Our RV is a black hole. It can suck all manner of things into its clutches, only to laugh at us when we beg for the return of our stuff. Even a modestly sized RV can swallow your gear, making things really hard to find. There are just so many little nooks and crannies.

RVs with basement storage can be even worse, with that many more places to store, and therefore lose, just about anything. Add to that the fact that our rig is pretty big…. and we’re full-timers… and DIYers… (and anal retentive!)… and we have that many more places, and that much more stuff, to stash… and therefore to lose.

Back in 2012, we made a video about how we organize our RV’s basement to make it easier to find things hidden away in its deepest recesses. But something was still lacking.

Our new technique may seem like a minor update, but the difference it’s made has been nothing short of amazing. We can now step outside, walk directly to the correct basement compartment, and put our hands on just about any part, supply or piece of gear in moments.

Check out the video to see how such a simple trick can make you the master of your RV’s basement, and show that black hole who’s boss!

If you’ve got an organizational or storage tip that works great for you, be sure to share in the comments!

If you’re looking for a template document for organizing your own basement bins, here’s ours (to download, right-click on either link below and choose the right option from the contextual menu that pops up):

  • Microsoft Word Version (may have layout issues if the fonts on your computer are different than ours… sorry!)
  • PDF Version (will look great, but it’s not editable… get the Word version above)

Panama Canal Prep

We had a lot to learn about sailing, and Captains Bligh & Queeg were only too happy to oblige!

Panama Canal Transit Videos On Deck!

Many of you know that we flew down to join our friends Jason & Nikki Wynn in Central America a couple of months ago. We were there to help sail their catamaran Curiosity through the Panama Canal.

We’ve been getting lots of questions about if and when we’d have a video about that. We can now announce that not only will we have one, but it will be released next Sunday, at the same time as Nikki & Jason’s.

In the meantime, the Wynn’s “prequel” video, released today, is the first episode of the canal transit. They introduce their three line handlers (that would be us, and Jason’s Mom, Mary), and show the preparation required to get them, the boat, and all of us ready.

Check out their awesome video here. If you want to see us on Curiosity, we’re featured in today’s video right up through the credits, so be sure to watch all the way to the end. Leave a comment and tell Jason & Nikki we said “Hi!” 🙂


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