My camper’s a good size for a family of four. It fits in our driveway with room for our van, doesn’t require an extra large campsite to accommodate it and it’s not a big deal trying to pass someone on the highway.
There are a few downsides to its size however; eventually the boys will get too tall for the table and couch beds and there’s the issue of storage. When the boys get too tall we’ll stick them in the tent at night. And here’s how I deal with the storage challenge:
I have one closet and four drawers in the entryway of the camper. Aside from kitchen drawers and cupboards I also have a small bathroom cabinet. As you will have read in my Camper Comfort Linens post, I also have the top bunk (a double bed over the camper’s cab) where I keep foamies and bedding.
To maximize the space I have, I’ve invested in the organizers listed below. They’ve probably tripled my storage capacity and make it easy to find things. You can purchase these pretty much anywhere. I got mine on sale at Canadian Tire.
Hanging drawers –for the closet; one large, one small set. They organize clothes, towels, toiletries etc. and I still have room on the coat rod to hang a few hoodies and my laundry hamper. I also have space on the bottom of my closet to store towels, a washbasin, fly swatter, kitchen stool, and other miscellaneous items.
Hanging laundry hamper –great for shorter camping trips. Longer trips demand a large black garbage (laundry) bag as well. I store this in the space between the driver and passenger seat in the cab of the camper.
Over the door organizer –we hang this on the “kitchen side” of the bathroom door and it’s invaluable. This has five “pockets” that store everything from hats and sunglasses to sunscreen, ear plugs, notepads, batteries, ipods etc.
Shower rack –I don’t store shampoo and soap on this except when showering but I find it’s a handy little “hanger” for wet bathing suits. (Wet towels are usually dried on the arms of our awning.) I’ve thought of buying a portable clothesline but haven’t really had the need yet. Depending on yer own needs, it may be something you’ll want to consider.
Kitchen stool –I’m only 5’ 3’’ so this is a must for me. It’s small and it folds up, storing neatly against the wall of my little closet. I also have a taller one in my kitchen at home. At my age it’s embarrassing to hop up on your counters to get a casserole dish down for dinner –even when I’m the only one home.
I’d love to hear any neat tricks you use to maximize the space in your camper, RV or even yer tent. In the meantime, check out these cool sites on organizers.