RV Expertise is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Once you have your own RV, you are bound to make plans to go on a nice, long trip and you probably hope for one that is enjoyable, right?
You wouldn't want to spend your holiday trying to make your RV look spic and span whilst everyone else parties away. To prevent this, you can make use of simple, cheap hacks to make your RV glimmer and shine! By keeping things out of the way and secure, you will spend less time cleaning and more time enjoying your trip. Our hacks are sure to help you with this task.
Wondering what these hacks are? Well, we are here to help you with just that! Keep reading to find out how each of the following wonderful hacks could act as a game-changer during your holidays. So, let's get started!
1. Keep All Toiletries and Towels Organized in Storage Bins
Nobody likes towels, soaps, and shampoo bottles just lying around. Even worse, you definitely wouldn't want them on the bathroom floor just because your RV experienced a jerk or two.
Moreover, if you are a cleanliness freak, you would hate it if someone were just to mix up all the towels, leaving you to guess which one is yours. And, it would be disastrous to go searching for toiletries throughout your RV just because you did not place them in the bathroom beforehand.
To prevent all of this, what you need to do is invest in storage bins like the ones in the picture. These are available in most supermarkets and hardware stores for cheap. Pick ones that fit your requirements and simply attach them to a spare bathroom wall. You can either drill holes for screws and secure them into place or use heavy-duty, double-sided tape. Use double-sided tape only if you are sure you are not going to place something too heavy inside the bins.
See-through, transparent, or rack-style bins are best for this purpose. They allow you to see what is kept inside the bins clearly. The bins will prevent clutter and keep your toiletries organized. This hack will save you tons of trouble, allow you to keep your personal toiletries separate, and will prevent them from going missing.
2. PVC Pipes Aren’t Just for Water
Do you have a drawer or cupboard in your RV that can hold your cosmetics and hair tools? If your answer is no, then that is sad. But, worry not, we have just the hack for you! Not only that, but it requires potentially no investment because there is a good chance you have a PVC pipe lying around your house. If not, you can simply borrow one from your neighbors.
Whilst picking your pipe, it is best you either pick a conjunction piece or saw a similar part from a bigger pipe. Doing this will allow you to store two hair tools together easily. If you are worried about whether it's safe to keep hot hair tools inside a PVC pipe, then worry not. These holders are perfect for allowing your tools to cool off. You just need to make sure to pick the correct PVC pipe size, one that fits and holds your hair tools perfectly.
Furthermore, you can paint or spray the holder to make it look classier. You can also easily sand down the edges for a smoother finish. Also, you can make as many of these as you want. They can be placed either on a table or flat surface or drilled onto a wall.
3. Up-Cycle Your Denim For an Easy-to-Make Cutlery Holder
Do not have a box or holder that you can take with you to hold your cutlery whilst on the trip? Do you have one that you don't have to worry whether it's going to tumble and fall and spill your spoons, knives, and forks all over the place? If not, what you really need is a denim cutlery holder like the one in the image!
Not only will a denim cutlery holder keep your spoons, knives, and forks organized, but it is also going to keep them in place. There's no need to fret about your spoons and forks flying all over the place. With this hack, your knife will definitely not stab you in the back. Even better, you do not have to spend a chunk load of money to invest in some fancy tools.
All you need is a piece of old denim from a pair of jeans, jacket, or shorts, and a sewing machine. Do not worry if you don't own a sewing machine, you can easily sew this cutlery holder up with a needle and thread, too. Once you decide how large you want your holder to be and how many compartments you need, it all becomes easier.
You can then sew the required pockets onto a larger piece of denim. The larger piece needs to be the size of the space you will mount the fabric onto. Once all sewn up, all that is left to do is pin it up and get some cutlery organized!
4. Light Things Up - No More Stumbling at Night
Sick of tripping and falling down the stairs of your RV? Are you worried that one of your kids or elderly people will take a tumble whilst using the stairs at night? Then, worry not!
The hack we are going to suggest for preventing mishaps due to your RV stairs is very diverse. It all depends on how much you are willing to spend and whether you have similar equipment lying around. What you can do to make the stairs more secure at night is to install lights on each step. Not only does this add an aesthetic feel, but it also makes them more safer and more secure.
The next step after you deem this hack as useful is to pick out the kind of lights you would like to put up. As we mentioned before, this hack gives you tons of options. You can pick LED strips that can be pasted onto the stairs, solar, or battery-powered lights and even glow-in-the-dark strips.
It is necessary to assess first and foremost whether you can provide a power connection to your lights. If you can, then great. All you will then need to do is simply plug them into the nearest power source. You will only have to worry about wires not getting in the way. Otherwise, it is best to invest in self-charging, battery-operated, or glow-in-the-dark strips. It also depends on how much you want your stairs to light up.
5. Keep Your Tissues Within Reach
Do you have kids around and are resigned to that fact that it is going to get messy? Are you someone who will surely need dozens of tissues and keeping them within reach is important? Then you are going to love this hack!
If you already have some sort of removable rods in your RV, then you simply need to thread a tissue roll or two through them or tissue boxes behind them to keep your tissues organized. But if you do not, all you need are a couple of adjustable rods that can be extended and screwed across any length.
These will not cause you to spend tons of money and can be easily bought cheaply at any hardware store. Get your hands on three or four of these, and you are good to go. Non-adjustable rods will also fulfill your purpose, given that you know the exact length of the area where you will place them. Moreover, they will need to be screwed or glued down. They also cannot be re-used for other purposes.
Once you get your hands on the rods, you can simply thread tissue rolls through or behind them, as shown in the picture. Furthermore, you can hold up tissue boxes as well if you place them close enough to the roof of a cabinet or cupboard. Two rods placed close to each other will help you hold up tissue boxes easily.
6. Small Kitchen Space, No problem? Get Creative!
Is there little to no space in your kitchen? Or is your kitchen too small? Worried about where you're going to place your spices and cutlery? Then worry not, because we are sure that you have walls!
If you're crafty enough, you can easily create your own pan holders and cutlery box out of wood or hardboard. If not, these are available for cheap in most hardware stores. You can pick the ones that fit your size, requirements, and shape. For knives, you can paste a magnetic strip across the wall to keep them within reach.
For spices too, you can get tiny wood boxes or compartments, or you can attach tiny cabinets into your RV if that is possible. You can also create an overhead shelf using two pieces of wood. Tiny bottles which hold spices and herbs and fit together perfectly in one shelf are best. These too can be bought for cheap. Similar bottles will fit together perfectly, preventing them from sliding around in case you are not able to put a door on the front.
7. Prepare Ahead of Time With Movies On-the-Go
You will surely be excited about your trip, but it can get boring if you are going to cross some monotonous plains. Moreover, if you have kids around, they are definitely going to get noisy during the ride. They will, most likely, look for ways to entertain themselves.
The following hack is more of a cost-free solution to prevent anyone on the trip from getting bored. You can pre-arrangement ways to keep them busy. We say cost-free because most of us these days already have Wi-Fi, mobiles phones, tablets, and 4G connections.
You can easily download movies and music beforehand to watch whilst on your trip. Furthermore, this isn't even necessary if you simply install an app like Netflix, given you will have a network connection on the road. This is only a good idea if you are sure there won't be signal issues.
If you are worried about your phone, tablet, or laptop having enough space, you can download and carry your media on a USB. Make sure you purchase one that can be connected directly to a phone or tablet via its port. You can also purchase a separate connector that enables this instead. Downloading games to your devices beforehand is also a great idea. A smart move would be to carry additional chargers and/or a power bank with you, as well.
8. Create a DIY Magnetic Make-up Holder
Are you someone who loves keeping their makeup organized? Or are you someone who loves to have all their makeup within reach while getting ready? Worried because there is no dressing table in your RV and no drawers or compartments to store your cosmetics? Then, worry not.
Obviously you have walls and definitely a mirror. If not, you can purchase a small one and attach it to one of your walls. When you do this, make sure to leave some extra wall space for your cosmetics. If you are not interested in a mirror or being close to one, you can simply pick up any space on your RV wall that you deem fit for your makeup and application brushes.
All you need to invest in is a magnetic strip or a magnetic board. These are usually easy to cut with scissors and are flexible. Moreover, they generally have peel-off tape on the back so you can just attach them anywhere like a sticker. If not, you can purchase double-sided tape.
The last step is to simply cut out the desired piece and stick it to the wall. Cut smaller pieces and stick them to each individual cosmetic product. Once done, all you need to do is let the magnets do their work. With this hack, your cosmetics will stay neatly organized, right on your wall!
9. Modify Your Couch for More Storage
Do you have a smaller RV? Then this hack will make you delighted. We are pretty sure everyone has a couch in their RV. If not, you must definitely have a flat sofa or bed.
How you can use this to your advantage is pretty simple. It is great if you already have empty space beneath any of these furniture pieces. What you will need to do is create a kind of box whose lid can be your couch, sofa, or bed. Furthermore, you can section this into as many compartments as you need.
Even better, if you already have boards covering the bottom of your couch, simply saw the top off and attach door hinges. You can then further divide this into sections for storing various items. These include bed sheets, towels, gadgets, jewelry, food, blankets, and anything else you can think of.
The best part is that after closing the lid, everything stays safe. Even if your RV jerks a lot, the things stored in there will stay secure and organized!
10. Make Use of Hangers
Nobody loves having knives flying around, right? You would also hate it if you were to open up a cabinet in a jerking RV and have a knife fly out at you. Even worse, it could stab you or land point down on your feet. Scary, don't you think? But don't be, because there is a simple way to keep all this at bay.
All you need to invest in is a magnetic strip. These are cheap and can be easily bought at a supermarket or hardware store. You can get a stronger, rigid one or one that is flexible and can be cut into pieces.
Once you make your pick, either paste down or screw the magnetic strip to the wall in your RV's kitchen. Then, simply let the blades stick to the magnetic strip and align them.
A smart move would be to spend a couple more bucks and get a strip with a strong magnetic force. This will prevent the knives from moving even an inch. This hack will not only prevent mishaps, but also keep your knives well within reach.
We hope you have loved reading our suggestions above. There is a hack for almost anyone and everyone. Even if not all are useful to you, most of them should be. Not only are some of these game-changers, but a few of them will also help prevent mishaps.
Furthermore, they require little to no investment or time. All of them are super-easy and cheap. Most of the items are available at home or can be easily purchased from a hardware store. These hacks are also perfect for those that love DIYs and enjoy personalizing everything. Overall, these are great ideas for people who love to keep everything neat, tidy, and organized!