Like most problem solving ventures, I usually turn to the Internet for solutions. Internet forums like the RV.NET Truck Camper Forum are a gold mine of information because more than likely someone else had this particular problem and came up with a solution that worked. Sure enough, a couple threads were dedicated to this very topic. One guy’s solution was to mount his fishing poles to the ceiling of his camper using broom clamps. While I liked the idea of using broom clamps I didn’t care for mounting them in plain view. Who would want to look at fishing poles hanging from the roof all day and night? Another guy’s solution was to build a fishing pole carrier out of a PVC pipe and mount it outside under one of the wings of the camper. I liked this idea, and almost went this route, until I got another idea that I liked even more.
The Fold down bunk/overhead storage unit in my camper is a pretty neat option I installed shortly after buying my camper. Not only does it work well as a bunk for children, but it also makes a great overhead storage area for linens, towels, books, and tools. Fortunately, this 78-inch long storage unit had massive unused voids near the ceiling where I could mount the fishing pole completely out of the way. With the where out of the way, the next problem for me was the how. After looking at several options, I opted to use the aforementioned broom clamps to mount the pole to the wall (these were just $2.50 a pair at Home Depot). Rugged and sturdy, these clamps are large enough to support another fishing pole mounted in the opposite direction if I choose to go this route at some future time.
|View showing the pole stored away.|
|Storage bunk folded up with all contents hidden.|
What makes this solution so appealing is that the pole is completely hidden from view when stored away and takes up zero storage space. One thing I learned from my time in the submarine service is to make use of all “dead space” in voids for storage. You can never have enough storage space in submarines; the same goes for truck campers. This solution uses a previously unused void in my fold down bunk/overhead storage unit and allows me the option to fish whenever I get the whim.
The picture above showing the mounted fishing pole reveals another problem I need to solve with the overhead storage unit. I need shelving up there. There’s more dead space that I can use and some kind of shelving I think will accomplish this. On to my next project…