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Customizing your camper: Tips to make it uniquely yours

Maybe you’ve been thinking about adding a few special touches to the interior of your camper to reflect your own personality and style or to make it more convenient.

You’re not alone. According to Makeover and Remodel Your Motorhome or RV, customizing your camper lets you get the features and design attributes you want without buying a new model. And if you do it properly, you might even increase the resale value!

Not sure where to start or what to do? Here are a few suggestions to consider.

For more storage space

In the kitchen, install a few under-cabinet drawers for additional storage and wall-mounted magnetic strips to securely hold knives, metal serving platters and spices in small tins. (Use the provided magnets to display notes, pictures and recipe cards.) Another alternative is a pegboard—ideal for pots, pans and utensils.

A shower curtain with pockets does double-duty in the bathroom, while over-the-door hooks can hold everything from an extra towel to your hair dryer. More towels than shelf space? Use a wall-mounted wine rack, suggested Ashley Mann in her post

For a portable garden

There’s nothing like fresh herbs to perk up a menu, but who wants to run to the store when you have a 6 AM yen for a chive-and-basil omelet? With Ikea’s Fintorp line of rails, hooks and holders, you can have small pots of your favorite herbal ingredients right in your cooking space! Or mount hanging baskets over the RV sink—ready to snip and easy to water!

Selecting potted plants for inside your camper? Choose ones that prefer low-light conditions: Chinese evergreens, spider plants, philodendrons or Boston Ferns, for example. Prefer flowering plants for a spot of color? Anthuriums and peace lilies are ideal. (More tips in 8 Low-Light Plants that will Thrive in your RV and Plants that Withstand the RV Life.)

(To be on the safe side, check out these articles regarding regulations about bringing plants across state lines or into Canada.)

For an artistic touch

Instead of packing away all those pictures you’ve taken during your travels, use them to turn the inside of your camper into an art gallery. But skip the nails and screws—camper walls aren’t like regular house walls and you run the risk of doing some damage!

For lightweight frames, use hook-and-loop tape or hooks mounted with removable adhesive strips. (Just in case, use frames with plastic inserts rather than glass.) Add a few small pieces of Quakehold (aka museum putty) to the back of the frames to keep them from bouncing. You can also use the putty to secure items that might otherwise slide in transit.

Or attach some cork pieces to the walls or the back of a door and use pushpins to hold the pictures in place. (Mountain Modern Life has more tips in this post.)

Voila! Your camper customizing is complete!

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