11 Useful Hacks for Motorhome Rentals in NZ

It's time. We've all been cooped up in our homes for over two years because of the global pandemic. And since some restrictions have eased up a little, now is the best time for a quick escape, relaxation, and adventure.

Motorhome Rental Lifehacks To The Uninitiated

Motorhome rental for camping or quick road trips is one of the best ways to enjoy a few days away from the hustle and bustle of the city. And while this idea sounds very exciting, if you're new to RVing, you might want to check some of these useful hacks for motorhome rentals that will make your camping experience safer, hassle-free, and enjoyable. 

Take a Video

If you're new to RVing, it's normal that you get confused about how to use some of the equipment inside the RV and what their functionalities are.

The best hack that you can do while the owner or the rental agent is touring you is to record a video the entire time. In an RV, there are a lot of different buttons, machines, and equipment you might not be familiar with, and remembering all of them can be a headache. A video will serve as a quick guide when you forget how to turn on the heater or how to hook up the motorhome for full setup.

Bed toppers

RV bed is known to be uncomfortable, and for the first-time RV campers, this might make or break your overall experience. Motorhome beds can either be too stiff or too soft. Neither one of them are comfortable, and it can cause back pain.

You can try talking to the RV owners about replacing the mattress, but that might not be a successful endeavor. Bed toppers are the solution. It protects your back from the uncomfortable mattress by providing just enough softness for comfort and the right support for a goodnight's sleep.

Electrical Outlet Adapter

If you're camping with your family, the electrical sockets in the motorhome may not be able to accommodate all of your family's charging needs. Electrical adapters come with 3, 4 even up to 6 outlets that allow more room for charging or other electrical needs.

LED Light Strips and Velcro LED Lights

It’s annoying when you wake up in the middle of the night to grab some water or go to the bathroom and then bump into tables or step into things because it’s too dark and there’s no light on.

LED strip lights will lighten up your pathways, or you can install them under the sink that gives you just enough lighting to know where you have to go.

Another lighting hack is installing Velcro LED lights in the kitchen sink or bathroom. You can also upgrade to one of those motion sensors for added convenience.

Familiarize and Tour the RV

Before going on a trip, do yourself a favor and allow about an hour or two to familiarize yourself with the motorhome. The best time to do this is while getting your things into the RV when getting ready for the trip. This will make a big difference when you’re on the road because it gives you peace of mind knowing that everything is in order and all are working well.

Tension Rods and Magnetic Strips

One of the issues that could arise while driving your motorhome is that food, medicine, and other things inside the RV slide and fall everywhere.

Magnetic stips are best used for those tiny spice containers that keep them in place and keep them from moving. Tension rods are great for the inside of your refrigerator and medicine cabinets to ensure that the food and medicine stay where they are, secure, and don’t fall off.

Board or Wooden Frame

Hanging a board by the door or a wooden frame with a wifi password or emergency contact numbers will prove to be handy and effective. Placing this important information in one place where everyone can see and can easily access is very helpful during emergencies and when you need them.

Shelving and Storage Bins

Another hiccup you might encounter in an RV is its limited storage. If you’re traveling with your kids and family, storage for your clothes and other belongings may be a little bit tight.

One way to solve this is a proper organization with the help of storage bins and shelves. Installing shelves in the closet, especially in the hanging cabinet, maximizes unused space and gives enough room for storage bins where all your clothes, socks, belts, and other things are stored.

Since you’re renting the motorhome, one way to install the shelves is with removable hooks. It eliminates the dilemma of having to drill holes, which probably is not allowed.

Storage bins are great for organizing, keeping your clothes accessible, and secure from falling off while on the road. You can also use storage bins for the stuff in the bathroom and kitchen.

Storage Box

Have you seen one of those cute storage boxes that come in varying sizes and shapes? Those are one of the most efficient ways of storing your things in the motorhome with the added function of a chair or footrest. It saves space and gives you comfort.

Hanging Storage Rack

Hanging Storage Rack is great for small RV bathrooms that don't have bathroom cabinets or sinks. It doesn't take up space as they are hung in the back of the bathroom door or wall and hold your bathroom essentials and toiletries.

This can be used in the other areas of your rented motorhome, but if you utilize this in the bathroom, make sure it's waterproof.

Bathroom Cleaner

A stinky bathroom is not what you want to deal with in the house and even more so in an RV, so bathroom cleaners should be on top of your list when shopping for RV essentials because if your bathroom stinks, everywhere in the RV will stink. Huge bummer.

There are a lot of products in the market for bathroom cleaners, but you might want to look out for the ones specifically for RV tanks. RV tanks are designed differently for RVing purposes; hence regular bathroom cleaners may not work the same way.

Final Thoughts

Going on an RV trip unprepared, especially for a beginner, may not be such a good idea. There are a handful of things to consider and to look out for before going on an RV trip. The hacks that we have put together may not be all-inclusive, but it puts you at the right starting point.