Organizing a Tent Trailer

It’s the end of the season, so I thought I’d talk about how we managed to go on eight camping trips this season, with little packing stress. The key was organizing the tent trailer (a.k.a. “pop-up” trailer). Most of these tips  apply to camping in general. It is a work in progress, so below I’ve shared what we did this summer. IMG_2124 I apologise for the poor quality pictures, camping isn’t exactly an ideal indoor photo environment!

First, have a camping checklist so you can pack as much ahead of time as possible.

Tote #1: Kitchen
This one stays in the trailer. Anything that needs to be washed when we get home can easily be put away after it’s clean. This tote includes:
  • Pots & pans
  • Cutting Boards
  • Plates & Bowls
  • Cups & Mugs
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The food and kitchen totes

Tote #2: Food
This tote stays in the house between trips. It’s stocked with staples and we fill the rest with perishables before each trip. Food staples that are always in tote #2 (to be used/emptied at the end of each season):
  • Rice-A-Roni
  • Canola Oil
  • Pam
  • Pancake Mix
  • Syrup
  • Granola
  • Salt & Pepper Shakers
  • Can of Tuna Fish
  • Can of Soup
  • Sweet Mesquite Seasoning
  • Granulated Garlic
  • Ground Coffee
  • Sugar
  • Oatmeal
  • Marshmallows
  • Graham Crackers
  • Chocolate Bars
  • Granola Bars
  • Instant Oatmeal
  • Jerky

“Tote #3″: Bedding

This isn’t so much a tote, but a plastic comforter bag. There’s enough room to stuff our bedding in other places, but keeping it in a bag keeps it clean. We learned this after a run-in between the comforter and charcoal!

Tote #4: BBQ Stuff

See tote #3. The Charcoal and dirty BBQ tools really need to be contained. This is a small tote, half the size of the others. We also use this tote for doing dishes while at the camp site.

Laundry basket

We use a small laundry basket to bring all the little things camping. Clean sheets, small backpack, anything that needed refilling (like a new roll of paper towels). Once camp is set-up, all that stuff gets put away. We then fill the basket with our dirty clothes and towels during the trip. Makes laundry easy when we get home!

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The bedding bag & laundry basket. All ready to pack up and go home!

Cabinets

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The cabinet by the door (#2). Baskets hold small things. The first aid kit, dust pan, tool bag and a few other things are all found here.

We have several cabinets built-into the trailer. Here’s what is inside:
1. Towels
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2. Easy access stuff – get to w/o going inside (first aid kit, lanterns, hand wipes, roasting forks
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3. Games, pitchers, and extra things (paper plates, coffee cups, wipes)
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4. Plastic grocery bags (VERY tiny cabinet)
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5. Weird space under sink – camelback bladder (it’s a strange shape space, so we’re not really using it effectively yet)

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Towels!

 

Drawers

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Cooking utensils (drawer #3). It is also removable, in case we want to take it out to the picnic table.

We also have a few drawers…
1. small things that are used often (flashlights, sunscreen, bugspray, floss, tablet & pen, cards, tums, advil
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2. Silverware (in removable tray)
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3. Large utensils (in removable tray)
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4. Cards & small games, walkie-talkies

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Under benches

The booth seating has storage underneath. We’ve packed these areas full of…
1. Camp Stove, folding chair, folding table, sleeping bags, small tent

2. Blankets

Overhead Cabinet

We have to lift and clip it into place, so only light items go here. This includes paper towels, wipes, table clothes, hand towels, garbage, plastic, and ziploc bags. Since it’s over the sink, this is also where the dish soap, scrub brush and sponge are stored in a small basket (with a solid bottom so it the paper products don’t get wet). We also use the top of the cabinet to store hats.

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Front Gear Rack

Our tent trailer had a rack on the front. We store the same things in the exact same configuration every time. Now that we’ve figured out how to pack it, it makes it easy. Plus we store all this in one cubby in the garage, so we don’t’ forget anything.
  • Large cooler for food
  • Small cooler for drinks
  • Extra propane tank
  • Tote with hoses, cables, etc (trailer stuff)
  • Table
  • Charcoal BBQ
IMG_2709 Things that go on the floor inside the trailer during travel, that typically live outside at the camp site…
  • Gas BBQ
  • Longer tools (shovel & axe)
  • Folding chairs
  • Floor mats
  • Cast Iron griddle
Other Stuff
There are a few leftover things that still need to be packed…
  • Clothes – duffels either go in the trailer or in the truck cab
  • Wood – back of truck bed (we had a 1/2-cord delivered at the beginning of summer – cheaper than buying at the campground!)
  • Generator & gas can – back of truck bed
  • Small trash can – made to fit plastic grocery bags (large garbage bag goes outside)
  • Medium baskets used to fill & transport stuff in & out of trailer (food, dishes, games, etc)
To leave for camping on any day we only have to do the following things…
  • Pack perishable food in food tote and slide into trailer
  • Pack coolers with food, drinks & ice
  • Pack clothes and toss into truck
  • Load front gear rack
  • Load wood, generator & extra gas into back of truck
Off we go!
Do you have any tips for packing for camping, especially if you camp in a tent trailer? I’d love to hear them!

70 thoughts on “Organizing a Tent Trailer

  1. I love the way you camp! I want to be just like you someday.

    I thought this post would be a good spot to tell you about my recent thrilling discovery: 2 gallon Ziploc bags! They’re awesome! I actually used some to pack for our trip but forgot to show you. Perhaps not everybody would be excited about *bags* but I thought you might get it a little. :)

    • I bought “space bags” to pack clothes in and vacuum out the air. Takes lots less room. Bought smallest Shop Vac available to take to reuse the bags. The vac also comes in handy for cleaning camper and vehicle. Also, glad makes huge bags to hold things like sporting equipment, etc. We used a large one to put the outdoor rug in. Just fold or roll it up and put it in and seal. Just don’t forget to take it out when you get home and dry it out. We forgot once and had to throw the whole thing away and start over.

  2. Thanks for the great ideas, we just bought our first tent trailer and I was trying to figure out where to put everything – the pictures helped a lot.

    • Congrats! You’ll have so much fun. For us, the best part is having everything ready to go with minimal prep. We camp more often because if it, I hope you do to!

  3. Some campgrounds won’t allow you to bring in firewood–trying to stop the transport of wood-destroying insects, I believe. But if you can take your own, that half-cord is a great idea.

    • You’re right Janet, some campgrounds won’t allow campers to bring in their own wood. For us, we’re usually camping within a couple of hours of our house, so our wood is from about the same place as the campground. For longer trips, we would definitely buy local. Great point!

    • Here in NH I believe the state has forbidden bringing in firewood from any other state. Check before you go. I believe the fines can be high. What a way to ruin a great vacation.

    • If you live close to a truss company etc, they normlly give away ends of 2x4s and 2x6s..it is all kilm dried and flat (stores easily). This can be taken across provinces (or states)..no bugs!

  4. We just bought this exact pop-up camper, so that means I get to follow your instructions exactly (I’m a little OCD about lists and things)!! We are going on our first camping trip this weekend and I’m so excited that I found your site. Lots of great tips and organization ideas. Thank you!!

  5. Soooo,helpful! Thank you! We just bought a pop-up this April 2013 and I’m starting to stock it. I was thinking just along these lines…..get it well stocked/prepped so that we don’t need a long list on the weekends we want to go.
    Here’s my question though: One of the things I’m trying to figure out is the packing of clothes and personal items. We have three girls who will want to access this stuff a lot. Does living out of a duffel bag in the back of the truck really work? I just can’t quite imagine…..We have a Durango so there isn’t as much trunk storage anyway. Any thoughts on the best way to let everyone have their own stuff with easy access, too? I can’t see us fitting 5 duffels in the back of the Durango. And do you just leave your clothes in the truck at all times?

    • Hi Leah! We actually only keep our suitcases in the truck while we are traveling. Once we get to the campsite the suitcases go in the trailer. We keep them at the foot of our bed, and at night move them to the table. If your girls are still little, they could probably sleep with them at the foot of their bed too. I grew up with a tent trailer and my sister and I always had a blast. I hope this helps, and have a great time!

    • For packing our clothes, each family member gets a clear, zip-up (bed) comforter bag. Everything is visible, which makes it really easy when your child is trying to find that “favorite shirt.” Happy camping!

  6. Hi, I also have a tent trailer and do alot of the things your doing! I do have a question. Where did you get the white collapsable storage unit for above the kitchen? Great idea.

    • I would love to know this too!! Ive been goggling my heart out for a good 20 minutes now and I cant find it anywhere.

    • The white hanging pantry actually came with the trailer. I’ve looked online, but I can’t seem to find it sold separately. However, one of the “hacks” i’m currently working on is to hang a short sweater hanger to the left of the door using a similar hanging method as that pantry. Here’s the hanger: http://bit.ly/12u9MKo. I like it because you use it as two shorter pieces. I think I’ll mount it with some small brackets and use small carabiners to attach the hanger to the ceiling. I’m working on a post!

  7. we have a vintage pop up that needs a lot of repair. need help in finding where to go. does anyone have information to help us? I know that the canvas is in bad shape not sure about other parts. this is a soft top not a hard top. no kitchen just the beds on each end. thanks for the help

    • For canvas repair, I would try a local awning or tarp company. They should be able to at least help you get materials, if not also do some of the work. My parents did this to repair one side of their tent trailer, and also got materials to sew their own awning. It turned our really well. What a fun project; good luck!

    • We bought a fixer upper with the older type canvas that had several big holes in it. I bought matching canvas at fabric store, got a caulking adhesive called lexel (clear, great product ). I made the patches using same technique as patching an inflatable. I used a wide putty knife to make sure I got good coverage then another clean one to apply patch over hole. (Had someone hold board on back side of canvas so I could really smooth patch in place. Then after it dried about 24 hours I covered with water proofing spray. One area was rather large, but sewing to the old canvas was not an option. We have used it 4 years like this. It doesn’t leak a drop. I also used a tube of seam sealer over any stitching as you would any tent periodically. I priced replacing the canvas completely on-line and it was pricey, this worked great for us.

  8. Hi! We use fabric covered copy paper boxes to pack our clothes for camping. I have also packed kids outfits in gallon ziploc bags for easy choices in the mornings. I am looking at investing in some of those plastic stacked drawers. I have a couple of spots in my pop-up that I think they could stay on the floor and then move up to small counter spaces when occupied.

  9. When we went in the pop up we would lift up the mattress and lay our clothes neatly under them before our trip. Gives you more space in the camper without bags of clothes.

  10. We used the plastic stackable drawers and just set them outside under the awning, no one ever bothered them and saved space inside. The collapsible trash cans are awesome and easy to store.

    • Thank you! Typically we don’t use it a lot. Usually just for milk (don’t have to leave the trailer for morning coffee) and to store leftovers so they don’t get smushed. I am interested in how others use their fridge though!

      • I stock all my freezable foods in the fridge at the last minute, with a couple (5 or 6 different size) ice-packs. It stays very cool for all the 3 days we are in camping (more than a typical coleman cooler) . So that way I don’t have a separate cooler on my tent trailer. We lift the trailer just enough to get the sink out of the way to open the fridge. It takes about 10 minutes before we go, but it worth the time spent.

        I used to have a big large tent trailer and the fridge was right in front of the door, so it was very easy to access. We downsized and now we have to lift it, but it’s not that big of a deal.

      • we also take a small bar fridge (has a small freezer). This allows me to freeze ice packs for a beach cooler, etc.and gives double the fridge space. It fits inside the door when traveling. This allows more food (not stuck buying at a camp store) and can be used when travelling to transport dry goods.

  11. I wonder if the pantry hanger would be available from a Rockwood dealer?
    Thanks for the ideas! I have a 3 section stacking plastic unit with drawers that fits perfectly on the cabinet beside the door. It is filled with dishes, utensils, t-towels etc and it can be moved into the dining tent or left where it is. I am thinking another one would be perfect for clothing to eliminate the duffel bag clutter.

  12. Over the years we had two different Coleman popups. The first was rather small as we only had small children at the time. The other was much larger. We had each for seven years. One of the things I did was to make up the beds before we left home. I put a foam pad on top of the mattress first. Then a mattress pad, sheets (use sheet garters to hold them on), and then a blanket or comforter depending on the time of year (since we live in New Hampshire, spring or fall could be rather cool). Then I would cover the whole thing with a fabric mattress cover with elastic corners. I don’t remember where I got them but the ones I used were rather heavy weight and water proof. This is important because as you have probably found out, it always rains when you are either setting up camp or taking it down, Use fabric covers because they wear longer. If you can’t find waterproof cloth ones, use a waterproofer like Scotchguard. Anyway, I found this to work well and saved a lot of time in setting up camp. Since we always set up the camper when we got home to air it out and restock, doing bedding was not a problem.

  13. I plan our menu and freeze the burger patties solid before our trip. Anything that can be frozen ahead is to keep food fresh and safe. We use a toaster oven for breakfast breads. I bought a crock pot for spaghetti, beef or deer stew, chili, Mexican etc. We have a griddle for pancakes or grill cheese. My boys are young and like snacks. They seem to eat more variety when camping. We move our cooking outside during the warmer months. We bought a canopy to put over the picnic table. It helps keep the dew off our table and seats. A string of white indoor outdoor Christmas lights adds a bit of light very inexpensively. You can use clothes pins to clip them to the canopy. It’s great to buy an extra rectangular plastic table cloth and split into in the longest direction. We use duct tape to attach it to the picnic table benches. Bottoms stay dry in the rain and legs are not scratched or full of splinters. We also carry a small table to put outside the camper to create our kitchen area outside. I use a folding clothes rack outside to hang towels on to dry or swim suits. My boys love the glow sticks from the dollar store to play with after dark and don’t forget the lightening bug containers. For the bath houses I carry an over the door towel hook (it has 4 hooks) or a door wreath hanger to have an extra place to hang towels & clothing. When taking two boys to shower each night it makes storage easy. Thanks for sharing your organization. It makes all the difference in camping to have everything in its place & easy access. I love all the storage in your camper!

  14. We recently purchase a Rockwood camper, the white folding storage bags are made for a Rockwood, as the hangers in the ceiling have supports built into the frame work. We love the way you have setup the organization of your camper. We have taken your ideas and applied them to our organization. We recently purchased a “Camp Chef”, two burners, oven, about 30 lbs, uses 1 lb propane bottles, or hook up to a larger tank. Works real nice, made cinnamon rolls this morning. Take a little practice, but practice makes perfect!
    As we camp more, I’ll let you know what else we have come across to help out.

    Happy camping everyone!

  15. We have a Flagstaff and it didn’t come with the hanging storage. We found them for sale at a Rockwood dealer. We got the over the sink hanger plus a tall hanging shelf with 4 shelves. Since our trailer didn’t come with the hangers to hang them we had to buy the hooks and a rivet tool. You need to pre drill the holes carefully so you don’t drill all the way through the roof. If you put masking tape on the drill bit it will stop it before it goes too far. We use the 4 shelves for clothes. We bring the clothes in a clothes basket and transfer them to the shelves. The over the sink shelf I put towels, dish towels, table clothes etc in.
    We have a plastic three deep drawers set for dishes, pots and pans, cutting boards, collapsible collanders and collapsible bowls. We sit this on the low counter where the indoor/outdoor stove goes. We don’t cook inside and I don’t like the stove that came with the trailer. We use a Coleman stove outside.
    We only have two built in drawers and we use them for utensils. We also have a set of three small plastic drawers for sunscreen, bug spray, tin foil, cloths pins etc. that also sits on the low counter.
    We use one or two food bins depending on how long we’re going. Those usually stay in the back of the Jeep since we camp in bear country. We have no kids so we can use the smaller bed to store the cloths basket and jackets. I’d like to come up with a way to hang jackets inside.
    Thanks for the detailed description of your storage. It will give me ideas on how to approve my own organizing.

    • We had two Coleman tent trailers (at different times) and bought a clothes hanger for just such a purpose. It was L shaped and removable when closing the camper. I don’t think it was too expensive and you can probably buy one at a Coleman dealer or on Ebay. I don’t remember exactly how it attached but I do know my husband had to screw it in. I’m sure it would fit any brand of “pop up”. We had two kids and it came in handy for hanging clothes and jackets.

  16. We are new to camping, so this was very helpful to me. Our first time out, we had a water hose pop off, so I was VERY happy I had thrown in some extra towels “just in case”. Couple of things I do – I see that you are using command hooks – aren’t those things FABULOUS! I keep one by the door to put the keys and a small flashlight so it is handy for nighttime visits or to investigate animal noises. I’m also thinking about getting some of those plastic “squash” bags or stuff sacks for our bedding to it takes up less room. But I like the tote for washable dishes and stuff. We accidentally left the iced tea pitcher in the trailer for a couple of weeks and it was all nasty by then.

    • Yes, I love command hooks too! We actually left a Tupperware of watermelon in the trailer once, and of course the lid wasn’t closed all the way. I’ll never forget crawling around in our closed trailer trying to find where the horrible smell was coming from!

  17. Hi! Just came across your blog. Nice stuff! Just thought I’d share how ours is set up and what I do. Sorry it’s long. :) We have had two pop-ups. Our current one has a slide out so it opens up pretty big. but when closed there’s not alot of floor space for storage. Crazy thing is we had more with just a regular pop up! Here’s some of the things we do. One cabinet is my table clothes, extra paper towels, batteries, small games and cards (it’s a big space but weird shaped), one cabinet is my mugs, koozies, platic cups, and a small lamp (I’d prefer to use the outlet to plug in a lamp (campground electricity) then use up the battery. we also have a weird and small area under the sink. I store my pans in there. then the larger cabinet that has drawers, for plates, silverware, foil, etc. and I store towels and the baby stuff in the fridge (since it doesn’t work). then we have two areas under the seats of the dinette. one side is all the little propane tanks for the extra grill and latern, marshmallows sticks, tools and emergency stuff. the other seat base is my washing bins and towels, and all the canned goods. Most of that, like potatoes, corn, carrots and small snack stuff I leave in there all the time, since we camp so much. we also have two small fan/lights that we store in there. Then thre’s a cubby in the corner which I have a coffee maker, toasters, gizmos (for the bunk ends) and two large pots. One more storage area by the door that has more tools, the dogs bowls and chains, and a small container with candles abd bug sprays. then last but not least is a cooler that is built in under the bench. only problem is to load it, you have to have the camper set up to do it. so if when we use it, it’s only for pop and waters. Where we can do it the night before and ice it down pretty good. If I don’t use it as a cooler, I pack clothes in it. The only thing I do at the end of a trip is take the bedding out so it can be washed. so I only have to pack clothes and food like chips and bread. I always like reading what other people do, so maybe I can organize differently. Hopefully we can all help each other! But as I was writing this I think I’ve figured out some changes I can make already! Yay! Happy Camping!

  18. Great ideas! We bought a Rockwell in June and love it!! Everytime we take it out, I learn more and more about storage and ideas. Thanks!

  19. 99% of our camping is “dispersed,” meaning not at an established campground. Here’s a suggestion for comfort (psychological &/or physical), hygiene & convenience during extended outings:

    Pack a collapsible privacy shelter for a shower (solar kits are handy). A five-gallon bucket can also be placed inside (“tote-able toilet”) with seat & a supply of “Double Doodie” or similar plastic bags. Don’t. Forget the T.P. & flushable wipes. Products are readily available & moderately priced.

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  23. This is such a wonderful site! I just bought my first pop-up camper, and am taking my kids camping this weekend in it for the first time. I’m a single mom, so I need to make sure that I plan ahead as much as possible so I really really really appreciate all the storage and best practice tips. Thank you!

  24. We have no hot water in our camper. I bought an electric coffee pot for quick hot water. We make cocoa, oatmeal, grits etc. I also have two small platic tubs for dishwashing. I can have hot dish water quickly.

    • We have a Honda, I think it’s the 1000 model. The newer ones are actually pretty quiet! It’s definitely worth going with a Honda for the quiet factor.

      • We also have a Honda. Its a smaller one too, so you can’t run the ac but a radio, fan, coffee maker. You can be inside the popup and not even hear it. I know at the local Honda dealer, the smaller one will run you about $1100 new. Pricey but worth it.

  25. What my family uses for clothes are rectangular plastic bins that are made to go under a bed. (They’re about 3″ deep). There are five of us. We each get one with our names on each end and on the lids. They stack and can all be placed on one of the small “counter” areas in our pop up or on the table. They fit perfectly, limit the amt everyone can bring, and keep the interior looking neat and organized.

  26. We have the small fridge in our popup. My husband had to buy a Bunn coffeemaker for camping. We keep it stored n the fridge when traveling. Keeps the carafe from breaking. The coffeepot fits nicely without bouncing around.

  27. As a kid my parents and us three kids traveled the country in the summers with a Coleman pop-up, it was a larger one with two tables so lots of storage. We all had a spot under the cushions for our clothes. We also all had our jobs, we could have that camper up and ready to go in 5 minutes. We just (yesterday) bought a used one and I keep thinking of how to store stuff. I’m extremely excited to get out of the tent.

  28. Sorry this long. We have only had our tent trailer for 3 years. However, we tented for many years before that. We now have a different size of plastic drawers for our ‘kitchen cupboard’. Now it is a shorter set, 2 large bottom drawers with the top drawer space divided into 4 spaces: silverware; cooking utensils; matches and bbq lighters, string, tape; then the can opener, serviette holder, dish scrubbies etc. 2nd has all the dishes and glasses and coffee perc. 3rd has all the pots, pans, fry pans. This goes in the dining tent as we always cook outside. We have very little storage in the trailer. Inside the door is the cupboard for the potty chemicals, disposable gloves, trailer tools. Under the sink is soap, paper towel (travelling – the dishpans and dish rack). A drawer holds markers, tape, more matches and string/butcher cord. Other cupboard holds a thermal carafe, griddle, tea kettle and toaster.Storage under one dinette seat only holds extra blankets, towels/dish cloths/washcloths, pillows. (We travel with the beds made up.) Step stool (for putting up the awning) trailer’s stove, hoses and electrical cords store under the table. We have NO space for clothes. Our duffle bags get shuffled from the little counter space to the dinette – we have never eaten or cooked inside. We need TIDY, easy access ideas for our clothing. There are ourselves (in our 50′s) and two of our girls 18 & 20. They tent but leave the clothes in the trailer. We go rooting thru our bags and clothes end up everywhere. Anyone have ideas for clothes storage? Sure wish they made some form of collapsible/folding wardrobes to sit on a tent trailer counter. With a clothes bar and shelves??????

    • I think they make a tension rod that is used for bathtub curtains. Measure the width of the camper and see if you can get one to fit. I’d try Home Depot or Lowe’s. Then you can hang your clothes. They make cloth closet organizers that hand on closet rods. Some have shelves you could put folded clothes on. Also shoe organizers can hold lots of different things. I used to use one outside the camper (my hubby put a hanger on the upper part of the clamp on the roof) to hold cooking stuff, napkins, etc. Kept outside of the camper neater. The larger of our campers had a counter along one side with storage under and we got two small plastic three drawer units to put underwear, socks, personal items, etc. in . At the time we had a van so we put those in the back while traveling.

      • Thanks for the ideas. Where could we place the tension rod tho’, in a tent trailer? Ideas?

      • Laurie, your camper has a hard roof right? We used to put ours just inside the roof near the canvas that makes the roof over the bed.(Across the width of the trailer) I don’t know what kind of camper you have but both of the ones we had were Colemans. There was a support rod that went from the hard ceiling to the fold down support for the canvas over the beds. We would put the tension rod so that it was above the support rod to give it a little extra support.

        Also, this is not about storage, but I forgot to mention something else we did. Twice a year we would spray the canvas part of the camper with Scotch-Guard. It took about a can each time (heavy spraying is best) but we never had any leaks.

        When we had our “pop ups” (and they never just popped up) I would scout out the container/storage areas of every store we went into. I don’t live near an Ikea but I bet they have lots of stuff that can be repurposed for camping. If you don’t use your table inside that space under it can store lots of stuff. Also, as our kids got older (a boy and a girl so they could only sleep together for a little while) the dinette became someone’s bed and it became obvious that the storage under the benches were good for storing stuff we only needed occasionally. With the second one, we ordered two replacement doors (I think they were for the top half of the stove cupboard) and my husband cut holes in the end of the benches and installed the doors. That way we could access the things we needed which we placed nearest the doors. Other stuff got packed further away from them. Also, if you store blankets, etc. that are only in case of a turn in the weather and not used every time, use a large space bag and a small shop vac to condense it. We always took our little vac. Not only is it good for the space bags but you can reverse the hose and use it if you have something that needs to be blown up (water toys, etc)

        Hope this helps. We camped in pop ups for 14 years before we bought our motorhome, which has storage challenges of its own. Unfortunately, a hurricane in 2012 or 2013 took the roof off it and ruined it. Hubby had died and so I gave it to someone who wanted to try to fix it. I’m looking into a travel trailer now that I can take down south and live in for the four winter months. But I’m not going to rush into anything — I want to make sure I’ll be comfortable in it for months at a time.

      • We haven’t had ours set up this year. I’ll have to take a good look at it and see if we can use any of your ideas. We cannot make use of our dinette as a bed as it is only 5 feet. The shortest family member is 5′ 71/2″. Ours is made by Viking and is 10 years old.

  29. Sarah -wow glad I came across this blog, thanks… we just bought a used 2003 Rockwood and it didn’t come with an outdoor stove, which I though was weird. It just has that small size table to go outside..But by your pics I see a lower level BBQ? How is your outdoor stove attach?
    Thanks

    • Samm – we also bought a used Rockwood without an outdoor stove but we were able to find one on amazon that works great. Good luck!

  30. Just looked this over again. Sure which we had the extra storage area on the tongue. We have the propane tank and battery and that’s all the room there is. It sure would be great to have storage outside the trailer. If/when we get another trailer, I’d like the extra built in storage compartment on the front.

    • Well we have set the trailer up and your idea of a tension, shower bar makes sense. However, the popup is almost 7 feet wide which will require an extra long bar. I’m on the hunt. I tried a magnetic hook but it could not hold the weight of a sweatshirt. Laurie Burk

      • Did you try Home Depot or Lowe’s? Another thing that might work is a regular bathtub shower rod. You might have to get brackets that can be mounted inside the camper on the sturdy part of the roof. Then you could just put the rod up when you get where you are going. Or HD and Lowe’s might be able to order a tension rod to fit. Let me know how it works out. Have a wonderful time in your camper — we always did. Vicki

      • Unfortunately, we are at least an hour from our closest Home Depot and I don’t even know if Lowes is in Canada. If it is, not near us. After I posted this, I did some googling and found that Bed, Bath & Beyond, does have an extra long tension bar; again about 2 hours from us. I’ll be keeping my eyes open for what we need. My husband refuses (I agree) to start attempting to drill into the ceiling or walls of the tent trailer.

      • Laurie, can you order on line? Might be worth it over driving there. I have ordered from Home Depot before and had no problems. Its worth a try. Vicki

  31. Hi,
    We a renting a trailer tent this summer to see if we like it. I was wondering, can you store the plastic totes inside the trailer went it’s folded or do you put everything in your truck? We have a car with 3 children so we only have the trunk left and I was wondering if I can count on the trailer for some extra room. Thank you!

    • When the trailer is down, you can slide totes and other stuff inside the little door to sit on the floor of the trailer. We must as much as possible in the trailer, food, suitcases, shoes, etc. (so the dog gets the whole backseat!). You’ll definitely have enough room for the kids and all your stuff. You’ll have a great time!

  32. I love all of these organizational ideas, however My problem has nothing to do with organization. We just bought a used Coleman pop up, used it once last year and everything ran perfect. We are trying to cool down the frig before we set out for our first trip this year, and we can’t get the electric to work. Any suggestions. I don’t know where to turn for help.

  33. My first thought would be, Did you receive the original info with the popup? You could call the original dealer or any close to where you live. Maybe they can help over the phone if it happens to be something simple. Other wise, hopefully they can give further advice. Good luck, hope it is an inexpensive fix. We had a similar situation the year after we bought our used popup and the closest repair centre was an hour away.

  34. We had the same problem. My hubby worked on the electricals and theres something in it that needs replaced, (sorry not sure what it is). and so not to drain the battery, I don’t use the lights on the ceiling. When we get to camp and plug in the camper, I use a small lamp. since the outlets run off that and not the camper itself. and we just store towels in the fridge. If you think about it, you probably have to have it set up to load it, which is a pain. so taking a cooler is just easier.

  35. Hi,

    Love the post…I am curious…Do all the totes stay in the trailer while traveling and storage?? other than the food one of course. We want to be able to put all of our totes in the trailer for travel.

    Thanks in advance.
    J

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