In preparation for our 2015 West Trip I needed to reorganize the compartments under the camper for two main reasons: 1) We will be taking more clothes, food, toys, etc., and I needed to drop some camper weight to accommodate the additional weight; and 2) since I am going to be setting up and tearing down multiple times on this trip, the storage compartments needed a better organizational structure.
We finally had a nice weekend here in Pennsylvania, so the first thing I did was take EVERYTHING out of the storage compartments and lay it out on the driveway. (Yes, all of that was in our underneath storage compartments, including the 150 feet of hose in a hose caddy!)
Next, I had to decide what to purge. The following items did not make the cut for the West trip, and I have included the weight of each item to show how much weight our camper shed:
- 150 feet of hose and the hose caddy (I am purchasing one of these hoses that are lighter and take up less space) = 20 lbs.
- Large folding recliner chair = 25 lbs.
- Dutch oven, charcoal, and charcoal starter = 50 lbs.
- Sand stakes, hitch lock, clothes line = 10 lbs.
- Rope lights, solar lanterns, camp decorations = 12 lbs.
For a grand total of 117 lbs!
Once I had purged, it was time to reorganize some of the remaining items into new bins and here is what was left:
Then my last step of day was to reorganize where things went back into the storage areas to improve efficiency and ease of access. Here is the result:
You may notice in the pictures above some flat wooden boxes in the front pass through storage compartment. You can read more about how I made those here.