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Ashley Mann of RV Inspiration

I write about a lot of other people’s RV ideas here at RV Inspiration, but for this blog post I decided to show you what my RV looks like inside!

About Me

My name is Ashley Mann, and I am the owner and author of this blog. 🙂 I live in an RV with my husband Josiah and our Kitty.  You can read more about us here.  We are also on Instagram as @OurRVAdventure.

About Our RV

Our RV is a 2009 Keystone Everest fifth wheel that we purchased used from the original owner in 2016 to live in full time.  We are parked in a mobile home park in Kansas City, Kansas, for now for my husband’s job, and in fact we haven’t yet bought a tow vehicle, but we hope to be mobile within the next couple of years.

2009 Keystone Everest 345s

I do realize that before we move our RV I’m going to have to go through and secure everything, move decor, etc., but that’s not something I’m too worried about at this point since for now we are stationary.

And now for the tour….

Entry Area

Directly in front of you when you enter our RV is a bamboo shoe shelf.  The previous owners never wore shoes inside the RV, and after living in Korea for a year teaching English in 2009, I always wanted to adopt a no-shoes tradition in my own household.  We aren’t religiously strict about no shoes in the house, but for the most part we leave our shoes right here.

#RV #storage ideas - Bamboo shoe shelf and wall baskets from World Market | RVInspiration.com

Related: 9 Ways to Store Shoes in an RV

On the wall to the left of the door we added a coat rack, mounted using the screws that came with it.

A coat rack is a good way to add #storage to a #camper or #motorhome

To the right of the door we have wall baskets from World Market where we store hats and gloves, bills, stamps, checkbooks, and all the little odds and ends that it’s nice to drop somewhere when you first come inside.

#RV #storage ideas - wall baskets from World Market | RVinspiration.com

The previous owners of our RV made plexiglass covers for the screen that attach with Velcro, which is nice for days where you want a little more sunshine but don’t want to have the door open.  Also it lets us remove the panel on top but leave the one on bottom so Kitty can’t tear up the screen door.

Velcro plexiglass to make a screen door cover for an RV, camper, travel trailer, or motorhome | RVInspiration.com

To the right as you enter are the stairs leading up to the hallway with the bathroom on the left and the bedroom straight ahead.  We built a tunnel through our stairs for our Kitty to access his litter box in the storage bay.  We did this by removing the wood vent cover (just like the one on the front of the first step) and covering the exposed aluminum beams with a piece of carpet remnant.

#Cat tunnel to #litterbox in fifth wheel #RV | #storage idea for your #motorhome, #camper, or #traveltrailer | RVinspiration.com

The tunnel is a cardboard concrete form from Lowe’s.  We used foam core poster board as a makeshift cover for the area under the stairs since there are a lot of wires back there that we don’t want Kitty to be climbing around in.  I plan to make it prettier one of these days but for now it does the job.

#Cat tunnel to #litterbox in fifth wheel #RV | #storage idea for your #motorhome, #camper, or #traveltrailer | RVinspiration.com

Related: 7 Places to Hide a Cat Box in an RV

Living Area

The photo on the left is what the RV looked like before we bought it, and on the right is what it looked like after we moved in.

These are the main changes we made right away to make it better suit our needs and taste.

  • Removed the factory-installed window coverings (but we left the pull-down shades)
  • Painted the walls a neutral “greige”
  • Replaced the sleeper sofa, recliners, and bar stools with a desk, love seat, and my sewing machine.

A lot of people choose to paint their cabinets as well, but we actually love the maple cabinets; in fact the book case with the giant window and retractable TV was the main reason we chose this particular floor plan.  We would like to replace our flooring with vinyl plank at some point, though.

Continuing with the tour, this is our dining area.  This is actually the first dining table we have owned since we got married in 2011, and I am so happy that we can now sit down together for meals instead of just eating on the couch while watching TV or looking at our laptops.  I also love that there is hidden storage under the table top and chair seats.

Wine glass storage in RV, camper, motorhome

As you can see, I decided to add curtains after being inspired by other RV owners’ window coverings.  I also added a rack for my wine and liquor glasses.  I will definitely find a way to protect the glasses when we move the RV.

Here is a DIY project I did.  On the wall between the dining table and couch is this wall sconce.  In looking for ways to add some color to the RV, I decided to make a cover for it that I could remove and change if I wanted.  You can read all about that project in this blog post.

Next we come to the couch.  This was the couch that came with our RV.  It was a sleeper sofa with an inflatable air mattress.

At first I had planned to keep the sofa and cover it with a slipcover.  I bought this slipcover and really liked how it looked.  Kitty liked it too, apparently.

Stretch-to-fit slipcover - idea for campers, motorhomes, travel trailers, etc. | RV Inspiration

But unfortunately the couch just wasn’t comfortable to sit on.  Since it was our main seating for every day, we decided to buy a new couch, and ended up deciding on this one from Ikea, which came in a box and was assembled in our living room.

Something else we added to the RV was this storage ottoman / coffee table that I’d had for years but spray painted and reupholstered with a canvas drop cloth when we moved into the RV.  We use it to store shoes that we don’t wear as often.

Norsborg sofa love seat from Ikea and storage ottoman for shoe storage | RVInspiration.com

I built this shelf to go behind the couch using 1″x6″ lumber and shelf brackets as an extra place to set potted herbs during the winter, because one can never have enough plants!  The shelf brackets are mounted on the wall with screws and wall anchors and have been very sturdy.


DIY plant shelf behind sofa | RVinspiration.com | #storage ideas for your #motorhome, #camper, #traveltrailer, or #RV

Related: Mobile Gardening: Growing Plants in an RV

Kitty likes the shelf because he can sit on it to monitor the neighborhood.

DIY plant shelf behind sofa | RVinspiration.com | #storage ideas for your #motorhome, #camper, #traveltrailer, or #RV

Recently I added a shower shelf spray painted gold to the corner for even more plant space. 🙂

Corner shower shelf used as extra #storage space in #RV living room | RVinspiration.com | ideas for your #motorhome, #camper, or #traveltrailer

I made my curtains out of flat sheets.  (You can also see my bird feeders, which are hung on the outside of the window using these adhesive hooks.)

I also made curtain rods out of stained dowel rods with drawer knobs in the ends and hung them using Command hooks which I hot glued directly to the top of my window shades (leaving the screws exposed in case I needed to remove them).  I would have stuck the hooks directly to the wall, but it turned out that my lovely drawer pulls were too large to allow that.

DIY curtain rods made from dowel rods and drawer pulls and hung with Command hooks | RVinspiration.com #camper #motorhome #traveltrailer #RV

Related: RV Window Makeover Ideas

This is my husband Josiah’s work space.  Josiah is a web developer, and even though he currently works for a local company in Kansas City, he also works from home a lot.  He is also a musician.  Because of all that, he needed a desk that could serve multiple purposes, so he built this one using the metal frame of an old Walmart desk he used to own, but adding maple plywood slabs with a pull-out tray for his mouse and keyboard.  The electric piano can be pushed up under the shelf while Josiah is using his laptop, or pulled out for playing.

Work /#office / recording space in #RV | RVinspiration.com | ideas for your #campers, #motorhome, or #traveltrailer

At the bottom right of the photo you can see my sewing machine, which is probably the most impractical thing we own in our RV, but I love my sewing machine so much.  It is a 1950’s Singer cabinet sewing machine that belonged to my great-grandmother, and I refinished the cabinet myself.  It is also the only sewing machine that I felt like I could understand how to use without ending up in tears of frustration.  I like being able to see exactly how the mechanism works.

Kitchen & Dining Area

Here’s another before and after for you: our kitchen.

I used mug hooks to mount these baskets to the end of the cabinet for storing onions, potatoes, apples, etc., and I hung another basket for fruit over one of the cabinet doors.

Related: 8 Fruit & Root Vegetable Storage Ideas for RVs

Below is our coffee station.  We take coffee very seriously, lol.  The espresso machine is a Breville BES870XL.  We use it for making lattes, but if we want a regular cup of coffee we use the French press sitting on top, which I highly recommend if you want a great way to make coffee that doesn’t take up a lot of space.  The basket on the wall is from World Market and holds our manual coffee grinder, pour-over cone, and moka pot (which I used for making stovetop espresso before we got the espresso machine).

#coffeestation in our #RV | RVinspiration.com

On the refrigerator you can see our hygrometer/thermometer – an essential for RV living!

Our refrigerator is magnetic, so I bought magnetic hooks which I use to hang pot holders, measuring cups and spoons, etc.  If our fridge had not been magnetic, I would have used Command hooks instead.

Items hung on refrigerator with magnetic hooks adds #storage to our #camper #kitchen | RVinspiration.com | Storage and organization ideas for campers, RVs, motorhomes, and travel trailers

I found a nifty way to store my pizza pan by using magnets to stick it to the side of the microwave.

Pizza pan storage on side of microwave using magnets | RVinspiration.com

I actually purchased the pot rack before we had even seen the RV, haha, but then when I went to install it I quickly discovered that our ceiling is made of metal, and there was going to be no screwing into the ceiling.  Fortunately my husband had an idea, which was to remove the screws from the vent cover and screw the pot rack into those holes.  And it worked!  How lucky that the vent was located exactly where I wanted the pot rack!

A pot rack adds #storage to our #RV #kitchen | RVinspiration.com - ideas for campers and motorhomes

This wall-o-spices is my pride and joy.  You can read about how I made it here.

Magnetic #spicestorage wall in #RV - RVinspiration.com - kitchen ideas for your #camper, #motorhome, #traveltrailer, or small #apartments

This was a neat discovery: it turned out that behind the panel under our pantry cabinet was just empty space, so I turned it into a place to store jars.

Extra storage found in RV | RVinspiration.com

We also got a pet fountain for Kitty to drink out of, because he prefers to drink running water.  At our old house we used to have to wait for him to take long drinks out of the sink faucet, but when we moved into the RV I decided this would be a better option.

AquaCube pet drinking fountain | RVinspiration.com

Related: 9 Space-Saving Spice Storage Ideas

The rack where my cutting boards and baking sheets are stored was actually purchased to hang on a cabinet door, but when it ended up not fitting I figured out a way to mount it over the panel that covers the space where our converter is located instead.  If I had been planning to purchase a rack to put there, I would have purchased this one instead.

RV kitchen storage idea for cutting boards and baking sheets

I store my silverware next to the sink in a basket I got from a thrift store with tin cans as dividers.  I like having the silverware there where it’s handy to put away.  Something else I want to mention about this photo is the sponge caddy in the sink.  I used to have problems with the suction cups constantly slipping or falling off, but then I read a tip that said it would stay put if mounted in the corner of the sink, and it was true!

#Silverware #storage idea for an #RV, #motorhome, #camper, or #traveltrailer | RVinspiration.com

It really bugged me to always have the ugly dish soap bottle sitting on the counter, but we were too lazy to put it in the cabinet underneath the sink each time, so I bought this nifty little squeezable rubber soap bottle.  It comes in lots of pretty colors (mine is the gray one). It’s the little things.

Easy squeeze rubber dish soap dispenser | clever #RV #kitchen idea

Bathroom

Organizing the medicine cabinet wasn’t my top priority, but when I wrote a blog post about bathroom organization ideas I decided to purchase some baskets so that when we are ready to be mobile stuff shifting around in the cabinet is one less thing for me to worry about.

#RV / #camper / #motorhome / #traveltrailer #bathroom medicine cabinet #storage and #organization idea

I also put a corner shower shelf in the corner of the bathroom and hung a full-length mirror over the door.

Shower shelf extra #storage idea for #bathroom #organization in a #camper, #traveltrailer, #motorhome, or #RV

I love over cabinet storage.  I use these towel bars for hanging both my hand towel and a bath mat.

Here’s something else I did to prepare for future travel.  I wanted to be able to pack and go in as little time as possible, so I added plexiglass “walls” to the shelves in my shower so I could leave everything on the shelves without it falling off. I wrote a blog post about this DIY project as well.

Plexiglass walls for #RV #shower shelves | RVinspiration.com | #storage and #organization ideas for your #camper, #motorhome, or #traveltrailer

Bedroom

This is the “before” and “after” view of our bedroom.  I replaced the bedspread with an inexpensive down comforter and duvet cover from Target which I love; the comforter keeps me warm and cozy in winter but doesn’t make my husband hot in the summer, and the duvet cover feels like a sheet on the bottom and can be removed and laundered so we don’t have to use a flat sheet, which makes bed making a cinch.

I also covered the mirrored closet doors with faux rice paper window film to mimic the look of a Japanese shoji screen.  I wrote a blog post that tells about how I made them.

Here are some of the ways I save space in our closet.  (I told where I got each of these items in a blog post about closet organization ideas).

I also use hanging organizers on the doors in my bedroom for extra clothing storage.
#RV clothes #storage and #organization idea | RVinspiration.com | idea for a #campers, #traveltrailer, or #motorhome

We have a Splendide Vented Combo washer/dryer that has worked great for us so far.  We put our dirty laundry in the hamper hanging on the wall; the canvas bag can be removed from the frame and closed with a draw string if needed.  We actually just use the plastic laundry basket for extra storage.
#RV washer dryer combo and #laundry hamper | RVinspiration.com | idea for a #camper, #traveltrailer, or #motorhome

Kitty spends a lot of time in the bedroom, too.

Professor Theodore | RVinspiration.com

Video Tour

My RV was featured for a live video tour as part of RV Renovation Week hosted by Liz Wilcox of The Virtual CampgroundClick here to watch the replay of my live interview and RV tour!

Video tour of my #fifthwheel #RV showing how I keep everything #organized

That’s it for the inside of the RV!  If you would like to hear about the outside of our RV you can head over to this article about how we prepared our fifth wheel for winter living!

RV Inspiration website | Storage, Organization, and Decor Ideas for Travel Trailers, Campers & Motorhomes


In this "tour" of our #RV I share some of the ways I've organized our #fifthwheel #camper for full time living!


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42 comments

  1. Ashley 17 October, 2017 at 14:42 Reply

    This is great!!! I love your floorplan. I love the closet door now that you covered the mirrors… most of all I love how you found ways to accommodate your kitty!!

  2. Jody Siebel 19 October, 2017 at 09:36 Reply

    This was fantastic review on everything you wrote about. I am truly impressed with all of you organizational tips as well. Thank you very much for the inspiration. Happy redecorating Jody

    • Ashley Mann 26 October, 2017 at 19:23 Reply

      Someone once said, “The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources!” I was inspired by other people’s similar creative solutions for both of those projects! 🙂

  3. Adrienne 26 October, 2017 at 22:15 Reply

    Wow! My husband keeps threatening to buy an RV (not to live in) but it just doesn’t appeal to me, mainly because of the space. But you have so many good ideas…i’ll try to soften.

    • Ashley Mann 26 October, 2017 at 22:29 Reply

      Ha! You just have to negotiate…tell him you’ll let him get one as long as you get to decorate it! 🙂 And thanks!

  4. Mia 27 October, 2017 at 19:27 Reply

    The RV biz must be booming right now! I’ve been really into the whole tiny home trend lately- it’s super appealing. Your kitchen in there looks awesome!

    • Ashley Mann 28 October, 2017 at 13:23 Reply

      Thanks! Yeah it seems like the number of people who have chosen to live in RVs full time has grown exponentially in just the last year or two!

  5. Paul 27 October, 2017 at 21:16 Reply

    Thanks for the tour! We’ve been 3 years full-time, but just bought an RV Park in Passaic Mo…. Show-Me Rest RV Park. The only way to live! Blessings !

  6. Romer 10 November, 2017 at 23:19 Reply

    Great mods! I am concerned that you will be way over your GVWR for your trailer. I think those things can carry close to 1800 lbs. max.

    • Ashley Mann 11 November, 2017 at 14:32 Reply

      I am definitely aware of that possibility, and the first thing we will do before moving is drive it to a weigh station, which is fortunately only about a mile from where we are parked. We may even rent a U-haul for some of our stuff until we know how much cargo weight we have to spare. We would also plan to drive with empty gray and black tanks, which should save some weight. Thanks for the safety reminder, though!

  7. Teresa Smyth 16 November, 2017 at 16:57 Reply

    Hi Ashley,we have the same camper. Love it very much. Our camper is 2009 it has lots of room and space. Like all your ideas and changes. Thanks for the tour. Teresa Smyth

  8. Elizabeth Murta 18 November, 2017 at 07:01 Reply

    Dear Ashley! You’re really fantastic and creative!! Your RV it’s just amazing! Sooo cozy!
    I love the magnet idea for spices! So cool! My project for 2018 is to buy a trailer! I do miniatures for dollhouses and I do shows around US, so my big dream is not to travel only by plane, but driving and towing my small paradise!
    Thank you for all your nice tips!!
    Kisses,
    Betinha Murta from Florida

    • Ashley Mann 18 November, 2017 at 20:27 Reply

      You are so kind! I took a look at your Etsy shop – your miniatures are beautiful! I just love anything miniature…I always wanted a Victorian dollhouse; at one point when I was a kid we lived next door to a nice elderly couple who had one and let me come over and play with it once in a while. I did turn the bottom cabinet of a book case into a miniature bedroom and make things for it inspired by this book published by American Girl. I think that’s connected to why I enjoy living in an RV so much – it’s kind of like getting to set up and decorate a play house to live in! I am sure you will have a blast with your own!

  9. Teresa Smyth 18 November, 2017 at 13:22 Reply

    Hi could you send me more pictures of the microwave and the cabinets . We have the same camp just a little different. We have a small microwave with vent fan. I can’t even see in the microwave. Wanting to change it up. Thanks for the tour.

    • Ashley Mann 18 November, 2017 at 20:30 Reply

      Hi Teresa! I would be happy to send you some more pictures but I don’t know a good way to add more than one to the comments here…would you mind sending me an email at [email protected] and I can email them to you?

  10. John Daddow 19 November, 2017 at 02:25 Reply

    G/Day Ashley, Australian rigs are usually not more than 25ft & maybe one slideout. Rigs like yours just fall to bits on our roads unless strengthened, You need to seriously declutter if you intend future travel. Top marks for your ideas but i like everything out of sight & not hanging on the outside of cupboard doors etc. Fuel is expensive in Australia & places sometimes far apart means cost of fuel for the tow vehicle become impractical for a rig of your size..for the standard Aussie. Still your over there & i’m over here & a lot of things are different between the two countries but we are the same in our love to travel in our motorhomes. I wish you both well in your travels.

    Cheers John

    • Ashley Mann 19 November, 2017 at 20:44 Reply

      Hi, thank you for your comments! One thing I am definitely mindful of is the weight of everything…I intend to be certain the weight of our cargo is under the maximum before driving anywhere other than maybe to the weigh station. That aside, it will definitely take some time to get everything road ready, but that’s okay because if we move our RV it will be more like moving than like traveling as we would probably be in our next location for several months at least, so I will probably just pack some of the stuff in boxes just like people normally do when moving. I will probably get rid of stuff too. I’ve been hanging on to some things while we’re parked just because I have no reason to get rid of them while we are stationary (like some glass bakeware, for example), but they would definitely be impractical for travel and I have more than I need. To be honest though…we are kind of itching to downsize and get a motorhome so that we can actually be more mobile! Although I have seen people who are mobile with RVs as big as ours and with as much “stuff” and decor as ours.

    • Ashley Mann 2 December, 2017 at 10:40 Reply

      Yes, I purchased an Oxygenics shower head in hopes that it would give me a longer shower. It turned out though that the problem with my shower length was not with our old shower head but with our hot water heater, which we ended up having to replace. I decided to keep the shower head, though, because it was really nice and had multiple spray options. A lot of RV owners with low water pressure say this brand helps them have a higher pressure shower. Also it may give some people a longer shower; it just depends on the flow rate of your old shower head. I believe this model has a flow rate of 1.75 gallons per minute.

      Replacing it was pretty easy; I just unscrewed it from our old hose (which I kept because the one that came with the shower head was really stiff) at the base of the handle and screwed the new one on.

      There is a link to the exact model we have in this blog post.

  11. Kate 7 January, 2018 at 10:02 Reply

    Wow! I am so excited to find your website as we have been fulltime rv-ers for more than 10 years and I am always looking for creative new ways to store stuff and dress up our little space. Amazingly we have an RV almost identical to yours (Keystone Challenger 2009) in floor plan and design, so most of your ideas can fit perfectly into ours. I’m definitely getting the hanging storage baskets to hang near the door (why did I not think of that?!) and the coat rack for the other side, brilliant!

    Thank you Ashley!

  12. Kate 8 January, 2018 at 21:20 Reply

    Thank you so much! Actually, I wonder if you are able to share the name and brand of the color that you painted your walls with? Did you prime the walls before painting? They look lovely.

    Thank you again for all that you do!

  13. Donna 5 February, 2018 at 10:45 Reply

    I absolutely love your ideas…can’t wait to try some of them out! thank you…thank you…thank you for sharing!

  14. Dorleen 24 March, 2018 at 10:28 Reply

    Just finished “the tour” and I am impressed and inspired! I live tiny in a 30ft travel trailer in a permanent spot and love tiny living! At first it was hard downsizing but a completely different feeling when it was finished and I settled into my tiny home. And I am gradually making it truly “home”!
    I don’t think I will ever trade this lifestyle for a traditional house as I like how it feels to be uncluttered.
    I garner lots of ideas from you and people like you that live tiny and love it. I keep “stuff” to a minimum and if I ever did have to move my home it would not take long to get it ready.
    I , too, have a storage ottoman with two pretty folded blankets on top to keep handy for chilly evenings and I keep my crocheting and other needlework projects inside the Ottoman plus I have a great place to prop my feet! I have a bunkhouse model but my late hubby was creative and made the bunkhouse into a huge closet/pantry combo. It is a work in progress as far as organizing it but I am slowly figuring it out.
    It also holds my little lightweight portable washer/spinddryer. I can quickly move that appliance to my bathtub (sit it on a bathstep) and move it back to the closet. The washer is a great solution to.laying exorbitant amounts at a laundromat and since I live in Florida I can hang clothes out all year.
    Keep up the good work and looking forward to more articles!

    • Ashley Mann 27 March, 2018 at 14:13 Reply

      Glad you’re enjoying the website! Sounds like you’ve got tiny living pretty well figured out! 🙂

  15. Becky 3 April, 2018 at 17:15 Reply

    I’m so happy I found your site. We just moved into a RV full time a couple months ago. We are currently in KCMO due to work but hope to be traveling soon. Our jobs will force us to travel at some point. I haven’t begun to remodel as the adjustment from house to RV has been enough for now! ha ha!

    • Ashley Mann 10 April, 2018 at 11:04 Reply

      I’m so glad you are enjoying the site! You sound exactly like us – we were in KCK for a year and a half, but just moved to Dallas last weekend (which is why I’m just now getting around to replying)! Good luck; I’m sure you will be traveling before you know it! For now enjoy the process of making your RV into a home!

  16. Hailee 26 April, 2018 at 20:47 Reply

    Oh this post made me so happy. We are contemplating a similar model but a bunkhouse. We will be traveling with my toddler and I was freaking out about the litter box and traveling with cats honestly. Thank you so much!

  17. phil thomas 2 May, 2018 at 10:22 Reply

    Hi Ashley… I finally took your tour. It’s top quality. You are so creative! I don’t expect to live in an RV, but I could sure use some of your ideas in this small apartment. I don’t think I have the energy to do much right now. Love you two. Grandpa Phll

    • Ashley Mann 2 May, 2018 at 11:22 Reply

      Aw, hi! Thanks for commenting, and glad you enjoyed it and found some of the ideas useful! 🙂 Hope you are doing well! Love you!

  18. Johanna 7 August, 2018 at 20:50 Reply

    Hi Ashley
    We will be moving into our recent purchase full time in October. We have 2 kitties that will be with us and I l8ve the basement idea for their box. Can you send me info on how to do that?

    • Ashley Mann 8 August, 2018 at 10:32 Reply

      I actually recently redesigned our tunnel, and I plan to write a blog post about it soon, but to be honest, every RV is different, so even if I show you how we made ours, you might end up having to come up with your own solution. I had a plan in my head of how I thought I would do it, but once we actually looked to see how the area was constructed, I was like, oh, that won’t work, and had to figure out something else. The main thing I can say is that a cardboard concrete form has worked really well as a tunnel, although I recently lined it with a litter mat (hot glued in) because his claws were starting to shred the cardboard.

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