Motorhome storage space is a major consideration in every alteration that is made to the layout of our bus. With two adults and five children on board space is something that we do not have a great deal of. In fact I have turned watching the colour drain from Lisa’s face into a bit of a pastime every time she looks at how small her new wardrobe and other storage spaces are. Sometimes I tell her to downsize just to see the reaction, but most of the time I say don’t worry I’ll sort it with a cheeky grin and then go on to wondering just how I will do it
Finding solutions to our storage issues usually result in design changes to the layout and construction of the internal fit out. Some solutions come through flashes of inspiration whilst working on our motorhome. Other times they come through ideas and suggestions from friends that are living life on the road themselves.
One of these changes came about through a combination of good advice from friends and some creative thinking to reconfigure the motorhome layout to fit a larger washing machine in than we originally intended. We were going to fit a small washing machine under the vanity but the size of the compartment restricted any washing machine to under five kilogram capacity. On seeing this our friends Geoff and Shelly (who are living in a similar size bus with three children) both said think bigger and move the machine somewhere else. Back to the problem of motorhome storage space. where was I going to put a seven kilogram capacity washing machine?
Daydreaming provides the answer
It was a couple of days after Geoff and Shelly’s visit and I was fitting the draws to the new robes in the rear bedroom when I was thinking of how much I was looking forward to having the main bedroom finished after I replaced the rotten bed base. There was the answer right in front of me. If I raised the bed base by two hundred millimetres to six hundred millimetres I would get that much extra space in the boot which would be enough to put a large front loading washing machine in the boot. It also raised the bed base to the top of the boot door which is at the back of the bed. The increase in height has almost doubled the usable space in the boot by allowing me to store things vertically instead of horizontally.
Here is a series of photos that show how our boot was transformed into a much more versatile space by creating a bed that is close to one metre high with the mattress and bedding on. I might have to get Lisa a ladder to get in and out of bed.
Other possible storage solutions
Moving the washing machine location means that I can put a cupboard under the vanity again. We are also going to remove the full oven and replace it with a cook top to create more cupboards and I have found a large area behind the old destination sign above the windscreen that will be made into cupboards also.
The best bit of advice that I could give anyone that is faced with the problem of insufficient motorhome storage space is, think outside the box (pun intended) and get creative. Maximise how you use your space and life on the road will be more enjoyable as a result of a bit of thought and effort.
In my next post I will spill the beans on how I saved a small fortune on repairs to the engine.
New Life On The Road.