storage tube. A length of 4" corrugated drain pipe makes a lightweight
storage tube that rests on the stabilizer screws and is bungeed to the
stabilizers. The bungees serve double duty, also keeping the stabilizers
from drooping during travel (which they have been known to do). The
ends of the tube are capped with slotted drain covers (one cover is screwed
on, the other is removable, secured with a cord). In it are stored
all my sewer connections.
shelf. A wire shelf hung from the center pole is a great help
for storage, especially for shoes, since there is so little floor space.
For maximum length, I had to get the shelf as low as possible, and because
of the tight space between the A sides when folded, there wasn't room for
any kind of wall-mounted shelf bracket. Hardware on the sides
of the A-wall extrusions would not get in the way of anything. To
provide the most stable support for the downward stress of the shelf,
I used 2 hooks from the back of suction cups. A screw and fender
washer fasten each hook to the narrow edges of the A-wall.
I crimped small S-hooks on each rear corner of the shelf (the 1" lip of
the shelf goes up, against the wall), where they can catch in the
A-wall hooks. These S-hooks stay attached to the shelf. At
the center front of the shelf (no lip), I crimped the end of a lightweight
chain. Around the overhead pole, I put a large plastic cable holder, fastening
the ends together with another crimped S-hook.
To hang the shelf, I slip the shelf S-hooks over the hooks on the wall, then hook the shelf chain on the pole S-hook. To keep dirt from falling through the shelf, I top it with a piece of plastic carpet protector. During travel, the shelf stands on the floor against the bed.
supplies. The raised potty platform gave me about 2" of storage
space underneath - not enough for shoes, as I'd hoped, but just right for
two 6"x15" drawer organizing bins. One bin holds office supplies
like pen, pencil, scissors, tape measure, staper, sewing kit, notepads,
etc. The other is my "medicine cabinet" with pain reliever, alcohol,
tweezers, dental floss, bandaids, tums, etc.
The counter space to the right of the sink was just big enough to accommodate
a clear plastic wall-hung office organizer that holds my dishes, silverware,
coasters, small frypan, cooking utensils, hotpads, dish detergent.
Wall files, drawer organizers .... who'd have thought that an office supply
store would yield so many camper storage solutions!
cupboard. This little toilet-top bathroom organizer is a perfect
kitchen cabinet. We had an identical one in our canvas pop-up, and
it's now at home in our Aliner Classic. I despaired of ever finding
another like it, until we emptied the apartment of a deceased aunt.
She had two in her bathroom! The handles are good for drying dishcloths,
the top makes a good shelf, and inside I store my mug, drinking glasses,
bowls, condiments, can opener, and the like. It's also easy to move
outside to a picnic table.
|Food. All of my foodstuffs are in a plastic tub that fits nicely under the lid next to the potty. In front of the tub, there's room to stand rolls of plastic wrap, aluminum foil, and baggies.|
For wet, kitchen garbage, I use a plastic paint bucket with a locking lid.
I line it with plastic grocery bags which are easy to put out for trash.
towel holder. I adapted a
supplies. In a zipper lingerie bag (Dollar Tree), I keep shower
gel, shampoo, conditioner, razor and nylon puff. A shoelace threaded
through the bag lets me hang it in a campground shower. In the camper,
I store the bag in a wire basket hanging from my shelf, and everything
I keep my clothes in two canvas tubs behind the bed-cabinet sliding doors.
They have handles and are easy to pull out.
|Setup tub. I keep small setup stuff in a small Rubbermaid Toughneck tub which fits in the upside-down step stool for travel. It holds things like electrical adapters, polarity checker, "J" trap for sewer line, teflon tape, duct tape, headlamp, "Y" and pressure reducer for campground spigot, tent stakes, and flowerbox. At the campground, I slide the tub under the camper. On the lid of the tub, I keep the outside sensor for my in-out thermometer/clock. Under the camper, I also stow a rectangular bucket with picnic tablecloth and clips, utility brush, and shower curtain (to cover table at night and keep off dew and birds).|
filter. To keep the water filter from leaking when stored in
the front storage compartment, I found that I can set it upright in an
empty plastic wipes container.
and baskets. For a small camper, the under-bench areas provide
a lot of storage. I've found tubs and baskets that fit well in most
areas. Under the foot of the bed, a canvas basket holds extra toilet
paper and paper towel, paper cups and plates, extra towels and a small
rice cooker. Next to it is a plastic shoebox for small items (fuses,
mantles, clothespins, bulbs). Behind the battery box, a long narrow
bin holds a small tower fan and laundry detergent. On top of the
battery box is my bedding. Behind my clothing baskets is another
long narrow bin with three 1# propane bottles and a DVD player. Forward
of the clothing baskets are a hanging folding clothes dryer and three more
tubs for shoes, jackets, and bulky items. One of those tubs has a
lid on which is velcroed a plastic basket with my clock, radio, extra flashlight,
bird guide and binocular. Food is all in the tub next to the potty.
My towel is stuffed on one side of the food tub, and a writing clipboard
stands alongside it. On the other side of the potty are bags of toilet
chemical and a brush/dustpan. In the bench next to the sink are a
5# propane tank, electric heater, bedside lamp, chandelier, electric burner,
electric kettle, small propane lantern, 1-burner propane stove, and nesting
cooking pots. On the back of the door is a bag with toothbrush and
toothpaste, sunscreen, insect repellent. Have I forgotten anything???
Note: Cheap padded lunch bags are available in many different shapes and sizes and I use them to protect the DVD player, the lantern, the stove, and the electric burner.
|Front storage compartment. We don't have a front storage compartment on our Classic, but I'm delighted and amazed at what it holds in the Alite. In it are a fire extinguisher, water filter, grease and grease gun, water hose, utility sprayer, detachable power cord, extension cord, large and small folding tables, camp chair, stabilizer crank, chocks, kneeling pad, collapsible fresh water jug, collapsible grey water bucket, rubber mallet, clothesline pipes, and Neat Sheet (outside rug). And there's still room for more!|