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Decorating the RV for Christmas

| Updated Dec 12, 2015

Every year since we were married more than 40 years ago, Jennifer and I have made our way to the little town of Frankenmuth, MI at the base of the Michigan Mitt's Thumb region where we pay a visit to Bronner's – the world's largest Christmas store.

Doubtless you've seen the signs along the interstates, more than 60 of them all over the country, inviting tourists to make the drive.

No, the star isn't part of our RV! We parked underneath it for the decorating. But it does look cool.

It's a huge store, over seven acres in size. And it's crowded, especially at this time of the year. Over the three-day Black Friday weekend, 50,000 people shopped at Bronner's.

Two of them were Jennifer and me, as we do year after year. The very first Christmas tree ornament Jennifer and I bought as we started our married


life came from Bronner's. There have been many since. She often buys one for our kids and grandkids. Themed, of course, based on their interest or hobbies – like a golf ornament for a grandson, a ballerina ornament for our granddaughter,  a stethoscope ornament or our doctor-son or a clarinet ornament for our music teacher son-in-law.

You get the idea.

It's a Jennifer thing.

Me? I like to get a goofy Christmas hat. It's a Mike thing.

Anyway, this year, like every year, she had all sorts of ideas for things to get for our house. But then I pointed out that we had two houses: Our sticks and bricks home downstate and, out in the parking lot, our RV motorhome, our Roadtrek eTrek.

RV-themed ornament from Bronners

I brought it up to the designer folks at Bronner's. Could they come up with a way to decorate the Roadtrek?

They did… as you can see in the accompanying video.

When the Roadtrek is in motion, some of the decorations need to be stowed. But most of them, thanks to suction cups and those little plastic tie downs, can be solidly affixed.

The only problem I saw is that the Roadtrek decorations inspired Jennifer to add more still more bulbs and ornaments  to the boxes of Christmas do-dads we already have at home and which she will soon have me hauling up to also get the house ready for the holiday.

No problem.

Happy wife. Happy life. And my wife loves Christmas decorating.

Meantime, summer or winter, Bronner's and Frankenmuth make for a great RV trip. There are two fully equipped campgrounds within spitting distance of the store. They are, alas, closed this time of the year. But there are lots of RV spaces in the Bronner's parking lot, although no overnight stays are allowed.

The store is open every day of the year except Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day and Easter Sunday.

Merry Christmas everyone.

Mike Wendland

Published on 2015-12-12

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

21 Responses to “Decorating the RV for Christmas”

December 05, 2014at12:18 pm, Becky Hall said:

Has anyone ever put a Christmas tree in their roadtrek?
If so, what size & where did you buy it

December 05, 2014at8:10 am, Barbara Matievich said:

Enjoyed the video!

December 05, 2014at12:16 am, Janis Balzano said:

So far we have a stocking hung with care…lol

November 16, 2014at5:39 am, Suzi Hall said:

Love the idea!

November 16, 2014at5:25 am, Kirsty Halliday said:

Just put up my 3′ tree in my Winnebago…complete with at least 40 ornaments from the past year of travels! The base gets duct taped to the table!

November 15, 2014at6:21 am, Joy Weisner Hyde said:

Janet Schwope Herzberg

July 04, 2014at12:09 pm, Caryn Nolen said:

What is the name of the vehicle shown here?

July 04, 2014at2:17 pm, Dennis Rome said:

It is a Roadtrek RV … Built on a Mercedes Benz Sprinter chassis.

July 04, 2014at9:59 am, Laurie Whitney Willits said:

I recognized that painted sign above the motorhome…we love Frankenmuth too!

December 17, 2013at9:17 am, HitchAnything said:

I’ve got to admit, what they did for your RoadTrek is awesome, and the fact that that was all a day trip, well, you get a lot done in a day! I’ve got to check out Bronner’s next time I am up in that neighborhood.

December 03, 2013at2:46 pm, Stu said:

Loved this video guys sure put me in better spirits , Have a very Merry Christmas.

December 03, 2013at10:10 am, Laura Robinson said:

What a hat! Oops I mean Hoot! Love the video and happy holidays!

December 01, 2013at10:56 pm, Tim Mallon said:

That was a fun video, Mike and Jen. Well done!

December 01, 2013at7:19 pm, Trudy Meyers said:

Love Love Love the hat!

December 01, 2013at6:25 pm, Barbara K said:

I loved the video. Thanks for doing this. Very cute!

December 01, 2013at3:18 pm, Jim Diepenbruck said:

That was fun Mike. I sent the link to my sister who lives just a few miles north of Fankenmuth.

December 01, 2013at12:40 pm, Pauline Guilmette said:

I totally enjoyed your video..made me get in the spirit, so now I better get off here and start decorating here. Love the RT!!

December 01, 2013at8:30 am, Laura H P said:

Love it! Camo Ken noticed the camo hat you tried on, too. Merry Christmas, Mike and Jennifer.

December 01, 2013at8:28 am, Mike Wendland said:

We did a day trip…it’s only 100 or so miles from our house. But there are nearby Walmarts and Cracker Barrels that could be used for an overnight.

December 01, 2013at8:24 am, Elaine said:

We love Bronner’s but try to stay away when it is THAT crowded. With the campgrounds closed and no overnighting allowed at Bronner’s where DID you stay?

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