RV / Motorhome DIY Remodeling – Make Your RV Great Again

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RV Remodeling Team - Leo, Lena, Kids & 2005 Fleetwood Southwind Motorhome/RV

We are adding a new section to Remodel Calculator – RV and Motorhomes improvement and remodeling! In the spring of 2017 we bought a used 2005 Fleetwood Southwind Motorhome/RV (on Workhorse chassis), and after 3 months of preparation, went on a 30 days trip down-south.

While I’d love to tell all about our travels, this site is not a good fit. However, in the 4 months of getting our RV ready, and living/traveling in it I have a wealth of knowledge to share with you about all sorts of repairs and maintenance that goes into these great homes on wheels.

I’ve already filmed and uploaded a few videos to our YouTube channel, which I will include in the appropriate guides.

So what kinds of RV remodels can you do?

Well – RV is not just a house, but is also a bus, so there are two systems combined in one – the mechanical system or platform (chassis, engine, etc) and the house itself.

I have first hand experience fixing many items in both of these systems, and want to teach you what I’ve learned. This will include Do-It Yourself items such as replacing a water pump, installing backup cameras, roof-top solar panels, bathroom vent, steering stabilizer, etc.

I will also proper maintenance techniques, such as filling and dumping your fresh / grey / black water tanks, propane, and hot-water heater, as well as sanitizing and winterizing your water system, changing engine oil and generator oil, etc.

The goal of this new section is to help you prepare your coach for the road, so you can enjoy your travels, as well as teach you what to do when something goes wrong.

Finally, I’d love to share my experience in buying used RVs, driving them, parking, finding RV parks / dump stations, etc. And most importantly, I will help you answer a question that you should ask first – Should You Buy an RV/Motorhome?

PS – this section will be constantly expanded/updated, and will act as a central hub to all things RV on the Remodeling Calculator blog.

Our DIY RV/Motorhome guides:

How to install a Flat Screen TV in your motorhome
RV Remodel

This is our first guide – videos were recorded last year, but I just got the time to publish this. However, it’s end of March, so another RV season is coming soon, and I will be doing more posts.

I already have over 15 videos to go through and upload to YouTube – so don’t forget to subscribe to our channel.

About Leo Bender

Leo has been a contractor since 2003, specializing in: roofing, siding, general contracting (GC) and residential remodeling. Leo is also a Certified HVAC, Oil & Gas Heating Technician/Installer. In addition to roofing and remodeling, Leo is passionate about Solar, green building and energy conservation, so a lot of my time and energy goes to installing energy efficient heating and cooling systems.

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4 comments on “RV / Motorhome DIY Remodeling – Make Your RV Great Again

  1. RV Roof Magic

    Remodeling the camper is a back-breaking task. Purchasing a used RV is cost effective, but it is a time taking process to make it worth driving. I am excited to remodel my own camper and follow your instructions.

  2. jennifer

    Remodeling your RV can be a daunting project, but it can also be a whole lot of fun. After all, depending on how far you take it and how much work you’re willing to put in, you can basically create your very own custom RV from scratch. And even if you’re not ready to strip your rig down to its bare bones, it’s surprising how much small touches can add to your RV’s ease of use and coziness. You really did a great job in remodeling your RV.

  3. rvroofsealants

    I really love everything about your RV remodeling great job! The RV looks amazing and shows the hard work put into it. If you want to give your RV roof some additional protection, instead of looking at an expensive replacement, consider using RV Roof Magic.

  4. Angle Maietta

    Wow, awesome article! Really inspiring. I just love DIY, woodworking (and|&) renovation stuff. Thank you so much.