Top 20 Cheap RV and Camping Hacks on a Dime

RV and Camping Hacks are inexpensive remedies utilizing objects that are meant for other intended purposes. Through our years as full-time RVers, we’ve come up with our own list of cheap camping hacks and tips to make living in an RV motorhome or camper trailer simpler.

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20 RV and Camping Hacks on a Dime

1) ANTI-MOISTURE DESI PACKETS

Being that we travel through different regions of the country that have high humidity, we needed to find a remedy to moisture issues in our closets, drawers and compartments that were causing mold and mildew.

So, after a little digging, I found anti-moisture packets in multi-packs that are ready to be placed  in those compartments. We stow them in our silverware and cutlery drawer, pill storage box, with our camera equipment, inside my small purses or bags, shoes, and even luggage. I also put a couple of them in our cookware drawer, near our cutting board, and in our herbs/spice cabinet.

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Dan also keeps larger anti-moisture packets in his tool box, battery storage container and fishing tackle box. He even keeps a couple in our RV lithium battery compartment.

Warning: DO NOT OPEN PACKETS! These contain very small parts. Keep out of reach of children and pets.

2)  CORD WRAPS

Simple cord wraps are an easy and cheap way to keep our electrical and electronic cords secure and organized. They come in different colors and thicknesses to accommodate all of our different sized cords.

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3)  TENSION CURTAIN RODS

Tension curtain rods are another of favorite RV hacks. We temporarily install them in our cabinets and refrigerator on travel days to keep contents from falling out when we open the doors.

They can easily extend according to your cabinet widths. And, they have grippy rubber ends to keep them in place.

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4)  OUTDOOR PAPER TOWEL HOLDER

We can’t take credit for this RV hack however, we felt it’s worth sharing here. It’s a great paper towel holder to keep outdoors near our RV kitchen and picnic table.

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It has two prongs that stick in the ground near the picnic table or just outside your basement storage compartments.

5)  COMPARTMENT STORAGE BOX

We have a bunch of these compartment storage boxes to store everything from our alkaline batteries, Command strips and Command hooks,  and small hardware pieces, etc.  

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We label them with our label maker to identify the contents on the ends and stack them in our overhead cabinet. These can be used for organizing everything from craft and sewing supplies to small hardware findings.

6)  GRIPPY RUBBER MATS

We cut small squares of multi-purpose grippy rubber mats and place them between our dinner plates and bowls, inside our cookware and in the drawer bottoms to protect them on travel days. Also, we put them in our cabinet bottoms so the contents don’t shift or slide around.

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We also place them under our DVD player and electronics and underneath our small indoor mats and rugs to keep them from slipping. And, we cut them the same shape as lamp or canister bottoms so they don’t slide around on the counters.

Oh, and they can even be used for opening brand new jars or bottles. They also are great for putting under our kitties’ pet beds so they don’t slide off the furniture.

7)  PLASTIC DRAWER ORGANIZERS

We already had these plastic drawer sets from our sticks and bricks house. So, we just brought them with us to keep things organized in our fifth wheel and now, our motorhome. 

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They are lightweight and can be stacked to whatever height we need. We have a few stacked under our bathroom sink that keeps our first aid supplies and cosmetics. And, we keep another under our kitchen sink to store our kitties’ cat food cans and treat pouches, cleaning cloths, small cleaning bottles, and other what-nots.

We put multi-purpose grippy rubber mats (above) under them so they don’t slide around on travel days. Oh, and we use an extendable curtain rod vertically to keep the drawers from opening on travel days.

8)  BASKETS

After our first day of pulling our fifth wheel down the road, we opened a cabinet only to have all of the contents fell on our faces. We quickly found a remedy! We bought tons of baskets to keep everything organized and stowed properly.

I simply took measurements of each cabinet and bought baskets that fit in my cabinets (and drawers!)

We prefer soft baskets that have easy-grab handles.  When we need something out of the cabinet, we simply grab the whole basket without having to rifle through the cabinet. And nothing gets pushed in the back of the cabinets or drawers. Everything stays organized and secure.

They are in every cabinet in our RV; from the pantry, dinette cabinets and our clothing closet. We store everything from maps and guide books to battery banks and electronic devices, planners and souvenirs.

We also keep them in our clothes closet to store our ball caps, my scarves, undergarments, rolled t-shirts, and socks.

9)  CLEAR PLASTIC STORAGE CONTAINERS

When I saw these clear storage containers, I ordered a ton.  We store our jars and small things in the refrigerator to keep everything intact during travel days (no more spilled salsa on the floor when we open the door!).

In the food pantry, we store all of our gravy and soup packets, dip mixes, oatmeal and hot cocoa packets and other small items.  These awesome containers keep everything orderly. And since they are transparent, it’s easy to see the contents.

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10)   CLEAR PLASTIC LAZY SUSAN

We had all of our small medicinal and prescription bottles on one of those tiered shelves in the medicine cabinet. That didn’t end well when I opened it the first time after pulling our fifth wheel. Every bottle and tube spilled out to my feet.

After a little research, I fell in love with this clear lazy Susan shelf organizer. Needless to say, you can see why I’m so enamored with it! With a quick spin, I can see all of the contents. They’re all contained and instantly ready for our RV travel days.

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11)   COMMAND VELCRO

Command Velcro is one of many RVers best friends! We use it to attach our remote controls near our seating, wall art, picture frames to walls, and even items to inside cabinet doors, etc.

Command Velcro now come weight rated on the packages. We even attach our LIBERTY quarterboard to the outside of our fifth wheel. It’s easily removable for our RV travel days.

TIP: Be mindful with how much weight is put on them though as to not have the hook pull the wall paper away from the bulkheads.

12)  COMMAND HOOKS

Another one of our favorite RV and camping hacks are Command Hooks. We use them for hanging everything from our towels and lightweight sweatshirts to ball caps and our key chains. We also use them for attaching temporary holiday decorations, strings of lights, tinsel, etc. 

13)  MUSEUM or POSTER MOUNTING PUTTY

We learned this little RV hack from other seasoned RVers. We’ve applied mounting putty under anything we don’t want to move during transit. I put a few small pieces under my little faux plant pots on the counter so I don’t have to stow them every time.

Also, I place a small piece on the backside of our wall art so it doesn’t slide around on the hook on moving days. We love this stuff! It won’t damage any of your surfaces either.

14)  SHOWER CURTAIN TENSION ROD

We installed a shower curtain tension rod on the wall side of our shower to hang our wet Turkish bath towels, clothes and rain coats. In addition, we hang our bathhouse shower bag, loofahs and body scrubbies. We use shower curtain hooks to hang on the rod.

For extra holding power, we put mounting putty between the rubber ends and the wall.

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15)  DRY PET FOOD STORAGE

When our kitties were on a dry food diet, we needed to find a way to store their vittles so ants and other pests wouldn’t invade. We found a clear dry pet food storage container that has an airtight seal.

So, no bugs, rodents or stale pet food. What’s cool is it has a flip-top pouring spout. Oh, and don’t have pets? You can store your charcoal in them.

16)  DOOR POCKET ORGANIZER

Our door pocket organizer fits perfectly on the laundry and utility closet door. It’s perfect for keeping our bear spray, sunscreen, bug spray, cat brush, lint roller, flashlights, folded shopping tote bags, packing tape and markers. There’s no limit to this cool RV hack! 

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17)  KOOZIE CAN AND BOTTLE SLEEVES

If you’re a wine or liquor drinker, you’d know that the last thing you want is your bottles breaking while your RV is in drive. A great RV hack is getting a bunch of Koozies. Simply cut the bottoms off and slide them over each bottle like a sleeve. Your favorite bottles of wine and spirits will not clang down the road.

But, if you’d rather, you can get actual bottle protectors instead.

18)  LED LIGHTS

LED headlamp lights are great camping hacks! Simply cut off the strap, attach museum putty to the backside and stick it to the underside of a shelf or in a cabinet.

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We put them everywhere; inside our control panel, under the medicine cabinet to light up the commode in the middle of the night, and even inside drawers. Dan also secures them inside some of his basement storage compartments.

19)    GLASS STEMWARE PROTECTORS

We bought a multi-pack of cheap socks to slide over our glassware when they are not in use. The socks will keep our glasses from clanging while going down the road and possibly breaking. But if they do break, the broken glass will remain inside the sock.
 
But, if you’d rather, you can get actual glassware protectors instead.

20)    JEWELRY ORGANIZER

I wanted to find a way to store my pierced dangle earrings but didn’t want them tucked away in a box. I prefer to have them where I can coordinate them with my outfits in an instant.

Earring and Jewelry Organizer

 
So, I took down the framed wall art that was in our bedroom and converted it to my visual jewelry organizer. After taking it apart, I cut and mounted craft foam onto the cardboard poster. Then, I glued fabric over the foam with spray glue. After everything was trimmed and glued, I secured it back into the frame and VOILA! I used Command Velcro to hang on the wall.
 
To this day, I’ve never had a single earring come down during moving day. And, my necklaces hang without coming off the long pins I stuck in to hang them off of.

 

So, we hope you enjoyed reading our 20 RV and Camper Hacks on a Dime. We hope they help make it easier for your RV living experience. We’d love for you to share your RV and camping hacks in the comments!

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24 Replies to “Top 20 Cheap RV and Camping Hacks on a Dime”

  1. Thank you!! Thank you for an article that was actually helpful. We’re new at RVing, and I’m already using a couple of these, but these are all ridiculously useful hacks that I will most definitely be using.

    1. Kristen, as silly as some are, THEY WORK! I’m sure you’ll find a few on your own. We all just have to find things that work. Even after four years on the road, we’re still learning. If you notice on our Facebook page that you may be in the same area as us, please holler. We love meeting up with other cool RV Peeps!

      Stay cool this summer! It’s definitely a hot one!

      -Dan & Lisa

  2. Great suggestions. Most of the products needed can be found at Dollar Tree. Save quite a bit of $ buying there. Anything they don’t have then shop elsewhere. Can save quite a bit for the lazy Susan idea. Just buy 2 metal pie plates at DT and some deco marbles also at DT. Put marbles in one, place the other on top of the marbles and it spins like a lazy Susan. May not look as fancy but spending $3 is better than $15 any day.

    1. We agree to shop where its most economical. It makes sense (and cents!) to save money anywhere we can. We are always looking for great ideas to share. Thank you for sharing yours! -Lisa

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  3. WOW… retirement for us is 16 months away – we are doing our homework now and these ideas are informative as well as eye-opening to the real side of mobile living. Thanks for the tips.

    1. Hi Brenda! We’re so glad you took the time to read our blog(s). We try to give good useful information to everyone; whether you’re a dreamer, new RVer or Seasoned RV traveler. Keep poking around our blog. Lots of other amazing stuff in there! Best wishes on your journey! -Dan & Lisa

  4. We’ve been doing the paper towel hack for years now. First time a small breeze came through towels were flying!!
    Rubber band stopped that.

  5. This is the MOST helpful post I’ve ever read as we start our RV’ing life. I will copy you exactly!

    Thank you for making it.

    1. Thank you Rikke for reading this particular blog post. We hope others like it are helpful and will save you money and stress. Perhaps we’ll meet down the road sometime. In the meantime, travel safe and enjoy the sights! -Lisa & Dan

  6. Love all your ideas and plan on utilizing some of them. I’m blessed to be able to “retire” at 52 from healthcare. I already have my little piece of heaven in the NC mountains, now looking for that RV that I will make my permanent resident. Just me and a fur baby. I already live with the very minimal so just looking for the RV that feels right for me. I don’t like clutter so I love all of your ideas. Thank you for sharing. The few people that know my plan think I’m “crazy” ( not the safest for a single female) Of course they don’t “know” me. Didn’t plan on sharing all this info, just found your ideas great for me. Again thanks and happy travels!

    1. Kim, thank you for taking the time to read our blog post. We’re so glad our tips and tricks help make your RV Lifestyle worthwhile and fun. Keep on trucking on! Safe travels!! -Lisa

  7. I use a shoe organizer in the bathroom. Those medicine cabinets are pretty small. Bought a canvas one with mesh pockets. Very sturdy. Everything is easy to find and organized. I hung it on the inside of the bathroom door. I have also used the command Velcro. All my Knick knacks stay put during travel. Haven’t lost one yet. Thanks for all the great ideas.

    1. Bernie, thanks for taking the time to read and comment. Those are great tips as well! Thank you for sharing them! Safe travels! -Dan & Lisa

  8. Thank you for this article. I have been struggling to try to find a way to protect the wine glasses while travelling. Great idea about the socks.

    1. Hello Nancy, glad our tips helped! Some of our ideas are born through disaster and mistakes. And others, we catch it before it happens. Hopefully, by our sharing them helps save our followers and audience some money and headaches down the road. Safe travels!! Don’t forget to follow us on our facebook page too!! http://www.facebook.com/alwaysonliberty -Dan & Lisa

    1. Hi Donna, thank you for taking the time to read our article. We’ve used Command Strips for many years. They have to be taken off very carefully with two hands; one pulling the removal tab while the other hand pushes lightly on the top of the strip working it’s way down until the strip comes off. We’ve had one that did pull the wallpaper away by causing a bubble, but I repaired it by slitting the wallpaper and carefully working a little glue into the bubble and smoothing out until it was completely flat. I hope this helps. Sorry yours caused damage. YIKES!

  9. Question: I like the idea of the framed panel hanging on the wall to store necklaces & earrings. What type of hook is being used to hang the items? ( I can’t see them in the photo).

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