When you’re traveling out on the open road in your RV, you need to make the most of the space you have. With just a few tweaks and tricks, you can increase the storage capacity of your camper, and we’ve outlined some of our favorite techniques in this article!

For even more space-saving solutions, be sure to check out our other guide on Easy RV Storage Ideas You’ll Love, or contact us directly at East Coast Campers & More!

Clean Out The Clutter

First thing’s first: before you can even think of maximizing your RV storage, you’ll need to get rid of all the clutter that’s been collecting in your rig! Whether you’ve had your camper for years, months, or a mere matter of weeks, it’s all too easy to let your belongings build up in your RV’s interior. The key to decluttering with efficiency boils down to necessity: if you don’t need it on your trip, don’t bring it. 

Once you decrease the number of dishes, linens, books, and various objects currently preventing your camper from reaching its potential storage capacity, you’ll be amazed at how much space has already been opened up — and primed for further organization.

RV Kitchen Storage

If your camper or travel trailer comes with a kitchen unit, then you know how difficult it can be to keep everything in the right place, whether it’s a drawer full of utensils or a cabinet containing pots and pans. To increase your recreational ride’s kitchen storage, consider implementing the following space-saving tips:

  • Cookware: Opt for collapsible colanders, bowls, and bulky cookware items that can be easily stacked and made smaller when not in use
  • Utensils & Small Food Items: Install a free-standing drawer unit underneath a countertop or inside a cabinet, then attach it with bungee cords to create a secure and orderly storage space for your spatulas, snacks, etc.
  • Garbage: Instead of a standard garbage can, save more space for foot traffic by adding an over-the-door rubbish bin to one of your kitchen cabinets — out of sight, out of mind!
  • Dishes: Your plates and bowls are the most likely to break during a road trip, but a dish cradle is the perfect solution to keeping them vertically organized and safe from damage
  • Fruit & Produce: If your fridge space is running low, store fruits and non-refrigerated vegetables in a ceiling-mounted hanging organizer 

RV Living Room Storage

The living room is the heart of any residential space, whether it’s a stationary home or a fully mobile recreational vehicle. You can make more room for family and social gatherings, from board games to movie marathons, by optimizing your organizational strategy for this area of your RV. East Coast Campers recommends the following approaches: 

  • Blankets: Store in a wicker basket with a lid that can act as a side table, or put your plush linens in a nifty storage ottoman 
  • Remotes and small appliances: Attach a few squares of velcro strips to the side of your coffee table and use it to hold TV remotes, fan controllers, or even smartphones
  • Magazines and looseleaf papers: Add a standing file organizer to an open tabletop surface or cabinet to keep print materials neat and easily accessible 

RV Bathroom Storage 

For as much as most RV owners love the great outdoors, nothing beats a hot shower after a long day of hiking, camping, or traveling. Avoid the hassle of coming home to a cluttered and cramped bathroom by making the following storage arrangements in your camper’s washroom:

  • Toiletries: Organize lotions, shampoo, soap, and other toiletries by installing lightweight wooden spice racks on the wall
  • Jewelry: Can’t go anywhere without your favorite accessories? Keep necklaces from tangling or getting damaged with a wall-mounted hanging unit — just a small wooden board with a few knobs, attached with Command strips, will do the trick!
  • Towels and bath linens: Use a ceiling-attached shoe organizer to hold your towels, washcloths, and other linens — you’ll be saving space from the ground up!

RV Bedroom Storage

The bedroom is one of the best places to optimize storage in your RV, and it can be a lot of fun to do because you can personalize it just the way you want! For increasing space and maximizing the comfort of your sleeping arrangements, try the following tips: 

  • Convert unused bunk space: Turn an empty bunk into a makeshift office that provides you with work-from-home convenience as well as on-the-road freedom
  • Under the bed: Store clothes or other belongings in a floor-level storage drawer 
  • Headboard Hacks: Use a quilt or tapestry with pockets to store small items in the space where a traditional wooden headboard would normally go — it’s also a fun DIY project!

Maximize Your RV Experience With Better Storage Solutions

At East Coast Campers & More, we know the recreational vehicle industry inside and out, so we’ve learned lots of space-saving storage solutions along the way. Whether it’s a camper, park model, travel trailer, or another kind of RV, our team of dealers and service providers have the professional expertise and insight to help you maximize the storage of your rig. For more information on RV storage hacks, be sure to give us a call at our Frankford dealership today!