Storage and packing is probably the most challenging and ever changing issue in an RV. Double and even triple purposing items is a good thinking mode to be in. Storage for Recreationalists is especially challenging because you need to store wet and often muddy stuff, plus all the extra paraphernalia associated with the very reason you are there. Creating a wet contained [or take it further; draining to the outside.] area is ideal; there’s nothing worse than your bedding getting soaked from your mate’s stinky wetsuit or snowboard boots. Ideally keep wet and muddy things outside. Boards and kayaks on a roof rack, perhaps even a roof box to securely stow boards and wet gear. A really common solution is a tailgate stow box that will accommodate all your outdoor gear including camp chairs and tables, outdoor mats, smelly bbqs, and extra lpg tanks.
You need storage for clothes, toiletries, bedding, food, kitchenware and cutlery. It all needs to be stored in a way that it stays put and doesn’t rattle. There is nothing more annoying than an errant rattle when you’re on the road.
It is good to designate areas; cooking, food prep and food goes in the galley area, bedding stowed on one side, clothes on the other.
Tip; have a simple laundry bag for your worn clothes so you’re not cross pollinating the fresh stuff.
Box it. Even in larger RVs the humble tote box is a great way of indexing your storage areas. In a small camper stackable tote boxes are gold; his and her clothing boxes, a cutlery box. There are a ton of brands making good tote boxes, but it is advisable to commit to one brand as they don’t all interlock the same way.
Don’t Get Rattled;
It’s amazing how a random rattle will annoy you when you’re driving. What’s rubbing up against what. Campers become very adept, very fast in dampening rattle sources. Every RV and Marine store stock rolls of rubberised draw liner that goes a long way to stopping things slide around. When you’re buying your cutlery and crockery be mindful of rattles. While silverware and nice ceramic mugs might look cool, melamine, wood and bamboo cutlery and dishes are ecco friendly options that also reduce rattles. Go Op-shopping and get your camper set up for half the price of new stuff…and feel good about recycling, repurposing and giving back.