How much does it cost to wrap an RV?

There are several reasons why people choose to wrap their RV. It might be that the original exterior doesn’t meet their personal taste, or simply to refresh an older exterior that has lost its original luster.

Whatever your reason is, you are likely wondering how much it costs to wrap an RV?

The rv wraps cost is going to vary depending on the size of the RV, whether you want a half-wrap, three-quarter wrap or a full wrap, as well as other important factors. On the low end of the scale, a half-wrap on a 20-foot by 9-foot travel trailer might only cost around $1,500. On the high end, a full wrap on a 40-foot by 9-foot fifth-wheel trailer might cost over $6,000!

Beyond the obvious size differences, other factors can come into play. So, let’s take a closer look at the nuts and bolts details that go into the cost to wrap an RV.

What Is An RV Wrap Made From?

Most RV wraps use a vinyl film with a durable adhesive backing. The pattern designed on it often uses solvent-based UV-resistant inks specifically engineered for outdoor use. 

Once the wrap has been printed a UV-resistant laminate is applied. Depending on where you store and how you treat your RV exterior, this protective layer can last between 3 to 5 years.

How Size Affects The Cost To Wrap An RV

Depending on your vision for your RV’s new exterior, you might want to only have a partial wrap applied.

Many graphics shops that do RV wraps offer half, three-quarter, and full wrap options. This includes the total square footage of the height and width.

The type of RV can also influence the cost of the wrap. Motorhomes with their slide-out sections, multiple wheel wells, and roof access ladders tend to have more labor costs involved in applying the warp than a small travel trailer with a single access door.

Design And Shipping

Most people who are interested in an RV wrap want a custom look that reflects their vision for how they want the exterior to be.

Though some design shops offer a broad menu of prepared, options that have their own semi-unique flair.

Choosing one of these in-house designs can potentially save you some money.

Sometimes you can order the graphic design and printing from an outside vendor who can coordinate with you virtually.

Once they have the approved design, they print it and ship it to your preferred installer.

So, if you do happen to fall in love with a graphic design from a shop in Los Angeles, California, but your RV is in New York City, you can still get the images you want.

Of course, the cost of design is going to vary from one shop to the next.

If you’re working on setting up a ballpark budget, you can expect an average cost of a $450 design fee and a $200 shipping fee.

Window Graphics

There are some design shops and installers who offer perforated graphics for RV windows. Though this is not necessarily common.

So, here again, you might need to outsource if you have fallen in love with the idea of decking your RV out with additional window graphics.

In general, you can expect a cost of around $90 to $00 per window on the driver or passenger side of an RV.

The cost for window graphics on the rear is generally higher and can range between $150 to $200.

The Cost To Wrap A Class A Motorhome

Class A Motorhomes tend to be the largest and most complex in the RV world.

Not only do they have a lot of square feet that need to be covered, but they also tend to have complex slide-out sections, wheel wells, and access ladders.

Half Wrap For A Class A Motorhome Estimated Cost Per Side

If we assume that the height of the class A motorhome is the average 9-feet, then the price will vary based on the total length.

Here are some of the ballpark average costs you might expect base on vehicle length

  • 20-feet = $1,600
  • 24-feet = $1,900
  • 28-feet = $2,200
  • 32-feet = $2,500
  • 36-feet = $2,900
  • 40-feet = $3,200

Three-Quarter Wrap For A Class A Motorhome Estimated Cost Per Side

Here again, as the total size of the wrap starts to increase so does the price based on the volume of materials.

  • 20-feet = $2,400
  • 24-feet = $2,900
  • 28-feet = $3,400
  • 32-feet = $3,800
  • 36-feet = $4,300
  • 40-feet = $4,860

The Estimated Cost Per Side For A Full Wrap On A Class A Motorhome

The full wrap option for a Class A motorhome is the most expensive of all.

There might be additional fees included in the labor cost of installation depending on the number of slide-out sections and other pre-existing exterior hardware.

  • 20-feet = $3,200
  • 24-feet = $3,800
  • 28-feet = $4,500
  • 32-feet = $5,000
  • 36-feet = $5,800
  • 40-feet = $6,400

The Cost To Wrap A Class B Or Class C Motorhome

Class B and Class C motorhomes tend to be a little smaller, and some are less complex with their exterior features as well as fewer slide-out sections.

Again, the prices here are average estimates that you might expect to get when asking for a price quote, and they don’t factor in the additional costs of design and shipping.

The assumption is that the Class B or Class C motorhome in question is between 7 to 8 feet high.

Half Wrap Estimated Cost Per Side

  • 16-feet = $1,000
  • 20-feet = $1,250
  • 24-feet = $1,500
  • 28-feet = $1,750
  • 32-feet = $2,000
  • 36-feet = $2,250

Three-Quarter Wrap Estimated Cost Per Side

  • 16-feet = $1,500
  • 20-feet = $1,800
  • 24-feet = $2,250
  • 28-feet = $2,600
  • 32-feet = $3,200
  • 36-feet = $3,500

Full Wrap Estimated Cost Per Side

  • 16-feet = $2,000
  • 20-feet = $2,500
  • 24-feet = $3,000
  • 28-feet = $3,500
  • 32-feet = $4,000
  • 36-feet = $4,500

The Cost To Wrap A Travel Trailer Camper Or Toy Hauler

Wrap A Travel Trailer Camper Or Toy Hauler

While travel trailers tend to be smaller, there are still some very long heavyweights out there that can contend in cost with wrapping a Class A motorhome.

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So, while shorter travel trailers, campers, and toy haulers might be relatively inexpensive, you can still expect a larger estimated cost once you start going over 24-feet or so in length.

For the purposes of these estimates, we are assuming a travel trailer that is between 7 to 8 feet high.

The Estimated Cost Of A Half Wrap Per Side

  • 12-feet = $850
  • 16-feet = $1,100
  • 20-feet = $1,400
  • 24-feet = $1,700
  • 28-feet = $2,000
  • 32-feet = $2,300
  • 36-feet = $2,600
  • 40-feet = $2,900

The Estimated Cost Of A Three-Quarter Wrap Per Side

  • 12-feet = $1,300
  • 16-feet = $1,700
  • 20-feet = $2,000
  • 24-feet = $2,600
  • 28-feet = $3,000
  • 32-feet = $3,400
  • 36-feet = $3,900
  • 40-feet = $4,300

The Estimated Cost Of A Full Wrap Per Side

  • 12-feet = $1,700
  • 16-feet = $2,300
  • 20-feet = $2,900
  • 24-feet = $3,500
  • 28-feet = $4,000
  • 32-feet = $4,600
  • 36-feet = $5,200
  • 40-feet = $5,750

The Cost to Wrap A Fifth Wheel Camper Trailer

Fifth wheels are lay in the middle ground between being the bigger brother of travel trailers and toy haulers, yet still having the general internal size and luxury that so many people enjoy in a motorhome.

The fact that you can tow it with your pickup truck, means that you can unhitch and explore the surroundings without having to completely break camp.

Since they are so close in size to motorhomes, their price range tends to be very similar to what you see with a Class A motorhome.

For the purposes of this estimate, we assume a 9-foot height just like most of the larger Class A motorhomes.

The Estimated Cost To Half Wrap A Fifth Wheel Trailer Per Side

  • 20-feet = $1,600
  • 24-feet = $1,900
  • 28-feet = $2,250
  • 32-feet = $2,600
  • 36-feet = $2,900
  • 40-feet = $3,200

The Estimated Cost To Three-Quarter Wrap A Fifth Wheel Trailer Per Side

  • 20-feet = $2,400
  • 24-feet = $2,900
  • 28-feet = $3,400
  • 32-feet = $3,900
  • 36-feet = $4,300
  • 40-feet = $4,900

The Estimate Cost To Full Wrap A Fifth Wheel Trailer Per Side

  • 20-feet = $3,200
  • 24-feet = $3,900
  • 28-feet = $4,500
  • 32-feet = $5,100
  • 36-feet = $5,800
  • 40-feet = $6,400

What Other Factors Can Influence The Cost To Wrap An RV?

The numbers you have seen thus far are essentially rough estimate costs.

Different vendors and installers might have their own cost structure, or it might be included as part of a customization package through a dealer promotion.

This is a little more likely with RV dealerships that sell used RVs on consignment.

The number of slide-outs your RV is one of the larger factors that can increase the overall price of a wrap.

Slideouts either mean the wrap needs to be physically altered at the seams by the installer, or the side out section needs to be a separately installed section apart from the printed section for the body.

Also, contours in the body of your RV will affect the price to wrap it. The more curve, contours, and body shape feature an RV has the more work the installers have to put into making sure there are no striations or bubbles.

The presence of external hardware will also factor into the overall price to install the wrap.

Things like mounting rails for a gas grill, access ladders, antennas, and other external features may need to be removed to install the wrap correctly.

Then the wrap can be altered later to remount them. Of course, this all adds to the labor time involved.

The complexity of the graphics can also influence the cost to wrap an RV. In general, solid colors are easier to wrap, compared to 3D materials or chrome component overlays.

This can also influence the quality of the vinyl that the printer needs to use to produce the desired effect.

RV Advertising And Wrapping

Just like company vehicles, some RVs are wrapped for advertising purposes or as part of a long-running commercial proposal.

This type of wrapping might include things like logos and trademarked graphics, which need to be displayed in a specific way.

It also usually requires higher quality vinyl and other components to ensure that the wrap has the desired visual effect.

Of course, all these factors can combine to drive up the price of the wrap materials, how it’s printed, and the labor that goes into the installation at the body shop.

Can I Wrap My RV Myself?

If you are a handy do-it-yourselfer type of person and you’re looking to save some money, you might be tempted to try to wrap your RV yourself.

This is an interesting if not challenging proposal when you consider just how large the wrap will be when it’s shipped to you by the designers.

If you make an error in the installation, you could very well be out a very large sum of money.

Worse still imagine you successfully wrap one side of your RV, then make a serious error on the other side.

The wrap would be very noticeable, and you’d likely need to reinvest in having a replacement printed and professionally installed.

If you aren’t experienced in applying a wrap, or you don’t have some of the special tools necessary to get the job done right on the very first try, it’s best to go through a professional installer or body shop. An RV wrap is not the sort of thing that’s easy to alter afterward.

Conclusion

Having your RV wrapped is a great way to refresh its exterior look. It can also be a great way to pump up the value if you hope to sell it to another private party. 

At the same time, a lot of companies, and even RV dealerships are turning to wrap as a way to advertise or to promote their affiliated sponsors.

The cost to wrap your RV will vary depending on the size and the external features.

A small 16-foot travel trailer might only cost around $1,000 per side. Whereas a 40-foot luxury motorhome could ring in at over $5,000 or more

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