10 Easy RV Hacks You Can Do This Weekend
These simple RV hacks are inexpensive, simple tricks to make your travel trailer, camper, or flipper more comfortable and functional…
Social media is full of all kinds of life hacks to make life easier, more organized and more fun. As you can imagine, it is thousands of RV hacks you can use.
You don’t really need to “hack” your entire RV, but there are a handful of hacks you can do that will make a big difference. I’ve collected them into this list!
Best of all, you can do these RV hacks in a weekend! Actually, you can do them in one day, but you may need an extra day or two to get all the necessary supplies.
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10 Simple, Inexpensive RV Hacks
I have ten great RV hacks for you to try, and I bet others will share even more in the comments below. (I invite you to do the same!)
If 10 RV hacks aren’t enough, I’ll also tell you about a book with 400+ RV Hacks written by other RVers at the end.
1. Glow in the Dark Tape on Steps
Climbing into the motorhome at night can be a little troublesome, and even dangerous. A simple solution to find your way and stay upright is to use glow in the dark tape.
A roll of outdoor waterproof glow-in-the-dark tape goes a long way. You can tape it to every step and the handle, plus many other places.
Another great use for it is on “head knockers”, like the awning support for motorhomes. It will save you from bumping your head at night!
2. Tension rods in refrigerators and cupboards
RVers love tie rods! In fact, one of the most popular RV hacks is to use tension rods in your refrigerator or in cabinets to secure items in transit. Push the items back and use the bars to hold them in place.
Or you can put a rod between rows of items to hold them in place and to minimize rattling.
I recommend buying a pack of small tension rods (or even two packs) to keep in the RV. You can easily insert the bars into the fridge and cupboards as part of your demolition checklist.
3. Pool Noodle on awning support
Awning supports are often at the perfect height to hit your head in! They are just above eye level, yet below the top of your head… so the top of your head burns into it a lot.
A simple, affordable and safe way to protect your noggin is to use a pool noodle! You simply cut it down on one side and slide it over the support bar. You’re much more likely to see it pop, or at worst, hit soft foam instead of metal.
This is actually just one of 15 Pool Noodle Camping Hacks for RVs and Campers which I have shared before.
4. Coins on ice in fridge
Have you ever suspected that the power to your RV went out but you couldn’t tell? Wondering if the items in your freezer were thawed and then refrozen?
It’s a great RV hack that can tell if your power went out while you were away for an extended period of time. In addition, it can give you a good idea of how long.
You simply freeze a small cup of water. When the water is frozen, place a coin on top of the cup that you have in a corner of the freezer.
If you come back to find the coin frozen inside the ice instead of on top, you’ll know the power went out. Based on how deep the coin is, you can estimate how long the power was out.
5. Hanging organization in the shower
Another favorite RV hack is to use a hanging organizer in the shower. This utilizes vertical space to store shampoo bottles, razors, soap and more.
This hanging mesh organizer is a great option. Although, it is only one of 7 Best RV Shower Caddy Solutions (According to RVers) if you want more to choose from.
6. Attach bench or table objects with museum wax
It’s a product that goes by many different names: museum wax, earthquake putty or sticky putty, to name a few. But they generally work the same way.
You put a bit of wax or putty on the bottom of an object you need to secure. Then attach the glue to the worktop, tabletop or cupboard shelf to hold the item in place.
7. Use a broom holder for flashlights, tools, etc.
You can buy these wall-mounted broom holders without drilling and mount them anywhere to secure various items. They work great for flashlights, screwdrivers and such.
It’s a good idea to mount one by your door and bed to use for flashlights. You can also mount them in the storage under the RV for easy access to certain tools.
8. Use cord holders… everywhere
Cord holders are your friends! No more catching your foot on a charger cord dangling under the kitchen table. No more fishing for the phone cord by your bed.
I recommend an assortment of wire clips rather than just buying a few. Trust me, you’ll find a use for them throughout your RV!
You can even use them for pens and toothbrushes!
9. Store board games in plastic folders
RVers are always looking for ways to store things more compactly. This often means taking something from the original container and putting it in a more space-friendly one.
Board games are a camping staple, but their boxes can take up a lot of space. So a great RV hack is to remove the game board and checkers and put them in plastic folders.
You can then store the archive bags compactly in a box or lined up in a cupboard.
10. Use Drink Koozies to protect glasses and minimize rattling
Drink koozies are of course popular with RVers who like to keep their drinks cool while sitting around the fire. But that’s not their only use!
You can use a set of drink koozies to protect your glasses during transport. You can even use them flat between dishes or cut off the bottom to slide them onto different glassware.
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