Used Class C motorhomes are tearing up the road all across America (and
the rest of the world) now like never before! Roomy, comfortable and
compact, these RV's make sense for so many sun seekers, fun seekers and
adventure hounds. They're easy to pack up, easy to drive and they go
And, if you're careful, patient and know what to look for, you may even
get one in reasonable shape for under $3K, even ones gently used.
Class C motorhomes are generally built on beefed up cargo van frames
and have American running gear, which means most mechanics can work on
Lots of these used Class C motorhomes have low mileage, because their
owners only used them to get to KOA's (or other upscale RV parks) a few
times a year. Many have been owned by older folks who had them serviced
regularly. That's not always the case, though.
So, you need to be on your guard. Look for signs of tell-tale abuse,
cover-ups and anything that looks odd or "not right." But, that goes
for any used thing you plan to buy. If you can find one that looks
nice, can pass a smog test, shifts smoothly and stops when you apply
medium pressure on the brake pedal, go find an RV mechanic and have
that baby checked out.
Go online to find a floor plan, if you can, of the model you have. This
isn't always possible with all used Class C motorhomes, but spend a
little time and see how close you can come.
Put the printout on a clipboard, go inside your rig and measure
everything. In no time you'll have a pretty good representation of what
you have—accurately—and you'll have a better visual of what's possible.
Its also important to make this plan fit not only what's possible to
do, but to have it fit your lifestyle and your (and your mate's) needs.
You can get some great insights at RV expos and tradeshows of what
works in small spaces and try and have everything serve dual or
multiple purposes. You want to make your remodel "cool" ... but cool
and comfortable is so much better than cool and uncomfortable.
Also, don't rule out the home improvement stores for sinks, cabinets,
flooring, countertops and other things. And, there are lots of
materials and "RV specific" items you can find at auto salvage yards,
too. Call around.
The easiest way to remodel used Class C motorhomes is to create
individual "projects." Since used Class C motorhomes are basically one
room, these projects need to be compartmentalized. So, to start your Used
Class A Motorhomes Remodel Map remember AFFLAC
(not the supplemental insurance company). Gee, I hope they don't sue
me, it just worked out that way. A F F L A C stands
can be real money eaters if you buy them new, and with some older rigs,
you may not even be able to find new ones. Take heart, though, as used
and refurbished refrigerators, ovens, cookstoves and a slew of others
(some may not have even been invented when your rig
was made) are available online. Search used rv appliances
or used rv appliances your town (ie used rv
appliances portland or) using the Bing Custom Search box Click
Here. Its best to buy used appliances from a dealer
who gives a
can be anything your mind can conceive! Tile, carpet, laminate or
adhesive backed linoleum. Or, of course, any combination of these. A
floor plan comes in really handy now, even if you measure and make one
yourself. Don't restrict yourself to what's there now. A knock-out
beautiful flooring treatment can be created using inexpensive on-sale
materials from your neighborhood Big Box!
may be, depending on the condition of your interior, the hardest and
most expensive upgrade you'll have. But, its also the most important.
First, check with the factory to see if covers are made for your
specific RV. Many times RV salvage yards have nice, hardly used
furniture. Also, search used class c motorhomes furniture,
motorhome furniture, used rv furniture,
discount rv furniture, even surplus rv
furniture. Add "your town" (ie. used rv furniture tulsa ok)
to find places nearby.
not only applies to the fixtures, but your windows as well. Lots of
older RV's have curtains and valances which hide up to 20% of the
window! Look into mini blinds, wood blinds, faux blinds, cellular
shades and verticals. Search window blinds and see
how inexpensive these are. Adding to or upgrading your lighting is an
easy, fun job, too. Find these at RV parts dealers, online or (again)
auto and RV salvage yards.
are just about anything. A few small pillows, a wild framed mirror,
throw rugs or even brightly painted appliances! Also, think about brass
faucets, hinges, knobs, towel racks and other things. Little things in
small areas can have big impacts!
could be paint, fabrics, curtains or upholstery. When you visit the RV
expos and trade shows, be sure to take note of the new colors, color
combinations and how these hit you. Color can also make a huge
difference! If you're painting, remember you won't need much. A pint of
a really wild color may even be too much!
Depending on your budget or time or both, start where you feel
confident you can complete the job(s) necessary within each project
then, as circumstances permit, move on to another.
Used Class C Motorhomes tend to take on a life of their own and, with a
little help from you, a personality as well! Of course you'll have
problems and things will break, wear out and go wrong, but that's the
way life in general is, isn't it?