No, this isn’t a new gadget that somehow boosts your air conditioner’s output, nor is it some cobbled-together swamp cooler system. So, what is it? Simply put, it’s a thoughtful collection of items stored inside a bin that’s housed in your RV’s basement. And this simple outside bin will actually keep your RV cooler! Here’s how.
The carefully thought-out items are the key. These items will help reduce the number of times your children, visitors, or even you open and close your RV’s entry door. The less often that door is opened, the more air-conditioned air remains inside your rig—keeping the RV cooler! See what I’m getting at?
Put these items in the outside bin to keep your RV cooler
So, what’s inside this magical storage bin? Take a look at what we keep in ours. Then see how you might tweak my list so that it best fits your family’s needs.
- Cooler: Each morning I fill the bottom of a small cooler with frozen ice packs. Then I place a few beverages inside. Kids love juice pouches and because they come with a straw and don’t require a cup, the children can help themselves. I also include a few granola bars or a bag of grapes inside the cooler. These easy snacks are self-serve, as well.
- Games, balls, rackets: No more running inside and out again to find toys. Everything we need is in the outside bin. Kids and adults stay active and the RV stays cooler.
- Coin purse: The children love going to the campground store for special treats, like ice cream. (Who am I kidding? So do I!) I keep a couple of dollars’ worth of quarters inside a special coin purse. The purse stays inside the bin and is readily available. I’ve even been known to swipe some quarters from it when I do laundry!
- Sunblock: Even though my husband and grandchildren apply sunscreen at the start of their day, their activities often require a reapplication of the lotion during the day. With a spray bottle of sunblock inside the storage bin, they can apply it themselves outside.
- Antiseptic wipes and Band-Aids: Small scrapes happen and are easily tended to with the necessary supplies right inside the outdoor bin. My husband can also clean his hands with the wipes before eating his granola bar.
- Bug spray: Having this outside and accessible to all means we keep our RV entry door closed and our RV stays cooler because no air-conditioned air escapes.
- Beach towel: This towel dries wet hands, helps brush dirt off feet, provides seating on the ground, and so much more.
- Citronella candles: When evening comes, I no longer search for the bug-repelling candles. They “live” inside the bin.
It makes sense
Just in case you’re wondering … no, I do not push the kids out the door in the morning and keep them locked out until dinnertime. It’s important for all of us—parents and grandparents—to monitor our children to keep them safe. When I’m working inside, my husband is with the kiddos outside. The idea of an outside bin just makes sense for our family. By keeping the RV door closed as much as possible, we are able to reduce the strain on our air conditioner and keep our electric costs down. We all enjoy a more comfortable interior environment because the RV stays cooler.
A collapsible bin suggestion
Also in case you’re wondering … we have this collapsible bin and it’s great!
By now, you’ve probably gotten the gist of how a simple outdoor bin can keep your RV cooler. What items would you add to my list? Please let me know in the comments below.