When we first got our fifth wheel it took me some time to figure out what was the best way to make use of the space available to me. I finally built drawers that fit all the way across the off door side and everything I need to hook up is either in these drawers or in open top oil drain pans on top of them. I have one small compartment about half way back along this side that the chocks and the stinky slinky fittings fit very well in. I keep my air compressor and shop vac in the front compartment on the floor along with a box with bottles of antifreeze and other liquids. I built a shelf on top of that where I keep the bag chairs, a cooler, minnow bucket and tackle box. I have drawers on one side of the door side compartment and long containers with lids and rollers stacked on the other. I hooked a pull cord to these roller containers and push them back in far enough to get a tool box and my golf clubs towards the outside. I believe I have as good a system as I have seen yet. You have to work with what space is available. Hope this gives you some ideas.
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One of the things that makes storage easier is when you figure out just what you really need to take along. There are guys who insist on a 10 ton jack but I have found that I can change a tire on the fifth wheel as easily with the truck jack. I don't carry any wood that I don't need either. I carry the plastic stackers for what little leveling I need to do and just enough wood to go between the jack and the axle if I were to jack up for a tire change. In the two years we have had a fifth wheel I have reduced carrying weight and actually have extra storage space.
I got rid of one of my bins that held my sewer hoses. The rear bumper was too small for mine to fit with the ends left on. I bought two of the long tubes Camping World sells and mounted them under the 5er. They look nice and I can store all of my hoses in them and still have room for more if need be. Still looking at other ways to save space. Lippert sells some additional storage boxes that you can weld under the fiver. I'm considering mounting the rear spare tire under the 5er so I can put a rack on the back of the bumper to haul my generator or something else. Lippert also sells the winch to lower/lift the spare tire. It's about $100.00 (not bad). Just have to find someone to weld it the frame.
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