Organizing your RV Exterior Storage

Written by on December 26, 2013 in Roger & Lynn Brucker with 2 Comments

Roadtreks are blessed with lots of storage, but unless you keep it organized there will never be enough space.  The older Roadtreks have one or more compartments with a fiberglass door and a rubber hinge.  By the way – keep an eye on that hinge.  They will eventually fail, and it is best to have a spare on hand.  They are pop-riveted in place so you may want to have a body shop install it, but if you have the hinge already it will make life easier.  They are very expensive to order through dealers, but you can buy it for less from Moore Industrial Hardware. (click for link).

Outside Storage Compartment (Medium)The long outside storage compartment has a lot of space.  This is how we have ours organized.  We can easily find everything and get access to it without difficulty.  We will go through the items shown.

On the left side are two  Outside Storage Compartment - Left (Medium)stacked wooden ramps that a previous owner had made.  We carry this in addition to one set of the “lego” blocks for leveling, stored inside the Roadtrek.   On top of the ramps is a funnel with a hose that we use for adding bleach or antifreeze to the fresh water tank.

 

Jumper Cable Bags (Medium)A bottle of Clorex and a box of plastic gloves (for dumping tanks) sits in front of 4 brown jumper cable bags.  One bag contains jumper cables, the others have a water hose, a 30 amp extension cord and a 15 amp extension cord.  We found the zipper-closure jumper cable bags on Amazon.

 

Outside Storage Compartment - Center (Medium)In the center of the compartment is a milk crate that is a perfect fit for the compartment.  Next to it is a plastic tub (minus the lid) that corrals all the remaining smaller items.  One 30 amp black extension cord sits in this box since it is frequently used.

 

Milk Crate (Medium)In the milk crate are the white water hose, water filter, and an elbow for the dump hose.  On top sits the blue & white collapsible water bucket which we use for flushing extra water down the toilet when dumping and for adding water to the empty black tank after dumping.  The  kneeling pad is used on the ground for working the dump valves.

 

Bucket & Bin (Medium)The wiggly orange things are wire ties we use on the 30 amp extension cord.  The tub contains funnels for adding oil to the Onan, work gloves, various electric adapters (30 amp to 15 amp, 50 to 30 amp, etc), water pressure limiter (a necessity if you connect to campground water) and miscellaneous tools.

 

Outside Storage Compartment - Right (Medium)The attached power cord is coiled up under the water pipes, while the 30 amp extension cord sits in the top of the tub.  Also barely visible in this photo is the Progressive Industries Power protection system on the back wall behind the box (the box slides perfectly underneath it).  It has two remote displays.  One is visible above the hose connector and the second one is inside the RT.  But that is a subject for another post.

Your RV exterior storage compartment(s) may be different, but if you can organize them well, you will be able to set and break camp efficiently and will not have trouble finding what you need when it is cold or raining.

 

 

 



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About the Author: Roger Brucker and his wife Lynn have been Roadtrekkers since 2009. Both are retired, Roger from a Business-to-Business advertising agency and from teaching marketing for 25 years at Wright State University, Dayton, OH. Lynn is an electronics engineer, retired from the USAF Research Laboratory. Roger has authored or co-authored five books on cave exploring. They are cave explorers, kite flyers, and have five Standard Poodles. Their home base is Beavercreek, OH, a Dayton suburb. “We’ve done a lot of camping and long distance tandem bicycle riding, including an unsupported San Diego to St. Augustine ride in 2000,” said Lynn. Roger says, “But we love our 190 Popular Roadtrek because we can go anywhere on a moment’s notice, and stay off the grid for a week.” They are known to many Roadtrekkers for contributing ideas and suggestions on the Roadtrek Yahoo Forum and Cyberrally. Some of their modifications to Red Rover, their Roadtrek, are documented at www.RedRoverRoadtrek.com .

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  1. Popup camper has a 10″ x 14″ storage accessible from inside/outside.
    Otherwise storage must be attached to rear or tongue and that is very little.

  2. Paul Konowalchuk Pogorzelski says:

    We had a Coleman pop-up with a slide out dining area and a huge, deep stowage trunk in the front. Accessible from outside & inside too. One could fit a couple Canadians in there LOL

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