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Old 08-25-2012, 03:51 PM   #1
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5 convenient items for Hardside

Since space is limited compared to my previous travel trailer - I have found there are 5 things I like using eith the hardside pop up.

1. Hanging canopy organizer - holds all the common items frequently needed such as.paper towels , doggie poop bags, leashes, cell phone, snacks, etc

2. Collapsible covered trash bag holder - wonderful for trash, bugs and odors stay away - folds down to a few inches

3. Stacking mesh holders - use it for a coffee bar

4. Over the cabinet hook - slip it over the window ledge and use for my keys

5. Small folding step stool - extremely light weight and folds down to a few inches
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Old 08-25-2012, 06:32 PM   #2
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A coffee bar AND twizzlers?? Excellent!
I really like that little folding step stool
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Old 08-25-2012, 07:47 PM   #3
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Love the coffee bar!!!! Especially the coffee creamer!

Thanks for the great ideas!!!
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Old 08-25-2012, 08:29 PM   #4
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Yes - I gotta have my coffee and this makes it easy to pull all the stuff out and have ready to make for morning and evening wind up and wind down...this makes the moment of enjoying the java all the more special. Haha
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Old 08-25-2012, 09:39 PM   #5
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"Stacking mesh holders - use it for a coffee bar"

I love those mesh holders since I came across them at Big Lots but couldn't find a real reason to use them until now. I still don't have a need for them in my trailer but I could use them at work until needed in the RV.
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Old 08-30-2012, 07:33 PM   #6
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Good list of space saving items!
We have that collapsible trash bag holder too! I use smaller (shorter) bags, so I use less "poles" to make the trash bag holder shorter. We use ours inside the camper.

The key thingie is pretty cool, too. I'll keep an eye out for one of those for sure. The folding step stool looks mighty handy as well.

I hope you don't mind if I add to your post's theme, Handbuilder... here are a couple of more ideas for folks:

We use a bathroom suction cup item (soap holder?) stuck on the microwave door front for Gary's wallet. This way it's kind of tucked around the corner, out of immediate entry eye sight.

We also use suction cup style hooks, for hanging trash bags outside, up off of the ground. He hangs it on the rear roof of the camper. While grilling Gary likes a trash bag outside for things like meat wrappers, sweet corn husks and *ahem* beer cans. This trash bag goes in the dumpster each night when we go to the bath house for our showers.

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Old 08-30-2012, 10:02 PM   #7
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Here are some ideas I did inside my trailer, it does not look pretty but for a guy in it I don't mind:
- plastic curtain around the sink, splashing water solved
- multiple hangers for whatever across the curtain rod
- collapsible storage net and cabinet hanged by a hanger...lol
- more stuff you could think of with hangers
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I love what hangers could be use for in our trailer...

Warning: too much weight may collapse the curtain rod
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Old 08-30-2012, 10:33 PM   #8
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Oh for goodness sakes ko777!!
... it must be a guy thing and I just wouldn't understand.

I will admit though, we too use plastic hangers hooked on the roof fold out towel bar. I hang a hand towel on a hanger for drying hands, a dish towel on a hanger after drying dishes, a dish wash cloth on a hanger after use so it will dry, etc. and space them out to get air between.

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Old 08-31-2012, 12:47 AM   #9
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Deb - great idea for shortening the height of the trash bag holder! I dont think I woild have figured that out! I was still seeking a small inside trash can..the one I had in my travel trailer takrs up too much space. I also like the soap holder idea - my husband will find that extremely useful!

Ko777 - You are definitely a hanger man! I like that green thing - but Id prob hang off my canopy outside. I dont like ducking and with my clumsiness, Id prob pull things down! haha I hang my towel outside on the canopy or over my gear deck rail to dry...depending on the weather.

Its great to see what others do to keep organized with such a limited living area. The pics are helpful!
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I like the brown hanging shelf thing. Where did you get it at? I have no problem finding the larger size ones with 5-7 shelves but your's is about the right size I'm looking for.
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I like the brown hanging shelf thing. Where did you get it at? I have no problem finding the larger size ones with 5-7 shelves but your's is about the right size I'm looking for.
I got it from a dollar store but it was $2...lol they started doing that in the dollar stores here in Canada. I got 8 of those collapsible shelves. In my trailer behind the U-dinette there is a gap which these shelves fits perfectly and acts as divider for clothes and stuff. Also I hang 1 in the cloth hanger bar on top of the sink which is perfect for tooth brush and stuff. The green net was from the dollar store too.

Good luck finding them...
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Deb - great idea for shortening the height of the trash bag holder! I dont think I woild have figured that out! I was still seeking a small inside trash can..the one I had in my travel trailer takrs up too much space. I also like the soap holder idea - my husband will find that extremely useful!

Ko777 - You are definitely a hanger man! I like that green thing - but Id prob hang off my canopy outside. I dont like ducking and with my clumsiness, Id prob pull things down! haha I hang my towel outside on the canopy or over my gear deck rail to dry...depending on the weather.

Its great to see what others do to keep organized with such a limited living area. The pics are helpful!
This site is so helpful in sharing ideas!

We use a collapsible clothes hamper (Walmart) for our indoor trash can. It folds up flat when not being used, and pops open when you're ready to use it - word of advice: DON'T open it near your face...just sayin'. Use the medium sized trash bags. I'll take pictures this weekend to post up.

Hangars are our friends too! We use them around the exterior canopy for just getting things off the ground. I like the idea of the suction-cup hooks too! Gonna get me some of them!!!
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Old 08-31-2012, 10:08 AM   #13
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Love #2. Gotta find one of those. Been using a big twist tie thingy and hanging my trash bag from the rear ladder.

Need something to store dirty clothes that doesn't take up floor space.
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I use suction cup hooks all the time. I hang the thermometer on the otuside of the TT, and some other "kitschy" stuff that only women would understand.
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You're right, photos help visualize our ideas.
This is the hook for trash bags outside:


And here is our version of using helpful hangers. Also shown is a rack that I found that fits over the sink instead of over the stove. The dish drainer works under it as well:


Here is a photo of the suction cup thingie on the microwave. Gee, ya'd think I would have cleaned the micro front for the pic...but alas:


This us another suction cup thingie on the mirror that we put our tooth brushes and tooth paste in.


We take down all the suction cup accessories when on the road.

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Here are a few more things we do for storage.
After each trip I wash up the sheets. While the camper is not in use
I like to store the sheets, blankets and pillows in "space bags" to keep the dust off of them.


We move this rack to the back of the van for access to trash bags, extra bath towels, DVD movies,
a VCR and tapes (if we get desperate for entertainment), extra suction cup hooks
and other miscellaneous items along those lines.


For the clothing situation, we each keep a large duffel in the tow vehicle with enough clean clothes for the trip.
We each have a smaller "over night" bag in the camper with clothes for one or two days.
Dirty clothes are collected every evening after showers, put a Walmart bag and stowed in the tow vehicle.
Fresh clothes are replaced in the "over night" bags as needed.

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Old 09-03-2012, 11:25 PM   #17
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Hubby and I went camping for a couple days & he took care of my minor disappointment that the trash bag holder seemed a little flimsy if it wasnt leaned against something....he put a large rock on the base and no problems with it blowing over...also put it closer, just outside the door so that took care of not having a trash can inside the trailer. It was ideal & easy enough for me to pop the door and toss the trash down into the bag. I do think its my favorite add on purchase since buying this trailer. :-)
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Old 09-04-2012, 08:50 AM   #18
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Here are pics of my popup trash can.

The first is it up and with bag. Second shows the height. Third is it folded up for storage. Remember, do NOT open it near your face!!!!

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