Originally Posted by NJLOAD
How about storage tips, when we cleaned out the Pop-up it was amazing how much stuff we had tucked away in there. I have a nice well stocked tool box I need to find room for and just spent money at a local store on plastic storage containers.
Any ideas on how you folks pack up would be appreciated.
I think you're on the right track with the plastic containers (assuming that you're talking about the ones that have lids and can be stacked together). We have 3 of those that we take with us when we camp out, one of them holds food that isn't canned, one of them holds dirty dishes and one of them holds our clothes or accessories like propane hoses, connectors, etc. We typically leave those in the truck until we get the camper all setup and the back bunk popped out and then use the bunk to hold the containers to keep them up off of the floor and what not. When we bought our roo, it was used, and the family before us had installed brackets and slide boxes in the shower area for storing all their clothes and towels and stuff. However, we know that we're going to want to use the shower, so i pulled all of that out of there and will be installing shower walls into it this spring (can you believe that our shower only came with the standard walls...not the plastic looking shower stall walls that most come with. Blew my mind...but we also lack the outdoor shower, so gotta make a choice there i guess.
Anyway, for the most part, we have just coats in the hanging closet and some hats and gloves, things like that. Our clothes are stored in our travel bags or in the dry box that we were talking about. Pots, pans, bbq tools, spices, paper plates, all that crap is stored in the drawers and little cabinets and we found a few more of those little (dollar store) plastic boxes that work really well for holding things like the spices and dish towels, things like that.
I've purchased a few of those "pop-a-______" holders as well for our paper plates, toothbrushes, kleenex boxes, etc. They work really well and most of the trouble is just keeping that stuff from stacking up on the counters, so I mounted them under the nuker...above the kitchen sinks so that they are out of the way, but easy to get to when you need em.
We've only had a chance to use the camper a couple of times, so we're still working out the bugs and coming up with that simple solution for keeping the imporant stuff in the camper all the time and only needing to deal with just the dry boxes for when we get home. I don't know about you, but the last thing i want to do when i get home is spend hours emptying everything out of it. I think we're almost there, just a little more fine tuning and we'll have it down to about 15 minutes - back it up...drop it...pull the 3 boxes....done!
One thing that i've thought about is getting a receiver hitch for the back of the roo. I think there's enough room back there without having to deal with hitting the black water tank, where i can have a receiver welded onto the frame and bumper so that I can add one of those carry racks that hold something like 300 lbs of whatever. I'd use that for firewood, tool box, maybe even those dry boxes...who knows. It's still a thought in process...I have a buddy who welds and i'm gonna tap his brain this spring for solutions to this idea.