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10 Travel Trailer Storage Ideas That Will Save You Space

This post was updated on March 27th, 2024

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10 Travel Trailer Storage Ideas That Will Save You Space

RVers are constantly on the lookout for new ways to make the most of what little space they have in their homes-on-wheels. Fortunately, there are plenty of creative problem-solvers out there, meaning motorhome and travel trailer storage ideas aren’t too hard to come by. 

In this article, we will discuss some of our favorite options for storing things in RVs. Hopefully these suggestions will help you solve some storage problems in your rig so you can enjoy a clutter-free camping experience this season. 

1. Put shelves and bins in your cabinets

Many RV cabinets are incredibly tall but aren’t separated by shelves, making it impossible to use all of that valuable vertical space. Adding shelves and bins to your RV cabinets will allow you to stack things high and take advantage of every inch of space available.

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Cabinet shelves are a great place to utilize these travel trailer storage ideas

2. Invest in a lazy susan for deep cabinets

Another problem with RV cabinets is that they’re often way too deep. This means things get lost in the backs of cabinets, and the space at the far back of these cabinets isn’t really useful. This is where a lazy susan can come in handy. Invest in one of these and you’ll be able to use the whole cabinet. 

3. Mount things to cabinet doors

The insides of cabinet doors hold a surprisingly large amount of unused space. Use an over-the-door trash can to take advantage of this space or hang a plastic bag holder there. Some people will mount baskets, spice racks, or even just hooks to this space to hold things like hair dryers, toiletries, spices, foil and baggies, and any other small items that would fit in the space. 

4. Look for foldable, nesting, and multipurpose items

Obviously, the smaller you can make your things, the more you’ll be able to fit into a given space. Additionally, multipurpose items are better than many single-use items.

For this reason, foldable, collapsible, multi-use, and nesting items are an RVer’s best friend and the perfect side kick to any of our travel trailer storage ideas. Look for mixing bowls and measuring cups that nestle within one another, dish pans and buckets that collapse down, and appliances such as the Instant Pot that have several different uses.

5. Leave no wall unused

Wall space is some of the most underused space in an RV. If you have empty wall space, use it. Consider hanging a large pegboard that can hold utensils, pots and pans, and baskets for small items and produce.

A hanging pocket organizer is great for holding papers, and baskets hanging on the walls can hold all kinds of things, saving you cabinet and counter space and keeping things organized. 

Hanging Fruit Basket

6. Make use of the undersides of cabinets

Another spot that is useful for storage but rarely gets put to use is the undersides of cabinets. These can be made magnetic by screwing a piece of metal in place. You can then store magnetic items (or items you add magnets to) on the undersides of your cabinets.

Other options include hanging a fruit basket or hammock from the underside of a cabinet, screwing a line of mason jars into the bottom of a cabinet and using the jars to hold items, and mounting an under-the-cabinet paper plate holder

7. Go over the sink and toilet

One of the best ways to come up with new travel trailer storage ideas is to find empty space and figure out how to use it well. We often see empty space above RV toilets and sinks. Make use of this space with a dish drying rack over the kitchen sink and a storage shelf over the toilet.

The drying rack is perfect for making sure your dishes get dry without hogging counter space, and the bathroom shelf is great for holding things like extra towels and toilet paper. Just be sure you mount both things to the wall to keep them from toppling on travel day.

8. Use vacuum-sealed bags

If you carry items that you don’t use year-round, you might consider putting them away in vacuum-sealed bags until they are needed. Things that are often put in these bags include winter coats, extra sheets and blankets, extra pillows, and out-of-season clothing. 

9. Repackage pantry foods

Finding ways to fit all of your food in the tiny RV pantry can be a giant pain. In order to make the most of what little space you have, we highly recommend moving every food item out of its original container and into a stackable, airtight container.

All of the containers you use should be from the same set in order to ensure they can be stacked with one another. This will help you fit everything in, and it has the added benefit of keeping pests away from your food. 

10. Look for over-the-door organization options

Finally, one of our favorite travel trailer storage ideas involves hanging things from the doors in your RV. This might mean using an over-the-door shoe organizer or pocket organizer to store toiletries, shoes, small toys, or other little items, or it might mean using a set of over-the-door hooks for holding bags, towels, or jackets.

Either way, we like these options because they don’t require you to screw anything into the wall. Just be sure you don’t put too much weight on any one door or you might be looking at making a door repair.

Check out this video from Fate Unbound for more travel trailer storage ideas:

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