Wednesday, November 29, 2023


Pinterest may be your gateway to building, re-designing, or fixing your own RV

When you need to figure out how to do something with your RV, buy something you think you can’t live without, or just want to research something online … where do you go?

If you’re like most (especially you fellows out there), you head straight for a Google search or go to YouTube to search for answers. But there’s another option … Pinterest.

Start with a horse trailer, end up with a first-class RV!

I bring up Pinterest because I’ve seen a lot of discussion on and other sites about folks disgusted with the build quality of their RVs. Many RVers are ready to take control of the situation and build their own unit. But where do you start? The answer might well lie in the same place your mom goes for knitting patterns and Instant Pot recipes.

Pinterest, founded in 2010, now has 465 million active monthly users who have saved a total of 240 billion Pinterest “pins” on more than five billion separate Pinterest “boards”. There’s a lot of useful information in those billions of boards, including all the info you need to build your own RV from scratch, or at least remodel what you want to fix among those RV quality issues.

It helps if you have a Pinterest account, but it isn’t required for you to take advantage of all the information the site offers.

Getting started

The advantage of having your very own free Pinterest account is that you can build and maintain your own collection of topic “boards” that cover your interests.

If you are really ready to tackle building your own RV (or fixing what’s wrong with the RV you have), here are a few Pinterest boards to check out. If you have an account and like what you see on a particular board, you can “pin it” by clicking the heart to your Pinterest home feed for future reference.

For starters, search for:

  • Build your own RV campers
  • RV remodel
  • DIY camper trailer
  • RV maintenance
  • RV camping

Need some inspiration? Check out these Pinterest project links:

Beginner Vintage Trailer Remodel – Hallstrom Home

Build your own RV – Millard’s Cabin

7×14 Cargo Trailer Camper Conversion Finished

Build a Teardrop Camper (Free DIY Plans)

You’ll be floored by the variety of what you find. And the more you search, the more you’ll discover. The best part is most of the information comes straight from folks like you who have learned the best methods and techniques through trial and error. Most of the mistakes have already been made on any project you want to tackle.

So, are you ready to build your own RV, or fix the one you have? Get ready. Get set. Pinterest!



Mike Gast
Mike Gast
Mike Gast was the vice president of Communications for Kampgrounds of America Inc. for 20 years before retiring in 2021. He also enjoyed a long newspaper career, working as a writer and editor at newspapers in North Dakota, South Dakota, Oregon, and Montana. He and his wife, Lori Lyon, now own and operate the Imi Ola Group marketing company, focusing on the outdoor industry.



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Neal Davis (@guest_256417)
1 month ago

Thank you, Mike! DW often goes to Pinterest for ideas. Thereby we have done several projects that have made our house more usable and the farm more efficient.

Split Shaft (@guest_256141)
1 month ago

Many folks may be displeased with the build quality of their RV, however most do not have the tools, equipment, knowledge, space or time to build their own RV. Make minor repairs or modest modification, yes.  However, start to fish quality work and craftsmanship in total construction including all plumbing and electrical will be a challenge for most.

Barbara (@guest_256105)
1 month ago

Tried to sign up but was impossible to get my birthday to even start…the only way was to backup one month at a time..born in the 1940’s..who wants to click month at a time…not me

Jim Johnson (@guest_256026)
1 month ago

As a rule, I avoid social media – You don’t get something for nothing. I get tired of dozens of notifications that are blatantly advertising billboards along the electronic highway with little useful content – and increasingly, snap my ‘license plate’ to sell where I’ve driven to other advertisers.

At the same time, I recognize it costs money to warehouse useful content and I need to pay for it somehow. So, the article on Pinterest and RVing is good to the extent the price I pay in advertising is fair.

Robin P (@guest_256019)
1 month ago

For sure, Pinterest is awesome and has helped us in our remodel of a 2013 Jayco Eagle 298RLDS.The old kitchen and entertainment cabinet are history, replaced with real wood cabinets, butcher block countertops with mother of pearl mosaic tile backsplash, white upper cabinets and blue lowers. Just a hint of the changes done there, still have the floors to deal with and a major repair on the slide floor thanks to a poor design, has the RV industry ever heard of a drip edge on the lower side walls of the slides to avoid floor rot?…you can find just about anything on Pinterest to help or find inspiration with your projects. Stop with the norm and go bold and elegant…

Bob P (@guest_256053)
1 month ago
Reply to  Robin P

Got a new one 90 years into the future. Lol

Larry Lee (@guest_202346)
1 year ago

Pinterest drives me crazy. I click on an item of interest and it takes me to 10 or 20 more items not of interest. I do not get the info I am seeking. I obviously do not know how to use Pinterest. Google and YouTube have consistently solved my problems.

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