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Old 10-28-2005, 07:59 PM   #1
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Thrilled!!

Been working my tail off deep cleaning the Airstream on the interior. Taking out all the superfluous and extraneous junk that somehow wormed its way in and settled in to stay.
The sofa will go back this weekend, finally done with that & those two wall panels and the chair upholstery.
Even though the walls have been scrubbed they still feel somewhat sticky. Need to find something that works to remove that.... but the laundered drapes have been neatly hung and look wonderful!
Now to the bad part..... hmmmm...... where to start, and how much to confess?
I have taken out at least four eighteen gallon totes full of clothes! Good grief! How did all those clothes end up in the Airstream??!! I did think it was strange how little underwear we each had, but ascribed those loses to the household 'black hole'!!
And you know the worst of it? I still left enough clothes in the TT (Tin Tent) we could go out for three weeks and be in good shape! With a selection for any weather we came across. Or event... good heavens! Bruce has FOUR sport coats in the closet for showing the dogs! And I have six sets of show clothes along with daily clothes. I found four, no, make that FIVE pairs of my shoes, too! Again, with the exception of one pair of sneakers, all show shoes. And the twelve pair of panty hose in various colors and the eight pairs of knee highs! Hmmmm. Did I mention we show the standard poodles? And it makes sense to keep show clothes consolidated in one place.... at least, that's what I keep telling myself.
Plus, of course, a second set of sheets for both the bed and the gaucho. And the spare towels, etc. And all the doggie toys and dog beds and so it went.......
Once everything was sorted... what to keep there, what to take home, I had to begin stashing it. AND!!!!!! I've found the perfect item to use for that! Ten gallon totes! Man! Those suckers fit in amazing places! And will make it much easier to keep track of stuff. So you know, two of those totes will sit side by side in the big night stand? That has always been a bad plac to put stuff. No light to se what is there, and so big stuff gets overlooked. Along with it gets really messy because it is so big! But those ten gallon totes fit with some room left over. Discovered they also will fit at the end of the bed, and on the back wall. I've always known they fit the closet, as do the eighteens!
Now all I have left to organize is the shower again.... think we have actually taken maybe six showers in all the time we've had our unit..... but it works so well to store the broom, the swifer, the ironing board, the collapsible trash cans, a coupla folding chairs, you know.... all that stuff that is too big or tall to fit anywhere else. In addition, the dogs water bucket is in the shower pan..... if they are gonna lop and sling water around, better there than elsewhere!

But man! It doesn't take much to thrill some of us..... imagine getting a thrill over the right size storage conatiners or totes!

Now I'm giggling and laughing at myself!

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Old 10-28-2005, 08:15 PM   #2
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Smile Aint it the truth?

Isn't it just so much more fun to clean and organize the Airstream than to tackle da house...what's up with that? I am taking your 10 gal tote idea to try out. I use the smaller rubbermaid ones now and then and I love them.
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Just wondering.....

How much "stuff" does everyone leave in their AS over the winter? Do you take everything? leave alot? somewhere in the middle? Im slowly getting mine ready for winter and I wonder if leaving things in it is just begging for trouble (mice, mildew, who knows what else). Part of me would like to keep as much of the AS specfic stuff in it but I just dont know...........
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Old 10-28-2005, 09:17 PM   #4
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You might see a 2-3mpg improvement during your next tow...
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Old 10-28-2005, 10:18 PM   #5
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You might see a 2-3mpg improvement during your next tow...
I would not be the least little bit suprised!

And I did like the question baout how much stuff we leave over the winter in our a/s!

We usually leave EVERYTHING in the tube! As long as it will not freeze and break... no jars of olives or cans of soda left. Flour and sugar are in airtight and hopefully, mouse tight, containers so I even leave those.
But when we set up our unit, there were several items we duplicated such as coffe pot, toaster, ironing board, and the like. I'm a lazy person and would rather duplicate than have to fetch and carry each time we get ready to go or come home.
Yeah, we just grab clean clothes and go!

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I would not be the least little bit suprised!

I'm a lazy person and would rather duplicate than have to fetch and carry each time we get ready to go or come home.
Yeah, we just grab clean clothes and go!

Elizabeth in Iowa
Maybe not lazy after all, it makes sense. We figure that we have the trailer so that we CAN just grab a pair of jeans and a few T's and get out of town on a Friday night after work.
When we sold our TradeWind, we were amazed how much stuff was in there. Even after leaving all the day to day stuff like dishes and utensils, cookware, small tools and bedding for the new owners. We still ended up with a Suburban full of boxes and crates to store while the 63 is undergoing it's modernization.
Funny about the clothes and shoes, though.
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I'm lazy and absent minded to boot, so I would rather leave the thing loaded up if it isnt likely to become a rodent ranch. I hate getting where I want to be and not be able to find something (say a coffee pot) so my approach has been to set the tradewind up with all its own fixins. Sorry if I took this off track....
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