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Creative ways to use PVC pipe while RVing

Polyvinyl chloride, better known as PVC, is best known as the plastic piping you might see under your RV sinks. This PVC pipe is for plumbing and draining—critical necessities for RVers. But there are other ways PVC pipe can be used. Check out these tips and tricks for using PVC pipe while RVing.

Hints

PVC pipe comes in various thicknesses. These are noted on the pipe itself. Consider how you’ll be using the pipe and buy the lightest (thinnest) pipe that will work. That way you won’t be adding unnecessary weight to your RV.

Always measure (twice) before purchasing your PVC. Measure the space where you intend to place the PVC as well as the interior diameter of the PVC pipe to make sure everything fits.

You may need to use a hand saw, a PVC cutter or a miter saw to shorten the PVC pipe. Always sand the cut edges afterward.

Wine storage

Our friends love wine. Their RV lacked a wine rack, so they made their own using large-diameter PVC. They removed a kitchen cabinet door and measured the width and depth of the space. They purchased PVC large enough to hold a wine bottle and cut the PVC to the cabinet’s depth. Then they fastened two pipes together using super glue and even had cabinet space to glue two additional PVC pipes on top of the first. Now they have storage for four wine bottles.

Knife holder

Our big kitchen knife is stored inside a PVC tube. We put a permanent cap on one end. The other end has a cap that is removable. We used a marker to note which cap will open the tube when the knife is needed.

Keep extension cords untangled

We use extension cords in our RV, but I like to keep the excess cord contained, so I simply slip the excess into a PVC pipe. You could also store your extension cords inside PVC pipes. Just fold the cords and be sure to note the cord’s length on the outside of the pipe.

Corral desk supplies

I used a PVC pipe cutter tool like this one to cut a piece of two-inch diameter pipe into several shorter pieces, each four inches in length. I stood the pieces on end and used two rubber bands to hold the PVC grouping together. When placed inside my RV cabinet drawer, the PVC tubes store my pens, pencils, scissors, and other desk supplies.

Keep sandals paired

Six-inch or larger-dimension PVC pipe can easily store flip flops, sneakers, and sandals. Cut the pipe to the length of the largest shoe. Join several pipe pieces together with glue. Position three tubes to form a bottom row, two on top to form a middle row, and three pipes on top of the middle row. Once the glue has set, slide shoes and sandals into the resulting cubbies.

Hint: Use this same idea with smaller diameter PVC pipe. Use the container to store craft supplies like different colors of yarn, paint, and more.

Toothbrush holders

Fasten a short piece of one-inch diameter PVC pipe vertically to your RV medicine cabinet using hook-and-loop tape. Permanently cap the bottom end of the pipe. Then store your toothbrush inside.

Hair tool storage

A “Y” PVC intersection like this one will hold your hair dryer and your curling iron/straightener. Place the PVC pipe intersection on the floor of the vanity. Then use Velcro to fasten the PVC to the inside cupboard wall to hold it in place. Tuck the cords down the pipe opening first and follow with the hair tool to keep the vanity interior clutter-free.

Fishing rod hack

Use one-and-one-half-inch PVC pipe to store your fishing rods. Permanently attach a cap to one end of the PVC pipe and put a removable cap on the other. Hint: Your filet knife can be stored inside its own smaller PVC container.

Sand spike for fishing

Cut a 1 1/2-inch diameter, Schedule 40 PVC pipe into a five-foot length. Then use a jigsaw to make a 45-degree angle cut in one end of the pipe. This will form a point that will help dig into the sand. When you get to the beach, put the pointed end into the sand and twist the pipe down into the sand until you can put your mouth on the open end. (Yep, that’s right! Stick with me on this.) Continue twisting the pole down into the sand while you lightly suck air from the open end of the pipe. The rod holder will go into the sand much easier with this method. Now you can put your fishing rod into the sand spike and no more sand in your fishing reel! (Hope you catch a big one!)

Can you add to the list? How do you use PVC pipe while RVing? Tell us in the comments below.

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Randy Lavine
1 month ago

Cut a 4″ 10ft sch 40 pipe in half long way. Use as a bed for sewer drain pipe with a positive down flow without valleys.

Allen
1 month ago

Have to split hose length wise and make sure to use small Bungie to hold hose into channel

Allen
1 month ago

Use PVC to support your grey/black water hose. Keeping it from sagging And flowing proper

DW/ND
1 month ago

Some good ideas here. I used the 4″ ID for sewer, drilling holes at the end cap and along the bottom and top for drainage and air flow. I mounted it under the motor home, by drilling a round 4-1/14″ hole in the side, added chrome door edge trim and a cap. Works great. Good info and ideas especially for newbies……. Another possible idea might be for safe of sorts! Thanks Gail for your idea entries….

Glenda Alexander
1 month ago

They also can be made into flutes. I have three Native American style flutes made by my teacher, Carl Perry. They sound good but not as good as the authentic ones made of wood.

Thomas D
1 month ago

All good, but I’ll bet your rv has abs pipe and pex supply lines. Pvc is more expensive than abs so the bean counters would specify the cheaper abs is black vs white,gray or even light green

Neal Davis
1 month ago

All interesting uses, thank you! Isn’t there a voting area (i.e., where we assign 1-5 stars) for this article? I give it 5 out of 5. 🙂

Last edited 1 month ago by Neal Davis
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Diane McGovern
1 month ago
Reply to  Neal Davis

Hi, Neal. That ratings plug-in was causing issues for us, so we’re looking at another one to use which hopefully will work better. Have a great day. 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com

M D-B
1 month ago

All the curmudgeons got up on the wrong side of the bed today. Happy Holidays!

Jim Johnson
1 month ago

Poor design put the kitchen waste tank gate in the middle of a 3ft deep slide-room. Hands & knees to get to it. 1st I used a PVC pipe with a slotted Tee at the end to reach in, but the gate handle orientation was wrong. So when stationary, I added a second gate to the original with the handle oriented in a better direction. I attach a similar PVC pipe but with a joiner in the middle for a much longer pipe (pipe breaks down for storage when traveling). I leave the original gate open and control tank emptying with the second gate – from the end of the slide-out while standing.

Kenny
1 month ago
Reply to  Jim Johnson

Could you send me a pic of that please. I have the same problem. Thank You.

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Diane McGovern
1 month ago
Reply to  Kenny

Hi, Kenny and Jim. Jim, if you want to send Kenny a picture, you can send it to me at diane(at)rvtravel.com and I’ll forward it to his email address. Thanks! Have a great day. 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com

Steve H
1 month ago

Our first travel trailer came without towel bars or a toilet paper holder. I built a two-towel rack and roll holder from 1″ PVC pipe, tees, and caps that fit over the back of the toilet using only a friction fit, not PVC cement. Held it to the rear bathroom wall with plastic Command hooks. Waterproof, very lightweight, adjustable, and easily removed when we sold the trailer.

Fred
1 month ago

Cut pieces of 1/2″ pvc pipe to 2″ longer than the length of each of your slide room vinyl covers. Thread a thin rope thru the pipe, put the pipe on top of your slide cover & tie off the rope underneath the slide. This will stop your slide cover from flapping in the wind. They’re easy to put up & take down. I have even mistakenly left them on when closing the slides & they don’t interfere with the slide closing at all. I also cut the longer slide cover pieces in half for storage purposes & connect them with a pvc coupler.

Dan Kruger
1 month ago
Reply to  Fred

I like your idea….I had to read it twice to get the cut in half part but I got there….again I like it…

Engineer
1 month ago

Pictures showing these creations would have been very helpful

Michael Roach
1 month ago

Mama said “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything.” Merry Christmas everyone.

Ellie
1 month ago
Reply to  Michael Roach

Agree!

Tom B
1 month ago

i made a towel drying rack that hangs off the ladder on the back of my Class C. I made an ‘H’ shape with the bar close to the top using 3/4″ schedule 40. I then attached cotton cord so i can ‘hang it with the ‘legs’ pointing out. It’s easy , it works, and it dries our beach towels perfectly. when ready to go, i just pop it apart and stow in a basement bay.

Tommy Molnar
1 month ago

Frankly, I don’t see any of these ‘ideas’ useful in the real world.

Bob p
1 month ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Me neither, I use toilet paper tubes to organize extension cords.

bill
1 month ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Real worlds vary amongst people. I personally like her continuing lists of ideas.

SteveAustin
1 month ago

6” Schedule 40 PVC DWV pipe, along with a “conduit carrier kit” (search Amazon), makes a much better sewer hose carrier than those cheap black carriers supplied by most RV manufacturers. It’s also great for carrying fishing rods, as it can easily be locked. Drill some holes every 6” or so for venting and draining.

Carl W
1 month ago

Seriously?

Seann Fox
1 month ago
Reply to  Carl W

👍

Bob p
1 month ago
Reply to  Carl W

Didn’t have anything creative to write about, looking up towards the ceiling deep in thought, oh I’ll write about having all kinds of PVC pieces laying around, I don’t know of any store that will cut different size pieces of PVC to the sizes specified. They sell them in 10’ lengths. If they have scraps laying around they cost the same as a 10’ length. I know, I went to Ace Hardware needing just 3’ of 3/4” pipe, they had a 4’ piece in their scrap bucket but it cost the same as the 10’ piece, I bought the 10’ piece now I have 7’ left over in case I need it.

Fred
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob p

You are mistaken. Home Depot & Lowes both have a pvc hand cutter right at the pvc pipe section, which you can use to cut the pipes at your convenience. You’ll pay for the whole 10ft piece, but you can cut it into whatever size pieces you want. I’ve done it many times in our travels.

bill
1 month ago
Reply to  Fred

Yes, or just buy a cutting tool and 10′ piece. You can then cut it easily as you need it. The tool is great for cutting many soft materials…

Troy
1 month ago
Reply to  Fred

Obviously some don’t have anything better to do than to create drama and be negative! If you don’t like the articles then don’t read them and if you do read them and don’t like it move on to something else. Nobody cares what you think it’s for ideas for people the next 20 people probably liked the article. It’s for creative ideas not ur opinions and I don’t see any ideas coming from you so leave people alone.

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Diane McGovern
1 month ago
Reply to  Troy

I have a feeling this comment was intended for Bob p, rather than Fred. Thanks, Troy. Have a great day. (I’m sitting here looking out my window at a blizzard that just started [north of Seattle]. Everything is white already. Glad I did my walk at the local track this morning! 😆 ) 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com

Dan
1 month ago
Reply to  Carl W

Hear dat. What’s next? Helpful hints for using drier lint? Mayb I’m feeling excessively critical today, some of but these articles seen to be filler so more ads can be attached.

Tom M
1 month ago
Reply to  Dan

Stuffed in a empty tp roll works as a fire starter

Drew
1 month ago
Reply to  Dan

I saved time by just going to the comments.

Wilfred Johnson
1 month ago
Reply to  Drew

Me also. And I’m not sorry about that one bit😊

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