RV’ing is meant to be fun, so don’t let the little things turn into big things and ruin your experience. Whether it’s storage issues, comfort-related or anything else, there is bound to be something that ends up causing a little pain.
And here’s the thing: They’re almost always easily remedied.
At ProPride Hitch, we want you to get the most out of your recreational vehicle. With that said, we’re happy to offer some helpful hints, tricks and tips so that you can quickly take care of trivial issues before they turn into bigger problems.
Everything listed below is a cost-effective solution (we’re talking a few bucks, here). Materials can be found at hardware stores and big-box places and even your local chain grocery/department store.
So yeah, most RVs don’t come with a walk-in closet or massive amounts of internal storage space. While many of today’s models are quite spacious, you’ll probably still have some sort of issue when it comes to storage.
Put them everywhere.
Suspension systems work well, too. It’d be easy to hang pots and pans, other cookware, from a suspended rod system in the kitchenette area. Don’t forget about the oven. When that’s not in use, it can house cookware.
And really, you could apply the suspended rod system to just about anywhere in the RV, using it for various other storage purposes. And you can always use empty space – such as the oven, when not in use – to house other items.
It’s camping, not a fashion show. It may not always look great, but the solutions create more room for your stuff – the stuff you need to get the most out of your experience.
Oh, remember the walk-in closet thing?
How about this one … use your curtain rod to hang clothes – when the shower isn’t in use, obviously. Your bathroom area can serve as a walk-in closet.
Get creative, people. There is only so much room in an RV, and you’re working with roughly 300 square feet, if you’re lucky. Some have roughly 250 square feet of living space. When it comes to slide-outs, you might get around 450 square feet – so use the space wisely.
Eating is one of the most important – and fun – parts of camping. You’ll need dishes, but you don’t want them to take up massive amounts of space. Solution? Get bowls that nest into one another. Think of those little Russian dolls that fit neatly together. And believe it or not, there are bowls and cups that collapse for easy storage.
Depending on how many are in your camping crew, you’ll likely spend $20 or so to accommodate all your campers in the dishes department.
Bungee cords also help keep things held together tightly, and they can be used on just about anything. You probably don’t want to use them on your dishes, though… just saying.
We also recommend using plastic storage drawers. They’re stackable and won’t break your bank account. They come in several sizes and can be used for most standard storage needs.
Hammocks are awesome. And they’re not expensive at all, plus they’re easy to store. For around $60-$80, you can purchase an inexpensive one from online retailers, camping stores or your local department store.
Want to go cheaper? You can make one out of PVC and netting/canvas for about half the cost. Ready for a quick project? It might take a couple of hours but it’d be worth the time and money saved.
Mattress pads are a cheap way to make a bed more comfortable. With a little creativity, you can actually spread a $20 mattress pad throughout your camper – just get a utility knife and cut to size. It’s really simple and it’s a quick way to turn not-so-comfortable bench seating and beds into a little more comfortable and inviting places to rest.
When you need a nap, you need a nap. Sometimes, the sun can interfere with that, shining through your thin curtains and disrupting your attempt to get some sleep. Well, that’s why black-out curtains are a fantastic option. Again, these aren’t very expensive and take care of our problem. You don’t want the sun in your eyes? No problem. Black-out curtains are your answer.
We hope these hints are helpful. These hacks are primarily indoor solutions, with exception to the hammock. There are several other things you can do to make the outside environment more enjoyable – we’ll cover that in another article.