Shelving banner

We needed more storage space

Its a bit funny really. A general concept is that there isn't much space in a caravan so you are limited as to what you can take. Jenny insists that she is a caravanner, not a camper. I don't see any reason to "Rough it" either. Any fool can be uncomfortable! I therefore had a think about where there was wasted space and also how I could better use some shelves and cupboards that were already fitted.

Shelf for shoes

One of the niggling little things that always irritated me was where to put shoes if we weren't using the awning. We usually left them just inside the door, but they were a nuisance there. With a little bit of thought I came up with the idea of having a shelf above the door. I fitted in a shelf that is wide enough to accomodate a pair of shoes. Now, the shoes are handy for the door, but not in the way. Proper job!

Shelf for shoes

A major iritation I had was that I couldn't see very well to shave in the mornings. I can't use electric razors so I need plenty of light so that I don't cut myself. The bathroom dome light is in the wrong place and gives nowhere near enough light.

I therefore picked up a feed from the dome light and ran flex in a conduit to the shelf over the bathroom mirrors. It passes through a hole to the 12 volt neon light.

Trundling position

There were a few other things that were irritating. There was nowhere near enough storage space in the bathroom for all of the bottles and other paraphanalia needed to keep us clean and smelling good. I fitted some shelves in the little cupboards and one above the window.

Trundling position

I was also concerned that we were reliant on EHUs when we were trundling and also that I had no power at the storage site, should I need it. I had had flexible solar panels on my boat so I knew their value. I also knew that technology advances have made them far more efficient today. After some consideration of our needs, I bought and fitted a 100 Watt solar panel with its associated controller. I also bought and fitted a 1 KW inverter permanently wired it into the caravan and wired in a standard 240 Socket. I'm very happy to tell you that everything is going very well. I regularly use the inverter when I am at the boat (sorry, caravan) and the battery is tip top condition. As part of the installation I wired in a voltmeter.I know that this doesn't give a full picture of the battery's state, but it is useful and better than nothing.

Trundling position
Laundry bag retainers

Copyright ©fixpixpro.uk