How I Transformed my Toy Hauler Garage into a Modern Master Bedroom

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A note from Ashley, founder of RV Inspiration: When my husband and I were first shopping for an RV in 2016, we toured many fifth wheel toy haulers. I saw the potential to turn the garage area of a toy hauler into a cozy living space, but I had never seen anyone do it the way I had envisioned until I came across some photos of Meg's RV, which she offered to share with RV Inspiration's readers.

I hope seeing the “Before” and “After” photos of Meg's RV makeover will inspire you and show you that a toy hauler garage is really a blank slate that can be turned into whatever you need it to be!

After you read about Meg's toy hauler transformation, check out this article for more toy hauler garage inspiration.

Meg in her renovated RV

Hi I’m Meg Harrell! I am a full time RVer with my husband and 2 young kids. I run the travel & entertainment publication

Last summer we decided to sell most of our belongings, leave our home and move into a fifth wheel in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina! Today, a year later, we've moved to Florida, still live in the RV, and have finally completed  the renovations to our RV. I think RV living is the best kind of “Tiny House”. Let me tell you why!

Why I love RV Life!

RV living means freedom, since you can pull your home anywhere and most campgrounds in the U.S. have full hook-ups for RV's.  Living in an RV teaches you to value what you own because you can only fit a few possessions into the space.  The fun part is, since the space is small and manageable, you can design your RV exactly to your style, even on a small budget. 

In this article, I'm going to show you how we designed the most challenging area of our RV: the toy hauler garage!

How We Renovated Our Toy Hauler Garage

Renovating a toy hauler garage can be challenging as the room is typically not very cozy, but I saw potential for a gorgeous master suite here!

Our RV is a 325 Wolf Pack 13 fifth wheel, and we bought it brand new, a 2020 model. The toy hauler area is basically a big, tall box–and that’s exactly that I wanted. I wanted super tall ceilings and a space we could use as a living room, laundry room, and master suite! 

Here is a before picture of the toy hauler area:

RV Toy Hauler Garage Before Makeover

I’m not sure how all the stars aligned, but it worked out beautifully, because there is a washer/dryer hook-up already in this 2020 model, as well as a bed lift system. 

Our king size bed lifts up to the ceiling, and our IKEA couch fits perfectly lengthwise underneath. We lift the bed in the morning and bring it down at night.

I removed the bench seats underneath that came with the RV and sold them. I also sanded and painted every wall a bright white color. The rolled nets from the ceiling were removed and the floor was covered with a huge area rug.

To make the space feel more inviting, I added some string lights, a dresser, and a few minimal design accessories. 

After Photos

Toy hauler garage after makeover - bed down

As you can see in this first photo, the bed is down, so this is the room in “bedroom” mode. The Edison string lights are on, there is a king size mattress covered in gorgeous French linen. (If you haven’t slept on REAL 100% linen, you’re totally missing out!)

The area rug gives this space a cozy feel with some Boho-chic vibes to it.

Toy hauler garage after makeover - bed up

A few more clothes are stored in the tall wooden dresser. The Moroccan leather pouf makes a perfect ottoman/bean bag chair for the kids, and the macrame pillows and Alpaca throw make the couch even more “cuddle ready”.

To cover the black back wall of this room, we added thick white “blackout” curtains to brighten the space and make it feel more homey and less “RV-ish.”

Year-Round Living in the Toy Hauler Travel Trailer

Our RV, the 325 Wolf Pack 13, is an “all seasons” RV, which means it is has extra insulation and the tanks are insulated for all weather conditions. There are also two air conditioning units.  Our RV also has ducted heating and cooling in the garage, and the walls of the garage have the same insulation as the rest of the RV, which prevents the garage are from feeling too drafty.

We lived through a winter in North Carolina with lows in the teens as well as a summer in Florida with highs in the mid 90's. This RV has seen every weather extreme and served us well!

In the winter I did have a small space heater in the kids bunk house and in the master bedroom area. Most nights we didn’t need it, but I grew up in Miami and I’m a bit of a pansy when it comes to winter!

Half Bath in the Toy Hauler Travel Trailer

There is a half bath located in the toy hauler area that we renovated as well. This area was a very small part of the remodel. I wallpapered the walls with “marble-look” stick on wallpaper, painted the cabinet white, took off the dark pleather valance, and added a mirror.

Here’s a quick “Before & After”:

Camper Bathroom Before Photo
Camper Bathroom Before Photo
Camper bathroom remodel after photo
Camper bathroom after remodeling

Materials I Used for the Remodel

For reference, here are a few of the items we bought if you’re interested:

Advice for Any RV Remodel

My biggest piece of advice when remodeling an RV is to get to know your style. Are you more modern, farmhouse style, Boho chic? Find your style and know the kind of space you want to live in and then GO FOR IT!

Lastly, I want to encourage you to buy quality products that will last. If you’re planning on painting, use a high quality paint so you don’t get chipped paint spots a week later!

Anything is possible inside an RV. Any RV can be the mini dream house you’ve always wanted! I hope my RV remodel will inspire you and show you the potential that an RV can have! For more on my full RV remodel, check out this article.

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  1. Hi, beautiful makeover! My family and I are in the market for our first RV. So far, everything looks so ‘commercial’. I have a very unique style, and would like something a little more edgy. I never considered a toy hauler until today. A fifth wheel is not an option for us, hopefully we can find a travel trailer that will offer us what we are looking for. I do have a question…how is the dresser held down during travel?

    1. Hi Neshika, I’m the owner of this website, but this isn’t my RV. You can contact the owner of this RV through her website at! However you can buy furniture anchors which attach your furniture to a wall with screws, or if you don’t like the idea of screwing into the wall of an RV, you could use bungee cords or ratchet straps to anchor it to other fixed items in the RV.

  2. Hi, I love the space! We are looking at toy haulers but I’m only seeing queen beds in the garage. Did yours come with a king or did you DIY for it to fit?

    1. Hi Bethany, this is Ashley, owner of this website but not of this RV. You can get in touch with Meg, the RV owner, at That’s a good question though – from the pictures it looks like the lift bed is a queen and they turned the mattress sideways–maybe they put some plywood under the mattress to keep it from bending where it extends past the edge of the bed? Here are the specs on their model of RV.

    1. Hi Tammie! Many RV parks have long-term spots available if you can find one that has vacancy. Many of the ones in popular areas have waiting lists, but if you put your name on all the lists then if you find something for the short term you can move to a better park if a spot becomes available. Mobile home parks are another option, and actually that’s where we ended up a few times. There are also a few Facebook groups for finding long-term RV parking; here’s one I know of: Long Term RV Parks Facebook Group Hope that helps!

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