Are you looking for RV hacks? We’ve got quite a few to share with you. In this article, we’ll give you tips and tricks to make your RV life easier and more comfortable. Continue reading if you want to know more RV hacks.
It’s no secret that living in an RV can be quite challenging. Going from a spacious and inert residence to a mobile dwelling requires a ton of adjustments. In fact, these adjustments have to do with your living space, storage habits, cooking process, and décor, among others. Below, we’ve listed a hundred tips and tricks that clever members of the RV community have come up with.
RV Living Space Hacks
The first thing you’ll notice about RV life is the limited living space. For most people, especially those who don’t live in luxury RVs, it can be quite cramped. Below, you’ll find space-saving hacks.
1. Get multipurpose furniture
One of the best ways to expand tiny spaces is by getting multipurpose furniture. In mobile homes where space is scarce, having furniture that serve several purposes is an advantage. Take, for example, this ottoman bench which can also serve as storage or low table.
2. Check out modular living space setups
If you have limited space but want it to be versatile, a compact living system like the Casulo is a brilliant way to go about it. It has a bed, shelf, cabinet, desk, and even stools to sit on. If you need to clear your space, it can easily be boarded up into a compact rectangle, stored neatly in one corner.
3. Invest in convertible furniture
Alternatively, you can choose to invest in convertible furniture such as a sofa bed. In the daytime, you can leave it as a sofa. This gives you more room to roam around. When it’s time to sleep, you can unfold the sofa bed and you’ll get a comfortable night’s rest. You can even craft one yourself.
4. Utilize vertical space through bunk beds
Bunk beds are a great way to utilize vertical space in your motorhome. On top of convertible beds, bunk beds will ensure you have enough space for the whole family to sleep comfortably. Moreover, they are easy to incorporate into a floorplan.
5. Hide your TV
A hidden TV will not only save space, but also keep it safe and secure when you’re on the road. In particular, it will remove your worries about your monitor flying around when you encounter rough road.
6. Install your TV with an overhead mount
Also a good option is an overhead or flip down TV. This frees up the space it would otherwise occupy on top of a table. An overhead TV will utilize your vertical space. Moreover, if it can be flipped over, it won’t interfere with your headroom whenever it’s not in use.
7. Save space with convertible tables
Another way to maximize the space of your camper is by installing convertible tables. Pull them out when you need to, but put them away when it’s time to go on the road again.
8. Mount tables on walls
Another RV hack for saving space with your furniture choices is wall-mounted tables. This foldable desk gives you extra workspace without infringing too much on your living space.
9. Use a ceiling-mounted paper plate dispenser
Sometimes, it’s just more convenient to use paper plates. For those instances, a ceiling mounted-dispenser like the one above will come in handy. It gets rid of the clutter, and let’s you have additional room in your cabinets.
10. Use a bedside caddy instead of a nightstand
A nightstand can be quite bulky and when you’re trying to maximize your space, a caddy is better as it functions just as well in keeping your bedtime things organized and nearby.
11. Use cord organizers
Keeping all the wires in your mobile homes neat and manageable can be a challenge. To avoid tripping over a tangled mess, use cord organizers and stick them to the walls of your RV.
12. Purchase an over the seat organizer
Every additional storage space is important in a mobile home. For this reason, you shouldn’t discount over the sear organizers. They can hold various things such as tumblers, books, maps, and even toys of your children.
13. Incorporate dog houses into your living space
If you plan to bring pets with you, it’s a good idea to have a designated space for them. This is particularly important when your vehicle is in motion.
RV Kitchen and Cooking Hacks
Next, let’s talk about RV hacks for cooking. Kitchens in mobile homes aren’t that expansive, right? Luckily, there are several innovative storage ideas for your pots, pans, knives, and spices. Moreover, there are also tips and tricks to make food preparation easier. Check them out below.
14. Use microfiber towels to clean up
Invest in small microfiber towels. Firstly, they are more absorbent than cotton towels so cleaning your wet counters will go faster. Secondly, they will be easy to store because of their size and thickness. Lastly, you can assign colors for specific purposes. For instance, one color can be used for wiping spills and another can be assigned to dish drying.
15. Invest in stacking or collapsible containers
Stacking, collapsible, or nesting dishes are great for saving space in your kitchen. Whether it’s food storage containers, bowls, or spoons, you can’t go wrong with them. As an example for food containers, you can choose deli containers that can easily be stacked on top of each other. Moreover, they have the added benefits of having the same lid sizes, as well as being transparent.
16. Nesting cookware also save space
You can’t cook a good meal without the proper cookware. The problem is, pots and pans can take up a lot of cabinet space. For this reason, you should find a durable nesting set like this one. If you like to use your oven, it would be better to find oven safe and non-stick nesting cookware sets.
17. Tic Tac containers as spice jars
Still in line with preparing a good meal, using empty tic tac containers to store herbs and spices is a good idea to save space and money. There’s no need to spend money on fancy spice bottles when you have a lot of tic tac containers lying around.
18. Consider a magnetic spice rack
Alternatively, you can store your spices in small metal cans so they can easily be secured on a magnetic spice rack. Aside from saving space, your spices will also be secured when you go on the road and travel.
19. Use spice grip clips
As another option for organizing your spices, spice grip clips can also go a long way towards keeping them in order, securing them on the road, and saving space. They can be mounted in the inside of your cupboard doors.
20. Choose an Aeropress for coffee
Can’t live without coffee? Keep gadgets to a minimum by investing in an Aeropress instead of a full-on coffee machine. This will save you space and electricity while giving you your caffeine fix.
21. Marinate and freeze meat
To save time and resources on the road, you can pre-marinate meat, store them in ziplock bags, and then put them in your freezer. When you’re ready to eat them, you can take them out to thaw and then cook them as you please, be it grilled, pan-fried, or oven-cooked.
22. Use BPA-free plastic plates and bowls
Regarding your utensils, it would be a good idea to use reusable plastic plates, bowls, and glasses as opposed to glass or ceramic. Plasticware are lightweight and not prone to breaking even if they click and clack against each other. Thus, they will give you one less thing to worry about when you’re passing through bumpy roads.
23. Extend your counter space with sink covers
If you feel like you don’t have enough counter space, sink covers are an easy fix. Moreover, they may also be used as chopping boards. If you’re looking for other purposes, some sink covers may also be used as drying racks or dish cradles.
24. Increase your counter space with pull-out surfaces
When you’re living in a mobile home, having enough counter space is important for food preparation. With this in mind, you can also have pull-out counter spaces in your interiors.
25. Get a foldable and mobile kitchen island
If you still feel like you don’t have enough counter space, invest in a movable kitchen island. All the better if its foldable because then you could easily store it after use.
26. Secure things using tension rods
Once your mobile home starts moving, things inside your cabinets can become disorganized if they aren’t held in place. Tension rods are an easy and affordable way to make sure they aren’t displaced during your journey from one point to another.
27. Don’t waste the top space of your shelves
More often than not, storing food supplies in your kitchen cabinets will leave the top area free. Don’t waste this space. Craft an inner shelf so you can make use of the area.
28. Take advantage of unused appliances
Some RVers are really clever when it comes to finding additional storage. As shown above, the microwave holds a basket of food when not in use. This basket can easily be removed when you need to use the microwave. You can also do the same thing with your oven.
29. Install a peg board for kitchen utensils
Peg boards are a great way to maximize the cabinet and counter space of your mobile home. You can customize shelving, racks, and hooks for your pots, pans, cups, and other utensils. Additionally, you can either mount it on the wall or have it pull out from the cabinet, as can be seen above.
30. Magnetize your cutting board
A smart way to store your cutting board is under your cabinets. Since it’s also a flat object, it will not stick out like a sore thumb. This can be done by sticking magnets onto the sides of your cutting board, and then installing a metal sheet under your chosen cabinet.
31. Hang Mason Jars
If you have a lot of mason jars, you can hang them under a cupboard and use them to store grains, pasta, pretzels, and other dry food.
32. Stock up on clothespins and binder clips
Clothespins and binder clips are versatile and useful tools. You can use them not only for hanging your laundry, but also to secure plastic bags. Consequently, you can use them to close trash bags or temporarily seal unfinished chip bags.
33. Hang your pinned chips
Nothing’s more sad than crushed potato chips. For this reason, you can install a tension rod in one of your cabinets, and hang your chips. This also works with binder clips and command hooks.
34. Make a cutting board knife rack
What’s more convenient than a cutting board that also doubles as a knife rack? Being able to store them behind your cupboard doors is also a nice touch, making sure the knives are secure.
35. Keep food in place with fridge braces
Once you start driving your mobile home, food and drinks stored inside your refrigerator will inevitably move. Avoid making a mess by investing in some fridge braces. As can be seen above, this item can secure milk cartons and soda bottles.
36. Invest in pull-out drawers for your fridge
Another way you can maximize the space of your refridgerator as well as organize its contents is through a bunch of pull-out drawers. In particular, they’re great at separating small goods, dry goods, and easily perishable goods.
37. Use non-slip kitchen liners
If you aren’t traversing to rough terrain, kitchen liners would be enough to keep your dishes from moving too much. Make sure you put these non-slip kitchen liners at the bottom of your drawers or cabinets.
38. Utilize the insides of cupboard doors
A point often overlooked is the use of cupboard doors as storage. Their backs are perfect for hanging potholders and kitchen utensils. As illustrated above, they may also be used for reminders.
39. Sliding shelves in cabinets
Extra sliding shelves in cabinets will increase the number of items you can store inside. This is especially true if you stack them on top of each other. Moreover, you can further enhance this RV hack by putting labels on each sliding shelf. This is beneficial whether your cabinets are too narrow or too deep.
40. Invest in command hooks
Command hooks are a great way to utilize your mobile home’s vertical space. They can be used to hang your coats, pot holders, utensils, towels, and even pictures or other memorabilia. What’s more, you can hang them inside your cabinets, walls, or bathroom.
41. Get a cabinet door wastebasket
A garbage can that can be tucked away behind cabinet doors not only saves space, but also keeps your camper from becoming smelly.
42. Stick caddies on the back of cupboard doors
A great way to utilize cupboard door space is by attaching caddies. They are great for storing food preparation necessities such as zip lock bags. Moreover, they’re convenient places for dishwashing tools so they don’t fly around while your mobile home is in motion.
43. Store garbage bags in paper towel rolls
Another way to save space in your mobile home is by transferring your garbage bags from their boxy packaging to the insides of an empty paper towel roll. This way, you save space and recycle at the same time.
44. Store garbage bag rolls
Alternatively, you can store rolls of garbage bags in the cabinet under your sink. With an easy DIY project, you’ll have an easy trash bag dispenser at your disposal.
45. Maximize cabinet space with dish cradles
Instead of storing your plates bottom side down, use dish cradles to store them sideways. This will give you more space for additional dishes, as well as other kitchen utensils. Additionally, it will be easier to take out and store specific plates.
46. Get extendable drawer dividers
Drawer dividers are a must if you want to keep your kitchen utensils organized. Group like items together. Now, extendable drawer dividers are more versatile in that you get more use out of them. You can customize how each drawer is divided, and even transfer a divider to other locations.
47. Use square containers as opposed to round ones
If you want to maximize the space of your storage compartments, you should choose square-shaped containers, not round ones.
48. Invest in a baking stone
If you use the oven often, invest in a baking stone to make sure heat is distributed evenly inside the oven. This RV hack will help you avoid burnt baked goods.
RV Storage and Organization Hacks
Thirdly, let’s talk about tips and tricks for RV storage. If clutter is a problem for you, smart organization tricks and tools will help you solve this problem. Fortunately, there are several storage and organization RV hacks you can draw inspiration from.
49. Utilize storage bins
Storage bins that can easily fit under your furniture, cabinets, or shelves can help you declutter your space. This will automatically make your camper feel neater and more spacious.
50. Utilize your RV basement
Free up some space indoors by maximizing your RV’s basement space. Use dividers to keep everything organized and easily searchable.
51. Invest in drawer dividers
Avoid having drawers that overflow with stuff. Organize your thigns with drawer dividers. Be it for your clothes or various knick knacks, organizers will help you keep things in order.
52. Install drawers under your tables
If you feel like you don’t have enough drawer space, you can install some under your existing tables. In fact, this is a great way to compartmentalize the things that you have.
53. Use velcro to mount objects to the wall
Another way to mount things on your wall without having to drill into your walls is by using velcro strips. These can easily be installed and removed without damaging the interiors of your mobile home.
54. Use picture hanging strips to keep track of your remotes
In relation to the velcro strips in the previous item, use Command’s picture hanging strips so you don’t misplace your TV or air conditioner remotes. You can mount them to the wall without leaving any residue on both sides. What’s more, if you decide to change their position, you can easily do so.
55. Try cork board for reminders
If you prefer post its to digital reminders, then sticking cork board behind cabinet doors will be quite useful for you. Aside from reminders, you can also use it for pictures, news clips, and recipes.
56. Don’t forget your ceiling space
Another space-saving RV hack is ceiling storage. Installing cubbyholes or drawers will give you convenient hiding places for your various knock knacks. You can use it for books, gadgets, and even medicine.
57. Hang your cleaning items on the ceiling
Speaking of ceilings, you can also hang your cleaning supplies on them. Simply stick on some clips capable of holding your brooms, mops, feather dusters, and other cleaning tools.
58. Mount your adapters
We all know what a mess tangled wires can be. Besides being annoying, it’s actually a hassle when you go into your cabinets and try to look for a specific adapter. This can be solved setting up a mount for them, be it on a wall or a ceiling.
59. Invest in vacuum sealed bags
Given that pillows, blankets, and other clothes can be quite bulky, vacuum sealed bags will come in handy. With this RV hack, you can significantly increase the number of pillows and blankets you bring.
60. Repurpose pool noodles
We all have our clumsy moments. And if you tell us you’ve hit your head on your mobile home’s awning before, know that you aren’t the first to do so. Many fellow campers have experienced the same thing and they’ve come up with a solution – pool noodles. Make a slit on one side and wrap your awnings lest you want to get a head injury.
61. Make a storage headboard
Another way you can use vertical storage to your advantage is through a storage headboard. You can put a number of bedtime items or important objects depending on how many pockets it has. If your headboard area is near a window, this can also serve as a curtain.
62. Use space under the bed
The space under your bed can be used to store quite a lot of your things. For this reason, you can remodel your bed to incorporate drawers and dividers. Alternatively, you may also use rectangular storage containers.
63. Secure blackout curtains with velcro strips
No one likes to be woken up with glaring sunlight. For this reason, having blackout curtains are a must. To ensure your beauty sleep does not get interrupted, you can use velcro strips to keep them in place. Moreover, you can go a step further and use velcro to convert normal curtains into effective blackout curtains.
64. Create a shoe rack out of over the door hooks
Undeniably, shoes take up a ton of space in your camper. If you don’t have a good shoe rack, it can be hard to keep track of them. Attaching over the door hooks around your bed is an easy and affordable, not to mention space-saving way to keep track of them.
65. Get stacking shelves or drawers for your cabinets
Get more storage space out of your closet by investing in stacking shelves or drawers, which will make it easier to occupy the space below the clothes that need to be hung.
66. Check out hanging organizers for your closet
If your closet has a tension rod, having multiple hanging organizers can come in handy. They will let you store and retrieve clothes easily in addition to organizing them by type, color, or size.
67. Invest in basket with handles
If you have deep cabinets or shelves, having baskets with handles is a great idea. They will make it easier to pull things in and out of their position. Moreover, they will be less prone to spilling.
68. Use magnetic strips
Another RV hack to keep things in place is through the use of magnetic strips or magnetic tape. Still with the goal of using as much wall space as you can, magnetic strips can be used to stick metal objects such as a nail cutter and tweezer onto a flat vertical surface.
69. Try a folding clothes hanger
A folding clothes hanger is a great tool to have at hand. You can hang dress shirts or slacks temporarily, or use it to air dry your laundry. When not in use, you can fold it and it won’t take up any space in your mobile home.
70. Hang your caps vertically
If you’re someone who has a ton of caps, then you know how hard they can be to store because they can take up so much space. If you have a hanger or a spare shower rod, as well as some shower hooks, you can hang your caps in an organized manner.
RV Bathroom Hacks
Obviously, bathrooms in mobile homes have limited space. As such, it would be great to figure out how you can maximize that space. No worries, we’ve got a few RV hacks below.
71. Try hanging organizers in the bathroom
Keeping your bathroom in order shouldn’t be a problem with hanging organizers. Hanging organizers eliminate counter space problems as well as toppling problems when you’re on the road.
72. Use tension rods to secure bottles
Alternatively, you could also secure your bathroom necessities with a tension rod. As illustrated by the picture above, a tension rod will keep your toiletries snug and secure as your RV moves.
73. Hang your toothbrushes with cable holders
Counter space is usually a problem when you live in a mobile home. For this reason, many RVers look for ways to use their walls. In the case above, they opted to hold up their tooth brushes using cable holders instead of a decorative cup.
74. Use Mason Jars for small items
Keep your toiletries organized with mason jars. You can secure them to a wall and use them as containers for cotton swabs, cotton balls, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and even make up sponges.
75. Repurpose wine rack into towel rack
Towels are a necessity in any RV. They’re also quite bulky. However, they’ll consume less space if you roll them up instead of folding them. Additionally, a wine rack can be repurposed to keep them rolled up and thus, less bulky.
76. Use flat toilet paper holders as towel rack
If the wine doesn’t appeal to you, you could also use flat toilet paper holders for your towels. This is actually more suitable near the sink because it can hold face and hand towels at a convenient place.
77. Use shampoo dispensers
Get rid of the clutter of bottles on your counter space by investing in shampoo dispensers. You can also use them for conditioner, shower gel, liquid soap, and lotion.
78. Organize your hair styling accessories with a rack
Keep all of your hair styling necessities in one place. In particular, having a dedicated rack will go a long way towards keeping them neat and orderly.
79. Hang toiletries with a badge holder clips and locking rings
You’ll surely have a shower rod in your bathroom. Why don’t you make use of that? Clip your toiletries and hang them using locking rings.
RV Décor Hacks
Who says mobile homes can’t be aesthetic? If you head to Instagram right now, you’ll see that even the tiniest RVs can have unique interior decorations. It just takes creativity. See if you can get some inspiration below.
80. Try out peel and stick tiles
A great way to update your RV’s interiors is through peel and stick tiles. These are easy to install, clean, and take off. Moreover, they are water and heat resistant in case you want to remodel near your oven or stove area.
81. Spruce up other areas with decals
Another way to spruce up your living area is through vinyl decals. They are an affordable way of adding character to your interiors. Moreover, decals are easy to remove and install.
82. Invest in a digital photo frame
To maximaze your wall space, digitize your memories and purchas e digital photo frame. This piece will display a number of pictures on rotation. Moreover, it can also display your favorite artwork.
83. Update your flooring
Vinyl plank flooring is a great way to change the overall look of your mobile home’s interiors. This RV hack can take your interiors from generic to classy.
84. Put wooden frames around your windows
Another RV hack to make your vehicle look more like a home, is adding wooden frames around your windows. As shown above, the wooden frame just gives a different effect. Additionally, you can easily install these frames using peel and stick variants.
85. Use thumb tacks to hang window valances
One more thing you can do to decorate your windows is hang a valance using thumb tacks. This is an incredibly easy RV hack that will give your vehicle a more homey feel.
86. Make your own roman shades
Making your own roman shades is easy. Moreover, it’s a great way to add a personal touch to the interiors of your mobile home.
87. Use fabric to design cornices
Additionally, you could also stick fabric onto your cornices using thumb tacks or stapler. This is a great way to add accents to a room. What’s more, attaching them with thumb tacks or stapler makes it easy to remove for when you want to redecorate.
88. Replace RV blinds with no-sew curtains
Lastly, replacing RV blinds with DIY no-sew curtains is an easy way to customize your space. Using a fabric of your choosing, you can decide on the size and position of your curtains.
RV Lighting Hacks
Another integral part of the RV experience is lighting. With power capacity considerations, it can be a challenge to enhance the lighting in some parts of your mobile home. As luck would have it, other campers have shared RV hacks for this issue as well. Take a look at some of them below.
89. Brighten up your closet with LED push lights
At night time, it can be difficult to scrounge around your cabinets to find an item. Instead of using up power to turn on the lights, you might use your phone’s flashlight instead. These remote controlled, battery powered, LED closet lights will take care of that problem.
90. Check out LED strip lights
Alternatively, if the tap lights seem insufficient for your needs, you could also look into LED strip lights. They can be stuck under a number of furniture – shelves, cabinets, and cupboards. Moreover, they are easy to install and battery powered.
91. Avoid injury with step lights
We’re sure you don’t want to get injured in the middle of a trip. For this reason, it’s best to install step lights to help you see where you’re going when it’s dark outside. That is to say, if your mobile home doesn’t already have them.
92. Make your own outdoor mood lighting
Recycle a 5-gallon bucket and use it for outdoor lighting. This is perfect if you want to entertain guests and have a chill gathering outside your camper.
93. Strap a headlamp around a bottle of water
Here’s another RV hack for lighting. Grab a headlamp and strap it around a bottle of water. As a result, you’ll have the perfect night light or emergency light diffused around your camper. While it won’t give you the brightest light, you’ll get enough to see your surroundings and even read a little.
RV Temperature Hacks
Lastly, let’s talk about RV hacks for keeping yourself warm and cozy. Perhaps one of the most challenging parts of RV living is insulation. Below, we give you examples things other campers have done.
94. Keep warm with a vent cushion
Maintaining the heat in your camper is extremely important especially during the winter seasons. Having a vent cushion is a simple way to do so.
95. Stick bubble wrap onto your windows
Another to insulate your mobile home is by sticking bubble wrap onto your windows. Make sure you choose the ones with the big bubbles. These are easy to install and leave no marks afterwards.
96. Recycle styrofoam
A great RV hack for insulation involves styrofoam to block out the small gaps from your doors and windows. You can cut styrofoam to size, and seal these small gaps to ensure cold air does not enter your space.
97. Cover your windows with styrofoam
Alternatively, you can also use styrofoam to cover your windows. As shown above, you can trim a styrofoam board to the size of your window and attach it with duct tape. This RV hack will also help keep the insides of your mobile home warm.
98. Install RV skirting
During the cold season, it’s best to skirt your RV. This will not only add to your insulation, but also protect your pipes from freezing. Moreover, RV skirting will give you additional undercarriage storage.
99. Add a window tint
Try tinting your RV windows. This RV hack will not only reduce heat, but also increase privacy. Moreover, it will give you added protection from glare. In truth, this trick could also fall under RV decor hacks, as changing the color of your windows can give your vehicle a different vibe. Ultimately, we think it’s more of a temperature RV hack.
100. Block the heat with insulated curtains
Finally, you can block the heat with insulated window covers. All you need for this RV hack is a curtain, heat reflecting fabric, velcro, time, and patience.
Summary of RV Hacks
As you can see, there are several RV hacks you can employ to make your mobile home experience more comfortable. Because these RV hacks come from fellow RVers, you can be assured of their effectivity. In summary, these RV hacks have improved the RV living experience of so many in the community. You have nothing to lose by checking them out to see if they can be useful for your situation as well!