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Whether you’re about to embark on a weekend getaway or a 6-month road trip around Australia, cleaning and organising your camper trailer is one of the most important steps you can take before setting out on the road.
It is important to remember these key factors when preparing your trailer:
Convenience: Make sure your items are stored in a perfect spot that is both easy to remember and convenient for you to reach.
Safety: Ensure all items are tightly packed or strapped down properly. It is important that they don’t move or loosen while your trailer is in motion.
Reliability: When you’re in strife, getting to your medical kit or recovery gear is vital. This is an essential hack to remember, as it will ensure you have those emergency items nearby and ready to go at all times.
As all camper trailers are built to be compact and convenient, it is important to first establish what size trailer you are working with, and what kind of storage space you’ll be able to utilise on your trip. You want to make use of all the floor space, wall space, under-bed storage, and kitchen cupboards that you can - to name just a few. There are five main types of camper trailers you can currently purchase in Australia:
Each trailer’s design will have unique components for storage, which you should map out and measure accordingly. We recommend organising your items into their respective areas: kitchen, bathroom, communal space, and bedroom/s. If you don’t have heaps of wall space for shelf items in your camper trailer, we recommend sorting out your supplies and dividing them between your vehicle and your trailer. Be sure to label and store all your personal items together, which will make finding those items later much easier.
When it comes to organising and preparing for life on the road, finding simple, lightweight and easy-to-access solutions will make all the difference.
While every company builds its camper trailers to unique specifications, one of the areas they tend to fall short in is achieving a good amount of storage and hanging space. As such, it is important to note where and how much you can fit around your trailer. This could include under-bed storage, cabinet space, wall space, various drawers, kitchen cupboards, as well as small, hidden compartments.
A good way to map out how to pack your trailer is to put all the non-essential items down the back while putting the most essential items closer to the front and within reach.
In order to maximise all that valuable space, we recommend investing in storage cubes, containers, shower caddies, and fabric storage box solutions in a variety of sizes. Not only will this help you store your items neatly, but it will also help you stay organised throughout your trip.
If you’re missing any camping gear or accessories, our store in Melbourne is home to all the parts and gear required to get you organised for your next trip.
As one of the most important parts of any camping set-up, having an organised kitchen and a well-stocked pantry space will make all the difference during your trip. If you haven’t already, now is the perfect time to pull out and re-clean your kitchen cupboard and sink area before your next camping trip.
There are a number of different ways you can make food prep easier in your camper trailer, such as having all necessary tools, cooking utensils, kitchen ingredients, and paper towels in an easy-to-reach spot near your kitchen sink, as well as keeping all your pots, pans, baking trays, cereal containers, dinner plates and additional drinking glasses in storage cubes close by.
We would also recommend stocking up on cleaning supplies, such as dishwashing detergents, rubbish bags, brushes and towels. Make sure you have a fully sealed storage unit or cupboard space for your food, packing it down tightly together to prevent anything from moving while you’re out on the road.
Having a quality camper trailer fridge with plenty of fridge shelves and fridge door shelves for storage can help you store all your refrigerated kitchen essentials.
Apart from having plenty of food and excess water, other camping essentials you should check that you’re stocked up on include medical supplies, toilet paper, toilet roll holders, bug spray, and sunscreen.
One of the most important parts of organising and preparing your camper trailer for the road is completely cleaning it out and preparing your space for the journey ahead.
Before you start cleaning and organising, fold your trailer out completely, making sure the set-up is still intact and nothing is broken, faulty or missing. Once you have opened up your trailer, we recommend checking for any signs of mould or damaged sections inside your trailer, as well as any other underlying problems or issues that need to be fixed and cleaned up.
One of the best ways to ensure your trailer stays clean and tidy is to complete a thorough clean before and after your trips. This involves dusting, wiping down, vacuuming and sweeping up your trailer, as well as washing sheets, airing out mattresses and cleaning out the fridge and freezer areas.
Remember, never clean canvas with strong cleaning products such as fluids, detergents, soaps or any type of bleach, as this will ruin the waterproofing and strip colour from your canvas. If you spot any mould growing around your camper trailer, we would recommend using a small amount of distilled white vinegar, spot cleaning any areas as you go.
Once you’ve cleaned your trailer, be sure to leave it opened up until it is aired out and fully dry. An essential hack we would recommend is to take your cleaning products on the road with you. If you’re travelling with children, be extra careful to keep these items out of reach, such as in a sealed storage unit or in overhead cupboards.
Depending on where you are headed, it is important to figure out what type of modifications you’ll need to make to your camper trailer. This could involve installing extra storage areas for additional cabinet space, or removing certain items you don’t use to ensure you have heaps of space for your next trip.
Other modifications that will help you stay organised and safe on the road could include changing out your tyres from stock standard wheels to all-terrains, allowing you to go out bush or traverse sand safely. If you’re going outback on dirt roads, we would also recommend investing in a stone guard, as this will help protect your trailer from any stones getting flicked up from your vehicle.
As one of the more essential camper trailer hacks, modifying your trailer will not only help make your life on the road easier, but it can also help you organise your storage and bench space better.
Make sure there are no surprises while out on the road by testing the electrical system in your trailer. This could include checking that all your appliances are running properly, such as your fridge, as well as testing that the lights and brakes are still functioning properly while in tow. If you haven’t already, we would recommend investing in a surge-protected power board if you’re powering multiple electrical items from your current set-up.
Check and list out the most essential spare parts you’ll need for your upcoming camping trip. This can range from spare tyres to tyre plugs to tank repair putties. If you’re planning to go 4WDing through the outback without a signal or Wi-Fi range, we would recommend taking double what you need for certain items that are more likely to get damaged on the way.
With a wide range of 4WD camping accessories and spare parts to choose from, we guarantee you will find everything you need for your next adventure here at Camping Adventures.
Depending on the length of your camping trip, we recommend planning out your journey to include necessary pit stops at supermarkets and fuel stations where necessary. This will ensure you are able to map out what your food, fuel, toilet paper and water supply will look like for a certain leg of your journey, allowing you to keep on top of what needs to be filled up as you go.
We would also advise campers, especially ones that are hitting the road for a few months, to leave extra storage space in their trailer, just in case you buy or pick up anything along your travels.
No matter how long you’re on the road, we guarantee our handy camper trailer hacks will make all the difference when cleaning out and organising your cupboard space and cabinets.
From trailers and camping accessories to 4WD tray installation and canopy fit-outs in Melbourne, Camping Adventures are the locally trusted professionals you can turn to for it all.