I just bought my 2017 Coachmen Clipper 17′ Bunk House travel trailer and have taken it on one bare essentials overnight. Now it’s time to load it up with all the stuff that will stay in there permanently. I want to be able to just throw in some clothes/food and take off whenever I want, so all of the other essentials need a home.
Attempt One – Travel Trailer Organization (I am sure after a few trips this will change some). I have found most of the stuff below at Big Lots, Dollar Tree, and Target. I have also been searching Pinterest for ideas, so those links are included as well. I love bright colors so am spicing up the boring tan and brown interior with an Aqua, Yellow and Red palette that’s a little vintage and a little Boho.
I spent a couple hours in the trailer over the weekend sorting and putting away, and also made a few more trips to the store. There are still a few things I need, but the trailer is pretty well stocked at this point, but the colors aren’t really popping yet. I need more pretty stuff!!
The upper cabinet above the sink/counter is fully loaded. I used 3 blue baskets from the Dollar Tree for cups, bowls, and small storage, a yellow metal divided basket from Big Lots for plastic utensils and paper plates, an aqua-green metal magazine file for plastic plates and collapsible strainers, and a clear plastic container with an aqua lid for coffee beans. I need to find a container for the french press, hand coffee grinder, and plastic coffee mugs.
The lower cabinet below the sink and stove is quite large and will fit everything else I need to keep permanently in the kitchen. It currently houses the two pans (a large 12″ skillet and a 2 quart saucepan, the plastic shoe boxes with extra towels and large utensils, the cutting board, and plastic mixing bowl set with lids.
I mounted command release hooks on the wall behind the stove for the stainless steal serving/cooking utensils, the measuring cups, and measuring spoons. I need to get a magnetic knife strip at Harbor Freight to put beside the stove for the knives and scissors. I think I will put decorative paper on poster board and velcro it to the wall under the hanging items in case things rub during transit, they won’t damage the actual trailer wall, and it will add more color to the kitchen area.
I also want to add some fun memes to stick up in the trailer with command release velcro to add color and inspiration. I bought the paper at Michael’s and now have a lot of crafting to do!
The bathroom is not a bad size but there are not a lot of storage options, so I have had to get creative. I have a large metal basket that is too big for the bathroom to store bath towels in. I ended up putting it under the rear dinette bench. I also have three smaller baskets that I will hang on the wall above the toilet with command release hooks and velcro. Those are to store washcloths, hand towels, extra TP, etc.
The door is a great space for extra storage, so I added over the door hooks (one inside the bathroom and one outside the bathroom. I also will hang the TP roll and broom/dustpan on the inside of the bathroom door.
Other than the two hooks, there is not a lot of room to hang wet towels to dry, so I added a tension rod in the bathroom to hang whatever is needed in there (wet towels, swim suits, etc).
I found a comforter for the front bed, but am still searching for a sheet set I like. I also want fitted sheets to put on the bunks to add color and protection. I will probably buy two twin sheet sets and use the top sheets to make curtains for the windows in the two doors, and possible some privacy curtains for the bunks and front bed.
I am keeping a cabinet empty for each sleeping spot for fellow travelers to store their personal belongings.
Front bed – two cabinets on the front wall of the trailer.
Dinette bed – middle cabinet above the dinette
Top bunk – left cabinet above the dinette
Bottom bunk – lower cabinet across from the bunks
I still have 2 1/2 empty cabinets for food storage. I have inside/outside accessible storage under the front bed for chairs, rugs, etc, and under the bunks for race gear.
Tune in next week as I start making the trailer prettier and finalize the last couple projects!