Wednesday, November 29, 2023


How to make your RV warm and welcoming to guests for the holidays

It won’t be long now. Soon, out-of-town relatives and friends will descend on your home for the holidays. It’s expensive to put them up in nearby hotels, but if you don’t really have space for them inside your sticks-and-bricks home, it’s time to put that RV to an alternative use! Use your RV to accommodate your out-of-town guests. You can take it to a nearby campground or park it in your driveway. Either way, your guests will have a place to “escape,” and you can find downtime inside your home, as well! Face it, holidays are stressful enough without having to worry about extra folks underfoot 24/7. Let your RV come to the rescue!

Before you think that bedding guests down in an RV is less than hospitable, there are ways you can make the RV space quite comfortable!

How to make your RV warm and welcoming to guests

  • First, make sure everything in your RV is in tiptop shape. That means the furnace and/or A/C works well, along with the TV, fireplace, water heater, stove, fridge, and microwave.
  • Check the water tanks. Add odor-blocking chemicals as needed.
  • If your rig has been in storage for a while, air it out before guests arrive. No one wants to stay in a musty space!
  • Thoroughly clean the RV, too. Even if you did a good cleaning at the end of your camping season, your unit will probably require a bit of dusting.
  • Put freshly laundered bedding on the beds along with comfy pillows. Add ample towels to the bathroom.
  • Make sure there are clothes hangers in the closet. Clear drawers for your guests’ clothing, as well.
  • Your guests may eat meals with you and the rest of your extended family. If this isn’t the case, stock the cupboards and fridge with easy-to-make lunches. Think: bread, cold cuts, fruit, chips. Also, pack the refrigerator and kitchen cupboards with beverages and snack foods your guests will enjoy. Ensure there is ample ice in the freezer.
  • Put a holiday-themed throw pillow on the sofa (if you celebrate Christmas, we like this one!), or drape a soft holiday blanket over the back of a chair for a welcome look. (Bonus: The blanket will also keep residents warm as they watch TV.)
  • Run a “channel scan” on your television, if needed. Guests may want to access the TV for special sports events, and it’s easier if the TV is all set to go.

More tips to make your guests comfortable

  • Preset the thermostat according to your guests’ preferred temps.
  • Include a welcome basket on your dining table. Inside the basket put a handwritten note of welcome along with some of the following items: map of the area with brochures of local attractions/sites; a bottle of wine; foot socks or slippers for each guest; “schedule” of family events; homemade cookies or breakfast cake; recent magazine or book featuring guests’ interests; post-it note with your Wi-Fi password; a new toy or game for the baby/children/adults; and more.
  • When guests arrive, take the time needed to demonstrate how to operate your RV’s amenities. Plan to leave operator manuals inside a cupboard, but also consider making simple “cheat sheets.” For example: The TV remote: Press “power” to turn on the TV. Use the up/down arrows to find stations. Our local stations are (list them). Plan to put similar “cheat sheets” near the microwave/convection oven, thermostat, or other places, too.
  • Hang a holiday-themed banner or picture on a wall. Place last year’s framed family holiday photos on side tables or countertops. Hang holiday lights on the outside of the RV.
  • If your guests are “crafty,” furnish supplies they can use to decorate the RV themselves. (Kids really enjoy making paper chain garlands, holiday pictures, and more.)

Gosh! Imagining the RV all decked out and ready to welcome guests almost makes me wish Hubby and I could stay there. Hmm, maybe we will!


Gail Marsh
Gail Marsh
Gail Marsh is an avid RVer and occasional work camper. Retired from 30+ years in the field of education as an author and educator, she now enjoys sharing tips and tricks that make RVing easier and more enjoyable.



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Suru (@guest_151998)
2 years ago

This reminds of when we got our first RV, a 30 foot fifth wheel. We had a bunch of family coming to stay with us and I put the youngest couple in the RV so everyone had a bed. This couple was so hurt that I “banished” them to the camper in the driveway and they felt we didn’t like them as much as the others. I felt bad, but after the first night when they realized they had their own bathroom, a fridge, a coffee pot, a tv, and privacy, they loved it. Now the family draws straws to see who gets to stay in the RV LOL!

Richard Davidson (@guest_151799)
2 years ago

Our city (Virginia Beach) allows RVs parked at your house as long as they are on the side BUT does not allow you to stay in them.

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