Storage Matters In An RV

By:  Kelly Barnett

15th Dec, 16

Whether you're a Weekend Warrior, Any-Timer, Part-Timer or Full-Timer, like us, the amount of storage in your fifth wheel trailer matters.

More than likely, when you were shopping for your camper, you took into consideration the amount of storage each floorplan you looked at had…just like we did.

I fell in love with our Heartland Landmark Key Largo's kitchen because of the amount of storage space it offered. It has an awesome pantry up above for foods and then below that is a nice area to store my appliances (electric skillet, toaster, Instant Pot, etc.), among other things.

On top of all that we have ample storage for dishes, pots and pans, utensils, glassware, bakeware, spices, etc. in the various drawers and cabinets.

There aren't many spaces in our Heartland RV that haven't been utilized to its best potential. Even the oven has been turned into a space saver since we don't use it for cooking purposes!

Often, we stock up on groceries if we know we might be out of pocket for a while. My pantry might be big enough for 'normal' groceries but to stock up, I needed more space.

I reached out to our oldest son, Zack, and asked him to build a storage coffee table. I requested that it fit between the living room slides when they're closed for travel and that it have hinges that kept the lid open while I was putting items away or taking items out.

He did a great job designing and creating an awesome storage space that fits perfectly in the living room of our 5th wheel!

Our custom storage coffee table.

While Zack worked on the coffee table, Michael designed and built two end tables to go on either side of our couch.The newer fifth wheels have built-in side tables, but ours didn't and that area kind of became a catch all.

Michael created two storage spaces with removable solid surface counter tops that also double as end tables. They're gorgeous, match the coffee table and both add to our storage space.

Our "basement" holds a little bit of everything: seasonal decorations, seasonal clothing, tools, black water/grey water equipment, excess office supplies…just to name some items.

We have friends that use a sliding tray in their 'basement' which is a pretty cool way to be able to get at all of the miscellaneous items that are stored down below. However, the tray takes up some of that much needed space. We decided that for our purposes the tray took up more space than we were willing to give up…for now, anyway.

"Basement" storage in the Heartland Landmark Key Largo.

Rather than just throwing all of that 'stuff' into the basement we chose to purchase Rubbermaid totes and store everything in those totes. We labeled each tote to make finding items easier.

Totes that hold items that aren't needed very often (seasonal items) are stored further into the middle while items that need to be accessed more often are stored toward the outside of the basement.

When we started full-timing back in April of 2011 we had 20 Rubbermaid totes, of two different sizes, stored in the basement. Since that time, we've reduced what we carry (we purge a couple of times a year) and are now down to 10 totes in the basement area. Reducing the number of totes gave us more room to store our grill, satellite dish and other items in the basement.

What are your storage saving tips? Share them in the comments.

Kelly Barnett

Kelly Barnett

RV There Yet Chronicles

My husband, Michael, and I have been living fulltime in our 2011 Landmark Key Largo since April of 2011 and LOVE every minute of it. 

When Michael retired from the US Army in October of 2012 (after 29 years of service) we hit the road and haven’t looked back. 

We usually work in the south Texas oilfields in the winter and spend time with our two sons and their families in the summer. We travel and sight-see as much and often as possible.