As you peruse the fancy new campers on the market, you might be bummed that your RV isn’t generating much resale value. No matter how well you’ve taken care of your home on wheels, it’s hard to compete with the RV technologies that have become standard – and more affordable – over the past two decades. If you find that unloading a retired RV won’t bring you much monetary satisfaction, try repurposing this versatile asset instead.
You may have noticed an increase in hosting networks offered by owners. Used motorhomes can function as profitable guest cabins when marketed correctly. Decorating the interior of the motorhome as a cozy getaway, stocking the closets with quality amenities, and positioning the vehicle for the privacy of your guests will garner rave reviews online and by word of mouth. Your guest cabin can double as an extra bedroom when your own friends and family come to town.
Home office or study
Most homes need an office or a study of some description, but all too often they find themselves sunk in the middle of domestic traffic, wedged into a corner, or taking up space in a multipurpose room. Retired campers are the perfect place to relocate your home office or studio, providing ample storage space, privacy, and proximity to sources of electricity, the Internet, and running water. Whether it’s used for working from home, regular household accounting and files, or a space for kids to do their homework, reinventing your RV as a home office or study will allow you to reclaim your living space.
Speaking of children: just like they need a place to study, they need a place to play and entertain their friends. Depending on the needs of your family and the size of the vehicle, removing some of the built-in items can open up the floor plan to house toys, entertainment centers, or even air hockey! Recreation rooms on wheels can also double as lobbies after a particularly dirty game. Rehabbed RVs serve as the perfect rainy day room for any age group.
Food stand / fundraiser
Even if you’ve never dreamed of starting your own food truck, according to Mobile-Cuisine.com, “By 2017 food trucks will generate around $ 2.7 billion in revenue,” a 400% increase over 2012 figures. from the National Restaurant Association. Modifying and marketing your RV as a food truck could attract the attention of more chefs than nature enthusiasts. Donating your vehicle to a local school or non-profit organization for use as a fundraising stand could result in some tax breaks.
Enriched environment for wildlife
If you own an RV, you are most likely a nature fanatic. If you want to see more wildlife in your own backyard, the possibilities for used campers are endless. From enriched environments for your domestic pets to shelter for undomesticated creatures, converted campers can serve as chicken coops, terrariums, bee colonies, or a water spot for larger animals. Be sure to check neighborhood or zoning restrictions if you opt for this alternative. Your experience may be different.