By Liz Wilcox
Make your next RV adventure even better (and impress your next Campanda renters with your ingenuity) with these quick and easy RV hacks — all of which can be done with materials that are readily and cheaply available at most hardware and superstores.
1. Hang a suspension rod in the shower.While most RVs come equipped with lots of storage solutions, sometimes it just isn’t enough. Install a suspension rod in the shower to create an extra closet.
2. Keep things in place with bungee cords and tension rods.
These little guys are very functional for RVing. Use the cords to secure cabinets and semi-loose items in the bathroom, kitchen and refrigerator during travel days.
Tension rods can be used to secure canned goods, hang curtains or even make a shelf.
3. Command hooks — hang everything!
For Rvers, command hooks may just be the best thing since sliced bread! They can be used to help you with just about any storage problem in the RV.
Use them to hang your cooking utensils, towels, coats or just about anything else you can think of. They’re even a great alternative for hanging up pictures — forget drilling into your RV!
4. Store kitchen supplies in file folder boxes.
Have too many kitchen supplies and not enough drawer or cabinet space? Use hanging file folder boxes to organize and quickly access kitchen supplies.
5. Get a suction-cup toothbrush holder.
Travel days can be hard. Make them easier by keeping your toothbrush secure. A toothbrush holder with a suction cup will ensure that your toothbrush stays safe and germ-free all the way to your next destination.
6. Nesting ware is your friend.
Nesting bowls and spoons are an all-around win for the RV. They can also double as toys for the kids!
7. Utilize the oven!
The oven is prime real estate for just about anything that needs to be kept close at hand. When it’s not being used, of course!
Editor’s Note: No seriously, make sure that oven is turned OFF. And be sure to check that it’s empty before switching it on.
8. Use styrofoam.
Covering the door window in your RV is a great way to get some extra privacy and temperature control. A simple method is to cut a piece of styrofoam to size, then tape it to the window. Voila!
9. Put a ceramic tile in the oven to distribute heat evenly.
Oven not cooperating? Place a ceramic tile in the center of the RV oven and presto! The perfect recipe becomes the perfect dinner!
10. Buy a vent cushion.
Because RVs are not insulated like houses, temperature can be harder to regulate. A vent cushion is a small investment that goes a long way. This is especially true if you are staying in a park that charges for electricity, or if you use propane to heat your rig in the winter.
You can find them in the RV section of most superstores.
11. Create bright light with a five-gallon bucket
Let there be light! Place a cheap work light in a five-gallon bucket around your the campsite for a bright glow. around your the campground site.
12. Add light and ambience with LED lights.
Add LED lights to the living room, your bedroom slide or along the stairs of your rig for a little extra light and personality.
13. Install push lights.
The lights in many RVs tend to be rather yellow, which isn’t ideal at night. Install a few push lights in dimly lit corners and cabinets. This will help with nighttime chores — and late night snacking.
14. Stick glow-in-the dark tape on the stairs.
RV steps are not known for their stability. At night it can be tricky getting in and out of your camper. Adding strips of glow-in-the-dark tape to the stairs is a quick and easy solution.
15. Upholster with crib sheets.
Want to give your RV a mini-makeover without all the hard work? Cover dinette couch cushions with crib sheets. Change them out periodically for a fresh look.
Add a matching tablecloth and some fun salt and pepper shakers and give your RV a whole new vibe!
16. Use adhesive window film for privacy and style.
A bit of decorative window film can really improve and personalize a small space. It also adds a welcome touch of privacy.
17. Buy a digital photo frame.
Love having your family photos up but feel like there isn’t enough wall space in your camper? Try a digital photo frame with all your favorite pictures on rotation. It’s a space-saver and a great conversation piece!
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18. Use the community center!
Community centers are the hidden gems of RV parks and campgrounds. Use them when you’re in need of privacy, open space or a comfortable couch and some pixel-free TV. Many even include sinks, refrigerators, microwaves and wifi!
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