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RENOVATIONS FOR THE ROAD: BRINGING A NEW LEVEL OF COMFORT AND STYLE TO YOUR RV WITH THE FLIPPING NOMAD

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It’s the best of both worlds — outdoor adventure by day, a comfy bed at night.

RV owners have discovered a perfectly balanced lifestyle. RVs offer the ability to explore new places, seek out adventures or get in touch with nature, only steps away from a place you call home.

And whether you like to travel the highways and byways to fully equipped RV parks or go off the grid, your RV is your home, so it’s important to make it truly yours.

While most RVs come with standard floor plans, furniture and amenities, many owners are upping their game with more modern looks and features to make their rigs all their own. As you embark on that next adventure, think about the possibilities for your RV.

THE FLIPPING NOMAD

RV renovator Cortni Armstrong understands that even minor updates can make a real difference. Known professionally as The Flipping Nomad, Armstrong has renovated 40 RVs, and counting, since she began her business six years ago.

Her first project was renovating a fifth wheel for herself while she was living in another RV full time. She began posting updates of the project on social media and soon had almost 40,000 followers checking in to see her latest design ideas.

“This is a very visual business, and living in an RV full time has taught me how to get creative,” Armstrong says. “One of the core principles I follow is functionality before design. If something is going to impact how the rig functions, you have to be very careful with weight and distribution. For example, we can’t do a full-tile shower because it’s way too heavy. So I look for material solutions and maybe find something that gives me the look, but is lighter weight and will be roadworthy.”

Armstrong points out that it’s important to maximize the footprint in an RV space that’s limited to about 400 square feet, at least in the fifth-wheel trailers she renovates.

“One of my favorite things to do is make things multifunctional so they are dual-purpose, like seats with built-in storage,” she says. “Another thing I’ve been doing is installing a dishwasher. As long as the plumbing capability is there, it’s one of the little luxury pieces I’ve noticed while living in an RV. It’s such an added bonus.”

Experience has given her insight into the overall renovation process (flooring is always installed last), and material selection is of the utmost importance, she says.

“I only work with sheet vinyl that looks like hardwood because it’s lighter weight. If you use wood planks, then you get a lot of joints and everything is moving as you’re going down the road, so the joints are too,” Armstrong says.

Kitchen backsplashes and bathroom spaces created with tile add a modern feel to an RV if there is carrying capacity for them. But, she says, they also require a special, flexible grout because traditional grout is too stiff and will crack with regular road vibrations.

“Also, if the rig is going into storage, it could face 140 degrees during the summertime in Phoenix, but it could also face -40 degrees in the wintertime in South Dakota,” Armstrong points out. “We have to design with those elements in mind and find the right materials.”

Working with a small team, which includes her mom, Armstrong purchases RVs and then works with clients to personalize the design. She prefers fifth-wheel RVs for their tall ceiling height, extra potential for storage, and conveniences like washer and dryer hookups.

The team has enjoyed breathing new life into RVs and meeting design challenges. One example is a couple who have two small dogs and found out they were expecting a baby shortly after starting a renovation. With some ingenuity and a teeny crib and dresser, they were able to create a nursery as well as dog crates in a dining bench.

STYLE MEETS FUNCTION

Owners who want to make updates to their home on wheels can take advantage of several trends on the rise. Solar power and lithium batteries are providing more alternatives to traditional energy sources, allowing RVers to get farther off the beaten path or away from the electrical posts of RV parks.

Off-roading upgrades also allow RVs to reach new frontiers with higher clearance and lift packages to navigate the harder-to-reach travel oasis.

At the same time, interior design is moving toward clean lines and light color palettes with modern accessories. Armstrong says her biggest request on remodels is a modern farmhouse or industrial farmhouse look. She’s also noticing a Scandinavian influence of simplicity mixed with functionality leaning toward minimalism.

“The owner’s lifestyle should always factor in, because it’s a big component,” Armstrong says. “Will they be working from there and need a desk or special workspace? If they have kids, what’s the toy storage going to look like?”  

Technology is another growing area for RV renovation, especially when trying to maintain an option for staying connected.

“One thing that I’ve learned is that manufacturers rarely put outlets by the bed, so if you want to charge your phone at night, your phone is across the room. I always have reading lights in the headboards, and we can tap off that wiring and run wires behind the headboard,” Armstrong says. “Then we can put USB charging ports in the headboards.”

But it’s the smart home technology that may really be the design trend of the future, Armstrong says. New technology and software is making its way into RVs and will likely continue to grow, with the capability of remotely turning lights on and off, retracting an awning, leveling your rig, or receiving phone alerts if your RV has been disturbed while you’re away. It’s something she wants to incorporate more into her future designs.

Pets are often a consideration, as well, says Armstrong, who travels with her dog, Rizzo. There’s usually a place to build a custom crate space or tuck away a dog bed and toys.

Meanwhile, if she has free time, you probably can find her RV camping with friends, enjoying the mountains outside her hometown of Boise, Idaho. There, campers pull off alongside the Middle Fork Payette River in Crouch, Idaho, and make soaking pools out of rocks in the river.

“I’m so obsessed with this lifestyle and this business,” she says. “Especially coming home to a rig at night, I end up sitting at the dining table and reimagining the space. Being so immersed in the lifestyle, I think that’s where the ideas come from the most — my own experience.”

GMC LEADS THE WAY

Armstrong joined forces with the Keystone RV Company and GMC to tour the U.S. with The Ultimate Montana concept RV.

The one-of-a-kind RV arrives in style, towed by a Sierra 3500 HD Denali built with the power and technology to confidently transport a fifth-wheel trailer.

“The biggest thing I have been impressed with is the power it has,” Armstrong remarks. “I have been able to accelerate up a grade while towing. It is quite impressive!”

The Sierra Heavy Duty’s available technology includes a class-leading available 15 camera views featuring the Rear Camera Mirror, and the 15-inch diagonal Head-Up Display.  

One of Armstrong’s favorite features is the Trailer Light Test, a function of the available ProGrade Trailering System, accessible through an in-vehicle app displayed on the infotainment screen and through the myGMC Mobile App.

“I’m sometimes out with the rig solo, so everything is dependent on me,” she says. “One thing I absolutely love is the Trailer Light Test. Once I get the trailer hooked onto the truck, there’s a button that turns all the lights on for the trailer. It goes through a series of brake lights, flashers, left blinker, right blinker, reverse lights. I just push the button, walk to the back of the trailer and look to make sure everything’s hooked up.”

She also appreciates the ProGrade Trailering System's customizable trailer profiles and pre-departure checklist.

“I love how the trailer has its own profile in the truck. I can see how many miles are on the trailer,” she says. “It’s also cool that the truck recognizes which trailer I’m towing.”

To make life on the go even easier, the Sierra HD Denali is designed to integrate The Ultimate Montana’s available ASA Electronics iN-Command®† Control System with Global Connect that can be accessed through the myGMC Mobile App. The system allows owners to monitor and control a range of smart systems, such as water tank levels and HVAC controls, in RVs equipped with the technology.

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  • Read the vehicle Owner’s Manual for important feature limitations and information. Some camera views requires available accessory camera and installation. Not compatible with all trailers. See your dealer for details.

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  • Not all services are available with all OnStar-equipped GM vehicles. Some apps/services require Internet access and/or a compatible mobile device.

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  • iN•Command® is provided by ASA Electronics and is designed to operate within 30 feet of the trailer. Works with trailers equipped with iN•Command® Control Systems with Global Connect via Bluetooth connection. Control and monitoring functionality varies by trailer manufacturer, model, and installed options. Use of the iN•Command® Controls Systems feature through the myGMC mobile app requires an active service plan. User terms apply. See onstar.com for details and limitations.

  • Actual iN∙Command® functionality may vary with the smart trailer integration.

  • Requires available accessory trailer camera and installation.  Not compatible with all trailers. See your dealer for details. Read the vehicle's owner's manual for important feature limitations and information.

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  • Functionality varies by model. Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth and smartphone, and USB connectivity for some devices.

  • 7,700-lb rating requires a properly equipped 2WD Canyon Elevation Crew Cab short bed model with available Duramax 2.8L I4 Diesel engine and Trailering Package (late availability). Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. See your GMC dealer for details. Click here to see all GMC destination freight charges.

  • Requires 4WD Double Cab with available 6.2L V8 and Max Trailering Package. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Requires properly equipped 3500 Regular Cab DRW Long Box 2WD model with available 6.6L Duramax Turbo Diesel engine and gooseneck hitch. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • SLE models only.

  • 7,550-lb rating requires a properly equipped 4WD Canyon Denali model with available Duramax 2.8L I4 Diesel engine (late availability). Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options oraccessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Requires 2WD Denali Short Box model with 5.3L V-8 engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Requires properly equipped 3500 Crew Cab DRW Long Box 4WD model with available 6.6L Duramax Turbo Diesel engine and fifth wheel or gooseneck hitch. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Savana Passenger's 9,600-lb rating requires a 2500 or 3500 Regular wheelbase model with available 6.0L V8 engine and trailering equipment package. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Savana Cargo’s 10,000-lb rating requires  the available 6.0L V8 engine and trailering equipment package.  Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual.  The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Savana Cutaway’s 8,940-lb rating requires a 4500 Series 159" Wheelbase model with available 6.0L V8 engine. These maximum payload ratings are intended for comparison purposes only. Before you buy a vehicle or use it to haul people or cargo, carefully review the vehicle loading section of the Owner’s Manual and check the carrying capacity of your specific vehicle on the label on the inside of the driver’s door jamb.

  • Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR). When properly equipped; includes weight of vehicle and trailer combination, including the weight of driver, passengers, fuel, optional equipment and cargo in the vehicle and trailer.

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  • Sierra Denali's 9,300-lb rating requires 2wd. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Savana Passenger's 10,000-lb rating requires 2500 Wheel Base with 6.0L V8 engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Savana Cargo's 10,000-lb rating requires 6.0L V8 engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • These maximum payload ratings are intended for comparison purposes only. Before you buy a vehicle or use it to haul people or cargo, carefully review the vehicle loading section of the Owner’s Manual and check the carrying capacity of your specific vehicle on the label on the inside of the driver’s door jamb.

  • Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR). When properly equipped, includes weight of vehicle, passengers, cargo and equipment.

  • Canyon’s 7700-lb rating requires 2WD Crew Cab model with available Duramax 2.8L I-4 Diesel engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

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  • These maximum payload ratings are intended for comparison purposes only. Before you buy a vehicle or use it to haul people or cargo, carefully review the vehicle loading section of the Owner’s Manual and check the carrying capacity of your specific vehicle on the label on the inside of the driver’s door jamb.

  • Available. Requires 2.0L Turbocharged gas engine.

  • Terrain's 3,500-lb rating requires available 2.0L Turbocharged gas engine and available trailering equipment. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Requires available 3.6L V6 engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Yukon’s 8,500-lb rating requires short wheelbase 2wd with 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine and HD Trailering Package. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Requires 2WD Denali Short Box model with 5.3L V-8 engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Savana Cutaway’s 9,006-lb rating requires a 4500 Series 159" Wheelbase model with available 6.0L V8 engine. These maximum payload ratings are intended for comparison purposes only. Before you buy a vehicle or use it to haul people or cargo, carefully review the vehicle loading section of the Owner’s Manual and check the carrying capacity of your specific vehicle on the label on the inside of the driver’s door jamb.

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