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Interior Features to Look for in an RV

Updated on July 17, 2016
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There are certain features in an RV that you just won't appreciate until you have them. Whether you are buying new or used, or looking to update, choosing the right RV is a big decision. It really boils down to your own personal choice. It doesn’t matter if you choose the versatility of a lightweight trailer or drive away in a 45 ft mansion on wheels, you may want to keep these features in mind when shopping around for your next home away from home. These features may be aimed more towards the larger motor homes but are a good reference no matter what size or style of RV you are looking at.

The Kitchen

  • Like most kitchens, counter-top space is the most sought away commodity for anyone fixing dinner and life in an RV is no different. An ideal solution can be found in drop down counter-top extensions. They are offered on many models and are easy to add as a remodeling project.
  • Shelving and storing capacity is also at a premium in most kitchens especially in an RV. Look for shelves that are adjustable and removable for easy cleaning and repair. The ideal kitchen will have pull-out food pantries for canned goods and perhaps even a built in spice rack.Swivel shelves like the ones shown, utilize the the entire cupboard.
  • Flooring is a main concern for many RVers due to the heavy traffic in small pathways. The beauty and comfort of carpet does not hold up well in walk way areas and should be left to the living room and bedroom areas. For good options, look for good linoleum, vinyl, or plastic laminated wood flooring.
  • Built in appliances are great space savers and are real handy in crowded spaces. But they are only great features if they can be easily replaced. Having small appliances off the counter top is a real plus because you don't have to pack them away while in motion.

The Living & Dining Room

  • Replacing fixed dinettes with a freestanding table and chairs is one of the most requested remodeling projects. Many of the newer styles of RVs are featuring this change. The amount of flexibility gained by this change is tremendous.
  • Due to the countless requests by folks who want more than a token desk thrown in the bedroom or kitchen area, many of the newer models are now offering a dedicated work space. With computers being the #1 travel accessory, some RVs have incorporated a mini office in the larger models. Be sure to allow for the added room of a movable chair, you'll be glad you did.
  • Windows are the eyes to the world. Big windows give big views. Adding windows is another top remodeling job listed, mainly for the bigger RVs. Many manufacturers have recognized the trend toward large windows and have incorporated them into the newer models. Skylights in the ceiling can also help your RV seem brighter, bigger and more cheerful. Many small bathrooms had added skylights to help give the small room a more spacious feel as well as providing additional light.

  • Watching TV may be the last thing on your mind as you shop around for a new RV, but later when you have to continually move your chair to see the TV better, you'll wish you had considered the location of the TV. Most TVs are fixed and mounted inside a cabinet, if this is the case with the RV you have your eye on, look for stands that swivel or for flexible mounts that can be extended and rotated. Depending upon how much time you plan on watching TV inside your RV, considering the seating arrangements before you buy may well be worth your time.

The Bedroom and Bath Area

  • In a small camper this may not be possible but in a larger camper or motor home, you should note how accessible the bed is. You should look for access from three sides. You will certainly appreciate this small luxury. Climbing over each other to get in and out of bed will get tiresome in a hurry. You will also appreciate this benefit when changing the bed linens.
  • Privacy is important even when you are on the road and real doors provide that privacy. Bathroom and bedroom doors should be solid doors with locks. Also, for camper haulers, whether you area hauling your car, your bike or your horse, good solid doors that separate the living area from the storage space, are an absolute must.
  • Closet space, just like the kitchen cupboards, is a luxury. Look for flexible wardrobe options such as adjustable shelves, bins and hanging rods. After market products for organizing closets are widely available. Some of the larger RVs have mirrored sliding closet doors. These mirrors help reflect light making the room seem much brighter and cheerier and they also help give the impression that the room is more spacious.
  • Easy access to the bathroom is a must for everyone. The bathrooms in RVs have improved over the last few years but the one thing that many agree on is having a door to bathroom outside the bedroom. Privacy in the bathroom, we like but we don’t always want people parading through our bedroom just to get to the bathroom.
  • A trivial issue for some perhaps, but having the bathroom vanity in the same room as the toilet can be a major issue for some. While some may prefer a full bath all in one room, others agree that when in separate rooms, they can be used simultaneously.


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      VV 2 years ago

      We are looking to buy a 2007 Winnebago Outlook 31 (it's in good condition and we plan to maintain it) your experience do you think this rev can last another 10 years...or are we too presumptions on the life expectation.

      Thank you

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      JYOTI KAMAAL 2 years ago

      hi I'm looking for the revolving while shelf in the kitchen can you help me buy it online please, jo

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      Joni Douglas 7 years ago

      Thanks Sounds like a wonderful way to travel. No ideas on mobile service but I'm sure they are out there, maybe check with your mobile phone service. Enjoy you travels.

    • profile image 7 years ago

      Great hub -I love the office space. We spent some months traveling with a 35 foot 5th wheel - going back soon in a big pusher. Will definitely look for the open office - thanks for the tips.

      Any ides on mobile internet service - I want to work while hubby drives...:)


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      Joni Douglas 7 years ago

      You are very welcome Powerpoe1. I'm so glad you stopped by and left me such a nice comment.

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      Powerpoe1 7 years ago

      "Beautiful Hub! Fabulous photos! You made me look twice! Thanks for sparking an interest in something new!"

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      Joni Douglas 7 years ago

      wow, World-Traveler, 13 feet is not a lot of room for a full time life. But I bet you will look back fondly on those memories. As for the campfires? I must agree. There isn't much better than a good campfire at the end of a long day.

      Thank you for stopping by and adding such a great comment.

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      World-Traveler 7 years ago from USA

      OH, that's it! The RV! Wonderful story and photos.

      Can you imagine, I used to live in a 13 foot Jewel RV sorta like trailer.. it was cramped but had all the comforts (almost) of home. Shower, gas stove, mini sink, kitchen table near the window. The beach scenes were nice, campfires with burgers, baked potatos and a little wine. RV life is incredible whether traveling in the mountains, the city or the beaches.

      In most of Asia you won't see hardly one RV. I feel sorry for them. RV's in America proliferate like mice.

      Thanks for the memories!

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      Joni Douglas 8 years ago

      They are something aren't they? I probably wouldn't either Denise. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

      Hope the family has fun.

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      Denise Handlon 8 years ago from North Carolina

      Wow!My camping days were always with tents. I'm afraid that if I took up RVing I would NEVER leave the RV! Comfy.

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      Joni Douglas 8 years ago

      Thank you for comments traveler. 'Road Service' sounds like a wonderful idea. God Bless you both.

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      Travelers 8 years ago


      Thanks for the tips! We are just beginning to put things together for my retirement next year. We are looking into travel trailers and tow vehicles now. These tips will help.

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      Joni Douglas 8 years ago

      They are something aren't they vballkel? Wonder if they take trade-ins on the tent. :)

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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      vballkel 8 years ago from Michigan

      This is great! Forget a tent, get an RV. I need to get one for the next time I camp.

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      Joni Douglas 8 years ago

      Why thank you GmaGoldie. I'm sure there a lot of things that I didn't cover. :) Thank you for commenting.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 8 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Excellent! The only item I would add is the water filter - VeriPure is the very best - small and compact and used by even the most elite of motor coaches.

      Great Hub! Very useful information.

      You deserve the Ripplemaker award!

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      Joni Douglas 8 years ago

      Thank you Money Glitch. It is quite an honor. Glad you stopped by.

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      Money Glitch 8 years ago from Texas

      RVs are really cool. It would really be cool to own one. :) Congrats on being selected as one of this week's HubNuggets Wannabe nominees. Good Luck!

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      Joni Douglas 8 years ago

      Took the ride what a ride it is! Great to be nominated. Thanks for the notice and the link.

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Wow, this looks so cool and amazing! Congratulations to your Hubnugget nomination! Just follow this link while you ride on an RV all the way to where the voting is taking place: Enjoy the ride with the Hubnuggets!

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      Joni Douglas 8 years ago

      Thank you elayne001. Maybe one day........

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      Elayne 8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      I'm sold - if I had an RV like these I wouldn't mind living on the road in it. Congrats on the nomination.

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      Joni Douglas 8 years ago

      Thank you IFD1253

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      IFD1253 8 years ago from Indianapolis, IN

      Great article!!! Plenty of good info and things to think about. Well done.


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