Cramped space and no storage. It’s the normal problem in an RV and if your RV or travel trailer is a low end model, its going to be even worse. Mine is not only used, but low end. Storage exists under a queen size bed, under one bench, under one useless bunk, and in a 36″ cupboard over the kitchen counter.
The sofa bed in our trailer was damaged and none too clean when we bought the trailer, so the first project had been removing it. Removing the sofa also allowed us to put a chrome shelving unit against the bedroom wall to act as a pantry and for storing the million other items we have to store for regular use. That leaves about 4′ of clear space under the window between the shelves and kitchen cupboard.
In our case, we aren’t much for using traditional living room furniture. We do, however, need office space inside our travel trailer, as we both work extensively on our computers and paper. We also are human and need to live, and I also cook.
I had previously tried the glue-on tabs hooks for hanging a photograph, clock, and a couple of decorative items. They didn’t work well. In a travel trailer, the walls are covered with boards coated with a layer of vinyl. If the glue holds tight to the non-porous surface, the vinyl pulls away from the wall board. Very lightweight items (the decorative ones) did manage to stay, but the clock and the photograph both pulled away from the wall and fell.
I ended up using a traditional nailed-in picture hanger for the photo. The clock has not been re-hung. For our few coffee cups, I had put a couple of large cup hooks into the bottom edge of the kitchen cupboard. Today’s project is attaching a board and some wood strips to the wall in a couple of locations to hold small items that can be hung for easy access and simple storage, freeing up space elsewhere. In a sense, we’re going to use our everyday useful items as our decor!
For this project, we purchased one fence board and several fairly thin furring strips. We will measure the space that they are to be installed in, and then cut them to length. These pieces of wood will then be attached to the wall by dry wall screws which will then be screwed into the 2×2 frame of the travel trailer. This method allows us to place the cup hooks or other hanging pegs at any location on the board, and evenly distributes the weight over a greater area while simultaneously ensuring the frame of the travel trailer supports them. No worries about it pulling free, even moving down the road!