Tips, tricks and travel hacks for easy and affordable motorhome and RV storage solutions
Fitting all of your food, clothing and favorite camping accessories in one vehicle can sometimes be a challenge, especially with small children or pets. Class B motorhomes and RVs are ideal vehicles for travel because they provide extra cargo space for bring along your prize possession, yet they’re compact enough to offer easy parking and drivability.
Despite having more space, longer trips mean you’re likely planning to bring along more stuff. Packing efficiently is one of the key factors of starting your road trip off right. If you plan on living in your motorhome full-time, utilizing every inch of space is even more important.
Whether you’re a full-time van lifer or a weekend warrior, consider trying some of the following space saving techniques when loading up your rig for your upcoming campervan getaway.
20 Best Space-Saving RV & Campervan Storage Accessories
Visit your local hardware store and purchase either semi-permanent or permanent (depending on how you feel about drilling screws into cabinets) hooks. Hooks with semi-permanent sticky backing can be a great way to hold your broom, dustpan, flashlights, coats, sporting equipment, and other items you frequently use.
Over-the-Cabinet Trash Cans
For less than $20 you can purchase an over-the-cabinet trash can. These aluminum waste baskets are great for collecting trash while posting up at camp or on the road. They can also be used as a storage container for a variety of other items while not in use. We recommend purchasing several and attaching them to as many cabinets as you can.
Purchase double-sided Velcro strips at your local hardware or craft store for use in a multitude of storage hacks. Keep losing TV remotes in your motorhome? Use velcro to secure remotes to one location.
Collapsible storage containers are great for organizing items such as cleaning supplies, clothing and camping accessories, as well as doubling as baskets for laundry. When not in use, collapsible bins can be easily folded for tidy storing.
Car Seat Organizer Sleeves
Visit your local container store or shop online to find inexpensive storage holders and organizers for the backs of your front seat and side seats. These storage sleeves are great for placing items you want easy access to while in transit like your wallet, sunglasses, and other necessities.
Similar to over-the-seat storage sleeves, pocket shoe organizers make cheap and effective hanging storage containers for cleaning supplies, shampoo, soaps and other personal items. Hang a shoe rack over a bathroom door and have all your travel toiletries easily accessible.
Utilize suction cups to hang kitchen utensils and other food prep items. Suction cups are inexpensive, easily stick to any vinyl surface, and can be easily removed without any marks.
Magnetic strips can be attached to metal or vinyl surfaces and provide easy storage for kitchen utensils, fly swatters, knives, scissors and other thin metal objects you might use frequently. You can also utilize magnets to place cutting boards underneath cabinets. Simply place magnets with sticky backs under your vehicle’s kitchen cabinets, then attach magnets to your cutting board.
Hanging Glass Jars
This is a really creative campervan storage hack! Take Jason jars and screw the tops to the ceiling of your motorhome or the bottom of cabinets so that you can screw the jars in to secure them. These jars can be great for storing small items like cooking spices or snacks.
Command Strip Organizers
Command strips are wonderful motorhome storage solutions. Take the strips and apply them to doors and cabinets. Then, attach acrylic storage pods for toiletries and other personal accessories.
Paper Roll Rod
Installing a simple plastic or acrylic rod to attach paper towels to can save space and remind you to keep yourself fully stocked.
Cutting out pegboards and securely installing them in your kitchen area can help organize storage. Easily hang and remove pots and pans as well as other kitchen utensils.
Dish cradles are a great way to keep your plates safe, secure and organized while in transit. You can easily purchase cradles for less than $20 online, or check your local department store.
Nesting bowls will be your best friend in a compact RV or campervan kitchen. Simply place different size mixing bowls in each other in order to conserve space and easily store away.
Invest in some lightweight metal or plastic shelves from your local hardware store to help maximize space inside your kitchen cabinets. Installing extra shelves can help fully utilize the space and keep items from turning into a mess while driving.
Installing a lightweight drawer underneath your motorhome’s table, cabinets or any other spot you can think of can help you squeeze in a couple more square inches of space. In a compact travel vehicle, this can go a long way!
Using an insta-hanger is a brilliant way to add additional room for clothing. An insta-hanger is a bracket that can be mounted inside your RV and can be pulled up to create instant hanging space. You can purchase these nifty devices online or from RV accessory retailers.
Take broom hooks and install them inside your vehicle’s outside storage space in order to place brooms and other tools you might want to have handy for your trip.
Hose reels are great for taking hoses, extension cords and other power cords and neatly organizing them to prevent tangling.
Purchasing a set of airtight storage containers, as opposed to mixing randoms, can help you neatly organize your food and other items. Neatly organized storage can help you maximize your kitchen cabinet space.
Above all, be creative! The best motorhome storage hack of all may come from trying out different techniques and finding what works best for you.
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