Decorating the RV for Christmas

 Decorating the RV for Christmas

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

Mike Wendland is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road at He and Jennifer also host the weekly RV Podcast and do twice-weekly videos on the YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel. They have written 10 books on RV travel.


  • 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?

  • 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.

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

  • 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!!

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

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

  • Love Love Love the hat!

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

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

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

  • 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.

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

  • What is the name of the vehicle shown here?

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

  • Janet Schwope Herzberg

  • Neat.

  • 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!

  • Love the idea!

  • So far we have a stocking hung with care…lol

  • Enjoyed the video!

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

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