Last week I wrote a post titled “Digital Photography Packing List”. You might have looked at it and said to yourself, “That’s nice, but how in the heck do I fit all of that into my itty-bitty Class B?” I have to admit, it’s not easy. And if you don’t do it right, you can end up with thousands of dollars of camera gear spread out all over your floor. Trust me, this can happen. The first time we went out in the Roadtrek, I hit an unexpected speed bump and we had cameras flying everywhere. Boy, did I feel like an idiot.
So, first of all, you need to figure out what photo gear you want to bring. That’s easy for us because we always bring it all. If you can do with less, by all means do it.
Then, you need to put all of that photo gear in containers that are both safe and sized right for your storage space. We use our large clothes cabinet for our photo gear, so the first thing I did was measure the space. Then I spent a week hunting for a storage box that would take up as much of that space as possible. (You don’t want to lose even an inch of storage space in a Class B.) Oddly enough, I found a double-stacking cupcake storage box that fits my needs perfectly. I put my extra lenses in one box (I picked up the hard lens cases used from one of my favorite on-line camera stores) and all of my miscellaneous gear in another. The boxes clip together, but for extra security, I enclose both with a nylon strap and buckle.
Now, on to the closest. I put my tripods and my tribrella (see my last post for info on that) in the back of the closest and secure them with two cabinet bars. Then I place my cupcake holder/camera box in front. I placed a couple of felt pads in front of the box so it won’t slide around. Then, camera bags go on top of the box. See, it all fits.
To finish things off, (Remember I said this plan had redundant safety measures?) I secured everything with a spring-loaded curtain rod and a child-proof latch. Now everything is loaded up safe and sound.
Of course, when we’re spending the day shooting, we just leave our camera bags on the floor for easy access. You don’t want to miss a shot because you can’t get to your camera.
So, I hope this helps you figure out how to safely store your camera equipment. But if you’ve come up with other solutions, please share.