entranceway that just oozes relaxation out of me. So yeah – dishelveled, expensive rugs that serve no purpose irk me.)

Thankfully, DIY projects are a lifesaver. With a wealth of DIY rug solutions out there, turning cheap rubber mats into expensive-looking, insanely-practical floor mats can be done in a weekend. You can even do it with the entire family, if they can be bothered to put down their phones and PS3 controllers.

6. Bedsheets

Bedsheets are the worst; they slip off constantly, they’re always getting dirty… It’s a chore just to keep them in the pristine condition I bought them in.

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Aside from the wheel, your family will probably be spending the most time on your trip in their beds. Make that time worthwhile and comfortable.

And that’s not including the bedsheets in RVs – they’re even more terrible. If you’re an experienced RV’er, you know what I’m talking about.

That’s why a fitted sheet and mattress protector all-in-one is vital for the luxury of your RV. It comes in four different colours, is non-allergenic (which was wonderful news for my spouse), and can fit the sizes of many beds.

It’s something to think about.

Last Thoughts

I hope a dozen or more ideas have flooded your brain today – RV camping isn’t just about driving the entire family away for a getaway. It’s an experience. Most of the time, RVs bought from manufacturers are just plain boring. Sprucing up your own RV can take just a few days or an entire week. As always in life, you get out what you put into it. Safe travels out there.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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