RV closets are dimly-lit spaces jam-packed with clothes. And the smaller the RV, the more packed the closet. The wardrobe closet in our 19.5 foot Roadtrek 190 Popular is 16-inches wide x 49-inches tall And 18-inches deep. The first trick we learned is although you can use regular size plastic clothes hangers you must insert them backwards. As a kid you learned to put the hanger over the rod from front to back. You need to unlearn that for your RV! Storing your clothes will be less of a hassle if you hang with the opening to the front. Your RV closet may or may not be deep enough for regular size hangers. If not, measure the depth and look for “youth” hanger or others that fit. The “rod” in our closet is a metal rail with triangular holes. It holds 15 hangers easily, especially when you insert them from the back of the rail.
Our closet is always stocked with certain garments: 2 rain parkas, 2 fleece jackets for cool weather, and one bright yellow utility jacket for walking the dogs on cold wet days. Those stay in the closet permanently. We load the remaining plastic hangers with shirts, blouses, and other garments suitable for the climates we'll visit. On some trips the closet is packed wall to wall. In addition the closet door has net storage for hats and gloves and the holder for plastic grocery bags that fit the trash holder. There is a bungee along the left wall to hold the table poles and umbrellas upright. We discovered a bungee and a couple of eyelets at the front of the closet at about the same level as the door latch prevented clothes from interfering with closing the closet door. But it was it dark in our densely packed closet! How do we find stuff ?
Last year we visited the giant Hershey RV show. We toured every Class B in the show and looked at a few Class Cs like the nicely appointed Leisure Travel ones. We found ourselves admiring a light in the closet of one of the Class Cs. Exactly what we needed! It was a 12 volt DC LED plunger operated light. We found the same light on Amazon for what seemed like an awfully high price, but shopping around revealed nothing cheaper. So finally we splurged and bought one for $18 plus shipping. It has a universal mounting bracket that you locate so the light turns off when the closet door is closed and turns on when you open the door. The door depresses a switch plunger button. With the door open the clothes are lighted so it is easy to select the garment you need.
Roger spliced the light into a 12 VDC wire nearby. He added a SPST (single pole, single throw) toggle on/off switch between the power source and closet light so we save electricity when we leave the door open to clean the closet or load it with clothes on top and stuff below. Now we just open the door and we can see everything in the closet. No more fumbling around or getting the flashlight.
Most kids have found the best place to hide for a hide-and-seek game is to stand on a low stool behind the clothes in the closet. Our closet's hiding place is the floor. We store two water bottles, a Bissell Pet Hair Eraser vacuum cleaner, brush and dust pan, electric heater, a 12 VDC Endless Breeze box fan, and a 3-ring binder of manuals. We built a floor jig to hold these items. Click here to see it.
If your closet is dark, add a light. You will not be sorry!