Pack your cupboards tight to prevent breakage

By Russ and Tiña De Maris

Sometimes just a little padding between fragile items is all that’s needed

While RV makers typically put strong door catches on cupboards, some new RVers are concerned about what might go on behind those doors. Is there a way to secure your stuff?

A new RVers asks: “How do you store stuff in your cupboards?” Fearful that the shifting and bumping on the road would cause things to break, the question becomes, “How do you store your stuff safely?” Will dining on the road be limited to paper plates, Styrofoam cups and plastic utensils? Happily, carrying stuff safely in your RV isn’t difficult – it just calls for some planning.

Start at the ground floor: Non-skid materials are great for perching plates on. Yes, you can find non-skid material for sale at Camping World stores, but we’ve found an even better (and less expensive) alternative is right down at the neighborhood Walmart store. You can buy rolls of non-skid material in a variety of colors. Simply use a pair of scissors to cut the stuff to the length you need to fit your cabinets and life is good.

Aside from using non-skid mats, if you’re really concerned that things might “get away” and slam around in the cabinets, you can always stuff it. Stuff it? Yep, you can add a little stuffing around contents. Some RVers use tea towels or other galley cloths, removing them on arrival. Others have found that “swim noodles” or even polyfoam pipe insulation works great. Just cut the stuff to the length you need and shove it around dishes, glassware and even jarred food items.

Some are so worried about this issue that they forgo the pleasure of eating food off real dishes. Nonsense! And as far as using plastic dishware, well, phooey! We’ve found that Corelle-brand dishes are not only lightweight, but they also take a great deal of abuse without breaking. Dumping onto the floor usually results in a bit of a bouncing plate, not a shatter.

Other ride-along issues include shampoo, soaps and other notions used in the bathroom. If you can’t find a shower caddy that secures these items firmly enough for a bumpy road, then simply slip them into a dishpan that rides in the bottom of the shower stall when on the road.