37 RV hacks that will make you a happy camper
RV Camping is a great family experience. It gives you the ability to drive down the open road, see the sites, and spend time with the ones you love. Here are a few RV hacks that will make you a happier camper by making your trip easier.
1. Shoe Rack Bed Storage
Beds are a great place for added storage. Basically take a shoe holder, cut it as shown, and wire it with heavy cord. It is sturdy enough to hold all of your shoes around your bed frame.
2. Shoe Rack Shower Storage
RVs have the tendency to be low on extra space, shoe racks are always great ways to create instant organized storage. Hang one over your shower curtain rod for extra bath storage.
3. DIY Travel Cup
It never fails, something gets spilled. An easy way to minimize the disaster area is Press’n Seal Wrap. It works with most cups and saves many headaches.
4. PVC Pipe Hammock
Who doesn’t love a hammock! After you’re parked be sure to put together a hammock for kids and big kids to enjoy. It can even double as an extra bed! It required 2 inch PVC Pipe for the main span and 1.5 in for the cross pieces. Sleeves were sewn in the fabric and the PVC was slipped through and connected together. Then ran rope through the long pieces and through a hole in 1.5 in pieces that are used to prevent the rope from slipping back through the door closure. You can store it in the pop top gap up top when not in use.
5. Command Hook Curtains
Need a temporary curtain to create separation in your RV, don’t want to drill holes into the frame, or simply want a super easy way to hang curtains. Use command hooks to hold up your curtain rod!
6. DIY Tank Cleaner
Toilets are always dreaded to clean, especially RV ones. An easy fix is a cup of Borax detergent and 1/2 cup of Calgone Water Softener. The Borax helps control odor and the water softener prevents waste from sticking to the walls of the waste tank. Be nice to your RV bathroom and keep your tank clean.
7. Dry Erase Board Use
Dry erase boards come in handy for many uses but they can help with safety concerns as well. Keep one in the RV to write down the name of the campground, address, spot number, phone number of the campground, and any other useful information about the site you may want to be nearby in case of an accident or emergency.
8. Getting Better Wi-Fi Signal
Wi-Fi is a given at most campsites now, but sometimes it can be hard to get a good signal. The easiest way to boost the signal is a simple $20 fix, a Wi-Fi Reception Booster.
9. Collapsible Garbage Can
RV’s are low on storage, a large trashcan is difficult to travel with. However, using a collapsible laundry basket makes a perfect impromptu trash can that stores away easily.
10. Space Saving Containers
Square containers use space more efficiently than the round containers many items come in, they piece together better, and don’t move around as easily while in transit!
11. Tissue Box Container
Tissue Boxes get tossed around, sat on, and wet until they become unusable. A simple Tupperware container can help to fix these problems. Cut a slot into the container and place the tissue box in it and it becomes a water proof box you won’t easily squish.
12. Black Out Curtain Trick
Black out curtains are one of the best investments for RVing. After a long drive sometimes you just need to go to bed and the sun doesn’t always cooperate with when you would like to sleep. A great trick is to Velcro the blackout curtains to some nice curtains you like, so you get the best of both worlds without the hassle of putting up more curtain rods.
13. Prevent Heat Loss
These Vent Cushions help to keep your RV insulated, they are inexpensive, and work great with deeper vents. Click Here to buy one.
14. DIY Awning Track Hanger
Make your own awning with a paracord! Each one you make will need 10 inches of paracord (ends melted), 1 inch of 1/4 inch rigid aluminum tubing, one M10 washer. Get directions here.
15. Mount Electrical Adapters
Be sure you have all of your cords, adapters, and wires mounted and organized. It makes life easier when you are able to find your cords as you roll into your campsite late at night and need something.
16. Pinesol Keeps Away Flies
Dilute it with water to create a 50/50 solution and wipe down your counters, tables, and awnings with it. Read more about this magical solution here.
17. String Light Hangers
Use these badge holder clips or paper clips to hang lights or decorations on your awning.
18. Bubble Wrap Insulation
For those chilly winter months a campfire is great but inside your RV is a different story! An easy temporary solution is Bubble Wrap insulation. Get easy directions here.
19. Syringe to Fix Wood Veneer
Warped and peeling veneer wood is an all too common problem, click here to get more information on how to use the syringe to fix your RV’s veneer imperfections.
20. Easy Scrambled Eggs
Eggs are a staple breakfast that everyone loves. To create this easy meal while camping the easiest thing to do it break them into a bottle with a lid (i.e. a water bottle, creamer bottle, etc). Add a little milk (optional) and shake it before pouring it into the pan to cook. It’ll save a bowl, wisp, and it recycles a bottle!
21. DIY Floor Update on a Budget
Everyone wants hardwood in their homes now, it’s no different with a motor home. These vinyl tiles aren’t your grandmothers laminate. They are inexpensive, easy to cut, pre-glued, water resistant, and look amazing installed!
22. Line the Shelves with Non-Slip Liner
Be sure to line all of your shelves with non-slip liner. It will keep your cabinets from becoming a dishware graveyard on those bumpy road trips.
23. Add Glow in the Dark Tape to Walk Ways
We all have the family member that WILL fall over something. At least try to help them when it is dark. Try to highlight steps, split levels, or anything in your RV someone could trip over with glow in the dark, or neon colored tape.
24. Save the Condiments
Free condiments are amazing! Keep them in a small container to save coveted real estate in the refrigerator. It not only saves money but it saves space!
25. Wasp Repellent
No one wants to mess with a wasp nest but they are attracted to the smell and taste of propane. A simple solution is to use a dog flea collar. Cut up a few and place them in the different compartments of your RV that may attract these pesky insects.
26. Place a Foam Noodle Over Awning Brace
An inexpensive easy solution for no more bumped heads as you walk around the RV.
27. Food Container Wastebasket
The RV is filled with nooks and crannies that a large trash cant fit into easily. Those dry food containers are the perfect size to place around the RV to help keep it clean!
28. Drying Clothes
Washing and drying clothes can be hard, and it gets expensive when traveling in an RV. A simple solution is to put a rack in the bathtub to at least cut down on drying costs. Just be sure your rod is secure in case you’re still drying while driving.
29. Anti-Fatigue Floor Mats Increase Comfort and Insulation
These squares a perfect RV hack for functionality and cost. You can buy 6 for around $20.
30. Spray Paint Dingy Parts
Spray paint is an inexpensive, quick, and easy update for anything on your RV. Help it look 10 years younger with this fix.
31. Wine Bottle Sleeves
These plastic sleeves are a great solution for when your glass bottles are knocking around in the cabinets. They are a great way to keep those expensive bottles from breaking on the road. You can get them here.
32. Easy Reupholstering Method
It’s as easy as wrapping a present, get full directions here.
33. Suction Cup Kid’s Caddies
Kids make messes, it is a way of life. However, we can attempt to organize them with these caddies that suction to the car windows. It provides them a good place to put the toys, markers, and hair things when they clean up.
34. Towel Rod Product Holder
Bath products never stay in one place while driving, use this simple hack to create a holder for all of your sink necessities!
35. Easy Washing Station
Create an easy washing station, all you need is a bar of soap placed in a leg of panty hose and tied around a water spigot. It will make cleaning up more convenient and your RV much cleaner.
36. Mice Repellent
Irish Spring is actually a mice repellent. Not convinced read this testimonial.
37. Ikea Light Hack
Lighting can be scarce and outdated in some RVs, get a sleek look with lights from Ikea. Instructions are available here.