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Old 06-11-2015, 05:37 PM   #1
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The Bucket List... finding 101 RV/Camp uses for a 5 gallon bucket

101 Campground/RV Uses for a 5 Gallon Bucket.

OK, I lied. I don't have 101. But I'm off to a good start.

1. Fire fighting – never have a fire without a bucket of water handy.
2. Furniture – as a chair or stool if turned upside down. Way more comfortable if you make a padded seat top for it.
3. Furniture – as a footstool.
4. Musical instrument – drum.
5. Rain collector – placed under RV downspouts or under the run-off corner of the awning. Rain collection and proper filtration can extend a boon docking trip.
6. Bait container – for minnows and so forth.
7. Caught fish container – bring the catch home in a bucket.
8. Animal transporter – turtles, snakes and such. We once rescued a half dozen baby bluebirds and took them to a shelter in a bucket.
9. Trash can – fits neatly under the trailer.
10. Emergency toilet. Put a trash bag in it if you want to use it for anything else later.
11. Kindling container.
12. Grey water tote. Many parks have grey water dumps scattered among the sites.
13. Organizer. We keep wooden leveling blocks together in the truck bed in a bucket. You can organize about anything by sorting stuff into buckets.
14. Awning ballast – fill a bucket with anything heavy and tie a rope to it as an anchor for awnings or anything else you don’t want blown away.
15. Bath house transporter – put your clothes, towels and toiletries in a bucket and take it with you to the bath house. Also good to sit on getting dressed (or in the shower) if you need that sort of thing.
16. Vermin resistant container – keep bugs and rats out of dog food and just about anything else.
17. Bear resistant container – if suspended properly above ground.
18. Child resistant container – I once saw a kid pitch a tantrum because whatever it was he wanted was in a bucket suspended from lantern hook. And some buckets have lids that are difficult for adults to remove, much less kids.
19. Washing machine – clothes, dishes, whatever fits.
20. Water warmer – a dark colored bucket will warm water a bit if left in the sun.
21. Mop bucket
22. RV wash bucket
23. Charcoal controller – to keep an open bag of charcoal in one spot and not all over the cargo bay.
24. Liquid spill controller – to keep liquids (and maybe powders) from accidently spilling in the cargo bay, or elsewhere, like charcoal starter, citronella oil, pesticides.
25. Fruit gathering bucket – in case you find wild blackberries or even some free peaches.
26. Target for Frisbees or bean bags.
27. Step stool – not recommended but doable.
28. Storm shelter for lantern or a shore power connection.
29. Wet umbrella holder.
30. Muddy shoe container.
31. Dump station aid – when there is no garden hose a bucket can rinse the black tank by dumping down the toilet, and rinse off the concrete pad as well.
32. Extra cooler capacity – ice down a few drinks in a bucket if your chest cooler is full.
33. Emergency Gear tote - when the tornado warning goes off and you have to head to the shelter. Then you can sit on it while the storm passes. No one else will likely have a chair.

And that's where I hit the wall. You're gonna have to help me get to 101.
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BEER Bucket!!! How could you miss this one?
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Old 06-11-2015, 05:50 PM   #3
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BEER Bucket!!! How could you miss this one?
Are you gonna make beer or just keep it cold? Do they make a keg that will fit in a bucket?
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Can you modify the bucket or does it have to be as is?

You could make a bucket light without modifying if needed. Just drop a light in it.



The air conditioner would require modification:



I've made both.

ON the #10 toilet use (it doesn't have to be an emergency), you can put a trash bag in it, with a pool noodle over the lip to sit on.



and you can keep your toilet paper dry and stored in the 5 gallon bucket, by putting it in it's own container

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Old 06-11-2015, 07:19 PM   #5
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Mouse trap - put about a gallon of water in the bottom. Smear some peanut butter around the inside rim about 3 inches down from the top. Set a board from the floor to the edge of the bucket. Mice don't swim very well.

To go a bit further, straighten out a coat hanger and thread it through a soda can from top to bottom. Poke 2 holes on opposite sides of the bucket about an inch down from the top. Thread the hanger through the holes and center the soda can in the middle of the coat hanger. Put the peanut butter on the soda can. It's kinda like log rolling for mice.

Works like a charm to catch all the mice in my barn and my boat. If they're getting into your RV, put the bucket in the middle of the floor (except when it's below freezing) with the ramp. Check it every day to get rid of the mice.
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We had 8 people at our place playing LCR on the kitchen island, when we were camping and one used the bucket that came from the dealer (you know the one with the $2.00 SEWER hose and a roll of toilet paper) as a chair using two pillows 'cos we didn't have 8 chairs. So....use as a chair (with additional pillows). Sure wish I'd taken a picture of that!! And what's so funny is the girl who checked it out at the store for us (it was free but it still had to go thru a checkout) said the best thing about the bucket of stuff was just the bucket itself. Made us laugh....

Edit: Oh darn....this is already #2 on your list!!
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We had 8 people at our place playing LCR on the kitchen island, when we were camping and one used the bucket that came from the dealer (you know the one with the $2.00 SEWER hose and a roll of toilet paper)

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said the best thing about the bucket of stuff was just the bucket itself. Made us laugh....
Crap! All I got was a stupid cardboard box.
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Radio, did you mention what many of our members here use one for:

power cord storage and/or water hose storage?
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- Water filter
- Beer fermenter
- Solar still
- Shower
- Mushroom farm
- Mobile garden
- Start a fire inside it during bad weather
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If you camp at the beach, having a bucket with about 6-inches of water out by the front door, to rinse off the feet, is great way to keep sand out of the camper. (We keep a towel inside the door to dry off the feet.)
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It might hold a pony Keg. Later RJD
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Do they make a keg that will fit in a bucket?
Yep...some microbreweries sell 5 liter mini kegs.
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something to use to bail out your boat when you had 5 inches of rain during the night
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Just be VERY careful what order you use the same bucket for. Ponder that for awhile.
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Just be VERY careful what order you use the same bucket for. Ponder that for awhile.
All my buckets are different colors. And that's why.
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