20 Cheap RV Hacks that Keeps Your Camper Organized and Tidy

Through our years as full-time RVers, we’ve come up with our own list of cheap camping hacks and RV tips to make living in an RV motorhome or camper simpler and more enjoyable!

RV Camping hacks are inexpensive remedies utilizing objects or ideas that are meant for other intended purposes.

So, let’s check them out!

20 Brilliant RV Hacks

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20 Cheap RV Hacks that Keeps Your Camper Organized

1) Desiccant Packets

RV Hacks - Desi Packs

Being that we travel throughout different parts of the country that have high humidity, it’s imperative to mitigate moisture issues inside closets, drawers and cabinets. Otherwise, we’d be dealing with toxic mold and mildew.

I found that desiccant packets, also known as desi packs, are a great remedy to keeping the contents inside our RV dry as a bone. We stow them everywhere!

    • Silverware drawer
    • Kitchen knife drawer
    • Cookware drawer
    • Near cutting boards
    • Inside our herb and spice containers
    • Clothing drawers
    • In each plastic drawer (mentioned above)
    • Pill storage bottles and containers
    • Camera bag and equipment pouches
    • Inside purses or bags
    • Shoes
    • Luggage and travel bags
    • Travel maps and tourism book basket
    • Tool box or tool bag
    • Fishing tackle box

We keep larger anti-moisture packets in our small battery storage container. He even keeps a couple in our RV house battery compartment. In other words, they absorb moisture; keeping the contents wherever they are placed dry.

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

2) Cord Wraps

Always On Liberty RV Hacks 3

A cheap and simple way to keep electrical cords secure and organized is by using foam hair wraps. They come in different colors and thicknesses to accommodate all different size cords.

3) Command Velcro

Command Velcro is a the best RV hack, thus making it an RVers best friend! We use it to attach or secure everything from our remote controls near our seating, wall art and picture frames to the walls, and even attach certain items to inside cabinet doors, etc. Command Velcro now comes weight-rated on the packages.

4) Command Hooks

Similar to the Command Velcro above, another one of our favorite RV 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. 

RV HACKS TIP: Be careful of how much weight you place on any Command products is they may pull the wall paper away from the wall board. 

5) Mounting Putty

We learned this little RV hack from other RVers before we even went on the road. We apply mounting putty also known as museum putty under anything that we don’t want to move during transit. Just roll a few tiny balls and place incrementally under plant or flower pots, I put a few small pieces under my little faux plant pots like little grippy feet. I also apply mounting putty under each foot of my coffee brewing system, NutriBullet or smoothie maker, or air fryer so they don’t slide around on the counter. It makes it easier that I don’t have to stow them every time we relocate.

RV HACKS TIP: Place a small piece of mounting putty on the backside corners of your wall art so they don’t move around on the hook on moving days. No more tilted pictures!

6) Shower Curtain Tension Rod

Shower 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.

7) Tension Curtain Rods

RV Hacks - Tension Rods

Tension curtain rods are one of our favorite RV hacks. On travel days, we temporarily install them inside our upper kitchen cabinets and inside refrigerator to keep the contents from falling out when we open the doors. They easily extend according to your cabinet widths. Their grippy rubber ends help keep them in place.

8) Rubber Shelf Liners

Rubber Mats

We custom-size rubber shelf liner and place them in several different locations in our RV to protect breakable contents as well as keeps contents from sliding around.

    • Place rubberized shelf liner pieces between each of our dinner plates and bowls to keep them from chipping or breaking.
    • Use it to separate our pots and pans as well as ceramic bakeware to keep them from scratching each other.
    • Custom size the shelf liner to fit in our RV’s drawer bottoms keep contents from shifting or sliding around on travel days.
    • Placing these customizable rubber mats underneath a DVD player or other electronic consoles to keep them from falling off a shelf or inside a cabinet.
    • Keep underneath all indoor mats and throw rugs to keep them from shifting on the floor.
    • Custom cut the rubber shelf liner to match the shape and size of the bottoms of a table lamp or food storage canister bottoms so they don’t slide off the kitchen counters during travel days.
    • Place under a CPAP device to keep it from moving around.
    • They also are great for placing under pet beds to keep them from sliding off the slippery furniture.
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And lastly, they can even be used for opening brand new jars or bottles.

9) Glass Bottle Sleeves

One of the best RV hacks koozies that can be used to protect glass bottles and your favorite glasses from getting broken or scratched. Simply cut the bottoms off and stretch the sleeve over each bottle. You can use one or two; whichever you prefer. Now,  your favorite bottles of wine and spirits will not clang down the road. And, your Tervis tumblers will stay looking new with no scratches.

But, another option is you can get actual bottle protectors instead.

10) Glass Stemware Protectors 

Speaking of protecting your bottles and glasses. Another RV hack is 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.

11) Plastic Drawer Organizers

Plastic Storage Drawers

We already had several different plastic drawer organizers when we transitioned from our home. So, we just brought them with us to keep things organized inside cabinets and closets in our fifth wheel and now, our motorhome. 

Plastic drawer sets come in all different sizes, are lightweight and can be stacked to whatever height you need. They can stacked under the bathroom sink that keeps our first aid supplies, small toiletry items and cosmetics.

We keep a bigger set of plastic drawers under our kitchen sink to store our cat food cans and treat pouches, spice jars and packets, cleaning cloths, and even small liquor bottles.

To keep the plastic drawers from sliding under the cabinets, we custom-size the above rubber shelf liner place underneath each drawer set. Also, we temporarily install extendable curtain rods vertically to keep the drawers from opening on travel days.

12) Lazy Susan Shelf Organizer

Clear Lazy Susan

When we first started RVing, we learned quickly that we can’t store our small medicinal and prescription bottles loose in the medicine cabinet. Otherwise, after parking our RV, we’d open the cabinets only to have every bottle or container fall out all over the place.

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.

13) Multi-Compartment Storage Boxes

Craft Storage Box

When you live tiny in an RV, boat or even tiny house, it’s important for everything, even the smallest pieces and hardware to have a place. We have a few of these multi-compartment storage boxes where we store everything!

I also have a few that I organize my daily supplements, OTC blister pack medications, jewelry, small cosmetic and perfume samples. 

And, to keep them organized and easy to identify the contents in each storage container, we label them using our label maker. That way, when we stack them in overhead cabinets or inside drawers in our RV, we can pick out the one we need without guessing what’s inside them.

14) Clear Plastic Storage Bins 

When I saw these clear storage bins, I just had to order them! We store our jars and small things in the refrigerator to keep everything intact during travel days. No more spilled salsa on the floor whenever 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.

Clear Plastic Food Storage Bins

15) Pet Food Storage Container

If your dogs, cats, rabbits or other pets you take along with you on your RV adventures have food and supplies that need to be kept dry and bug-free,  dry pet food storage containers with airtight seals are the answer. So, no bugs, rodents or stale pet food. What’s cool is they have a flip-top pouring spout.

If you don’t have pets, you can store your charcoal, wood grilling chips or small kindling in them.

RV HACKS TIP: To moisture out of any food storage, throw in a desi pack or two.

16) Basket Storage

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 ball caps, scarves, undergarments, rolled t-shirts, and socks

17) Door Pocket Organizer

Door Pocket Storage Camping Hack

door pocket organizer fits perfectly on any utility closet door. They are perfect for keeping your RV picked up and tidy. On our fifth wheel laundry utility closet, we kept our bear spray, sunscreen, bug repellents, cat leashes and harnesses, cat brushes, lint roller, flashlights, shopping tote bags, koozies, and shipping supplies such as small packing tape dispensers and sharpie markersThere’s no limit to this clever RV hack organizer! 

18) Jewelry Wall Organizer

Earring and 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.
 
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.

19) LED Headlamps

Headlamp LED Light Camping Hack

LED headlamp lights are great camping and RV hacks! They are great to wear when conducting RV maintenance projects in dark compartments, grilling in the dark or taking the dog out for a walk at night. You can even attach it to your dog’s collar so he can be seen.

Another RV tip is to simply cut off the strap, attach museum putty to the backside of the LED and stick it to the underside of a shelf or in a cabinet.

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.

20) Outdoor Paper Towel Holder

RV Hacks - Outdoor Paper Towel Holder Hack

We can’t take credit for this clever and innovative RV hack. However, we felt it’s definitely worth sharing this great makeshift paper towel holder to keep outdoors near our RV kitchen and picnic table.

It’s a simple garden flag holder! It has two prongs that sticks into the ground near your grill, picnic table or even your water spigot for wiping hands after washing.

But, what if you don’t have grass or soft ground to install it into the ground? Or, you wish for it to be mobile? Simple! Just get a stand base. That way, you could place your paper towel holder anywhere outside! Oh, and when you’re finished using your paper towels, simply remove and replace with a happy camper garden flag.

Wrapping up our RV Hacks

We hope you enjoyed reading our 20 RV and Camper Hacks. We hope they help make RV living easier so you can enjoy the ride without worrying about all of your belongings being intact once you arrive at your destination! If you have any additional  RV and camping hacks, please leave them in the comments!

For more great camping hacks and RV organization and storage tips

Creative Coffee Filter Camping Hacks

How-to-Guide to RV Organization and Storage

RV Bathroom Storage and Organization Hacks

RV Interior Upgrades: Cabinet Storage Solutions

RV Kitchen Prep and Storage

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24 Replies to “20 Cheap RV Hacks that Keeps Your Camper Organized and Tidy”

  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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