With full kitchens, comfortable beds, well-equipped bathrooms, and plenty of seating, it’s accurate to say that RVs are not just for camping anymore! All kinds of RVs, from travel trailers and fifth wheels to toy haulers and park trailers, can be put to good use whenever the comforts and conveniences of home are needed. And one such example is movie production! The concept and design of an RV
One feature that an RV offers that no other stick-and-brick building can is its 24/7 mobility. And for movie production, this can be invaluable. As your shooting location changes, it’s easy to just retract the awning and slides, close up shop, and hit the road to keep your production rolling. This means less set up and break down time and more time making your movie.
Hair & Makeup
The bathroom inside an RV can easily be modified to meet the needs of stars who need to get gussied up before stepping in front of the camera. Many newer RVs are already equipped with LED lighting which is preferable over bright, harsh lighting when it comes to applying makeup. But if it isn’t, it’s easy to replace dreaded fluorescent lighting with 75 or 100-watt LED bulbs. And a trick you’ll often see in movie star dressing rooms that can be done in an RV is surrounding the mirror in LED lights, instead of just having a few lights over the mirror. This helps create even lighting for makeup application. RV bathroom skylights also do wonders for makeup time. They deliver coveted natural light for the best scenario when applying makeup. Set up a comfortable, folding director’s style chair and it’s ready for a star!
Wardrobe & Dressing Room
Hanging rods and privacy—two things necessary for a star’s wardrobe and dressing room. An RV master suite is
Whether an RV has a front, rear, or central living area, there’ll be comfortable seating for anyone involved in movie making. RVs often feature opposing sofas, theater seating, and/or recliners where actors or crew members can take a load off after shooting is done for the day (or between takes). Trailers with living room slide outs feel roomy and spacious, leaving no room for complaining from high-maintenance stars. Outdoor patio awnings create great shaded space so everyone can enjoy fresh air without the sun. This is the ideal place to throw down a rug, set up chairs and a snack table, and put out some refreshments for ultimate relaxation. If the RV is equipped with an outdoor camp kitchen, cold drinks are never far away when kicking back on the patio. Toss a few burgers or kabobs on the outdoor grill and you have the makings of the perfect after-work evening at the RV.
Even movie stars need to eat—even if it is just celery and water. An RV kitchen has everything needed to either make food onboard or set out food that is delivered by a catering company. The countertops and dinette offer a place to set out trays of meat, cheeses, crackers, veggies, and more. And with a residential-style refrigerator, you can load it up with sparkling water, sodas, juices, teas, etc. Setting up a fancy one-cup coffee maker (very important!) is a cinch with multiple power outlets and plenty of countertop space. Abundant cupboards and drawers give you plenty of room for dishes, glasses, and utensils if you choose to use the real stuff. Some RVs are even equipped with dishwashers (but then someone has to load and unload it).
Rear Ramp Door
Toy hauler RVs are unique because they are equipped with a rear ramp door that makes loading and unloading of larger equipment effortless. This can come in handy for transporting large spotlights, scenery, rolling racks of clothing/costumes, props, and more. The door opens to reveal a large utility area that is normally loaded with ATVs, kayaks, dune buggies, and other outdoor toys for camping. But when used as a movie production HQ, this rear cargo area is perfect for a wardrobe/dressing room, production office, dining area, living room, and more. Outfit it with tables, sofas, a TV, hanging rods for clothes, a steamer, even beds for additional sleeping accommodations. Toy haulers can have garages from 9-14 feet long and can be as basic or as equipped as you need. From a small garage with just rubber flooring to a large room with a bathroom, full entertainment center, built-in sofas,
For all the behind-the-scenes stuff, like reviewing and editing
RVs aren’t just for camping anymore! It’s easy to transform the inside into a movie production HQ so you can have totally mobile and completely comfortable accommodations while filming! If you’ve modified your RV into a mobile movie HQ, share photos of it with us on our Facebook or Instagram pages for inspiration!
If you’re a cold-weather camper, then you know the benefits that come with braving the chilly temps in your RV: no crowds, beautiful scenery, wildlife sightings, winter sports like snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. On the flip side, you also have to endure bone-chilling nights where your RV might feel more like a freezer-on-wheels than a cozy home-away-from-home. Your RV has a few areas where heat leaks out, and today we’re going to look at one of the biggest culprits: the windows! Luckily you have options when it comes to insulating your RV windows so that you’re not heating the great outdoors. Take a look at these RV window hacks that’ll help you stay warm and choose one to try this winter as you embark on an awesome cold-weather RV adventure!
If you’re crafty, then this first option is definitely for you! Head to your favorite craft or fabric store and choose a heavy material that’ll be perfect for insulating your RV windows. Depending on how technical or fancy you want to get, there is a
Seal It Up!
This way of insulating your RV windows doesn’t add any decorative flair to your RV like curtains do, but it also doesn’t obstruct your view. A simple and inexpensive way to create a barrier between the chilly outdoors and your cozy indoors is by applying a layer of plastic to your windows. With this method, you’re literally shrink wrapping your windows. Purchase a window insulator kit from your local hardware store, grab a hair dryer and an X-
While the shrink wrap can be applied and left up all winter without impeding your view of the beautiful wintry-white scenery right outside your RV’s door, this next method isn’t quite as see-through. But it sure does work! And when the winds are whipping relentlessly against your RV, that’s all you’re going to care about. Put the shrink wrap back on the shelf and grab some double-reflective Reflectix instead. This 7-layer reflective insulation product can easily be cut to fit every window and can be put up and removed whenever you need it. Using a newspaper as a template, cut the newspaper to the size of your windows, adding about 2 inches on each side so that it stretches beyond the window. Then cut the Reflectix to match the newspaper templates for each window. A good way to secure Reflectix in your windows is with Velcro. You can either add Velcro strips that span the entire length of each side of the windows, or you can put smaller strips on each corner where the Reflectix can attach. Once up, the polyethylene bubble wrap that is encased between the foil will help keep heat from escaping and cold from infiltrating. By attaching it with Velcro, it’ll be easy to put up and easy to take down whenever needed.
Have you come up with your own unique solution for insulating your RV windows and want to share it with us and our readers? Here at Gillette’s Interstate RV in Lansing, MI, we’re always looking for helpful RV tips and tricks! Share your cool idea below in the comments!
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