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Make Your Permanent Campsite Feel Like Home with the Must-Haves

Updated: Oct 18, 2022

Living in a RV, travel trailer, fifth wheel or Class B RV is a way of life and many choose to make it their permanent residence. Some will travel between the north and south spending 6-months here, 6-months there and others will choose to stay in one location year-round. Whatever your choice, you will find yourself outdoors a lot of the time so it’s important to have an outdoor space that feels like an extension of your indoor living. With that in mind, here’s some ideas to help you design your outdoors feel more like a part of your home.

After spending time in your campsite, you will probably find that you spend a lot of your time outside. Spending a little money and time on this area will make you love full-time RVing even more.

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Comfortable Chairs and/or Bench

Many find that camping chairs just aren’t that comfortable so they shop for a more versatile chair that can be used at a folding table or around a campfire in the evening. Maybe something along the lines of:

Other chairs you might consider are an adjustable zero gravity steel mesh recliner or perhaps an extra wide patio folding rocking chair.

Any of these would work for your comfort and enjoyment. If you’re truly permanent, you may want to consider purchasing a nice patio chair set. If you’ve decided on a theme, then this will definitely help make your outdoor space homey. Here’s some more outdoor chair set ideas:

Solo Fire Pit

Outdoor solo fire pits are good item to buy if you don’t want to use the campground’s fire ring. They can cost a little to a lot. Choose something in your price range and fits within your theme for your outdoor décor.

Large Outdoor Rug

An outdoor rug can add pops of color, design or print and pull your outdoor living space theme together. Not only do they add color but they also help keep your site and camper cleaner plus they're easy to clean and they’re great for your pet to lounge on or if you like to go barefoot.


Choosing the right grill for your needs is important. When the days get really hot, you don’t want to have your air conditioners work extra hard cooling off the inside of your camper when you’re cooking. With a grill, you not only save money, but you add a delicious flavor to your meal. Depending on your situation, you may want a portable grill or a larger barbecue grill that cooks with either gas or charcoal. Some have a smoker element, griddle and/or burners. There’s a plethora to choose from.

Good places to shop are Amazon and Wal-Mart.


Skirting on the bottom of your RV helps with unwanted furry guests, looks neater and cleaner plus will hide things and helps regulate the temperature in your camper. Some people use wooden or plastic lattice, some use mobile home skirting and others get way more creative.

Amazon has some skirting options as well as other sites on the internet. Just do a search for RV skirting on the internet and a great number of options will become available to you.


Stairs make it so much easier to get in and out of your RV camper, travel trailer or fifth wheel. The most popular ones are wooden stairs directly into your RV or attached to a wooden deck. This choice makes your camper feel like a real home and is the perfect solution, especially if you have special needs as I do, thus our wooden steps have a 5” rise so it’s more of a glide to get into the camper.

Some campgrounds, however, may not allow this or they may need prior approval. Ask. The worst they can say is no. You can only go up from there if you know the worst.

Outdoor lighting

Outdoor lighting can be fun and add that whimsical element to your outdoor décor theme. We have fun solar firework lights in a variety of colors. They help show the pathway and add a uniqueness to our flower garden.

Other lighting ideas are:

Plants & Flowers

Potted and hanging plants add color, keep bugs away and add an aroma to your site. Some campgrounds allow raised beds, others insist on potted or hanging plants only. Whatever the case, plants are a lovely addition to your outdoor decorations.

Portable Outdoor Fence

If you have pets, you’ll be grateful for a portable outdoor fence as it adds safety for your furry friends and adds an element of privacy. It’s an investment that’s worth every penny. Some ideas for buying outdoor fencing:


Lastly, decorations that showcase your personality. Wooden signs, gnomes, seasonal decorations, fairy gardens, etcetera, let people know who you are and what makes you happy.

Here’s some RV outdoor décor ideas:

And then…

When you make your campsite feel like an extension of your inside living, creating that outdoor space helps you enjoy living in your camper. Even if the campground you’ve chosen doesn’t allow you to implement all of these design ideas / must-haves, even a few of them will make your site and camper feel like home, sweet, home.


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