After a long day of work, I decided to sit down and take a break with a cup of coffee while searching the web for some new trends that have nothing to do with selling real estate—in other words, something completely unrelated to the reality of life and everyday stress.

As I scrolled around, I suddenly hit a site that gave me pause: “New trends in camper design!” That certainly got a laugh! Even while trying to find something to distract me from real estate for an hour, like a Ouija Board, I ended up back in the twilight land of real estate. But while campers and mobile homes are certainly interesting topics, they’re not the kind of thing someone from the Five Towns would be reading about on an average day.

Yet, who could resist looking at those pictures? I’ve learned that mobile homes (or RV’s as they’re called nowadays) have become designer and trendy. Wood-toned cabinets, recessed lighting, and high-end appliances have turned these old clunkers into high-end vacation homes.

The pictures showed a variety of must-have items for storage units on the campers. Makes sense, I thought, as I opened the first picture. But the items being stored in these units were not the usual type of stuff we’re used to storing in our pantry, such as cereal and cholent beans. Rather, they’re for storing dishes and glassware so you don’t end up with a camper full of shards when you suddenly stop in traffic. Glass was truly the last thing on my mind when I saw the heading: “Good storage ideas for your camper items.”

You can tell I’m a novice at camping since I never considered items falling out of cabinets while you drive. Not a fun vacation in my mind since it seems you would have to constantly tie everything down.

And then it occurred to me that when we have a hurricane or tornado notice, we go out and tie things down all the time, but who would have thought that applied to a camper? Certainly not me. The big joke was the winning storage unit for the camper was a plastic shoe organizer that you hang on a hook and put all the little stuff in the shoe compartments—yup that does make sense.

So, of course, now that they got me hooked on this idea, I had to see the batch of pictures dedicated to “improving the interior decorations within your camper” because of course, if my camper was not the most beautifully-decorated one in the RV park, I don’t know what I’d do with myself.

Interestingly enough, the decorating ideas most commonly suggested are to use lots of white furniture, walls, and touches, with splashes of color in the pillows and small accents. They even showed a camper with white kitchen cabinets, a double stainless-steel sink, and matching stainless-steel refrigerator and stove. Definitely looks pretty so long as you don’t use it since these campers are so small all I could think about was if it rains with all the adults and kids coming in and out, traipsing in mud and water, how long would the white furniture stay white?

I figured the odds were that the white furniture would turn grey and brown in a New York minute, and then it got me to thinking that if I thought this way, it must mean that I’m not cut out for vacationing in an RV.

But you know what? For an hour, I did not think about anything important and my biggest concern was how to keep those white pieces of furniture from turning a dull grey when the weather turns soggy.

Anyway, time to get back to my regular life! I closed the site with “camper decorating trends” and went back to work and reality, grateful that, for now, my crystal glasses are still intact!


Anessa Cohen lives in Cedarhurst and is a Licensed Real Estate Broker (Anessa V Cohen Realty) with over 20 years of experience offering full service residential, management and commercial real estate services in the 5 towns of Long Island as well as the tri-state area. She can be reached at 516-569-5007 or Readers are encouraged to send any questions or scenarios by email to


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