Couple’s “storage turf” battle in a Class B motorhome

Dear RV Shrink:rvshrink
My husband and I recently bought a Class B motorhome van – we like small and maneuverable. Our friends all told us it was too small for spending several months a year on the road. What I didn’t plan on was my husband changing his mind about alternative transportation.

Now he has decided to haul his motorcycle on a rack. This is where we access storage from the rear doors. He spent a week rewiring and re-plumbing to gain extra storage space. Yesterday I found his helmet in my already-small clothes closet. I told him where he could put it.

I can’t seem to make him listen to my reasoning about leaving the motorcycle home. We discussed the downside of not having a second vehicle while traveling and agreed we would work around it. Now with a very space-limited rig we are already fighting over storage turf and we haven’t even pulled out of the driveway yet. I am to the point of telling him to take his bike and take a hike. Am I being closed minded? I need some advice fast. —Harley Husband in Hillsboro

Dear Harley:
Now is not the time to mutiny over your bounty. You haven’t even set sail yet. You are going to discover a lot more adjustments that have to be debated before this process is over. Yes, it should be a debate. Don’t roll over on every issue, but be open minded. You may find that motorcycle a blessing when you need a gallon of milk and don’t have to pull up stakes and take your living space to the store with you.

Something as simple as going on a ranger walk in a national park or to a movie in town is going to entail moving your living space each time if you do not have an alternative form of transportation. Many people find this not to be a problem, but you need to take a maiden voyage and see if you are one of those people.

Class B RVs are great for those who want to stay small and deal with the inconveniences that accompany them. You are finding that space is already a concern. You will also find that many are designed with electrical systems that constantly require power, small refrigeration space, no gas hot water and the need to turn eating space into sleeping space each evening. You may find some of your fuel savings eaten up with frequent trips to resupply. You will not know your reaction to any of these considerations until you get out and experience a few months on the road.

Many people start small and eventually find the living space that fits them like a glove. That journey is still ahead of you. I am confident that you two will work out all your disagreements and that your true needs will become much clearer after you get a few miles under your belt. —Keep Smilin’, Richard Mallery a.k.a. Dr. R.V. Shrink

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6 Thoughts to “Couple’s “storage turf” battle in a Class B motorhome”

  1. Gerry laflamme

    What about a motor cycle lift?

  2. Eric Eltinge

    On my class B I have a Thule bike rack that can carry 2 electric bikes. With saddlebags, you can run to the store and bring back 4 heavy bags of groceries. Get some exercise also!

  3. Elaine Schuster

    We have a class B also, and considerable disagreement about “stuff” and where it goes. I claim the storage on the top passenger side, and the bed and overhead cabinets on the passenger side. He gets the driver’s side. We are still working out how to configure the wardrobe closet for bulky “stuff” like his telescope. The rest of the camping equipment and food has it’s place. I think if I had the motorcycle helmet, with the motorcycle blocking access to the rear storage, that is where I would consign the helmet(s), the rear storage.

  4. Roger

    Husband should take a few trips first to see if you need the motorcycle. We found we don’t. Honestly, to “pull up stakes” to leave the campsite with my class B means disconnecting and storing my power plug. That’s it. And that’s only when I’m not boondocking! One of the main reasons we got the Class B was freedom to move quickly and easily. We drive the van everywhere. At 21′, I can park almost anywhere. A campsite full of paraphenalia that has to be stored and hookups (sewer, cable, water) just are not in the cards for us. We’ll hook up to water to fill the tank and sewer to dump the other tanks when we’re checking out..


    A tag along motorcycle trailer may be an option that will work for you. I have pulled one many thousands of miles and, depending on the trailer you choose, loading is fast and simple and an open trailer weighs very little.

    1. Brenda

      That’s exactly what I was thinking. Plus the small pull behind trailer would give extra storage for a few bins if needed.

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