What are RV Interior Walls made of – Click to find out!

Published on July 26th, 2020

You probably spent a lot of time choosing your RV. From the class of motorhome to the engine size to the kitchen appliances and bedding, you’ve had to make a lot of decisions! Since you’ve spent a lot of time and money on your vehicle, you’re going to want it to look nice and feel homey on the inside as well.

What are RV interior walls made of

If you bought a used RV, or have simply owned yours for a while, you may want to consider changing the RV interior walls so they’re up-to-date and give your RV a more modern feel. In order to do that, you’ll want to know what your RV walls are made of.

What are camper walls made of

You’ll have several options for your camper walls, and your decision on what kind of walls you install will depend on a few things. You’ll want to take into account your budget, of course. Also, are you a do-it-yourselfer who will enjoy installing the RV interior walls yourself or with a little help from friends and family? If not, you’ll also have to factor in the cost of hiring someone to do the work. Finally, consider how long you want the walls to last. Cheaper materials won’t last as long as more expensive ones. If you like to change things up frequently, cheaper may be better for you because you can replace them often. If you’re not likely to change your mind, you may find that paying more now is worth it in the long run when you don’t have to spend money replacing your walls in a few years.

What are Motorhome walls made of

You’ll also want to think about whether you want to cover your walls once you install them. Consider painting or wallpapering your walls after you choose your interior walls for your RV. Keep those decorating ideas in mind when you choose one of the materials below – you may not like the way the material looks on its own, but with some paint or a wallpaper covering it could be perfect for you.

Types of RV Interior Wall Materials

There are several different kinds of materials your RV walls can be made of. It will be up to you to decide which fits your budget and lifestyle the best.

Composite plywood

Composite plywood is made up of several different types of wood pressed together to make a large sheet of plywood that can be cut down. The inside layers are usually cheap wood, with a nice veneer over the top. It’s durable and doesn’t rip or break easily. It is, however, susceptible to water damage and if you get a roof leak, you could have damage to your walls as well.

MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard)

This is a cheaper alternative to composite plywood. MDF is made from gluing together sawdust, then pressing that between two or more sheets of wood veneer. You can then cut the wood board down to the size and shape you need. MDF is probably the most affordable option and will be nice and light if you’re concerned about extra weight in your RV. However, in a classic case of “you get what you pay for”, MDF deteriorates very quickly and could need to be replaced as early as one year later.


Vinyl floors and now even walls are becoming more popular as designers can now make vinyl that looks like wood or other more expensive materials. Vinyl is fast and easy to install and if you’re a DIYer, it can be a manageable project. Vinyl costs less than half the price of real plywood. It’s also easy to cut to size – you don’t need a saw or other tools, just a sharp, retractable utility knife. You can even find vinyl that is peel-and-stick making your project even easier. However, vinyl can crack and won’t last as long as more expensive materials. On the other hand, because it’s fairly cheap and easy, if you like changing out your decor this could give you the opportunity to try many different styles over the course of a few years.

How thick are the walls in an RV?

Most RV walls are around 2-21/2 inches thick. RV interior walls are very thin paneling, usually made from one of the above materials.

Why are RV interior walls important?

Just like the walls in your home, the interior walls of your RV serve several purposes.


Extra layers between you and the outdoors are always helpful! The interior walls help to keep your RV warmer in chilly months, and they keep your motorhome cooler in the summer.


Again, those extra layers between you and everyone else in the campground are an advantage. Your interior walls will help ensure others in a campground can’t hear you and you can’t hear them.


Your camper interior walls are the place you can let your personality shine! The bare metal outside walls of your RV aren’t very homey. You can choose how you want your interior walls to look, from the materials you use down to the color of paint or pattern of wallpaper you pick. You can also brighten those interior RV walls with pictures or souvenirs from your many travels in your RV. Don’t overlook your walls as a great chance to showcase the things that are important to you, and a great chance to make your home away from home a little cozier.

It may seem like a daunting task to install and decorate your interior walls. The good news is that you can do some or all of it yourself, depending on how handy you are. If you’re very comfortable working with tools and doing light construction, you may undertake the entire project yourself. Otherwise, you could have someone else install walls while you take on painting or wallpapering them. If you outsource the whole project, you can still add your own touches by hanging the pictures and other personal touches.

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