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RV Storage Ideas | Best Space Saving Tips for Moving into an RV

Tiny spaces are becoming very popular. RVs provide a double benefit to tiny living with the ability to travel at any given time.   Whether you are planning on using an RV as a vacation home on the lake or planning on seeing the USA, check out these space-saving tips from Imperial Moving and Storage NYC to make your home on wheels ready to roll.

1. Purge Before You Move-In

If you’re contemplating living full-time in your RV, then it’s time to think about downsizing your belongings. As with any move, Imperial suggests getting rid of things before you move-in. Since space is especially limited in an RV, take only what you need on the road. Sell or donate unwanted or unused belongings, then rent a storage unit for items you can’t take with you, but might want for a future home, like furniture, china, and heirlooms.

2. Kitchen Space Savers

Spice Gripper Clips – These plastic strips have bonding tape that sticks to inside cabinet doors, refrigerators, walls or any bare spot. They hold 4 to 5 standard spice containers with grippers, so your spices are secure and easily found.

Curtain Tension Rods – Cabinet space is always quickly filled. Get creative and place curtain tension rods vertically to hold skillets, pan lids, dishes and other items inside your cabinets.

Over-the-door Trash Container – Floor space is essential when living in tight quarters. Take that trash container and mount it inside a closet or cabinet to keep it from taking up space.

3. Bathroom Space Savers

Mounted Shampoo and Soap Dispensers – Fill these up with shampoo and soap and never worry about storing large bottles.

Towel Holders – We learned this one from our NYC apartment movers. Use a hanging shoe caddy to store bulky towels. Simply roll them up and place in the compartments. Keep them in your clothes closet and remove as needed for the bath.

4. Living Area/Bedroom Space Savers

Caddy Night Stand – Caddy nightstands come in a variety of materials and organizational pockets. Some have large lips to hang over furniture or to tuck under a mattress. This can eliminate the need for an extra piece of storage furniture.

Velcro Remotes – Use Velcro strips to keep track of the remotes. Place one strip on the back of the remote and another on a designated spot. There will be no worries about where they were placed.

5. Any Room Space Savers

Mounted Broom Holders for Flashlights – Whether you keep your flashlights in a closet or next to your bed, use a mounted broom holder to snap in your flashlight. They will be safe from rolling around or being misplaced.

Peel and Stick Cord Organizers – Small spaces can be dangerous for hanging cords. Whether it is a coffee maker, laptop or generator, make sure those cords are secured against a wall and away from moving feet.

Suction Cup HooksHooks can be invaluable when you need a place to hang an item. Keep a good supply of different sizes on hand and never make another nail hole.

Collapsible Laundry Basket – When all of your clean clothes have been put away, where can you store that huge laundry basket? Purchase a pop and load laundry basket that collapses to a mere 3 inches in depth.

When living small, it pays to get creative with your storage solutions. The more time you spend planning and preparing for RV life, the happier you’ll be with your new living arrangements.

 

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7 Things to Know Before Buying an RV or Motorhome

As a first-time RV or motorhome buyer, it’s important to be well-informed about the realities of owning an RV. It’s impossible to make an informed purchase without being aware of the different types of RVs and motorhomes, the advantages and disadvantages of each, and the responsibilities that come with owning one. Here are seven things you should know before you start shopping for an RV or motorhome:

1. There are No Cheap RVs

The general public assumes that used RVs can be a cheap purchase that allows for cross-country family vacations, but owning an RV is just as expensive as owning any other vehicle. You need to be prepared to pay a variety of licensing, repair and general upkeep costs, and it’s also important to realize that the initial cost of an RV is usually higher than the price of cars or motorcycles.

2. Storage Can be Complicated

Before purchasing an RV or motorhome, you’ll need to figure out where you’ll store the vehicle when it isn’t being used. If your home has a large enough parking area to hold an RV, you’re in luck, but otherwise, you’ll need to make arrangements for long-term parking, as you can’t simply leave a massive RV coach parked on your local road.

3. Towable Vs. Motorized

Potential RV buyers should also be aware that there are two types available: towable and motorized. Towable RVs are cheaper, have more space and require fewer repairs, but you can only purchase one if you have a powerful enough vehicle to tow the camper. Motorized RVs are more expensive and will need maintenance like any other vehicle, but they don’t require a vehicle for towing.

4. New Vs. Used

The ‘new or used’ debate that car owners are familiar with also applies to RV shopping. While used vehicles are cheaper, you should know that road vibrations and wear and tear can significantly damage RVs. If you decide to purchase a used RV, you should inquire as to the condition of the vehicle and how many miles it’s seen, as many used RVs end up requiring thousands of dollars in repairs.

5. Safety Concerns

Unfortunately, most RVs are not made to withstand significant damage, so there is an inherent safety risk to driving a motorized RV. RV walls are often made of thin, flimsy metals that won’t stand up to a serious crash, so if you’re thinking of purchasing one, don’t be fooled into thinking that their size makes them safer than other vehicles.

6. Know How Often You’ll Use it

Before purchasing an RV, you’ll want to have an estimate of how often your family will be using it. This is because there’s a big difference between living out of an RV or taking it on a few cross-country trips. If your RV will be used only for periodic vacations, it’s probably fine to get a cheaper or used model, but if it is your motorized home, you may need a new, high-quality model.

7. Storage is Key

One final thing to consider when purchasing an RV is the amount of storage your family will require. Figure out how many people you’re likely to have sleeping in the vehicle, as all of them will need space to store their clothes and personal items, and you’ll also need room for food and cooking utensils. How much space you require should dictate what RV model you buy.