After twelve years of attending the Burning Man festival, a temporary community of 50,000 people and thousands of rental Recreational Vehicles, we've discovered a few ways to turn your rented motel room into a space for personal expression. Without damaging your rental! Nothing spells "Sad" like a standard issue RV home when settling in for the night, or day. It doesn't take long to create, and your plentiful guests will greatly appreciate a comfortable, colorful oasis in the desert.
Ok, I lied... "s a d" spells "Sad". So don't be sad: take a few easy hours to make your home a home!
Step 1: Starting from Scratch
Front and Back views inside a typical rental RV.
Note how clean they start out (like a sterile motel room).
Rolls of old carpets, padding, and bathroom rugs
Various fabrics (both strong and delicate for placing in different locations)
Safety pins (best to have 100's of pins in various sizes)
Extendable shower rods
Metallic bubble plastic wrap (aka Reflectix)
Lighting toys (LED strings are better and safer than incandescent christmas lights)
Step 2: Cover your Floor
Start by covering the floor. Use several layers of flooring - padded on bottom, fluffy on top. Use several layers so that if accidents occur, just remove a layer rather than further covering up the mess. Use duct tape on your fabrics, but only use minimal painter's tape to the RV walls or floors - the fake wood paneling can easily tear off even if careful. If you have pull-outs, leave those sections' floors untaped and available to be rolled up or pushed back until arriving in your permanent location in Black Rock City, or wherever your final destination may be.
Step 3: Floor Details
Make sure to leave openings where needed. Scraps can be reused. Safer (and comfy) to have more carpeting than less. You'll find a comfortable floor leads to more people being able to hang out in your RV. After several years, you'll amass plenty of used pieces for your rental RV (make sure to wash all your carpet pieces after each burn).