As you begin to pack for your trip, you will find that the amount of storage space in your RV begins to diminish, and the coach seems to get smaller and smaller as you think of more and more things you want to take along. Every square foot becomes precious.
Obviously, there are several different sizes of recreational vehicles, but no matter how big your coach is, storage still becomes a problem. When it boils down to it, if you want to take all of the essentials with you, you may need to get creative with seeking out more space. Some of these areas aren’t very obvious, but it’s space, nonetheless! As a matter of fact, while it may not seem like it, there is actually a tremendous amount of room in your recreational vehicle where you can place your goods. Most people tend to cram items into specially designated storage areas, and they ignore the other areas that are great for carrying cargo.
Here are a few creative ideas for dramatically increasing your cargo space:
Install-Slide Out Bins – One of the most effective ways of creating space where no space is apparent is to install slide-out drawers and surfaces. Drawers can be installed under a coffee table, for instance, or pullout shelves can be mounted under beds. When you start hunting for them, there are a lot of places where you can install sliding storage. In addition, a slide-out cutting board in the kitchen can make meal preparation much easier.
Stemware Racks Under the Cabinets – Another effective method of finding storage (especially in the kitchen) is to utilize stemware racks that mount under the cabinets. Not only does this work for your stemware, you can store wine bottles, wine glasses and even plates on them. Anywhere you can find a surface high enough to accommodate storage racks is a big help when you are creating more space. Probably the most under utilized areas in an RV are the vertical spaces, so attempt to utilize them effectively.
Hooks – Don’t forget the effectiveness of hooks installed throughout your RV. By simply attaching them to walls and shelves, you can hang a great number of clothing articles, freeing up space in your closet. You can hang clothes, bags and even kitchen utensils.
Shoe Organizers – Many travelers don’t realize how much space can be created by hanging book bags and shoe organizers in different areas of your RV. In doing so, you get a huge number of small pouches in which to place almost anything, such as bathroom necessities or kitchen tools, magazines and books.
Use Velcro and Magnets – Magnets mounted on your wall are great for storing tools and utensils that are made of metal. It frees up drawer space and makes it easy to lay your hands on what you’re looking for. If the items aren’t metal, but they would go well on the wall, consider attaching Velcro to the items and the wall. This also works great for avoiding the continual loss of the television remote control!
Wire Storage Baskets – There are a great number of shapes and sizes of wire baskets that can be easily mounted to the inside of cabinet doors and overhead cabinets. These baskets keep things organized and prevent them from moving around while in transit.
It may seem like a daunting task to fit everything you want to take on a trip into your RV. However, as you begin to exercise come creativity and discover less likely places to put things, you will most likely be very pleased with what all you can fit into your rig.