As a new RV owner, one of the most frustrating things to experience is drawers and cabinets swinging open while you’re driving.
Not only is it loud and annoying, but it’s also very dangerous.
It’s a huge distraction to the driver of the RV, and there is the possibility of heavy objects hurting passengers of the vehicle. It could also cause significant damage to the RV.
Before setting out on your next adventure I recommend you secure your RV cabinets and drawers by using one or two methods below.
The costs are minimal, and it won’t take a lot of time to get this problem fixed.
Let’s go over how to secure your RVs interior during travel.
7 Ways To Properly Secure RV Cabinets and Drawers
Many RV manufacturers impose strict warranty restrictions around RV modifications.
This means that oftentimes drilling holes anywhere in your RV is prohibited if you want to remain under warranty.
Each of these methods below should not cause you to void your warranty. However please consult your manufacturer before making any changes.
1. Magnetic Latches
Magnetic latches are essentially just two very strong magnets. You install one magnet to either side of the cabinet or drawer.
When the magnets come together they will hold firmly and can withstand between 15-20 pounds of force.
This is one of the most common methods used to keep RV drawers closed.
2. Bungee Cord or Rope Method
This method will only work on select RV drawers and cabinets.
Grab a rope or bungee cord and wrap it tightly around the cabinet handles. You can also run the rope through a set of drawers in order to help keep them from sliding out.
Again, this may not work for some RVs but if you are in a bind it’s worth a try.
3. Make Use of Storage Containers
This is obviously not a method meant to keep the doors closed but it will keep items from jostling around the RV and pushing the cabinet doors open.
Depending on what is causing the issue, there are a number of item-specific storage devices that will help prevent stuff from moving around in your RV cabinets.
For example, you can easily find plate holders and pan holders that will help keep them in place while driving.
4. Child Safety Locks
Child safety locks are very easy to install, and of course, no drilling or screws are required for this method.
This type of lock works well for RV cabinets and drawers because they are meant to withstand a large amount of pulling force.
They utilize a combination of magnetic locks and extremely strong adhesive tape and only take several minutes to install.
I recommend you take a look at these locks here from Eco Baby.
5. Rolled Up Rug Method
This method really only works for lower cabinets and drawers in your RV and is not a permanent solution by any means.
Simply take a tightly rolled-up rug, towel, or even a heavy blanket and wedge it between the cabinet and the floor.
This should stop them from opening while driving. Keep in mind that this method may require you to reposition the tow
Velcro strips with adhesive are typically used to hang picture frames on the walls.
However, they can work very well for securing light drawers and cabinets.
Be careful though, velcro strips cannot withstand a large amount of force and should only be used when the items within the cabinets are not very heavy.
7. Clean Up
This is actually an easy thing to forget to do. Many RV owners will do the typically packing before setting out for the next destination, but forget to pack away some miscellaneous items.
For example, a lot of people forget to clean up the bathroom or kitchen and when they set out on the road have soap and detergent spill out all over the RV.
Take a little extra time to stow away all items in a storage container, cabinet or drawer.
Conclusion on RV Drawer Solutions
It’s not too hard to keep items from falling out of your RV cabinets and drawers while driving.
1-2 hours using the proper attachments and tools will solve the issue.
Keeping cabinets and drawers shut is also only one part of the solution.
It all starts with proper organization and storage within your RV.
There are plenty of cabinet storage devices that can be found on Amazon to help to keep your items stationary while driving.
Let me know if you have found these steps helpful.
If you have any other tips or tricks that you have used to keep RV drawers closed please send me a message so that I can update this list.
I am a well traveled Marine Corps veteran that enjoys the outdoor and nomadic lifestyle that RV living provides. I am also a member of the National RV Inspectors Association (NRVIA.org). As the founder of Camperguide.org my goal is to provide you with well researched information so that you can enjoy the best of the RV lifestyle.