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Old 10-09-2016, 05:49 PM   #1
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Clothing Organization in Overhead Bins

We are getting ready for our next adventures. We have two small trips and then a large (for us) 10 day trip. I am looking for ideas, thoughts, solutions, miracles, etc. for the clothing hot mess we create when we pack up and head out.

We store all clothes in the overhead bins. We have no cabinet, closet, or armoire of any sort in our AI. How or what can we do to better organize our clothes so that they stay somewhat organized through our travels?

So far, we have tried gallon baggies. The thought was at least it would stay organized. FAIL. Those things shifted and moved. It was awful.

We tried those soft sided canvas cubes that are roughly 11x11x11 inches. That worked better than the baggies. We found that more often than not we would pull them down to find what we were looking for. The bins got beat up, squashed, and misshapen. The kids couldn't even get theirs to fit at the end of the trip. FAIL.

I am open to any and all suggestions. I, of course, don't want to spend tons of money on this, but I would consider it if it would truly make a difference. I have spent hours and hours looking on the web. I couldn't find any Interstate owners who shared what they do for the over head bins. And most people have a different space than we do in the Interstate (i.e. closet, under bench, etc.) Thanks for any ideas, thoughts, or suggestions. This mom's sanity appreciates it!
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Old 10-09-2016, 06:25 PM   #2
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I think your best bet is to go with the packing cubes, as they have the necessary "squish" factor.
Your kids can learn how to use them.

I don't know what the layout is of your rig, but my husband put some stainless steel hooks up behind the driver's seat, which is where jackets hang, so look to vertical space.

You might also consider adding a hitch hauler, which we found an absolute necessity when traveling with grandkids....we took 4 of them in ours to South Carolina, and lived to tell the tale.

Ours has a sturdy, waterproof, zipped and expandable back that latches onto it, which is where the kids duffels with their clothes went, and they each had a backpack with day things inside.

It can be done.


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Old 10-09-2016, 06:26 PM   #3
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Color coded backpacks

Haven't tried it yet but I am considering backpacks in light or bright colors. No more black or dark colored bags because it is too hard to see thinks in the bag.
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Old 10-09-2016, 06:46 PM   #4
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Do you hang any clothes on the rear hangers?
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Old 10-09-2016, 06:59 PM   #5
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Sterilite bins, similar to what AS supples for under-bed storage in the trailers, are great if the sizes work for your needs. Not sure what your available space is, or its shape, but we have tons of small bins all over our FC20. The ones with hinged lids that stay attached.

http://m.sterilite.com/mobile.html?section=1

The Large Flip Top is 13" x 7" x 4" more or less, and we can get 6 in some of our overhead cabinets, and they are sold as a box of 6 on sale sometimes.

http://m.sterilite.com/mobile.html?i...=249&section=1

They are fairly rectangular so not too much space is wasted when you stack multiples in one cabinet. A compromise in terms of capacity but other sizes might work?

Search here for Sterilite and his will find other threads.

Good luck and please let us know what you find.

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PS search results here for Sterilite:

https://cse.google.com/cse?cx=011403...ite&gsc.page=1
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Old 10-09-2016, 07:17 PM   #6
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Old 10-09-2016, 07:17 PM   #7
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Our overhead bins are sloped at the rear, which makes things like plastic storage bins difficult to use in those spaces.


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Old 10-09-2016, 07:20 PM   #8
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There was another Air Forums user who was going to try my idea only with PVC square fence posts, for even greater space efficiency. I never heard back from her on how she fared.
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Sloped or not sloped, same idea as sewer pipe or fence post pieces could apply. It would work even better in the less sloped versions.
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Old 10-09-2016, 08:34 PM   #10
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Our overhead bins are sloped at the rear, which makes things like plastic storage bins difficult to use in those spaces.

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The side view shot at the top right in InterBlog's Post #6 suggests to these eyes that one layer of the small Sterilite bins linked in Post #5 might work, depending on dimensions of course. Maybe not, but worth more careful consideration IMO.

Interblog's site link: http://interstateblog.blogspot.com/

You can see the round plastic pipe ends in the overhead cabinet above the light being mounted in the 9/5 post.

Upper cab. storage near the bottom of this post:

http://interstateblog.blogspot.com/2...m-cabinet.html

These threads are about creating a sewer hose storage tube under the trailer, using the square white plastic fence post covers/tubing:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f243...ri-104472.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f295...-128029-2.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f118...ge-127978.html

Seems as if there is a 5" square plastic fence post/cover which could be cut to all the lengths needed to fill the upper cabinet with square "cubbies" whose front ends were cut on an angle as needed? For instance:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Veranda-5...0700/202084745

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Old 10-09-2016, 09:02 PM   #11
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IB's system is very clever, and seems to work quite well for them.

In my experience, hard sided boxes are not the answer for our limited Interstate cabinet space.

Just saying what I think, and believe to be true.


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We used duffle bags and other soft-side luggage that would conform to the shape of the overhead lockers.
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Ditto on packing cubes. We got some nylon (not canvas) cubes at REI especially designed for lightweight, long-haul travel. But Walmart also sells them in their luggage section. They are good for organizing and also help to compress clothes beyond loose packing in the bins. The good ones have some mesh sides for aeration and zippers that allow some compression.

You might colour-code these for multiple family members.

I've tried large-size plastic food storage bags. While they do have the advantages of being able to see through them, they tend to slide and slip around and not pack flat.

For a clothes closet, you can also get hangers capable of holding multiple shirts or pants.

But the main thing is to engage in modular dressing so that you can cut down on the number of clothes you need to take. The rule is that every item you pack goes with every other item. We've gone to dark underwear so that one large laundry load at an RV park is capable of washing everything at once. Then on a longer trip arrange for one laundry load to be done.

If you can't fit everything in the bins, try for a very discrete black gym bag or duffle bag that can sit on the foot of the bed while you travel.
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We went on a 16 day trip with our two kids and we each had a set of Shakle Packs from Amazon. They hold everything from pants, shorts, t-shirts to socks and underwear. They held everything well and kept from moving around and kept it organized
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