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  • Redecorating Your Rental RV

    Contact paper might have too much pull after a week to take off safely, especially if your walls are wallpapered. (I remember hearing curses over a long period of time, followed by a lot of repainting wood grain, when we used it once on cheap materials.) We've used plastic sheeting with bamboo prints (it might have been a cheap tablecloth?) from Party City one year, cutting it into proper lengths and just taped it at the top and bottom. They have lots of cheap options that are fast to clean up. Usually the walls don't get "that much dust" that can't be wiped down easily with a Club Soda Solution, if you don't cover them.I'm not sure about carpet adhesive stuff, but as we've always enjoyed the luxurious feel of unadulterated carpets after a long day hiking the playa, plastic...

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    Contact paper might have too much pull after a week to take off safely, especially if your walls are wallpapered. (I remember hearing curses over a long period of time, followed by a lot of repainting wood grain, when we used it once on cheap materials.) We've used plastic sheeting with bamboo prints (it might have been a cheap tablecloth?) from Party City one year, cutting it into proper lengths and just taped it at the top and bottom. They have lots of cheap options that are fast to clean up. Usually the walls don't get "that much dust" that can't be wiped down easily with a Club Soda Solution, if you don't cover them.I'm not sure about carpet adhesive stuff, but as we've always enjoyed the luxurious feel of unadulterated carpets after a long day hiking the playa, plastics can be a bit of princess and the pea. The duct tape in its small strips doesn't get felt (nor leave residue), but we've had tried a base layer of plastic one year and didn't care for it much - things slid much worse than usual.Have a great burn!

    I was asked "if I owned an RV..." and definitely I would get a roll of professional theatrical mylar, and tape it up to all the walls, floor, and ceiling in the RV bathroom. Add slowly changing LEDs or lasers. I did it once, and it made all our visitors giddy with delight. But we used up all our mylar that year, never had the same bathroom configuration, and never did it again. Some one, do it. But don't tell anyone until they go inside.

    Oh yes, I've been quite jealous of friends of ours that bring pipes and silvered tarps to build a giant RVport around their RVs. Definitely you are right about stopping the sun before it even hits the RV at all. Sometimes my rentals are different sizes or have different locations of delicate roof items and vents, and so have never had enough consistency to build outside shade covers - I've found Reflectix stuffed into all the corners of the windows cuts 98% of the heat, with two layers of blue tape on wherever the glass is peeking to cut the rest. We try not to attach too many things that can flap about outside our RVs, as we found scratched labels and paint can be over $1000 charge (though some paints can be touched up, if you are trying to fix outside damage, call a professional, t...

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    Oh yes, I've been quite jealous of friends of ours that bring pipes and silvered tarps to build a giant RVport around their RVs. Definitely you are right about stopping the sun before it even hits the RV at all. Sometimes my rentals are different sizes or have different locations of delicate roof items and vents, and so have never had enough consistency to build outside shade covers - I've found Reflectix stuffed into all the corners of the windows cuts 98% of the heat, with two layers of blue tape on wherever the glass is peeking to cut the rest. We try not to attach too many things that can flap about outside our RVs, as we found scratched labels and paint can be over $1000 charge (though some paints can be touched up, if you are trying to fix outside damage, call a professional, they are cheaper than your deposit). Plus, putting the Reflectix inside means working inside in the a/c (yes, i've gotten lazy). Though if I owned, I'd build a place for pipes in the RV, to build a big shelter to park under, for sure, it's great to have an afternoon porch.

    I was asked "if I owned an RV..." and definitely I would get a roll of professional theatrical mylar, and tape it up to all the walls, floor, and ceiling in the RV bathroom. I did it once, and it made all our visitors giddy with delight. But we used up all our mylar that year, never had the same bathroom configuration, and never did it again. Some one, do it. But don't tell anyone until they go inside.

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