Motorhomes are a fantastic way of exploring new places whilst giving you total autonomy and comfort during your travels. Although some people prefer newer models, others are more interested in owning something individual and quirky – so restoring an old motorhome may be just what you’re looking for. New motorhome can be expensive and bulky, so here are tips on how to transform your old motorhome into a modern and functional holiday home!
Check the weight that your motorhome can safely support, or you might not even be able to move your motorhome you’ve worked so hard to restore! It seems a very obvious thing to highlight, but many come into trouble at the end of the renovation, as they find they’ve added too much weight for the motorhome to support itself safely. Additionally, the layout of the motorhome will mostly have to stay the same, as the kitchen and bathroom are the heaviest part of the motorhome, so changing these areas around may disrupt the axis.
From the outside in
Deciding where to start when transforming your motorhome is a difficult one, but it is advised to start mending the outside before you start on the inside of your motorhome. This enables you to target any damp areas which are common on old motorhomes – due to wear and tear. By removing the exterior panels, you will be able to clearly view the structure of the motorhome, and easily replace and repair any rotting wood, rust, or damp insulation. This will also allow you to completely waterproof the entire vehicle, which reduces issues you may have with damp in the long term.
Keep in mind the reconstruction
It may be easy to take apart your motorhome, especially when you are excited to see it finished, however you must remember where all the pieces are meant to go back on. We recommend taking plenty of pictures whilst you deconstruct the exterior and interior of your motorhome, so you can find your way when it’s time to put it back together.
There are basic components to ensuring your motorhome is functional and safe. You may need to hire professionals to guarantee all the gas valves and electricals are in order to reduce the risk of any fires or malfunctions. Also, you will need to install smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, gas leak detectors, fire extinguisher, and a fire blanket. This may seem excessive, but these features may save your life one day, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
A new paint job could completely transform your motorhome. Try getting some professional advice before painting the exterior, but on the inside a couple of layers of acrylic paint should do the trick. You could also use wallpaper, but this is not recommended on areas that may be susceptible to damp.
Glenns Motorhomes are a leading supplier of quality motorhomes in Nottingham, Chesterfield & Derby, offering a wide range of motorhomes. Contact our experienced team today for more information and let us help find the perfect motorhome for you!