When we began to consider buying a newer RV, we came up with a list of must-haves.  We wanted a door to our bedroom instead of just a curtain.  We wanted a place for the two boys to sleep without having to convert the dinette to a bed every night. Most importantly, we wanted to be able to use the kitchen and sleeping spaces without having to put out slides.  As short as this list of “musts” was, we had a hard time finding a travel trailer that fit our needs.

Overview of the Octane 272

After months of looking, we decided to purchase a Jayco Octane Superlite 272. This is a toy hauler travel trailer, with a front queen bedroom, rear queen bunk over a dinette that converts to a queen, and a set of  single bunks between the bathroom and living area. The boys sleep in the single bunks and the girls share the two queen beds. 

Camper bunk beds
These bunks are approx. 5’6″ long. The fridge can be seen on the left

This particular model has a foldaway dinette as the doorside option, rather than a sofa or captains chairs, giving us maximum flexibility.

You see, that doorside dinette means we have a table to use  after the kids are in bed or in the morning before they’re up.  It converts to a comfortable bed, so we could take along a guest or two on a short trip.  It also folds up against the wall, giving us more space to stow gear and coincidentally, making it very easy to clean the floor under the table. The way the interior features of the RV can be reconfigured reminded us of a Transformer-from which we get the name, Octavius Prime.

The rearmost dinette seats all six kids comfortably.  We raised the stops for the upper bunk to a height that allows us to sit in the dinette underneath it. Now we don’t have to raise the top bunk by day to use the dinette.  It was a simple adjustment-if you can turn a screwdriver, you can reset the stops!

The upper bed stays in the position shown, while the lower part converts from a dinette to a bed.

 

Although some Octanes have a party deck option to use the rear door/ramp as a deck, this option was not available on the Superlites. No worries! When we want to sit outside, we can sit under our awning or around a campfire. We do love the fact that we can put the rear ramp down and pull down the rear screen to keep the bugs out while enjoying sunlight and fresh air.  

View of the rear dinette with the back ramp open.

Organizing Our Octane 272

Because the interior is designed to be reconfigured during travel to hold ATVs, motorcycles, a golf cart, or other equipment, there is much less built-in storage than in a bunkhouse model.  We hit up Target, the Container Store, Dollar Tree, and Aldi to find items to use in organizing our new space.

First, the kitchen…

Command hooks hold our measuring cups and spoons, pot holders, and trusty Almanac. The paper plate holder we had for the old RV mounted to the underside of the overhead cabinet.

A magnetic bar holds our knives and scissors, and the bamboo covering prevents the edges from being damaged.

Bamboo surfaced magnetic knife bar
This keeps knives out of little hands

 

Two rows of magnetic spice tins hold all the spices and herbs we need.

Two rows of magnetic spice tins
I bought one of these magnetic spice racks at Aldi a few years ago for the old RV. I found a second one at the Container Store, seemingly identical.

 

There was no place to hang a dish towel, so we added this bar that hooks over a cabinet door.  We were able to find one that matched the finish of the other hardware.

Green towel on cabinet door rackOverall we are very happy with our Jayco Octane 272 and have found it easy to add storage and organization.  If we cross paths during our travels, we’d be happy to give you an in-person tour!

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