Simplifying things, RV manufacturers usually buy vehicle chassis and build a box on the back. They then build a house inside of that box. It’s similar to building a house in that a foundation is laid and the house is built on that foundation.
When we first started out in the RV and were getting acclimated to its layout I thought frequently about how efficiently space in that “box” was used. Nothing felt cramped, there was tons of storage space, and everything was laid out in a way that made sense.
I still think that space in the RV is used efficiently, but now that I’ve grown more comfortable poking around the RV I’ve been perplexed by the amount of empty space that is hidden behind paneling.
For example, I really like our wardrobe. It’s good looking and is fantastically deep. The upper 2/3 of the wardrobe house a closet, and below that are four drawers. Below those drawers are two wood panels. If you remove the drawers, it is clear that the only things behind the panels are the wheel well and two small fresh water pipes. And lots of empty space. Drawers installed in that space would need to be a bit shorter than the two drawers above, but they would provide precious additional storage space nonetheless.
Same deal under our sink, where there’s a cabinet right on top of empty space. And that space is completely empty, with nothing in the way of some drawers or a bigger cabinet. I know that our RV isn’t unique in this regard. We don’t need – and maybe don’t want – more room for stuff, but a lot of RVers do. It’s a bit odd that any space in an RV would be wasted.
PS – We’re in northern Israel now, and our group is tons of fun. Hopefully more to come on the trip soon.
posted by yair