20 RV and Camper Hacks on a Dime


We’ve all heard of the word ‘HACK’. Just about everything has a hack these days; even RV’s. HACKS are inexpensive remedies; utilizing objects that are meant for other intended purposes.  We’ve put together a comprehensive list of hacks, tips and ideas to make living in an RV or camper storage and organization easy because we did the hard part; finding them!

1) TINY ANTI-MOISTURE PACKETS

They are annoying yet genius hack in the same sentence. They come in almost anything that’s packed in a box for shipping or packaging; new small appliances, electronics, etc. We stow these tiny anti-moisture packets in our cookware drawer, cutting board storage, herbs/spice containers, camera bag, cutlery and silverware drawers, handbags, luggage and totes, tea box, battery storage containers, razor storage, clothes and shoe storage, closets, tool boxes, fishing tackle boxes, gym bags, and more!

Warning: DO NOT OPEN PACKETS!  Keep out of reach of children and pets.

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2)  CORD WRAPS

We call them cord bendies.  We’ve seen these in stores that are sold as a hardware/home item but they are expensive. We found them in the hair care section for a just a buck a pack!  When they wear out, just toss and buy a new pack.  They have a foam outer with thick wire inside.  Wrap them around electrical and electronic cords, etc.  These hacks come 5-10 per bag in different gauges and lengths.

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3)  TENSION CURTAIN RODS

We install these tension curtain rods in our cabinets and refrigerator on moving days. They can extend according to the lengths you need and have grippy rubber ends to keep them in place.

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4)  OUTDOOR PAPER TOWEL HOLDER

We saw this cool hack on Pinterest and immediately started using it. What are they?  Simple garden flag holders.  They have two prongs that stick in the ground near the picnic table or just outside your basement/storage compartments. We even stick it in the ground near the truck when Dan’s working under the hood. Great picnic hack!

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5)  GADGET STORAGE BOX

We have a bunch of these for storage purposes.  These gadget storage boxes  store everything from batteries, Command Strips and hooks, small hardware pieces, etc.  Label each to identify the contents on the ends and stack them in a cabinet. You can use this hack in every room of your RV.

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6)  GRIPPY RUBBER MATS

We cut small squares and put them between dishes, inside pots and pans to protect the cooking surface while in transit and in cabinets so things don’t shift or slide around. They are placed under DVD players and electronics inside cabinets, underneath small indoor mats and rugs. We cut them the same shape as lamp or canister bottoms so they don’t slide around on the counters.  They can even be cut into a small square to use for opening new jars of pickles.  They also are great for putting under Krissie and Kandi’s pet beds so they don’t slide off the furniture.

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7)  FIRST AID/COSMETIC PLASTIC DRAWER ORGANIZERS

We already had these cool drawer sets from our former S&B so we just brought them with us.  They are lightweight and can be stacked. We have stacked under the sink in the bathroom that has all of our first aid supplies and one in the bedroom that has all of Lisa’s cosmetics, nail care, travel size toiletries, etc.  We put the above rubber shelf liner (above) under them so they don’t slide during travel.  We use an extendable curtain rod vertically to keep the drawers from opening while in transit.

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8)  CABINET HANDLED BASKETS

Being prior military, we are so organized that we are borderline compulsive.  The first time we transitted, we opened a cabinet and had a bunch of stuff fall on our faces.  We remedied that by buying tons of baskets; ones with handles.  I took measurements of each cabinet, stored them in my phone and carried a small sewing tape measure to have when I went shopping.

We like baskets with handles for easy grabbing.  If we need something out of the cabinet, we simply grab the whole basket without having to rifle through the cabinet.  Nothing gets pushed in the back.  We use them in almost every cabinet in our RV. They are in the pantry and living area cabinets. We store maps, books and guides, motorcycle wear and gear, office supplies, small gifts and souvenirs. In the bedroom, we have them in our clothes closet that store ball caps, scarves, sandals, rolled t-shirts, etc.  Most of our baskets were found at Ross’s Stores; keeping them the same style for a cleaner and nicer appearance that we can show off when opening our cabinets.

Disclaimer: I can’t find these below however, I linked some other ones that may help with your cabinet organization.

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9)  CLEAR PLASTIC STORAGE BINS

When I saw these clear storage containers I ordered a ton because I knew I’d use them.  We store our jars and small things in the refrigerator.  In the food pantry, we store gravy and soup packets, dip mixes, oatmeal and hot cocoa packets and other small items.  These hacks keep everything orderly and easy to see the contents.

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10)   CLEAR LUCITE LAZY SUSAN

We had all of our small medicinal and prescription bottles on one of those tiered shelves in the medicine cabinet.  After our first transit, I opened the cabinet only to muttering words a salty sailor would be proud of. Then, while shopping for something on Amazon, I found these! I fell in love! Needless to say, look at the photo below why I’m so enamored with them!

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11)   COMMAND STRIP VELCRO

Velcro aka ‘hook and loop’ fasteners are a necessary expense in your RV or Camper.  We attached remote controls near the recliners, the outdoor tv remote to the inside compartment, small wall art and picture frames to walls, items to inside cabinet doors, etc.  Command Strip Velcro now come weight rated on the packages. Even our LIBERTY quarterboard is attached to the outside of our 5th wheel and is easily removeable for underway 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.

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12)  COMMAND ADHESIVE HOOKS

These are for attaching things more permanently.  We use them for attaching hooks.  We use the Command Hooks for attaching temporary decorations, strings of lights, etc. Great wall hanging hack!

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13)  MUSEUM or POSTER MOUNTING PUTTY

We learned this little trick from other seasoned RVers when we first began our on-the-road travels.  Amazingly, most knick-knacks won’t move while in transit.  We’ve applied this mounting putty under the feet of our tea box and faux flower pot on our buffet counter. We love this stuff! It won’t damage your surfaces either.

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14)  TENSION SHOWER CURTAIN ROD

These are awesome to install on the wall side of the shower and adjust it to rest on the upper edge of your shower stall.  We hang wet clothes or towels on our tension shower curtain rod to dry.  We also hang our bathhouse shower bag, loofahs, body scrubbies, etc.  For extra holding power, we put mounting putty between the rubber ends and the wall.

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15)  DRY PET FOOD STORAGE

We just open the top of the new bag, slide it in this dry pet food storage container and seal.  No bugs or stale pet food.  What’s cool is it has a flip-top pouring spout. You can even store small bags of charcoal in it too!

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16)  DOOR POCKET ORGANIZER

This door pocket organizer fits perfectly on the door of our laundry/utility storage closet in the galley area. We keep bear spray, sunscreen, bug spray, cat brush, lint roller, flashlights, shopping tote bag, packing tape and markers, etc. in it’s pockets.  There’s no limit to this cool must-have for an RV or camper.  Just don’t overload it to affect the sway of the door or to put stress on the hinges.  We put little pieces of adhesive moleskin on the backside of the hooks as to not mar the door finish.

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17)  KOOZIE CAN AND BOTTLE SLEEVES

One day, we grabbed a bottle of wine out of the liquor locker cabinet and a dozen Koozies fell on the floor.  It dawned on us that if we cut off the bottom and slid it over a bottle like a sleeve, they won’t clang together or break during transit.

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18)  LED LIGHTS

Oh, these little LED lights are awesome! Simply cut off the strap, attach museum putty to the backside and stick one  to the underside of a shelf in the pantry cabinet to light up the shelf below.  We put them everywhere; one inside our gauge and control panel, under the cabinet that lights up the commode in the middle of the night, in cabinets, inside drawers, etc.

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19)    GLASS STEMWARE PROTECTORS

Don’t worry, they’re clean…and new!  We bought a multi-pair pack of the cheapest ankle socks to slide over our glassware when they are not in use.  And even if they do break, the broken glass will remain inside the sock.

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20)    JEWELRY DISPLAY/ORGANIZER

This frame had a generic cardboard picture in our bedroom when we bought our RV.  We converted it by mounting 1/2″ foam rubber, adhering fabric to the board, and hanging the frame back up. Never had a single earring come down during transport and necklaces hang without coming off the pins.
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So, those are our Top 20 RV and Camper Hacks on a Dime. You probably have some of your own that you should share; anything to make it easier for others who come after us.

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8 Replies to “20 RV and Camper 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

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