For some time now, I have had to rummage through my two food cupboards to get at my salt and spices. Anyone who has experience with campers, knows its a small expedition getting to whatever you need out of the kitchen cupboards, moving whatever may be on the floor, maybe having to raise the sofa bed, blindly feeling for the right object unless you get on your knees with a torch to hunt inside at eye level. You get the picture, exhausting! It comes as no surprise that I regularly eat bland food.
I also need my vitamins at hand, otherwise I forget to take them. And my tooth brush, as I am guilty at times forgetting to brush before bed (although I am regularly told that my teeth are so white!).
Anyhows, a quick search online and Ikea has the perfect sized hanging basket/rack for a camper. Its the Bygel wire basket, and it only cost 2.99€!
The basket is steel wire, length 33cm, width 10cm, and height 10cm. Once installed, it hangs far away enough from the window (so no smashing glass when it swings during driving), and its hung high enough that the kitchen worktop can be opened without hitting it.
In a crude McGyver manner, I tied a shoelace around each end of the steel hanging handle. Each shoelace was then secured to the net I have upstairs to stop drunks falling out of bed (I know, told you it was crude!). When I open the poptop roof and raise the ceiling to stand (which is very rare), my basket will go up with it (albeit at a weird diagonal angle!).
Im guessing anyone with the right tools could drill small holes into the bottom of the upstairs bed frame (the lower ceiling), and put a couple of screw eye hooks into it to secure the basket? I dont happen to own a drill, but my method worked a treat without making more holes.
To stop the steel handle clanging the side of the interior, I made little rubber stoppers to reduce the impact. To make these, I cut up 3 small pieces of rubber tubing, and sliced along their length, slipping them around the metal handle. Then I gaffer taped around the rubber tubing to secure.
I havent road tested it yet, but poking at it to make the rack swing didnt produce any annoying noises?
Now I have salt and spices at hand, and my toothbrush waiting to be used. I may die of high blood pressure, but at least my teeth will be sparkly clean!
Update: Road tested and road worthy. Not so off-road worthy, but thats rarely going to happen, so no probs 🙂