A Family Friendly Motorhome

This post was highlighted on Families on the Road. We are reposting it here.


Most RV’s cater for a retired couple and their dog. We, on the other hand, are a family of 7 including Mum, her 6 foot 6 inch husband who needs a custom bed (that’s me) and five kids who all need beds and a place to stash their stuff. And who wants to travel around the world in an RV unless they can bring their own bike?

Already you can see that most RV’s are woefully insufficient. Not big enough. Not strong enough. Not fun enough.

We were fortunate to find a big, strong, 4×4 truck with an empty box awaiting our design. It was a lot of work but the kids are happy with the result.

These are the 5 best modifications we made to our RV to make it family friendly:

1. An outdoor kitchen. Our main kitchen is located in a big steel container outside the RV with a hinged door. Huge gas burners for some serious flamage and big pots to cook for the kids and their friends. Plenty of space outside for everyone to cook and eat.



3. Storage boxes underneath the truck to store the inflatable kayak, tennis rackets, extra tents, art supplies, etc.




What’s a family-friendly RV without a slide coming down from the roof?

This post is part of the May Blog Carnival on Families on the Road. Check out the others.


  • Never Ending RV Trip on January 6, 2013

    WOW! I Love your RIG! Super custom! We are also a full time traveling family of 7. We love your Blog! Your trip is epic! We have been traveling the States for the past 2 years. We would love to ship the RV around the world like you guys! Super Cool!

  • Phil on June 23, 2012

    Outdoor kitchen is brilliant. Being outside is what its all about. I am going to try and workout a system for our home!

  • Motorhome on June 22, 2011

    Must say we have a family of six and I love the twin storey RV complete with heavy duty suspension!

  • Holly on June 19, 2011

    I have an RV that is being used for a business. Does anyone know if I can put a regular steel door on the otside to make it handicap acessible??

  • Margie Lundy on May 28, 2011

    Fun! I love the bike racks too. And your whole truck just screams fun!

  • Amy @LivinOnTheRoad on May 28, 2011

    I love the bike racks. We still haven’t figured out the perfect solution for the bikes, but at the moment travel with them inside the RV while we are driving.

    The storage under couches and beds is huge! I can’t believe how much stuff you can fit there!