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Clever RV Bathroom Trash Can Idea Using a Cereal Container

The RV bathroom is a creature of function. Very little space is wasted in most cases, just like most parts of a RV. One thing that has always been lacking in the RV bathroom is a trash can. Not enough room for those kind of luxuries in most of the RV’s we have seen. Until recently I was under the impression that was just one of the trade offs of RV living. But what if someone took a cereal/dry food container and re-purposed it as a RV bathroom trash can?

RV Bathroom Trash Can Photo Gallery


If you are a frequent reader then you know that this kind of stuff gets us excited. A simple Rubbermaid dry food container and a pair of 3M picture hanging strips could change the dynamic of your bathroom and finally bring a useful RV bathroom trash can for around $15. The width of the dry food container plays a significant role in this simple RV bathroom trash can mod. There are many brands at many price points. If your curious to see what I mean you can have a look at the dozens of options at

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We went with the rectangle version mentioned above by Rubbermaid. Of course when in transit that thing would be sliding around everywhere, so we decided to install 2 sets of 3M command strips on the bottom and to the floor where we wanted it installed. If you haven’t used the 3M command strips, they work like a longer lasting Velcro of sorts. With 2 sides that connect securely and also engineered to be removed without leaving any residue or trace behind. This allows for removal for emptying and cleaning around the area where your new RV bathroom trash can will be.

We also slide a traditional plastic grocery bag inside ours to make cleaning a snap. We know many people do this at their sticks and bricks home, but it works just the same in the RV. We know this idea is probably not unique to the person that shared it with us as we were able to find one of the photos above from EurekaLive and this variation at Roadtrek Life. The 3M command strips were our own personal twist. Though only helpful if your on the move!

We welcome your thoughts on other RV trash can ideas for the bathroom or what you think of this concept in the comments below!

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