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1. How to keep your dishes from sliding around in the cabinet
Lining your shelves and drawers with grippy shelf liner will help prevent dishes from sliding around while your RV is in motion. You can also cut it into circles or squares to place between metal pots and pans or other dishes to prevent them from rattling.
As a full time RVer, I preferred to keep my glass dishes in my fifth wheel, including plates, bowls, and baking dishes. I used this method to store these dishes in my cabinets and never had anything break!
If you have a lot of plates, you could use a plate rack to keep them neatly stacked, but the rubbery shelf liner should be enough to hold just a few plates in place.
For pots and pans and other larger items in drawers or cabinets, the Peggy kitchen organizer is a neat solution: it's a plastic peg board with adjustable rods that you can place wherever you need them. Maybe if you're handy with wood you could make something like this yourself by drilling some holes in a piece of plywood and putting dowel rods in it?
2. How to prevent glass bottles and drinkware from rattling or breaking
You'll probably want to avoid glass as much as possible in your RV, but if you do have any bottles or condiments in glass containers, putting liquor bottle sleeves around them will cushion them and keep them from rattling as you bump along the road.
I've even used these sleeves to protect glassware (I prefer to drink out of glass rather than plastic or metal), but if you travel often removing and replacing the liquor sleeves every time you use a dish might be too inconvenient. However, if you're a full time RVer who tends to stay longer at each place, these can be a good way to keep you from having to replace your glassware.
If you ask at a local liquor store, the employees may have some they would be willing to give you, but they're also pretty cheap to buy on Amazon.
3. How to keep items handy and accessible without having to pack and unpack them
I love using hooks to hang items I grab frequently, such as pot holders and dish towels. (You can buy dish towels with loops or sew some loops on yours to keep them from falling off the hooks.) If your refrigerator doors are magnetic, you can use magnetic hooks to hang small items on the door.
Command hooks are very popular with a lot of RVers, but for walls, cabinets, and other areas where a hook could come in handy, I usually prefer to install something that looks more like what you would put in your home, such as mug hooks or a hook rack.
Just keep in mind that anything you hang on a hook will be swinging around while your RV is moving. If you have a motorhome, you may not want to hang anything that will make a lot of noise.
Utilize vertical space in your RV for storage. Items in baskets hanging on walls or over cabinet doors will be handy to access and will stay in place while your RV is moving.
Amazon is my favorite place to shop for organizers for using vertical space. Below are some that I've personally purchased and liked.
4. How to protect house plants while you're on the road
If you're like me and love being surrounded by plants, you have a few in your RV. The kitchen sink is a good place for these to go while you're traveling.
You could also get some cute hanging planters that can be left in place while you're traveling.
5. How to keep wall decor from falling or shifting
Regardless of what method you use to hang wall decor, photos and other decorative items may fall down or move around and end up crooked if you hit a pothole. To keep this from happening, you can put a small amount of double-sided mounting tape on the back of your items to stick them to the wall and help hold them in place. I like clear acrylic mounting tape because it comes away cleanly when you remove it.
I added some acrylic mounting tape to the corners of the back of this over-door mirror to keep it from swinging around and possibly breaking.
6. How to keep decorative items in place while your RV is moving
You can also use acrylic mounting tape to stick free-standing decorative items to shelves. Museum putty is another popular choice for this purpose. This way, you can enjoy leaving decorative items on display without having to take the time to pack them up on Travel Day.
7. How to be able to leave items on your shower shelves while traveling
It made no sense to me that the corner shelves in my RV shower required items to be removed during travel, so I fixed that by creating plexiglass “walls” for the shelves. You can read about that project here.
8. How to avoid an avalanche when you open your cabinets
It's never fun to open a cabinet and be hit with an avalanche of stuff that shifted around during travel. One way to keep that from happening is to store items in your cabinet in boxes, like reused cardboard shoe boxes or the plastic shoe boxes from Dollar Tree shown in the photo below.
For narrow medicine cabinet shelves, utensil caddies are a good way to hold items in place.
Another idea that works really well for holding stuff in place on cabinet shelves is to put a small tension rod across each shelf. (You can also buy double tension rods designed to go across the shelves in your RV refrigerator.)
9. How to keep hanging clothing from falling in your closet
If the clothes in your closet keep falling down, here are a couple of solutions to consider:
- Cover your closet bar with a length of ribbed hosing. This will prevent the hangers from sliding along it.
- Before you hit the road, cover your closet rod (and hangers) with a length of foam pipe insulation or a pool noodle. This will not only hold the hangers in place but will also help them stay on the rod.
- Buy hangers with a ring that goes around the rod, like what are used in hotel closets. (Be sure to look for the type that allows the hanger to be removed from the ring, for ease of use.) You could add these rubber grips to the shoulders to help keep clothes from sliding off them.
10. How to keep free-standing furniture and appliances from sliding or tipping over
If you've replaced your RV furniture or added additional items, you'll need a way to secure everything while you're traveling. Bungee cords and ratchet straps are both great for this purpose. Small bungee cords can also be used hold a countertop appliance in place.
If you can't find a good place to hook them, you can install some additional D-rings by screwing them to your floor or a solid wood surface such as the trim of a slideout.
What other ideas have you thought of?
Hopefully these ideas will help make your travel days a little more efficient! Have you come up with any other great ideas for securing your stuff to keep it from shifting or rattling while you're driving? Leave a comment to let me know!
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