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Old 03-23-2015, 10:18 PM   #1
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I would LOVE any suggestions for how to maximize space- especially concerning the storage of clothes and sleeping bags.

I saw the front storage deck hack, and I was thinking of using that for clothes storage- maybe shorts, shirt, socks, and undies in ziplock baggies for the kids (11 yr old girl & two 9 yr old boys). I just don't know where I'd put suitcases or duffle bags.

What do you do with all the dirty shoes? I thought about hanging one of those plastic shoe storage things designed to hang over a door on the wall next to the back bed- would there be room?

Does anyone ever keep bedding/sleeping bags on the pop-out mattresses?

I'm so excited to set up the new trailer, but I'm getting a little anxiety about the lack of storage! :-)

Any ideas/hacks/websites appreciated!

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Old 03-23-2015, 10:36 PM   #2
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For us, each person gets a sleeping bag and a duffle bag. The sleeping bags are rolled up and stored in the shower for during travel. The earlier 17Z's have a tall shower pan, almost like a small tub, which holds the sleeping bags in place. The duffle bags get piled on the sofa during travel, then move to the bunks once the camper is set up. We got a vertical shoe cabinet from Ikea and put it near the door to hold some shoes/flip flops.
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Old 03-24-2015, 06:48 AM   #3
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Use your TV (tow vehicle) to store items that are not being used during the day, or to store the extra clothes.

I have a truck, and the bed has a fiberglass lockable cover; makes for excellent storage of items you want to bring, but do not want to clutter the inside camper with.

I've also seen folks bring a small tent, and use that for storage.

Just be aware that all this adds to the total towing weight of your tow vehicle!
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Old 03-24-2015, 09:55 AM   #4
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When we had the PUP with very limited storage. There were only 3 of us but we had no kitchen space. We used the stackable sterlite drawers. We each had our own stackable drawer and put our clothes in it. The other ones I used for towels, paper products and dish towels. Sometimes we stacked them at the bottom of our DD bed since it was a king sized bed when we were setup otherwise the drawers traveled on the floor during the tear down.

I am not sure if the new jackknife sofa has any storage underneath the sofa. Our 2011 had available storage under the bottom. You may be able to store your ziplock bags under there.

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+1 for the tent idea.
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We owned an X23B which is similar and we did 5 folks a few times. Our solution was your "stuff" goes into the tent end during the day to clear out the living/eating area. At night we'd put some on counter tops or in the TV. As the "primary" occupants the bride and I tried to use a single wardrobe leaving the other for guests (the X17Z doesn't have the ward's). We made the beds with sheets/blankets and would leave them in place during travel removing when we got home or to wash while travelling. A comforter for colder weather had to be removed to fold but sheets/light blankets, no problem. We tried to avoid suitcases. You might be able to pack in a few plastic storage tubs with snap-on lids. Stack 'em in the TT while in motion and relocate to the TV or outside the door at the CG.
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Old 03-24-2015, 11:08 AM   #7
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LOVE the Ikea shoe cabinet idea!! And I'm really bummed our shower has the very shallow pan- I already anticipate the kids soaking the floor any time they get in there, but it's a great idea to use it for in-route storage!

Thanks so much!
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Old 03-24-2015, 11:17 AM   #8
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Thumbs up Thanks!

Thanks so much for all the replies!

We're taking a 3 week road trip with the trailer in the South East this summer, and I was *really* hoping to avoid moving things back and forth between TT and TV, but I've got some great ideas here... I just found an easy pop-up tent online that might be perfect for storage. We have a giant Thule topper for the Traverse, so I'm just trying to be careful with weight bc the Traverse is not exactly a work horse.

We are in Colorado and camp in the mountains most of the time, and we've got that part pretty much figured out because once you get set up, you're there for a while and can make anything work, but this road trip has me worried that we're going to get tired of moving things around so much from campground to campground...

Anyone have experience with packing up and moving frequently? our shortest stay is 2 nights, and our longest (in Panama City Beach, FL) will be a week.

Thanks everyone!!
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One other thing to remember when camping away from home for a period of time, and that's the stuff you buy when traveling; souvenirs and stuff the kids get you to buy add up quick too! You'll find this out when you pack up tp return home.
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Old 03-25-2015, 07:28 AM   #10
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To Bucko's point, when we took our old Kiwi 17a out west on a 2 week trip with 3 adults, we stopped at UPS stores twice and shipped our vacation purchases home because of the lack of room in the trailer.
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