I like my small camper. I just do not want to return to a fixed home. I cannot stand being in one place. I must keep moving – Sly Stallone
There’s a place for everything and everything in its place, a phrase originally popularised by, and attributed to Benjamin Franklin, could have been directed toward RV owners, had it not been uttered nearly two centuries before the first recreational vehicle made its way onto the roads of America.
But the idea, that everything should always be properly stored and put away is one that will strike a chord with anyone who has ever sat behind the steering wheel of RV, and while the vehicle was in motion, closed their eyes and prayed that everything would be alright every single time they heard something moving around behind them.
It’s a dilemma that at some point, every RV owner has to reluctantly face and find a solution for.
How to keep everything securely stowed and safe within their vehicle, and as the volume of stuff in the back of your home away from home is significantly larger than anything you’d carry around in your car or van, finding an answer to that question isn’t always as easy as it seems.
The easy answer, that most RV owners will throw at you with a wink is “Carefully. Very, very carefully”, but as long as you think the problem through and apply a little logic to it, the answer is always fairly obvious. In an RV, the easiest way to store anything is in a cupboard, cabinet, or drawer.
As long as it’s put away and isn’t left out, whatever it is won’t be able to slide around and get damaged.
At least that’s how it works in theory, but when you’re in your RV and you have to brake suddenly or drive around a bend that’s a little steeper and tighter than you’d like it to be, there’s a pretty good chance that any cupboard and wardrobe doors that aren’t secured are going to fly open.
The easy solution? Fit a latch on the doors of any problematic cupboards or doors that need to be secured.
And, if you’re unsure about the size of the screws and how they’ll fare when you try screwing them into place, you could always use super glue to secure them, as any glue that’s been designed to bond metal to wood, or metal to plastic should ensure that the latches stay in place and keep your cupboard doors closed even when the driving conditions are at their absolute worst, and your RV feels like it’s skating all over the road.
Hook Them Up
If you can, it’s always advisable to hang any towels, sweatshirts, or jackets on the walls of your RV, so that they don’t take up too much room in the drawers, and use the abundance of space that’s readily available on the walls of your RV.
And the good news is, you don’t need to nail or screw the hooks in place, as you can use self-adhesive hooks that are designed to hold a large amount of weight.
You also use the negative space behind any doors to store your family’s shoes rather than leave them out, and an over the door shoe organizer will keep them together, out of the way and safe, and secure.
How Do I Stop My RV From Breaking Dishes?
It isn’t your RV that breaks the dishes in your kitchen, it’s the way that it’s driven, and sometimes when the conditions on the road are beyond your control, it isn’t easy to drive carefully enough to make sure that the dishes in your RV’s kitchen don’t clatter around inside the cupboards and break.
We’ve already talked about securing the doors of any and all cupboards in your RV with a series of latches, so the next thing to do is to make sure that the dishes don’t move around inside the cupboards, collide with each other and end up getting smashed to smithereens.
And there’s actually an incredibly simple, and effective two-step method securing the dishes inside your RV’s kitchen cabinets and cupboards.
First things first, you’re going to need to line all of your kitchen cupboards and cabinets with nonslip material which is easy to cut to size and will slide right in when you’ve measured each space accordingly and cut and shaped the material to fit them.
Once it’s in place, it’s time to start thinking about how to keep your dishes stored securely in the cabinets because the nonstick material won’t be enough to hold them in place by itself.
That’s why you’re going to need to use a series of plate holders that will sit on top of the nonslip material in your cabinets, won’t move around, and will ensure that your plates remain safe and sound no matter how crazy things get outside and what the road conditions are like.
How Do I Stop My RV Cabinets From Falling Off?
How do you stop the cabinets from falling off the walls of your home? You make sure that they’re securely screwed in place, so that they can’t, and won’t fall off the walls.
The same principle applies in your RV, but the screws that you’ll use to secure them are going to be much shorter and smaller.
The walls inside your RV are thinner than the walls in your home are, which is why you’re going to have to use smaller screws.
But because you’re using smaller screws, you’re going to need to use more of them to make sure that the weight of your cabinets is evenly distributed among them and that the screws can, and will hold the cabinets in place.
Count the number of screws that hold your cabinets in place at home, and take note of where they are. Screw the cabinets in your RV in place, carefully replicating the pattern that you took note of in your home, but remember to use twice as many screws to secure the cabinets in your RV in place, as the cabinets in your home needed.
The screws you’re using in your RV are smaller, so you’ll need more of them to ensure that the cabinets in your RV don’t fall down.
How Do You Secure Food In An RV Refrigerator?
We would repeat the carefully joke, but we think that it’s run its course and wouldn’t be quite as funny the second time around.
After using a latch to make sure that the door of your fridge is always fastened, pack any bottles or juice in the shelves of the door and try to make sure that the rest of the fridge is as full as possible. The less room that anything has to move around, the less it will move around, It really is that easy.
How Do I Store My RV Cups?
Ah, the secret that no RV’er wants to share is cup and mug storage. And the straightforward and simple answer is, you don’t store them in the cabinets or on a countertop mug tree as you would at home, you hang them on the walls, with some easy-to-install mug and cup racks. It’s an easy and effective solution to a simple problem.