We’ve been gearing up for the new year this month. I’ve been busily planning this summer’s epic vacation, and since we’ve decided to be on the road three weeks this year, I knew the camper would need a few modifications. Keeping all of our toiletries and wet clothes neatly corralled on a long trip always proves to be a challenge. I’m excited about our tension rod shelving, and I think that will help a lot. One thing we’ve always struggled with, though, has been wet towels. We’ve had several methods over the years, including the mod where you mount clothesline under the bunkends. Yeah, that was an epic fail. None of these solutions we tried ever worked well for us. While I was looking for ideas on Pop Up Portal, I came across this awesome project. I can’t take credit for the idea–it wasn’t mine–but we’ve made a few modifications that I like a lot, so I thought I’d share them with you. 🙂
- 3/4″ diameter wooden dowels in the length you want for each bunkend (We used hardwood for extra durability.)
- 1″ webbing straps (We bought this at Hobby Lobby.)
- Medium metal grip clips
- #12 finishing washers
- #10 flat washers
- 3/4″ wood screws
The first thing we did was cut our wooden dowels to size. We put a 3′ length dowel on each side of the full size bunkends and used 4′ dowels on the king sized ones. Then we stained them the color we wanted and gave them a coat of Helmsman Spar Urethane to waterproof them. While they were drying, we cut our webbing to size.
We cut all the webbing straps at 6″ and, to prevent them from fraying, we heat treated them with a lighter. We wanted a nice clean look on the towel bar, so we rounded one of the ends of each strap.
Then Mr. TypeTwoFun put the #10 flat washer inside the #12 finishing washer and used a wood screw to attach the webbing straps to each end of the wooden dowels. Like this…
Once you attach a webbing strap to each end of the dowel, you have your towel rack. When we had all four towel racks made, we attached them to the camper. We used our wood screws and #10 flat washers to attach the other end of the webbing strap directly to the underside of the bunkend.
So now that you have your towel bars attached to your bunkends, they should look like this. We hung ours close to the outside edge of the bunkend so our kids wouldn’t have to reach too far underneath the camper to hang their towels.
To keep the towel bars out of the way when we close up the camper, we installed metal grip clips underneath the bunkends. These are very similar to the ones that keep our bunkend support poles stowed and out of the way when we fold up the camper. We found ours here on Amazon, after an exhaustive search of both the orange and blue big box stores.
Mount your grip clips to the plywood underneath your bunkends. We offset our clips a bit so that we wouldn’t hit them when hanging our towels. When we are ready to fold up the camper, we just pop our towel bars into the clips on the bunkends and they are out of the way. We slid the bunkends in and out several times to make sure the clips didn’t get caught when we closed up the trailer. It all worked perfectly.
When we need them, we just pop them out of their grip clips and they hang at the perfect height for towels. They are actually quite long, and can accommodate several towels and swimsuits. It’s a much better solution for all our wet clothes and towels, and I’m thinking I can use it as a clothesline in a pinch, too. After getting stuck in Bear Lake without laundry facilities, I’m always on the lookout for easy ways to clean and dry our clothes. 😉
That’s all there is to it! It was a super simple modification that took us only about 45 minutes to do. The hardest part was waiting for the stain and urethane to dry. I can’t wait to take a camping trip and try my new towel racks out. What is your system for hanging wet items at the campsite? Have you found a system that works for you, or have you already tried this mod on your own camper? We’d love to see it! 🙂
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