Homemade RV Clothes Drying Rack


Essential considerations regarding equipment and accessories used for RVs are versatility and portability. Many seasoned RV travelers enjoy a more simplified lifestyle, with changes in surroundings. Extended journeys can involve washing laundry by hand and finding solutions to dry clothes quickly without extra equipment. A portable clothes drying rack that attaches to the back or side of an RV provides a self-contained alternative to using tree branches to dry clothes. The clothes rack is made of PVC pipes, which are economical and lightweight for storage.


  • Use half-inch PVC pipes and connectors to provide a lightweight and rust-proof rack suitable for storing flat, or for fast disassembly and assembly as needed. PVC pipes and accessories are available at many large home improvement stores, and the pipes can be cut to varying lengths using conventional tools. Use screws to secure the pipes and connectors in place if storing flat. A clothes line can be strung to fill in the large gaps between pipes for ventilation or to create a staggered configuration for hanging clothes. Several bungee cords can be used to attach the clothes rack outside the RV.

Frame Construction

  • Construct two square frames using eight PVC pipes (each pipe is two feet long), and connect them with two 1-foot PVC pipes. Prepare the pipes by drilling holes through the pipes four inches apart. Connect the outer corners of each square using L-shaped pipe connectors, making sure to align the holes. Connect the inside corners of each square using T connectors. Connect the two squares by inserting the shorter pipes into the T connectors. This closed rectangle with two center support pipes is the frame of the drying rack.

    Thread the clothes line through the holes across the widest part of the rectangle. A continuous line can connect the outer holes, so only two double knots are needed to secure the line.


  • A good place to attach the clothes drying rack is on the ladder of the RV. The steps of the ladder can be used to determine height. The rack can be secured to a horizontal rung using a bungee cord or strap wrapped around the step and pipe: Clothes can be hung above eye level on the line using clothes pins, or dried flat with the rack at waist level. Attach longer bungee cords at two or four corners of the PVC rectangle to suspend the rack from the top of the ladder or existing anchors on the back of the RV.

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