I'm not much good at solving big problems, but when it comes to small "space usage" problems I'm in my element. Craig has often said that I was an engineer in an artist's body. Around the RV I let him take care of the mechanical questions and I love to find, fit, or create the storage containers.
There is a space next to the passenger side chair that begged for improvement. Built into the wall there are cup holders, a flexible map light, and a compartment that is just right to hold the looseleaf binder I use to keep our travel plans and reservations together.
Between this wall and the chair is a space that is about seven inches wide (more if you count the space under the chair skirt). Anchored on the chair-side floor of this space is a small fire extinguisher. I wanted to be very careful about putting anything there because I did not want to block or compromise access to the fire extinguisher!
Although we use the navigator program on the Android cell phone, I also like to have a hard copy map available. On our recent trip, I used my large Motor Carriers Road Atlas to plan our routes. Sometimes the navigator will tell us to take a different route from what I planned. It doesn't know we are a motor home. I like to have the Atlas out on my lap so I can override the navigator, but I don't want to be holding it for the entire drive.
The Atlas is rather large, 12" x 15" and I did not have a "good" place to put it when we are driving. It is too large to fit into the compartment where I keep my looseleaf binder. (The binder is 10 1/2" x 11 1/2"). Putting it in the pocket behind the seat worked, but it was awkward to get to it when I needed it.
The space next to the chair was ideal, but I needed to be sure that putting the Atlas there would not compromised getting at the fire extinguisher.
I make custom boxes to ship my animal heads all of the time. I make large boxes smaller, and combine small boxes to make larger boxes. I understand space.
So for this problem I made a custom box using foam core board (light, strong, available at any craft or office supply store) to hold the Atlas. To make it blend in I covered it with wood grain Contact paper. To keep it in place and be sure it would not be in the way in an emergency, I attached it to the wall with a couple of spots of self stick velcro.
|From the back|
From the front
It was my first purchase at the camp store in the Pinnacles National Monument last year. We broke a bottle of wine when it fell out of the refrigerator and shattered on the ceramic tile floor. Glass everywhere! I had a broom, but not a dust pan. This little set was called a "tent brush."
So this little brush is a reminder of one of our first RV lessons. "Be very careful when opening the cabinet and refrigerator doors for the first time after travel." Things do shift.
Have you ever had things fall out on arrival?
Do you use both a navigator and a map?