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Old 06-10-2016, 12:19 AM   #1
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My idea of compartment usage for storage

There are as many ways to stow your gear in your rig as there are people with rigs. No one way is the "right" way.
I've taken ideas from here on the forum and other places and put my spin on them and done other things.

Here are mine.

2) 10 gallon Rubbermaid totes

First is my "Utility" tub.
It has some power adapters for 50 to 30 amp, 30 to 15 amp, etc and a 15 amp plug checker.
Extension cord and TV cable are on the cord wraps, and ratchet straps.
One of the uses for the straps is for holding down the awning. I have the screw in dog tie outs over in another compartment.
There are a spare water hose wye and elbow.
My LP (low pressure) air blow out connector for winterizing and the clear frankenstein looking thing is my home brew fresh water tank fill connection since I have gravity fill. I keep the blow out adapter in there so I don't have to go looking for it in the Fall.
Oh, and don't forget the spare hitch pin in case the other one wanders off...

Sewer tub
Self-explanatory

I labeled the tubs and stack the sewer hose tub on top of the utilities tub since it is lighter. I also have the kneeling pad for my not so young anymore knees.
These tubs are stowed in the Port side pas through.

The next photo is the Port side (driver side) pass through.
I got the vee hangers from Harbor Freight on sale and used #12 pan head sheet metal screws to mount them. I drilled pilot holes in the plastic (plastic is about 1/8" thick).
My tabletop gas grill is stowed in the mortar mixing tub that I got from Home Depot in the Building Supplies section. I got that idea from the forum here, thanks guys!

I use the bucket for various things and use the gallon ice cream container for the "pocket hose" expanding hose.

In the Starboard side (curb side) pass through I have our folding chairs, awning hooks, and the "shepherd's crook" that sticks in the ground for our camping sign. I think it was originally sold for use as a bird feeder hook. I took and cut two 1"X2" lengths to fit between the pass through walls and used ell "L" brackets mounted like the vee hooks with #12 screws for the chairs and the awning hooks. I have my autotransformer and the milk crate with the hook ups for my Smart Car toad there also.
I put a piece of 3/8" plywood in the bottom of that section to distribute weight since the weight of the transformer was bowing the compartment bottom downwards.

The not so in focus picture of my hand is also of the tee wrench for the wheel covers. I put blue painter's tape in it to keep it from scratching the false lug nuts up.

The water heater anode rod socket is a 1 and 1/16", 1/2" drive socket from Northern Tool. I put the wadded up newspaper ad in there to keep the anode rod from going too deep into the socket and wobbling around when trying to insert and tighten. I always do a "fireman's turn" on that anode rod and other fasteners (especially spark plugs). That is, I turn the rod/fastener counter-clockwise until I feel or hear the slight click or jolt when the threads go past each other and are aligned for tightening. Try it sometime.
Remember - Righty Tighty, Lefty Loosey...

The tools in the toolbag are things I've gathered over the years and castoffs from others. I don't turn down free tools.
Whatever you like to carry is OK for a tool bag.
In the compartment with the tool bag I have our rope lights from Big Lots, the screw in dog tie outs from Harbor Freight, an outdoor timer for the rope lights from Big Lots, and the awning track holder for the rope lights. A buddy got a set from Camping World and since his awning is pretty short he gave me what he had left over. Nice guy, eh? I also have a folding shovel, an entrenching tool, in there also. Never know when you might have to clean the firepit out or dig a wheel out of the dirt.

In the forward compartment on the Port (driver) side, forward, I have my little air compressor, hose, and assorted air fittings. I also have a 20 ton bottle jack from Harbor Freight and 3/4" drive breaker bar with 7/8" socket for my lug nuts in case Road Service can't get to me and I have to risk another hernia. I keep a tarp under the compressor with the end folded up so it is between the compressor and the compartment end. That way the compressor doesn't chafe against the compartment end when underway. I push it up against that end so it stays put in case I have to stand on the brakes. I got the fancy dial tire pressure gauge at a tool shop in Branson, MO a few years ago. Sure helps with reading those higher pressures more accurately. I checked the Harbor Freight web site and they do carry a gauge similar to mine.

In the long compartment under the slide (whoever thought of that needs their head examined) I keep things I most likely will not need at a camp site since the slide out is right above it. I"m sorry, but my duck-walking days are about over. I have a spare tarp and a long cheater bar for the breaker bar for the lug nuts made out of a section of chain link fence top pipe I had lying around. There are other spare parts, etc in there also.

And, last but not least is the lumber yard. The 2X12 and 2X10 blocks for leveling the rig up.

In case you haven't noticed, my taste in tools and supplies tends toward the "Cheap or Free". Harbor Freight, Northern Tool, and Big Lots are my go to places for items that do not need to be top quality, high dollar items. I'm always on the lookout for things that can be used in another application.
Now, I do watch carefully and save a dollar where I can, but when it comes to certain critical items I do splash out on the funds.
I'm so cheap I'll squeeze that nickel and make the buffalo burp!

There you have it, my version of stowing things in the outside compartments in my 2006 Sunseeker.

Hope these ideas help someone.

Chris in Virginia
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Old 06-10-2016, 12:24 AM   #2
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I use some of the same ideas as far as the totes go. This is what I like to call organized clutter Good job as I always like to see how other folks use their storage spots for ideas
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Here is what ours are like. Lawn chairs go in black drawer along with outside tv. When drawer is slide in, put our folding table and outside trash can in front of the drawer.
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I use a clear zippered bag a bedding set came in to store the stinky slinky. I keep it in propane compartment away from other stored items.
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I'm trying to figure out how to store everything as I read this, my problem is we don't have alot of room to play with when it comes to weight. Price we pay for a having a lite trailer but some of your ideas do help. Thank you!
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Stinky Slinky...storage

I bought the 6 foot PVC tube and store my 15 foot sewer hose in that...I combined two hose clamps and cinched it to the rear bumper...push on and turn closing cap came with the tube....takes up no room..is handy and away from all other items.
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