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Old 09-22-2018, 07:42 PM   #1
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Storage Compartment Organization Ideas, I Need 'Em!

Hey everyone, I was goofing off in the trailer today, prepping for our last trip of the season and came to the realization that I seriously need some sort of organization in my main storage compartment. The current method is, basically, cram it all in there and hope the door closes. As you might guess, I cause myself more problems than I solve!

Anyway, I know there has to be some better method. So, with that in mind, I am curious as to what you fine folks have discovered and employed to clean up and simplify your storage?
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Old 09-22-2018, 08:11 PM   #2
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Clear plastic totes, stacked 2 high is one option, it all depends on your layout. Or you could install a slide out tray for easier access, again it depends on your needs and layout.
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Old 09-22-2018, 10:04 PM   #3
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The first step is to go thru everything you have in there. Organize by:

1) Must have / need on every trip.

2) Need on some trips.

3) Shouldn't even be in an RV.

I keep the must have / need on every trip stuff in the RV all the time. The need on some trips is on a shelf in the garage in storage containers if possible.

When I go on a trip I grab the need sometimes stuff that I need for this trip and pack it in the RV.

As far as organizing I put all of the stuff I need for hookups (hoses, cords, EMS, sewage hoses, cable for tv, etc) on the left (opposite door) side. All of the larger things like chairs, dog fence folded flat, corn hole boards, etc go on the door side to the rear of the compartment standing up. I use a load bar vertical to keep it standing up. On the front wall of the storage compartment I have a plastic shelf - the kind you buy at Lowes or Home Depot. It goes almost all the way across the compartment. I put all my loose stuff on that shelf like outdoor mats, vacuum cleaner for truck, bug candles, Coleman lanterns, Coleman stove, folding flat fire ring, awning screen, etc. The last thing that goes between the standing up stuff and the shelves are a couple of storage containers that slide in the door. I still have quite a bit of room left for the sometimes stuff and any gifts or purchases we make along the way. Works great.
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Old 09-23-2018, 09:41 AM   #4
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Depending on your style of trailer you could have multiply storage compartments. For my trailer I use the front compartment for tools, blocking material for the legs, broom, hatched and fire place style tools. These are either kept in tool boxes and/or milk crates for easy removal and cleaning of the compartment. In the bays that access from the sides of the trailer, I have plastic totes some are clear and others are solid colors that are labeled. Green is for fresh water, yellow is for electric and gray is for sewage lines. My other bay holds chairs, ground mat, cooker and a small table. Fuse, batteries plus tank treatment supplies are kept in side in their owned labeled containers in one of the cabinets out of the way.
Everyone stores items differently but this is a general idea for you to follow just use what ever works for you.
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Old 09-23-2018, 02:18 PM   #5
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mwdilday - I would love to see a picture of your layout
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Old 09-23-2018, 03:09 PM   #6
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I have 4 storage doors (Pass-through under my murphy bed is accessible from each side) and I use several Hefty brand storage containers I bought at Lowes for under $10 each that allow easy fitting through doors and fit well under low clearance. They are 24" x 17" x 8" (nominal) with their covers. I store all of my clean water fittings and hoses in one; Spare sewer hose in another, electrical stuff in a third, etc. I labeled the outside so they are easy to identify. They are also stored closest to where they are needed, for easiest access during setup or break down. I also store my Camp Chef stove with accessories and flags, etc. in the pass through for when I need them.
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Old 09-23-2018, 03:25 PM   #7
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https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40300049/

Organizer with 6 compartments, white, $6.99...

"Need more shelves for your folded clothes? Simply hang this storage inside your wardrobe or on a freestanding rack. Use with other SKUBB products for complete control of your wardrobe."
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I put a plywood "wall" between the front full width storage area and that portion under the bed. The area makes a "T", with the under bed portion being the leg of the "T". I then placed dowels across the top of the "wall". These dowels are then used for coiled hoses, antennae cables and any other item that can be hung. Under the bed, we store blankets, a vacuum and other inside items. On the floor of the front compartment, I use the see thru containers organized on a most used basis.
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We bought a Christmas tree storage plastic box at Walmart that has wheels on one end. It fits perfectly in our pass through. We put a round piece of PVC against the door opening that is just a little higher than the bottom of the opening. It makes it very easy to roll in and out and doesn’t harm the rubber trim.
Inside the camper, we bought several clear shoebox size containers at the Dollar store. Labeled the contents of each one on the outside by writing it on masking tape.
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Old 09-23-2018, 04:35 PM   #10
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I made a plywood drawer, the width of my door opening by the width of the trailer. I used caster wheels for the drawer to slide in and out on. I also use plastic containers that fit into the drawer. It slides very easy and I can extend the drawer about 75% and can easily reach anything in the drawer. I am able to max my srorage, using the full width of the trailer with no inaccessible areas. After building the drawer, put two coats of clear poly on it to keep in looking good and protect it from rain, etc.
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