Originally Posted by ArkSue
June 2017, newbies traveling the U.S. in a 17' Casita Independence.
Hopefully traveling 6-8 weeks; home 6-8 weeks; repeat.
I need your best storage ideas! Closet? Under the bed?
Thanks for your input! Looking forward to hearing from you!
When we first started traveling with a small travel trailer we had every possible nook and cranny stuffed with essentials. We had two large Coleco trunk containers full of stuff in the back of the truck and even had "important" stuff stored behind the seat in the truck.
15 years later we have more of what we need and only one small trunk for essentials in the back of the truck. Our cupboard space in our Scamp13 has some empty space and the under the bench space is no longer full.
Not saying you don't need a lot of stuff to take along, but probably not as much as you think.
To start with, look carefully at the space you have and think carefully about what you need.
Its like budgeting, on a reasonable budget you can have anything you want, you just can't have everything you want.
Notice how many Walmarts you pass along the way ... proof that much of what you need can be purchased as needed.
If you want to go bowling, use a houseball, if a sudden wedding pops up rent a tux, etc.
By the time you venture out for the third or fourth time you will know what you took and didn't use on earlier trips.
I know this does not address your question except to suggest that many good storage ideas may well be the basement, garage, closet and shed at home!
That being said , we converted our bed to a pedestal table and wraparound couch, the permanent bridge across the back gave us more seating and almost doubled our inside storage space.
It really will get easier as time goes by.
One good piece of advice would be to completely empty your trailer when you get home, then put back the stuff you used on the last trip, add back in the stuff you will realistically use next time, then put the stuff in the attic, basement, or closet that you didn't use on the last couple of trips.
Try to find items with more than one use, whether it is clothing, dishes or tools.
GOOD LUCK and congrats on your retirement.