You can have a glam RV experience with these luxurious upgrades


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No need to pack your sleeping bags — recreational vehicles these days can come with all the comforts of home. Across the country, RV-ers are shelling out big bucks for totally tricked out, luxury vacation homes on wheels, complete with king sized beds, flat screen TVs and spa-like bathrooms. To dive into this trend, we spoke to Space Craft Manufacturing, a Missouri business that makes some of the most luxurious custom RVs in the world, about some of the most luxe customizations they’ve created for their customers.

Founded in 1962, Space Craft spent years making custom trailers for carnivals and circuses. But in the ‘80s and ‘90s, Space Craft started designing luxe RVs for vacationers and full-timers alike who know exactly what they want in a recreational vehicle. (Here’s how to take a road trip on the cheap.) 

Unlike most traditional RV manufacturers, Space Craft doesn’t offer a standard set of floorplans for buyers to choose from. Instead, every new RV starts as a blank slate. And Space Craft can customize just about anything their buyers want — for a price. We spoke to Space Craft President Greg Wallman and Space Craft’s staff-member Kalie Laidley about some of the most over-the-top customizations they’ve pulled off.

A party pad with a roof deck

For one client, Space Craft built out an 8-by-8 aluminum roof deck on top of the RV that was perfect for parties. Imagine taking your friends and family to an outdoor concert or sporting event and watching the whole thing from a roof deck on top of a massive trailer. That same RV also featured a 75-inch TV and four foot speakers. “I think you can dry your hair while you’re watching a movie,” Wallman said.


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A custom garage inside an RV

For vacationers who want to put a car inside their RV, Space Craft can design a garage built right into the lower part of a trailer. Wallman says you can fit just about any kind of car inside an RV, but you’ll have to sacrifice some space indoors if you want a garage. “The challenges become length. You’re taking up a specific length with your vehicle so that impacts your living space,” Wallman said.

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There’s also the matter of getting a car in and out of an RV. “One of the best ramps we’ve used is a NASCAR lift that was specifically designed for NASCAR cars going in and out of semis,” Wallman said. But if you have a lighter car, there may be more options. For one customer who wanted to fit their Smart carin their RV, Space Craft designed a hydraulic ramp “that lowered on the back of a semi, then you drive the Smart car in and the hydraulic ramp raised up to store it under the bedroom.”

Fully upgraded chef’s kitchens

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Think RV kitchens have to be small and cramped? Think again. Space Craft regularly designs fully outfitted, chef’s quality kitchens inside of fifth-wheel trailers. Yes, you can put high-end Wolf, Viking or Sub-Zero appliances into an RV. Space Craft has also done kitchens with five burner gas stoves, maple cabinets, wine fridges and soda dispensers with multiple options. That’s right, soda dispensers.

“What we typically tell people is that you can do just about anything in one of our trailers, especially semis, that you can do in a custom home,” Wallman said.

Heated tile floors

For RV-ers who drive their homes to colder places, Space Craft does heated tile floors to keep their feet toasty. And that isn’t limited to certain areas. The floor heating system that Space Craft uses in its RVs is a “grid system,” Wallman said. “You can weave the wire and put the heat wherever you want, so if you need to go into the bathroom and go around different objects you can basically just draw around that grid system.”

“The trailer that we just delivered, the semi, it was a 44-and-a-half foot trailer and they had tile throughout the entire semi and they had four different heating zones. So they could do their master bedroom, the kitchen, the living room, and then they had multiple bunk beds in the rear with a bathroom for their daughters that was also a different zone.”

A home (and school) on wheels for a family of 6

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Space Craft designed a customized RV for a family of six that wanted to live in their ride full-time and also homeschool their kids onboard. So how did they make sure this big family didn’t feel cramped? A number of little tweaks.

“They built their kitchen dinette to also be a table for schoolwork,” Wallman said. They also built in bookshelves, a freezer to store extra food, a pull-out keyboard for music and bunk beds that push out on slides.

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A futuristic recycled water shower

Space Craft’s latest show trailer featured something that had never been done in an RV before: A totally recirculating shower, designed by Orbital Systems. “They designed [the shower] for the Mars colony,” Wallman said. “It was basically developed for NASA.”

“What it does is there’s a sensor in the drain, and as the water goes through the drain, it evaluates it. When you first get in, and you’ve got dirt, sweat, that kind of stuff, it sends it to the gray tank. But then once you’re clean enough, it pumps it up back through its system.” The shower has a filter, a UV light and a heater that the water passes through on its way back up, and once the water’s clean and you’re clean, “You can stand there and take a shower forever and not use any additional water,” Wallman said. This is key for RV-ers who like to “boondock,” meaning park their RV without hooking up to water or electricity.

King-size beds

What good is a luxury vacation home without a king-size bed? A standard king-size mattress is 76 inches wide and about 80 inches long. That’s probably too big for most NYC apartment bedrooms, but Space Craft regularly fits king-size beds in its custom RVs. It’s another matter, Wallman said, of choosing where else in the RV to sacrifice space.

“If you add a foot for the king-size bed over the queen, then, all things being equal, you’ve gotta take a foot somewhere else,” Wallman said. “We can fit king beds in almost any length trailer, it’s a matter of you may have to give up some cabinet space in the kitchen, it’s a matter of compromise.”

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All of this comes at a price, of course. Buying an RV is already expensive, even if you’re choosing a standard floor plan. And then there are extra costs, like maintenance, fuel and RV insurance. So if you want one of Space Craft’s fully customized RVs, be prepared to pay. According to Wallman, their RVs typically start at $5,100 a foot for fifth-wheel trailers and $7,000 a foot for semis.

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Living in an RV might be a way to cut expenses or have a minimalist lifestyle, but not all RVs are created equal. Did you know there are multi-million dollar ones bigger than apartments with more luxuries than most homes? Imagine road trips across the country in motorhomes with heated floors, king-size beds, unlimited hot water, and a garage to bring a car along for the ride. You won’t be living stingy in these luxury condos on wheels. You’ll be living large in one of the world’s most expensive RVs.

This $3 million 732 square foot RV is recognized as the world’s most luxurious motorhome. Larger than the average Tokyo apartment, the Palazzo Superior comes with an automatic lifting roof deck offering a panoramic view and radiant floor heating. Indulge in a 13-foot couch within reach of a bar, a wine cabinet, an icemaker, and a large screen TV.

This $2.6 million RV features custom granite countertops, stunning flooring and finishes, an aquahot heating system, and a 360° birds-eye camera. In addition, the Millennium living room has a 46” LED TV with a home theater system, which is perfect for relaxing and tuning into your favorite show just like you would be doing at home.

This brand new $2.6 million Featherlite Vantare Monterey has a quad slide configuration to maximize living space when parked, even accommodating a king-size bed. With its high-grade finishes, teak floor, Carrara tiles, and quartz counters, it is filled with details and materials that live up to its price.

Marathon Coaches custom builds RV over a 16-week timeframe and 10,000 hours of craftsmanship.  No two are ever the same and range in price from $1.8 to $2.5 million. Bringing the luxuries of mansions on the road, its exterior entertainment bay allows you to entertain outdoors while the theater mode automatically dims the lights, closes the blinds, and turns on surround sound.

Specialized for your family needs with seven different base models to choose from, their $2.2 million custom RV can sleep up to 10 people. The A.C.E. model even has a mudroom to clean up from a messy bike ride or a muddy hike with the dogs while keeping the luxurious interior clean.

RV kings can customize a one-of-a-kind Newell coach for $2 million.  Known for its driver’s cockpit with advanced electronic instrumentation,  intuitive touch screen controls, and a luxurious dashboard, its driving ease is best-in-class. With a wide range of materials to choose from, you’ll feel like your customizing a new home rather than a motor home.

Offering a two-story expandable RV with 1,200 square of living space feet it’s not a surprise that Anderson’s RVs are named mobile estates. A celebrity favorite, they’ve worked with Jim Carrey, Will Smith, and others to bring $ 2 million mobile home fantasies to life.

For those dreaming of becoming a digital nomad with multiple streams of passive income, the EarthRoamer HD is the all-season RV for long-term travelers.  The $1.7 million EarthRoamer is built for adventurers to be safe and comfortable without any water, sewer, or electrical hookups, even far off the beaten path. Featuring a solar array for hot summer days and a powerful turbo-diesel engine to drive through the snow in the winter, full-time RV living is possible with the Earth Roamer.

Driving the $1.7 million Volker Mobil Performance S is described as gliding on the roads, even when carrying a car in the luxury RV’s garage. The patented central garage hydraulically lifts a vehicle into a lower garage eliminating the need to tow a car.

The $1.5 million Foretravel Presidential series is reserved for a select number of people a year, keeping the model a well-kept secret. With ultra-high-end quartz countertops, a motorized luxury king-size mattress, and massaging spa, you won’t even feel like you’re living in an RV.

The Newmar King Aire is the epitome of luxurious travel, and pricing starts at $1.37 million. This RV is built to withstand any weather with a fiberglass roof and an integrated gutter rail. Featuring Italian full-grain leather furniture, stainless steel refrigerator, a convection microwave, and European-style cabinetry, you’ll feel like a king no matter where you’re parked.

The Variomobil Signature  RV has a Mercedes-Benz branded exterior, an extensive driver assistance system, and a large car garage for a small vehicle or gear. In addition, this $1 million model offers plenty of space for separate sleeping areas and four to six beds.

Think RV living means cramped quarters and short cold showers? Well, not with Liberty Coach’s $ 1 million Elegant Lady. Want to watch one show in the living room while your partner watches another in the bedroom? This RV comes with a 49” 4K Bedroom TV and a 65” 4K LED Outside E-Center TV. In addition, you’ll never have to worry about running out of hot water with a tankless water heater and a hot water return system to all the faucets and shower valves.

Tiffin’s four decades of experience in building motorhomes shows with the $700,000 Zephyr 45PZ.  With its Electronic Stability Control and Onguard Collision Mitigation System, you’ll feel safe on the road. The dinette doubles as a co-working space with a computer workstation, power solar privacy shades, and a Keurig coffee center. 

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