Life as a full-time RVer is likely pretty low-key most of the time. You enjoy your time visiting different places, meeting new people, and generally spending time outside. I would say most RVers would prefer to do things the easy way and would like to hear about what other people do to make like easier so they can incorporate them into their own daily, weekly or monthly routines. I’ve come up with a number of RV living hacks that you can incorporate into your lifestyle (some you may never have heard of).
Just know that, although not a strict definition, tips are generally considered advice, such as making sure you refrigerate your milk. A hack implies it will make things must faster or easier which is the plan with these ideas. Full-time RVers are adventurous people so it would stand to reason they would find solutions to make everyday living a little easier. Check out this easy and inexpensive RV living hacks you may not have heard of and add them to your “must do that” list.
Genius hacks for your small RV fridge and freezer.
Placemats to make defrosting a breeze
You can purchase these plastic placemats at your local Walmart. Slip them in the back of your freezer compartment. The next time you defrost your refrigerator, it doesn’t take long for these to thaw enough that you can pull them out and the ice breaks up. Once you are done and the refrigerator is defrosted, just put them back for the next time. It makes defrosting so much quicker.
Containers to keep loose items contained
Who doesn’t have loose items on the shelves of your refrigerator? Plastic containers keep those bags of cheese, small items, and even drinks contained. All the better when you are moving too.
Cooking & RV Kitchen Hacks
Check out these RV kitchen hacks to make cooking a breeze.
This is my personal favorite appliance and I’m surprised that more people don’t use it! I use it every day and have worn out too many to count. Purchase a size that fits your needs.
Electric skillets are easy to clean up and to store, save on propane and you can even fix multiple items for a meal. For example, if I make hash browns for breakfast, I can simply move them over when they are done and still have room to cook eggs or sausage in the same pan. To save on propane use, I’m all about using electric when I can.
Get creative with storage containers
Storage comes at a premium in most RV kitchens. Finding ways to stack items vertically is a great way to get extra room.
Buy stackable shelves or locker shelves for canned goods. Just be sure to measure your cabinets before purchasing.
Canvas storage containers are great to use for storage because they fold up when not in use. Clear containers don’t fold up but you can see what’s inside.
RV Bathroom Hacks
Here are some hacks to making the most of your RV bathroom.
If you use Clean Shower daily after every shower, you can keep your glass shower doors from getting water deposits and you won’t need to do anything but wipe your shower down once a week or so. After three years, our shower looks great. The product also helps keep away mold and mildew. Any daily shower spray will work wonders and keep your shower cleaner. Just remember to check the ingredients and make it is safe for your RV shower.
Keep it simple in the bathroom
Simple tension rods work great to keep small items in your medicine cabinet in place. We didn’t like drilling holes where we didn’t need to so we chose a small corner shelf to keep the toilet paper and other items handy. Our bathroom scale sits vertically behind and keeps items off the floor.
Tearing Down, Setting Up and Moving Your RV Hacks
Make travel days easy with these hacks.
Bungee cords and childproof locks to keep cabinet doors secure while moving
Although our cabinet doors have typical RV latches that are supposed to keep them closed, we have found that sometimes they don’t work or they break. Childproof locks are a great way to make sure nothing opens while we are in transit.
Use the shower to store appliances
I use a shoe mat with a lip on the sides to store my coffee pot and ice maker in my RV shower for travel days. These are items that usually sit on the countertop and I really don’t have a cabinet to put them in for travel. Any water left in them, if they did tip over, would go in the shower. So far, they’ve always stayed upright. I can take them out first when we arrive and put them back on the shelf once the slides are out.
RV life wouldn’t be complete without your dog – here are some ways to make life easier with your pooch.
Use a simple shoe mat for dog food and water
This simple idea is to use a shoe map with a lip on it and contains, for the most part, any spilled water or food.
Spill proof water dish
Our puppy was enjoying emptying the water dish and dragging it all around the rig. I had to find something that she couldn’t dump. A spillproof water bowl has worked great. She can drag it around when it gets low on water but it’s my signal that it needs to be filled up again. It’s also good for outings and to keep in the truck when we are on the road.
We see a lot of ideas on FaceBook and the Internet in general about what you should add or change when you purchase an RV or start fulltiming. We chose to give it some time and discover hacks and ideas that really work for us.”Todd Nighswonger, faithful husband, RVer and dog wrangler.
Bonus RV Hack
I don’t happen to have a washer and dryer in my rig so I use a canvas cart to tote my laundry to the laundry room. I don’t have to get the truck out to go a few blocks and I don’t mind the walk. It’s amazing how much laundry two of us can accumulate in a week! We purchased ours at a Coleman store in Springfield, Missouri, but you can get the same thing at Walmart or Walmart.com. Mine folds up and is easily stored so you can throw your towels, a small cooler and chairs and use it to take your items from the car to the beach or anywhere else you like.
Do you have a favorite RV living hack? Share with us in the comments below.