So far we have only had weekend excursion in our camper since we bought it last fall. This summer we have our first week long trip planned. Luckily, my Mom and Dad in law will be going with us. I can’t wait! Although it has made me think about how to store all of our things in a way that will be easy to maintain.
The first thing I added was hanging closet shelves that seem to be a staple on all camper organization blogs. What I learned is that there is a vast difference in quality and price for these things. A lot of the affordable ones that were under $10 were made with cardboard support on the bottom shelf only or they were made with non-woven material. Non-woven material is that fabric that is very popular for reusable shopping bags, but if you get a hole in it it’so worthless. I found those pictured made of fabric with plastic sheet supports in the bottom and middle shelf. They were too long for our cabinets so I cut the bottom three cubbies off to use for another project which is why I needed the right materials.
I took the two bottom hanging shelves that I had cut off and stapled them to 1 x 1 outdoor patio posts. The plastic support was important to increase the sturdiness.
I placed this in the wardrobe to hold cleaning supplies. I used rubberized hooks to hold it in place on the clothes “rod”. In our camper our “rod” is a metal bracket with triangle holes in it. The vacuum is also held in place with rubberized hooks.
One of the things I love about the camper is the glass fronts on the cabinets. When we were camper shopping my Mom in law had told me how important it was to have cabinets that have big doors so you can put bins in them and get them out easily. Of course she was spot on, I love the kitchen/dining area cabinets.
I hot glued fairy lights to the ceiling of the cabinets. I made sure to leave enough cord for the battery pack to be taken out and changed. They turn on automatically and stay on for 4 or 8 hours. They give ambience to the camper at night and are great for watching TV.
I also love the circular corner shower in the bathroom. Beside the shower is a small wall that is at an odd angle. I found an oval trash can with a lid that fit snuggly at the bottom and a small wine rack to hold towels. I installed it using wall anchors. If you look closely you can see that I installed the bolts that attach the two pieces backwards so that the nut does not rub against the wall while we are on the road.
These were fairly easy installs that I think will increase our storage capacity and accessibility for the upcoming camping season. If you need more detail on how I did anything leave me a comment and I will give you step by step instructions.
We arrived at our site last night to find that our grey water and black water outlets had been damaged. This was our first trip that was a distance from our home so of course something had to go wrong. We called Campers Inn where we bought the trailer and again there customer service shines. We will bring the camper in next week for the repair. For now, we are at the Big E, Massachusetts state fair, with no sewage capabilities.
Luckily we are near the bath house. They are fairly clean but the windows are just chicken wire, no glass so the bathroom is cold. I did a quick evaluation of what I had with me to accommodate our new found independence from water. We had a gallon size jug with a spigot that I use for drinks for the kids that we can fill with water, wet wipes and foaming dish soap. What I don’t have is a bucket for the used water, or do I know where I would dump it except for maybe the dumping station.
We stayed at Cape cod campground that offers “glamp sites”. These sites come with paved spot for the camper, stone paver patio, stone campfire ring, andorondack chairs and a circular picnic table. The site is manicured with a pine needle ground covering. We arrived in the dark again, our good plans seem to go haywire at the last minute. Some friendly campers across the street turned on ther headlights for us which made things easier. We also discovered that buying two sewer lines does not mean we have the right coupler to join them together. Not a big problem as the store at the campground had what we needed in the morning. The problem with arriving in the dark is you don’t know what the area looks like until morning. Wow it was beautiful. We are camped across from a nice pond underneath beautiful aged tree. We are around the corner from the dog park so the puppypies were thrilled. Our baby girl joined us on this trip, and got to spend some quality time with Dad. Can remember last time they were able to do that. Mom and I enjoyed time together too. Yes that included movies and napping. At night we had the obligatory Smores, nummy. The chairs and fire pit made it so easy and comfortable. Our oldest son and daughter in law were able to join us later in the evening. What a wonderful day.
This trip I brought an old tin bucket that I had spray painted. It is big enough to hold a gallon size zip lock bags. I am using this to hold our organic trash such a peels and scraps while we are preparing dinner. I can zip it closed so the smell doesn’t get into the trailer while we eat dinner then it can go to the dumpster with the rest of the trash.
You can also see in the background, what we call in the south, a salt pig. This is a magnetic craft tin that I have stuck to the stove filled with sea salt.
My mother in law stores a years worth of supplies in her RV. I used her inspiration to put together these ideas for our weekend camper.
I put our silverware, straws, napkins in a basket that can be stowed in a cabinet when we are underway and live on the table when we are set up.
I got the placemats on clearance one dollar for a dozen. I use them in cabinets and under anything that sits on something. They are thicker than shelf paper and come in multiple colors.
Shoe bins from Ikea were in the clearance section. I have several of these that I keep food in. At the end of our trip they come out of the cabinet in the camper and go into the pantry in our house. I have one I keep spices in and one for zip lock bags and foil. These stack on top of each other like little shelves. The other cubes I fill with what we are using each day. So at the beginning of the day I take out a box and put it on the counter to use. When it’s empty these fold flat and get tucked out of the way.
My office supplies on the road consist of a three ring binder pencil case hung on a command hook. This little bag has come in so useful. It is easy to grab a pen and paper for a list or put the bag on the table for making out notes or a bill. I keep markers and note cards inside and the small outer zipper holds stamps and membership cards.
My daughter in law helped me come up with this idea. My camper only has two drawers and the only breakable dishware are our coffee mugs. We bought plastic three ring binders at walmart and cut them to fit around the mugs, with the puff placemat to fit underneath. They are snug and easy to get to. We are going to put a cam lock on the top drawer so we can securely hold wallets and purses while we are camping.
We have a cabinet that has an odd shape inside, it is like a V. So we put in a sturdy market basket for our laundry. It is located between the bathroom and bed room so it makes a perfect dumping spot. At the end of our trip I take the basket home and wash everything up then use the basket to bring everything back to the trailer.
The cabinet under our bathroom sink is only 7 inches deep. I found this closetmaid mini cubicle on Amazon’s warehouse deals for 10 buck. It had scratches on the outside bottom panel that you can’t see and fits the cabinet perfectly.
Another brilliant idea from my daughter in law. The cups are velcroed to the shelves. Depending on who is camping we stack up the unused cups which leaves space for the small makeup bags we bring on the trip. There are a few cups with no names for guests. On the bottom shelf I have a bag full of sunscreen, a small nail kit and a bag of beauty samples just for fun.
We are still figuring out how to best use the space we have, I’ll share as new ideas come along.