Since the plan is for Fred be our home for the next year I’m insistent that he be “homey.” So not only did these RV newbies need to decide between class A, B and C campers, we had to find one that had a decent interior. I can’t tell you how many hours I researched to find something acceptable.
In fact, if most RV interiors were a paint chip color I’m pretty sure it would be “poo brown!”
It was downright discouraging with even new RVs looking like they were designed by 80-year-olds. (When whining to one RV sales person, he said that’s because the heads of the major RV manufacturers are a bunch of old white guys. Hmmm… it’s all starting to make sense now.) But honest to goodness, some of these campers are stuck in a serious time warp! Vintage is one thing but ugly is another.
After looking for six weeks online through every available outlet, in June I finally found a suitable RV in Missouri. Sadly, we were 8 hours away in Indiana at the time visiting my daughter and her family but THIS WAS IT so off we went. It was a little scary putting down a deposit on an RV we had never seen in person but this one had a gray interior (paint chip: mountaintop at twilight) and I had a good feeling about “him.” Thus far Fred is exceeding expectations but I did have to put my own touches on him.
The first thing I did was to get rid of the awful (silver sludge) valances.
This was easier said than done because unfortunately some very expensive shades were bolted to them so when you lost one you lost both. And the system of how they were attached to the wall was different on all three of the windows being de-valanced which made it more complicated. In the end, we had no valances (yay!) but no curtains or usable shades either. This is okay if you live in the country but a little less okay when if both my neighbor and I opened our windows and stuck our arms out we could hold hands!
The first few nights I was careful to be “decent” but by the end of the first week I decided nobody would have a heart attack if they saw me in my (adorable) owl robe and bear slippers!
For better or worse, I was not deterred by the valance debacle and hired someone to make bunk bed sheets for me. Our granddaughters are 4 and 21 months and when we visit them I thought it would be fun if they “camped” with us.
So we covered the boring bunk bed cushions (there is a such a thing as too much gray) with something more kid and camper friendly.
Overall, I’m having a lot of fun decorating our new home and Brent has been very gracious to let me do what I want.
P.S. Although Fred is dreamy on the inside (and getting more handsome every day) on the outside he is dead average. Actually, that’s too kind.
He looks like a giant caramel macchiato gone horribly wrong.
I guess you can’t have it all. Black RV’s are my favorite but I never found one in our size and price range so if your RV has a black exterior and gray interior keep your doors locked…I’m just sayin’!