5 Ways To Use A 5-Gallon Bucket In Your RV
Do It Yourself RV has featured several ways you can use an inexpensive 5-gallon bucket while camping. However, the 5-gallon bucket is one of those handy items that should be part of every RV packing list.
For around $3 you can pick up the ubiquitous Homer bucket from Home Depot, or choose from a variety of other buckets on Amazon for these five camping projects.
For campers who don’t have the luxury of an RV toilet, there’s no need to fork over $50 to $100 for a portable potty. A 5-gallon bucket can easily be turned into a “business bucket” for those times when the campground toilet seems just too far away. Grant Thompson, “The King of Random” on YouTube built a self-contained bucket toilet with a handy toilet paper holder for just a few bucks. A pool noodle serves as a soft spot to sit and waste is captured with a plastic bag. The watertight lid can be used to cover up any offenses. In addition, watch how Thompson creates an entire bathroom kit with a few other supplies.
2. Fishing tackle box & seat
RVing and fishing go together like peanut butter and bananas. Most fishing enthusiasts know how to use a 5-gallon bucket to hold their prized catch, but you can also use the same bucket as a tackle box and stool. Instructables has a step-by-step guide on how to make a fishing bucket and seat from a square bucket and a gardening pad. The inside of the bucket holds tackle gear and lures and the top lid is padded for a nice creekside seat.
3. Tiny bathtub & foot tub
No matter how hard we try to avoid it, dogs and kids get dirty while camping. A 5-gallon bucket can be turned into a self-contained, albeit tiny bathtub for washing babies, toddlers and small pets. Keep tear-free soap, shampoo, and towels inside the bucket when not in use. In addition, you can use the same bucket to wash off dirty feet after a hike.
4. Trash can & compactor
One of the most basic (and overlooked) ways to use a 5-gallon bucket is for both an indoor and outdoor garbage can. Buckets can easily slip into a larger RV kitchen or underneath a smaller RV or picnic table. Use a garbage bag for easy cleanup and keep the lid on to deter flies. Furthermore, use two buckets to create a low-cost trash compactor.
5. Mood lighting
Spread some soft light around your campsite with a simple mood light. This project will require a white 5-gallon bucket that is semi-translucent. For this project you can use either a lightbulb connected to a 120 extension cord, solar string lights or solar yard lights. To keep it simple, stick with a few solar lights, place them inside the bucket, and hang it from a tree or shelter. You can also make several light buckets to illuminate the ground around your campsite.