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Old 02-26-2006, 06:07 AM   #1
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Hello Ladies (and Gents)!

I've been reading through many of the topics posted here and have learned a few things along the way. Thanks to all for some great ideas!

I have two issues that I'm sure you can help me with.

First - I'd love to personalize the inside of my 5er with my own decor. However, I am really limited on what I can do. I have no wall space to speak of (all windows) so hanging pictures, etc. is not practical. I have seen where some folks put accents on the top part of their slides, but I find that this makes the RV look "cluttered" with stuff. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Second - I hate the way that the front of our 5er looks from the road. We have a really nice rig (at least I think so), but driving up and seeing that king pin hitch just takes away from the whole thing. I was going to get a "skirt" that goes around the front of the 5er (held on with velcro) but I recently saw one and wasn't impressed with the look. I'm not a pink flamingo kind of girl, and I'm at a loss on how to make the front look nicer for my neighbors. Help!!

Thanks all!
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Hello Ladies (and Gents)!

I've been reading through many of the topics posted here and have learned a few things along the way. Thanks to all for some great ideas!

I have two issues that I'm sure you can help me with.

First - I'd love to personalize the inside of my 5er with my own decor. However, I am really limited on what I can do. I have no wall space to speak of (all windows) so hanging pictures, etc. is not practical. I have seen where some folks put accents on the top part of their slides, but I find that this makes the RV look "cluttered" with stuff. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Second - I hate the way that the front of our 5er looks from the road. We have a really nice rig (at least I think so), but driving up and seeing that king pin hitch just takes away from the whole thing. I was going to get a "skirt" that goes around the front of the 5er (held on with velcro) but I recently saw one and wasn't impressed with the look. I'm not a pink flamingo kind of girl, and I'm at a loss on how to make the front look nicer for my neighbors. Help!!

Thanks all!
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Old 02-27-2006, 01:35 PM   #3
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OK, I've seen that 21 folks have reviewed this query, but not one person has replied.

Is this because no one can offer me ANY kind of suggestions?? C'mon you guys and gals; don't be shy!! HELP!

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Okay... At the risk of hurting your feelings...<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Mooky Mouse:
...First - I'd love to personalize the inside of my 5er with my own decor. However, I am really limited on what I can do. I have no wall space to speak of (all windows) so hanging pictures, etc. is not practical. I have seen where some folks put accents on the top part of their slides, but I find that this makes the RV look "cluttered" with stuff. Does anyone have any suggestions? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

If you do much of anything it will look cluttered. About all you can do with it is change the colour/style of cutains, pillows and throw rugs. Otherwise you are basically stuck. Possibly turn cabinet doors into "picture frames" and that can be visually risky.

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Second - I hate the way that the front of our 5er looks from the road. We have a really nice rig (at least I think so), but driving up and seeing that king pin hitch just takes away from the whole thing....I'm at a loss on how to make the front look nicer for my neighbors. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

It's a fiver, it has a huge hunk of metal sticking out there. Deal with it! Why do you care so much about what the neighbors think? What have they done to make you like their RV? If they have RV's, then they know that the fiver has that hitch sitting there, whether they see it or not. Personally I think the skirt thingy looks like a place to hid stuff and that's why it was bought.


BTW, I'm sory if I hurt anyone's feelings about the "cluttered" remark. But you are looking at roughly less than 300SF space and most anything will make that small a space look cluttered (even a person sitting in it! ).
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Old 02-27-2006, 07:50 PM   #5
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Hi,Mooky we have a 5er also and there isn't a lot you can do.We have a nautical motif at home and I've tried to incorporate a little in the rv. I have a small ships wheel in the hallway,on the wall right where you go down steps to the living room/kitchen area.I have a couple of dolphins I put out on the little table between the two chairs and a over the door board that says"Welcome Aboard"over the entrance door.A throw tossed over the couch,pictures of the grandkids on top of the tv,just little things here and there.When I saw the "dry clean"only tag on the comforter we shopped for days trying to find a washable one that would go with the existing colors,added a throw pillow and a small artificial plant in the bedroom.Even a bowl of fruit on the kitchen counter adds color and makes it look more like home.I enjoy the "unclutteredness" of the rv,we've been in the same house 31 years,and way too much clutter,so the rv is a welcome relief! You don't have to do it all at once,we have had our current rv a little over two years and have added a piece here and there as it caught our eye. Have fun and enjoy feathering your nest to make it your own!
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Old 02-28-2006, 03:16 AM   #6
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I agree with DiandTom....

FIRST thing we did was lose that comforter on the bed and replace it with something more our style...Next thing we did was lose "most" of the throw pillows and replaced them with more colorful ones to match our tatse.
Having had two fivers before motor homes,I tend to agree with "NOT" covering the hitch area with anything....IMHO the "enclosures" call MORE attention to that area than less.
A colorful door mat will even help set the tone...we have lighthouses on ours.
Oh...we opted NOT to go with "green grass" astro turf outdoor rug,instead choosing a color that "matched" the coach....Makes it look like it belongs.
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Thanks all for your input (good or bad). Seems like I'm on the right track.

I would still like to do something to improve the look of the front hitch area. By the way Lorna, if you knew me you'd realize that I don't give a hoot what my neighbors think. However, I do believe that we all need to keep our rigs and lots looking nice. If I'm on vacation, I don't want to have to look at a run down, dirty, messy RV next door. Our spaces are small, and any amount of crap lying around is not cool. We all need to pretty up the planet, one lot at a time. I'll try to come up with something, and if it works, I'll be sure to post it.
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Mooky,I have never thought about trying to cover or hide the front hitch area,its just part of the 5er like our nose is part of our face. Evidently it bothers you so hope you can come up with something and we'd love to hear about it and see pictures! Lol There is a BIG difference though in someone have a trashy,messy lot and having their hitch area showing. Good luck and again let us know what you come up with.
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You are right Dianne, the hitch is part of the 5er. Maybe it's just me, but it just seems to "take away" from the look of the rest of the rig. Know what I mean?? They make all rigs so nice now, that it just seems a shame to have that "big nose" out there (loved that comparison). Yes, there is a big difference between a trashy lot and a hitch area showing. I understand that. I guess looking around, I see the MHs and park models looking sooo nice, and all I have to offer is my hitch. Hehe! My anal retentive side is showing itself once again. Oh well, I'll try to come up with something eye pleasing.

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Hi Mooky:

I know you can buy covers for the nose of 5ers. You might consider buying one and drawing on it like it's part of the 5er. Or, you could paint a garden on it with oil base paints. Just a suggestion.

My wife is upset with the interior decoration and she's working on ways to improve it. We have bench-style dining and she wants to re-upholster them with something more attractive. Right now she's trying to figure out what to do with the window coverings. She wants to replace the carpet because it's so light in color. She's already changed the comforter on the bed.

She feels that the manufacturers should get real with their interior decorating.
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Mooky, don't know if you can knit but have someone knit up a "Coat Of Many Colors" it could be made to fit tight around hitch and add extra padding so it will help head if hit. "007"
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Well, I was able to come up with a quick and cost efficient solution to giving the front of our 5er some "curb" appeal.

I took a staircase basket and added some vines and flowers, and secured it to the hitch with a bungee cord. It's easy to install and remove as well. It adds a little something, and the hitch is no longer an issue.

I'm not sure how to post pictures here. Hope it works.



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Lol To each his own,and if it makes you happy then thats all that matters. To me it does look an awful lot like a funeral spray though!

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Mooky Mouse -
The photo came through just fine and I think you've hit on something that is pleasing to you and satisfies that need to hide the ugly hitch part.

I've seen everything from 20 lb bags of oranges hanging there - this certainly looks a lot better.

The most important thing is to have fun and do your thing - I think you've accomplished both!

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