RVs are increasingly becoming a permanent abode for many due to their incredible versatility. In addition to enjoying all the amenities you get at home; you can also take full advantage of the outdoor space just outside your camper van. Though, to do so you will need to indulge yourself in a rather creative DIY task. The goal of the task is to make an RV porch or a deck so you can relax outdoors whenever you are in the mood to soak in mother nature.
Unlike many other time-consuming and capital-intensive DIY tasks, making an RV deck isn’t such a big deal. With the right tools and materials, you will be able to build a deck that is not only visually appealing but also practical for everyday usage. Keep in mind that irrespective of the design you want for your RV porch, the materials and tools required would largely be the same.
You can either use wood or aluminum, both have their pros and cons. Wood is easy to work with and can be painted or polished which makes it aesthetically pleasing. The downside is its inability to withstand harsh weather conditions, making it not so ideal for several regions. Aluminum, on the other hand, will be the preferred choice if you want your RV deck to last longer. It may be relatively hard to work with aluminum, but the durability is well worth the additional effort. Also, there are a variety of color schemes/patterns available in aluminum which compensates for the time required to paint wood and at the same time makes the metal structure visually appealing.
Tools You Will Need
Having the necessary tools on hand can make any DIY task quite convenient. All the tools for building a deck for your camper van have been listed in order of their importance below:
Before getting all warmed up to start your little project, take the time to finalize the design for your RV porch. Make sure you have the budget and the know-how to work on the design you have chosen. Once the design is finalized, the next step is to decide which wood would be the best choice, provided you’re going with wood. The best varieties of wood for making an RV deck are pressure-treated lumber and Bamboo. Cedarwood and composite wood are also great, but they can be a bit pricey. Untreated wood may look great from a distance but it’s likely to rot and attract bugs and at the same time it tends to be heavy on the wallet.
By now, you will be all warmed up to begin the actual construction phase. We have summarized the entire process in six steps below:
Freestanding or floating decks are the ones that appear to be suspended in the air just above the ground. They generally don't require portable stairs or even handrails. However, they require more support from wood beams and posts since the ground isn't there to support them. There is a good chance that you will come across someone calling such decks "grade-level” but remember that all three terminologies are used for the same kinds of decks.
Portable decks are not only easy to operate but they are also easier to build. As their name suggests, they are easy to move around which is the prime reason why many RV owners prefer them.
There are plenty of ways of enhancing the looks of your RV porch. You can begin by adding flowers and lights or opting for a unique and attractive polish/paint scheme. Also, you can always resort to the internet if you are short on ideas.
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