Tuesday, November 28, 2023


A quick, cheap, decorative RV update for the full-time RVer

Our RV rugs are finally wearing out after six years of constant use and numerous washings. They were fine at the time of purchase—a nice neutral plain brown that wouldn’t show dirt and coordinated with the furniture and cabinets. I am not a showy decorator.

I always envy those folks who tear an RV apart and remodel it to their taste. I sometimes even ask to see their RV and write a story like I did with this RV-turned-log-cabin.

But I am not one of those. I am fine with the way it is, even the factory-installed pictures are okay with me. I was a professional photographer and my sister asked why I don’t hang my work on the walls, or at least family photos. Nope, I’m good. After decades of walls covered with photos, I’m embracing the “less is more” mantra.

But it was time for new rugs and I wanted something with a teeny bit more pizazz. I searched big box and little box stores and found that even Kohl’s didn’t stock many runner rugs anymore.

Enter the thousands of rugs available on Amazon. It made me dizzy, and so did reading hundreds of reviews. My method of reading reviews is to start with the worst and make my way up. I want to know the bad before the good. Does that make me a pessimist or a realist?

I finally found these rugs on Amazon that were relatively cheap, machine washable and had a little more style. I was so surprised by the difference it made. My husband even noticed! They are considerably less durable than the previous ones, but I am okay with replacing them in a couple of years if I need to. Perhaps the next rugs will be those brightly flowered modern art ones I added to my camping list…

These are the ones I purchased. They’re on Amazon for a good price and come in a few different colors.

If you want to add a little bit of new pizazz to your RV, try starting with the rugs.

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Nanci Dixon
Nanci Dixon
Nanci Dixon has been a full-time RVer living “The Dream” for the last six years and an avid RVer for decades more! She works and travels across the country in a 40’ motorhome with her husband. Having been a professional food photographer for many years, she enjoys snapping photos of food, landscapes and an occasional person. They winter in Arizona and love boondocking in the desert. They also enjoy work camping in a regional park. Most of all, she loves to travel.



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Nick (@guest_255679)
1 month ago

Very nice. Looks like a Tiffin Red interior

Neal Davis (@guest_255409)
1 month ago

Thank you, Nanci! DW has added a few non-stock decorations to our RV, but we move too often to use runners in our DP. Thank you, and enjoy!

Kristine (@guest_254922)
2 months ago

They look great! I think we have the same floorplan–a Phaeton 40AH?

Jouce (@guest_254854)
2 months ago

How do you keep them from sliding around? My ’88 has factory wall to wall funky carpeting. I use one’s like yours to cover them as they are easy to wash.
The folks I got my rig from in 2006 still had the factory plastic carpet protectors in place. The original still looks good, but no way to clean them and it’s too hard to keep from tracking dirt etc. in where I camp.

Christine (@guest_254832)
2 months ago

They look very pretty, Nanci! And good for you for deciding to add a little pizzazz.

Donna (@guest_254828)
2 months ago

These are really pretty but one thing to remember is that most laundromats will not let you wash them there because of the rubber backing. I ended up making my own out of jelly rolls of fabric (2 1/2 strips by 42 in. – usually 42 to pack), batting, and backing. The cost for 2 rugs for us was about $30. We also bought some of that backing for rugs that’s available at Walmart but did not sew it on – it’s just underneath the rugs and does just as well.

James (@guest_254826)
2 months ago

Looks good to me.

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