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Design your dream RV — and win cash

Anyone who has ever lived in a recreation vehicle for any length of time has an idea on how something could be designed better. People who go to an RV show and look at some RV layouts often wonder what designers were thinking when they created the layouts.

We’ve heard stories that people buy perfectly good RVs, then gut them and redesign their motorhomes and fifth wheels to accommodate their specific needs.

“In my case, the original owners of my motorhome ripped out the carpet and laid down tile throughout the entire coach. Then, they took out the original sofa and replaced it with two stuffed swivel chairs that could be pulled into the center of the room to better watch TV,” said Greg Gerber, editor of Let’s RV. “When I bought the motorhome, I dumped the chairs and added a desk and podcasting station.”

Wouldn’t it be nice if RV manufacturers could just build an RV that meets the needs of RV owners right out of the factory? Here’s your chance to design a dream RV or dream room within in an RV and win $250.  Five runner up winners will win $50 each.

SWe think this opportunity will be particularly attractive to several groups of RV owners:

  • Full-time families who have to find space to accommodate multiple children separate from adults.
  • People who operate businesses from the road who would like to see an office area separate from the living area.
  • RV owners who just think there has to be a better way to layout an RV

The contest is open to anyone who wants to submit a design, and the design doesn’t have to be fancy. We all aren’t professional architects, so a simple drawing is all it takes.  It might show the layout of an RV from front to back, or how a office or youth room would be designed. It would be best to help everyone visualize your conception if you could

Our goal is to use the designs to get the attention of RV manufacturers and encourage them to think outside the box. Winning designs will be incorporated into a story that will appear on RV Daily Report, our sister website that serves RV dealers, manufacturers and suppliers.

“We know that manufacturers face some limitations in the way RVs are configured based on the chassis size, engine location, government regulations, weight and their own production plant layouts,” said Gerber. “But, perhaps, if the see the designs some of these designs, we will start to see truly original layouts targeting the needs of specific, but large groups of RV owners.”

Here are some rules:

  • The RV can’t be longer than 45 in length or wider than 102 inches, or 8.5 feet. Sorry, those are the federal rules. Anything larger might be wonderful to live in, but the vehicle can’t legally be driven on U.S. roadways. So, if you are going to spec out a living area, it can’t be wider than 102 inches.
  • When you submit a design, you are granting Let’s RV and RV Daily Report what’s known as “first electronic rights” to publication and storage on our websites. That’s because we really can’t legally publish creative works of others unless we have the permission of the creator. But, once we publish the drawing or concept, you’re free to do whatever you want with the design, like turn it into a best-selling book and sell movie rights, if you want.
  • We’re not going to do anything weird with the designs, like sell them for a profit to an RV manufacturer. If it’s a really interesting design, we might post it to one of our social media outlets. But, if an RV maker likes your design and wants to work with you, sure we’ll supply the company with your contact information — if you let us.
  • The deadline for submitting designs is March 31, 2015. Winners will be announced by June 15.
  • All designs we receive will be posted to letsrv.com. Our editorial team will whittle down the finalists to the top six and invite readers to vote for their favorite, which will become the grand prize winner. All other finalists will receive the runner up prizes. The final six designs will be published at rvdailyreport.com as well.

To enter the contest, submit your design and a brief description of what it is and what it is designed to do to editor@letsrv.com by 11:59 p.m. March 31, 2015.

If you have questions, make a comment to this post and we’ll be sure to answer it.

About Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber is the editor of Let's RV and the editor of RV Daily Report. A Wisconsin native and father of three grown daughters, he is now based out of Arizona and travels the country in his Winnebago Adventurer motorhome interviewing industry professionals and interesting RVers alike. He can be reached at editor@letsrv.com

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