I need some very clever storage ideas for RV living?


42 Ft Toyhauler. Must Learn to get very creative.

  4 answers
  • Joan Joan on Nov 23, 2018

    Get rid of all unitaskers (anything that does only one thing). Utilize the space behind the front seats of the vehicle. Use packets in the kitchen as much as possible. Square containers will utilize space best. Mark everything so you don't have to dig through the space to find things. Stick to one shape so that they will stack well. Rolled clothing (i.e., underwear) and towels take up much less room than folded or wadded and utilize space better. Use a collapsible laundry basket. Buy spices in very small jars. Cook dishes from scratch instead of buying bulky boxed kits OR remove from box and put instructions and label with contents in baggies and burp them. Some dinnerware, like some Corelle designs, stack VERY flat and save a lot of room. One box (service for 4) is all that you need. Get paper dinnerware if you are having guests. Four largish plastic "glasses" cups that stack are enough. You shouldn't need more than a couple of pots and pans with lids. Don't get anything for the kitchen that won't stack. Remove baggies from their boxes and put a rubber band around them by size or put them into a baggie! Light paper dishware can be stored in odd nooks and crannies (such as behind the seat or under the table) since they are light, just don't forget where you put them. Limit cosmetic purchases to essentials and share if possible. Use clear zippered bags on shelves and pack by subject (i.e., first aid, wife, etc.) so that you can pack several on a shelf rather than loose bottles, better utilizing your space. Toilet paper and paper towels take up less room if you "flatten" them and re-round them when they are ready to use. Use paper or fabric towels and don't bother with napkins. No one ever stands tall against outside walls so you may be able to put angled cupboards or bins at the juncture of wall and roof in the toy area. This would also be a good place to store long items like fishing rods (just make sure hooks aren't hanging where they can do damage - hopefully hooks are corked), patio mat/rug and umbrella-fold chairs. Another option would be to mount large PVC pipes in that location for storage. Cap the ends for traveling. If you have 3-wheelers, you may be able to make storage boxes/benches/lockers and leave a gap where the front wheel must go. If you can mount the equipment from the center you could create storage along the outer walls that just clears the outer wheels. Put storage racks on any doors (ensure they are tight for travel, i.e., bungee cords). Create canvas bags or boxes for things that you will take out of the RV and put on the "patio" and pack them around the toys when you travel. Mark each bag/crate. Create crates for outdoor seating and use them as storage when you are ready to move OR purchase collapsible crates. Most importantly, GET RID OF STUFF and use only multitaskers.

  • Noah Miller Noah Miller on Nov 23, 2018

    Old cat little containers the plastic ones good for storage and for making shelfs

  • Pamela Pamela on Nov 23, 2018

    Joan's answer is great. Also, research some "tiny house" articles , they often have good tips.

  • just Google, there are thousands of ideas out there. I carry a full set of pots and pans including cast iron pieces in our motor home. I also carry a full set of cutlery- service for 8 as you never know who might stop by. We don't like using plastic as it adds to landfills. Know what you use and need and after a year or so, then cull your belongings. Less weight = less gas used to tow.

    Here are some sites to get you started!