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Old 03-16-2019, 08:25 AM   #1
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How do you organize stuff in your basement?

I'm looking for storage ideas (containers..etc) for basement storage in the Bounder. I must be one of the worse space planners ever...every time I need something I have to unpack half the bay to get at it.

The back bay is piled full of lawn chairs, tool box, air compressor. I get a bit of extra storage in the wells (lawn chairs on top).

The next forward bay is a mess (half door behind wheels). Oil containers, wash liquids, misc tools...

Next forward bay (full door), grill, small propane, portable power washer (what a dream to use to clean the windshield), bucket...

First bay in front of wheels, usually pack all the beverages.

Next bay, pretty much nothing in it.

Propane/electrical bay, I keep air gauges, laser heat gun, misc fuses (in boxes).

Drivers side:

Slide bays, golf clubs, grill and extended wifi antenna

Wet bay...hoses/stuff



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Old 03-16-2019, 08:32 AM   #2
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While I really dislike the loss of space the storage bay slideouts my present rig came with they do make it much more convenient to get to stuff.
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How do you organize stuff in your basement?

Ron,
Your bays sound like mine - except I never thought of a portable pressure washer. That could sure come in handy!

Iím a 757 pilot and it was always a hassle trying to pack a 22Ē carry on size bag with enough stuff for a week long trip. Then I discovered packing cubes, and what a big difference they make. I can pack all I need and be better organized using the cube system, which is basically smaller sized cubes of varying sizes packed individually, and then placed into my suitcase.

I kind of did the same thing with some of my bays. Used plastic bins to load things into, and then label the bins with whatís in each one. Much more organized, and you can put more things in your bays and itís a much better utilization of the available space.

Not as convenient as slide outs like Mr Dís top of the line Country Coach, but itís at least much better organized than it was before.
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Add a shelf or two......
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I use plastic storage bins of varying sizes from Lowes etc.

Chassis stuff in one, Coach stuff another, Cleaning Stuff another and so on.

Fortunately with no slide-outs, we have excess storage space.
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...I use plastic storage bins of varying sizes from Lowes etc...
Use the clear plastic storage bins...then you can see what's in them.
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Ron,
Your bays sound like mine - except I never thought of a portable pressure washer. That could sure come in handy!

I’m a 757 pilot and it was always a hassle trying to pack a 22” carry on size bag with enough stuff for a week long trip. Then I discovered packing cubes, and what a big difference they make. I can pack all I need and be better organized using the cube system, which is basically smaller sized cubes of varying sizes packed individually, and then placed into my suitcase.

I kind of did the same thing with some of my bays. Used plastic bins to load things into, and then label the bins with what’s in each one. Much more organized, and you can put more things in your bays and it’s a much better utilization of the available space.

Not as convenient as slide outs like Mr D’s top of the line Country Coach, but it’s at least much better organized than it was before.
This is exactly what I did too (Interesting I'm a pilot too) .......in any case It was a little trial and error but I did 2 things:
  1. Added a cargo slide that fit the opening
  2. Found Plastic storage containers that fit the width/depth of the slide

I have all my tools, lubes, repair parts, BBQ implements, fire stuff, electrical supplies, portable air compressor, folding Coleman table and a flag pole, as well as my 3 burner Camp Chef and 2 burner griddle on the slide.....makes it very easy to set-up and break down when we get to our destination.

We also have a 6' folding table, 4 folding rockers, propane fire pit as well as our portable ice maker, 16' rug and all the various stuff you bring along (rake, shovel, axe, etc).

I still have a large open space that I use for firewood...of yeah I forgot about the cordless chainsaw.

PS we have a 36' DP
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I agree on the plastic bins. One frustration I have had in the past is the way some manufacturers change their offerings every so often. So, when we started loading our Sunstar, we standardized on the clear plastic ones from Sterilite, and, for heavier things, the black totes with yellow lids that seem to be available everywhere.



The Sterilite ones are available from Target in quantity. The black/yellow ones at Home Depot, Ace and other places. For sorting and storing all my "stuff" around the house and garage and out buildings, I've probably used 70 of the small Sterlites so far.


Here's a little tip. Dry erase markers work on the Sterilites, and wipe right off when you need to relabel them. Tip #2 Use colors other than black. They show up better. If you are really OCD, you could even color code them.
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I also use the plastic totes. On driver side bays is sewer stuff in one bay, water stuff and genny stuff in next bay which happens to be under slide out, which i've banged my head on many times. Passenger side is leisure stuff, grill, chairs, table, outdoor cooking utensils, spare soda, some tools not kept inside and still have a lot of empty space for other junque. I worked in communications in the Navy and when systems were expanded to handle more traffic, the amount of traffic, most unnecessary, grew exponentially. We all carry more stuff than what we need but who knows, one day you might just "need" it. Best investment was a garden kneeling pad that was in a "discount" bin and had a scratch in it which I got for $1. Has saved my knees many times over. Now if I can just come up with the same thing for my head vs the slideouts I'd be a happy camper.
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While we only use our RV (26' Flair) for a few months a year, I have always had mixed feelings about using plastic tub containers. They work well for organizing as long as they are marked/stored in a manner that allows the contents to be identified without removing them one at a time to look inside. The thing I don't like about them is that whether empty or full, they still take up the same amount of space, and if space is limited that is not a good thing.

We store the things that will be used inside the camper, inside, and the things that will be used outside in the outside compartments. Each compartment is used, whether inside or outside, much the same as a tub would be for storing like items. While this does have some downside as far as maximum space utilization is concerned, I know what is in each compartment and the items are within easy reach when needed. The only things that are in open top plastic containers are things that could leak such as the bottle jack. Having some room at the top of a compartment also provides a place for plastic bags containing garbage, dirty clothes, etc., when needed.

I think most of you folks carry more "stuff" than we do. We spend a lot more time "being gone" than "camping".

When the Dynasty is restored to where I want it to be, I think I am going to dislike exchanging all the smaller compartments of the Flair for one large, all the way through, compartment of the Dynasty.

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We keep playing with the basement storage, and so far haven't found that 'this is it' way of managing it. We try to use the drivers side for things that we aren't going to be in and out of the MH for. Things that we can take out when we get there - and before we open the head banging slide outs..



We then have our passenger side - which is a little tougher. Those we have rearranged multiple times, used plastic bins, rearranged some more.... It's closer, but not quite right yet.



And we also discovered the beauty of those foam pool noodles. We cut a split in a couple and put them on the corners of the slide to prevent that trip to the ER.... Not pretty, but neither are stitches or a concussion \
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Does anyone keep "cheat sheets" to keep track of where stuff is? I can see forgetting completely about the location of one little widget I need...
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Plastic bins it is...$6 or $7 a piece at Home Depot.

Only issue, I didn't buy enough of them. I have more junk than I thought.

The other problem, the bins take up a bit more space overall than the junk, but at least it's a bit easier to find stuff and get it out.

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Does anyone keep "cheat sheets" to keep track of where stuff is? I can see forgetting completely about the location of one little widget I need...
I have a spreadsheet for the Rubbermaid totes, bins, and tool boxes.
The DW types fast, so I inventory the numbered totes and she enters the data.
I then sort and edit, just do a query for what you are looking for.

She has the inside and the groceries inventoried as well, it doesn't take long.
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