Whether you have a seasonal campsite or live full-time in a campground, living in a trailer is a new way of life. You will be spending a lot of your time outside, so making this space feel cozy is important. Here are 13 Permanent Campsite Must-Haves that will help you to enjoy your site and make it feel a little more like home.
When we first moved into our campsite at the KOA, we had no idea what to expect. Since it was our first time living in our fifth wheel, we didn’t know how much time we would be spending outside. To our surprise, we spent more time outside of our camper than in it!
Although we love living in our RV, we realized that our outside space was just as important. So I’m sharing 13 of our favorite things to make your permanent campsite feel a little cozier!
13 Outdoor Must-Haves for Stationary RVers
After moving into your campsite, you will probably find that you spend a lot of time outside. Spending a little time and money on this area will make you love full-time RVing even more.
1. Comfy Chairs
The very first thing we purchased after moving into the KOA is some chairs for our campsite. It was apparent that our camping chairs just weren’t going to cut it. We ended up opting for a versatile chair, so we could use them at our folding table or around the campfire.
Here are 3 of my Favorite Outdoor Portable Chairs:
If you are truly permanent and don’t plan on leaving your campsite in the near future, getting a chair nice chair set is worth it! Make sure you get some patio ideas on Pinterest before just purchasing something. Have a theme and style to go by, to make this space feel extra homey.
Here are my Favorite Outdoor Chairs for Stationary Rvers:
2. Solo Fire Pit
When my husband and I moved into our fifth wheel, he bought me a Solo Fire Pit as a “house warming” gift! We have gotten SO much use out of it and truly love it. We’ve had a lot of people ask if it’s really worth all the hype…. And we recommend this fire pit to EVERYONE… it’s really that awesome!
3. Large Outdoor Rug
Since we have a toddler, having a large outdoor rug has been essential. But even if we didn’t have a child, we would definitely get a large outdoor rug. It adds a bit of coziness to the space and keeps things a bit cleaner!
Below is is our favorite rug because it’s easy to clean, foldable and comes with a bag to keep it neat in the undercarriage!
4. A Small Mat for in Front of the Door
When living in a campground, they typically don’t have a nice concrete pad. Full-timers get gravel or dirt, which means you will be tracking this into your RV. We ended up getting a cute little mat from Hearth and Hand @Target. I think this also adds a homey feel even if you didn’t need it to keep your RV clean.
5. Outdoor Table
If you don’t plan on moving often, getting a semi-permanent table would be a nice touch! We ended up opting for a black folding card table, so when we travel from SC to ID each year we can easily fit it in our undercarriage storage.
This table comes in handy for dinners, doing work outside, letting laundry dry, and even just setting things on it while you are hanging out!
Every RV owner needs a grill! On those super hot days when you don’t want to make your AC units work any harder, you will have the option to cook outside. Again, if you don’t plan on moving get something that’s more permanent. But if you plan on traveling at all, purchase something that’s portable.
We have a Lodge grill, that my husband absolutely loves!!! But, here are our favorite portable grills:
7. Skirting for Your Trailer
Most people that were permanently living in their trailer had skirting around the bottom. This helps to keep critters from getting in your trailer, looks cleaner can hide things and helps regulate the temperature.
You know that someone is a full-timer when they have wooden stairs or a deck! This definitely adds to the feel of a home. Some campgrounds may not allow this though and require everything you own to remain stationary or you need approval.
We opted for MORryde stairs, so they can go with us and are a bit more sturdy than factory stairs.
9. Outdoor Lighting
Nothing says home like some string lights! This was a MUST for us since we spent a lot of time outside. Most permanent campsites have lighting of some sort, whether that be a solar porch light, string lights, or tiki torches.
Here is some of my favorite outdoor lighting for your permanent campsite:
10. Raised-Bed Garden
If you are a gardener, you need to have a raised bed garden. I desperately wanted one, but since we move every so often, I opted for a portable option. I have seen some pretty awesome raised bed vegetable gardens at campsites.
Here are my favorite raised beds:
11. Plants + Flowers
There was this one campsite that we will never forget. It looks so pretty and homey all because they had palm trees and flowers. It truly gave their outdoor space a cozy feel. My husband and I couldn’t stop talking about how we can’t wait to re-create this someday!
12. Portable Outdoor Fence
Having a portable outdoor fence is another touch that can make your RV feel like home. If you have kids or dogs, this is a must! It’s a bit of an investment, but it’s totally worth it.
Last but not least, you need decorations. Every permanent campsite has some kind of cute decor to show off their personality. Often you will see wooden signs with their last name, little gnomes, or seasonal decor!
Here are some of my favorite outdoor RV decoration ideas:
No matter how long you plan on living at your campsite, making it feel like home is truly important. Creating an outdoor space that is cute and cozy will help you to enjoy living in your trailer. Even if you can’t get all of these Permanent Campsite Must-Haves, getting just a few of them will make your camper feel like home.