The RV life can be fun, but certain things about living your life in an oversized van can be a challenge. Luckily, there are people who addressed some of these issues head on, and in their best Barney Stinson voices exclaimed, “Challenge accepted!” In many cases, they won. Here are some of our favorite hacks for RV living.
1. Towel Rods Hold More Than Towels
When you’re tooling around the U.S. in an RV, everything has to be in its place. The last thing you want are unsecured items flying around when you go around a corner or have to stop (relatively) quickly. The solution? Make a mini-shelf with a towel rod. Use the rods to secure your bathroom supplies, spices in the kitchen area and things like remote controls and game controllers.
2. It’s Hip to Be Square
Storage space is at an obvious premium in a RV and no place is more representative of that fact than the pantry. Food manufactures are fond of putting things in round containers, but those are hard to work with in a small space.
The hack? Transfer items from round containers into square ones. You can pick up these containers at the dollar store and once you’ve filled them you will be amazed how much more you can fit on the pantry shelves.
3. Velcro Is Awesome
Not sure if the people who invented Velcro knew the revolution they were starting, but life has not been the same since that familiar “riipppp” has entered our lives. Fortunately for RV’ers, the invention makes keeping track of cooking utensils and remote controls, as well as crafting blackout curtains, so much simpler.
4. Everyone Loves Bubble Wrap
Popping the bubbles is good therapy, but you should save a roll or two to insulate your windows. Yes, you read that correctly. Lightly spray your windows with water and apply a pre-cut piece of bubble wrap to your window. The wrap will cling to the window and keep the heat from escaping. Who knew?
Bonus: When the weather warms up again, you can pop the wrap as you take it down. The task will take longer, but you’ll be much more relaxed and most likely won’t care.
5. Don’t Forget the Non-Slip
Things slide around in an RV no matter how carefully you drive. Keep things such as plates and glasses in place with non-slip liners. Line your shelves, cabinets and even your counters with the stuff. Nothing will be going anywhere.
6. Shoe Organizers With a Twist
If you are jonesing for more storage space (you’re in a RV, of course you’re jonesing for more space), use a shoe organizer around your bed. Cut up an organizer lengthwise and hook it to the bottom of your bed. Tada! You have a place for your shoes, hairbrush, books and other small items that can get in the way but that you actually need.
7. Take the Flea Collar off the Dog and Use It for This
Have you ever been driven out of an RV because the flying bugs were trying to take over? Although bees and flies are problematic, wasps are the most annoying, if not just because of what attracts them to our humble abode on wheels.
Wasps love the smell and taste of propane. Yeah, it’s gross and strange. However, if you want to make the annoying, flying, stinging machines go away, put a flea collar around the propane tank. As much as they love propane, they hate flea collars. Give Fido a good bath and flea med, it’s more effective anyway.
8. Use a Noodle to Protect Your Noggin
How many times have you been chillin’ under the awning, went to get up for another beer… er … soda and “Smack!” head meets awning bar.
If you want to decrease the headaches (because let’s be real, you’re never going to remember that bar is there), cut a slit in a pool noodle and slide it over the bar. Now when you hit your head the only pain you’ll feel is the sting of embarrassment from doing it. Again.
There they are, our eight favorite RV hacks. Now when you’re out on the open road enjoying your freedom and seeing the sights, you can do it with a little more comfort. And feel free to share these tips with your friends and fellow RVers. We all need to stick together. It can be a challenging life, but for most, it’s the only life worth living.