Traveling in Comfort and Style: How to Remodel a Travel Trailer

Warmer weather means camping season is underway. While many people are still sleeping on hard ground and struggling with the challenges of tent life, you have improved your camping game and bought a travel trailer. Be prepared to sleep comfortably and enjoy camping season even more.

Travel trailers are often considered the “happy medium” of the RV world. They are more affordable when compared to new RV prices, but they can have some of the same features as a larger motorhome. Whether you’ve owned a travel trailer for years or are thinking of buying a used travel trailer, there may be some upgrades you want to make.

We’ll discuss some of the most common upgrades, some of the costs associated with revamping your travel trailer, and a few other tips to consider.

Give Your Travel Trailer a Makeover with These Common Upgrades

If you haven’t purchased a travel trailer yet, an RV Finder offers a promising place to start looking for travel trailers, especially if new travel trailer prices are a little too steep for your budget. Not only are many pre-owned travel trailers budget-friendly, but they are often well taken care of and in good condition.

Many RVers sell their travel trailers because they either want to get a bigger RV, like a motorhome or want to do some upgrades (but don’t want to bother with doing it themselves).

Whether you’re considering swapping out the cabinets in your travel trailer or want to rip it all out and start from scratch, your options are virtually limitless. Here are some of the most common upgrades that travel trailer owners consider.

Keep in mind that the pricing related to each upgrade is a ballpark figure. The costs are likely to vary greatly depending on what you want, the materials you use, and where you purchase your items.

Removing Wallpaper or Changing Paint Color

If your travel trailer is over 20 years old, there’s a good chance that the interior design is more than a little outdated. While certain motifs and color schemes never go out of style, you might want to update your travel with neutral colors and get rid of some less-than-aesthetic wallpaper border.

Removing wallpaper can be time-consuming but relatively inexpensive. Add new wallpaper to an accent wall or throughout the trailer is an eye-catching and easy way to upgrade. A high-quality roll of wallpaper can start around $25 to $50.

A new coat of paint can make almost anything look better and newer. Depending on how much you paint and the size of your travel trailer, one can of paint may be more than enough. Expect to pay between $15 and $30 for a gallon of high-quality paint.

Replacing the Flooring

Whether the floor of your travel trailer is in poor condition or has an outdated material like carpeting, replacing the flooring may cost you anywhere from $9 to $18 per square foot. The cost, like many other upgrades, will depend on the size of your trailer, how much you plan on replacing, the materials used, and if any additional repairs are needed.

Updating Your Cabinets

Unless the cabinets in your travel trailer are in bad shape, you can probably find cost-effective ways to update them. Replacing cabinet handles or knobs and painting your cabinets can make your cabinets look completely different.

Cabinet hardware can cost from under $1 or more per handle or knob. It all depends on your personal preferences and where you shop. If you need a new cabinet door, many replacements start around $10 to $25.

Getting a New Mattress

When you buy a preowned travel trailer, you might want to buy a new mattress. RV mattresses have improved over the years, so there’s no reason that you should have to sleep on a mattress that only promotes subpar sleep and back support.

Depending on the size and type of mattress that you want for your travel trailer, you can expect to spend anywhere from around $200 to over $1,000.

Appliances

Although travel trailers don’t provide the same amount of space for a full-size kitchen that larger RVs do, you can still benefit from a stove and refrigerator. If your travel trailer is at least a few decades old, updating appliances are common upgrades.

Newer appliances are more energy-efficient and are often designed to be space-saving. A new fridge for your travel trailer may start around $200 and cost upwards to hundreds more depending on what you want and need.

Should You DIY or Hire a Pro?

Aside from deciding what to upgrade in your travel trailer, one of the biggest decisions is whether to do the upgrades yourself or to hire a professional.

The Pros, Cons, and Costs of DIY

For many RVers, upgrading their travel trailer on their own is part of the journey. If you do all the upgrades yourself, not only are you learning more about your travel trailer, but you have complete control over customizing the trailer.

Like all DIY projects, there are some potential downsides. Doing your own upgrades can be time-consuming, frustrating, and expensive. If you’re on a budget, you can start small and make upgrades as you go. Do the most important upgrades first; the ones that make your travel trailer livable and safe.

As we mentioned earlier, the cost of upgrading your travel trailer varies greatly and is dependent on the project. You could spend anywhere from $20 to well over $1,000.

If you don’t have time or if you don’t feel comfortable making upgrades yourself, you should definitely consider hiring a pro for all the upgrades or at least a few.

The Pros, Cons, and Costs of Hiring a Professional

Depending on what you want to be done to your travel trailer, you might be able to find someone who doesn’t have a lot of experience with RVs but specializes in another trade like cabinet making.

It’s best if you find a professional who works in the RV industry or has experience working on RV renovations. Labor costs may fluctuate from under $100 an hour to closer to $200.

While the cost of labor costs may be daunting, it’s important to keep in mind that the project will be done more quickly (and correctly) than if you were to do it yourself.

Always discuss pricing options and all renovation costs before hiring a professional. Don’t be afraid to shop around and get more than one quote.

Taking the Stress Out of Remodeling Your Travel Trailer

Your travel trailer should be your “happy place,” so it’s important that remodeling and upgrading your trailer doesn’t stress you out. Some upgrades are necessary, while others are aesthetic and can wait if you need to save up to cover the costs.

By shopping around for materials and consider buying items that are “gently used,” you may be able to stretch your remodeling budget. Always weigh the pros and cons and consider your budget before diving into a remodeling project on your travel trailer.

Avoid taking on more than you can handle, and if you need some upgrade tips (or just some moral support), RV forums can be helpful resources.

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