A motorhome is by definition smaller than a house… But the constraints of everyday life remain the same. Organization and strategic choices are also essential to store and then select all your belongings with order and common sense. Here we give you some tips to better optimize the space and live on board with peace of mind. Text and photos: Alain Vacheron
If you choose the motorhome as your means of travel, you inevitably know that the comfort and space available are less than at home. And so that life on board is pleasant for everyone, it is important to stick to a simple rule of happiness: “I don’t leave anything lying around in the motorhome that can’t be stowed away!” »
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remember before leaving
Position and distribute the weight of the load in the motor home
Motorhomes obviously have the function of a living space, but also of vehicles that, for safety reasons, must be loaded correctly so as not to become unbalanced and rock.
The heavy goes down, the light goes up…it makes sense!
Therefore, you should preferably stow all heavy objects (cans and other groceries in bulk packaging, mineral water packs, snow chains, additional gas bottles, tool kits, books, etc.) in the storage compartment, under the seating area in the dinette or in the low cupboards in the kitchen, for example.
The tall cabinets, on the other hand, are used for clothes, bed linen and other small light accessories.
Trick: Using tissue boxes perfectly organizes your drawers and reduces friction and bumping noise.
Please note: the road holding depends on the load
Heavy objects must always touch the ground, preferably in storage areas at the front or in the middle of the vehicle. The road holding is getting better. Be careful, even if you respect the payload of your vehicle, do not overload the trunk too much because it can cause problems in the event of hard braking if the vehicle is not in the axis of the road.
Kitchen: stop ringing, stop scrapping
In the kitchen, use this non-slip foam that you can find in hardware stores (and supermarkets) and dress the inside of your drawers and cupboards and why not your fridge.
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For condiments like rice, noodles and other condiments, put boxes in your drawers and cupboards to organize them. Surround glass bottles with rubber bands. Cleaning products also deserve to be stored in a series of small plastic containers. Her wet sponges, of course.
Do not think that it is imperative to store kitchen appliances in the storage near the kitchen cabinet. Vegetables do not necessarily have to be placed in the vegetable compartment of the refrigerator. They can also find their place in a chest under the bed. And if you can do without your closet, build shelves there. Again, you have the heavy at the bottom and the light at the top. Finally, do not place heavy objects in the kitchen overhead cabinet. Instead, put the towel, tea towels…
Again, use the non-slip mat (cut out squares to place between pans and pots. Gather cutlery and other lightweight utensils with rubber bands. And if your cutting board gets in the way, place it against a wall with a Velcro square .
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The bathroom, often poorly equipped with storage space
To save space in the bathroom cabinet and not to unnecessarily clutter the shelves with wet bottles of shower gel and shampoo, place them in a special bathroom plastic tray with holes for hanging on the shower faucet (on sale).
Trick: Van users will remember to position the toilet paper at a height so it doesn’t get wet when showering.
The bedroom: This is where we store the laundry
If you go on a trip for a few weeks, the stock of clothes is relatively large. The clothes are mainly kept in the cupboards in the attic of the bedroom, with a fair distribution between male and female. If everything doesn’t fit, you can store excess clothing in collapsible plastic bins under the bed. Dirty laundry (blue Ikea bag or similar) is also stowed under the bed. As the journey progresses, the bedroom closets are emptied and then filled with clean clothes, which are kept under the bed. Dirty clothes end up in the blue bag!
Trick: The wardrobe, which is present in most motorhomes, is sometimes a poorly used space (e.g. too spacious for two coats and two fleeces). You can tweak it by hanging a hanger on the rod and turning the closet into a clothes rack.
The cargo space must be carefully organized
The rear cargo area is present in almost all vehicles. Depending on the model and size of the motorhome, the volume may vary. This multifunctional space is ideal for storing and storing bulky equipment (camping chairs and table, water hose, wedges, etc.). The cargo area is usually equipped with a door on each side of the vehicle and its arrangement is not due to chance.
Right side (near the cell door)store the most important things of everyday life (cable for the connection to the 220 V, stabilizing wedges, water hose and watering can, toiletries, tool box and various DIY items, awning crank, shoe bucket, etc.)
Left side We store equipment such as garden furniture (table and chairs), additional water supply (5 liter bottle), hiking boots, hiking poles and sports equipment, if necessary folding bikes. In addition, the loading space can be optimized by adapting shelves to the size of plastic boxes over the entire width. This allows you easier access to your belongings without having to take everything out.
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Our animal friends
Many motorhome enthusiasts travel with their pets, which also have their share of luggage! And in this register the “doggy” mat (which takes up enough space) is positioned under the table, he loves it…! Its filled water bowl is placed on a non-slip base in the shower tray, thus avoiding unwanted splashes of water… And the little dog will be happy!
For kibbles that have a specific smell, we recommend you stow them in a large, closing “Curver” to store them in the cargo hold.