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Old 01-14-2019, 06:35 PM   #1569
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INTERBLOG - why would there be exterior cabinetry gaps in an AI ? I have lots gaps exist inside & behind the cabinetry walls, interior. But I got no gaps between appliances and cabinets. And since I have no gaps between micro & cabinet, I just use the inside of micro as storage.
I bet you do behind your cabinetry trim. The T1N Interstates have very little trim. Actually now that I contemplate it, they have no trim whatsoever. The microwave gaps exist for physical access to the bolt-down brackets that prevent the microwave from launching airborne while on the road. There has to be room for ppl to stick their hands back there to unscrew those bolts when the microwave needs to be removed. What I did with the organizer is to put its L-bracket (which prevents it from sliding onto the floor) on the same bolt as is holding down that corner of the microwave.

Personally I'm glad for the relative lack of cabinetry finish. I'd rather have gaps like that. I've now got a drawer's worth of kitchen stuff in that one gap.
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Old 01-14-2019, 06:53 PM   #1570
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The later year microwaves are held in by a louvered stainless trim, which leaves no gaps.

I did rescue some lost space inside the cabinets that had been blocked off for wiring. I blocked the wiring out of the way and use the space for smaller items.

Short of deconstructing cabinets, later AI have pretty much no nooks or crannies.
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Old 01-14-2019, 07:16 PM   #1571
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Here is a doozie for the teak addicts among you. I bet you thought that you were done coughing up a hairball of cash when you got your teak wet bath mats, didn't you?! Heh heh. Well, how about a solid teak dishes and utensil organizer to coordinate with those mats? Carry that sucker right out to the picnic table - wonderfully efficient. Lovely design. Very small-space friendly. And all-weather to boot. On your mark, get set, spend!



AFAIK, nothing like this product existed 4+ years ago when I came up with my storage ideas - I looked high and low and I found absolutely nothing like this. My basket fits under our galley counter and the check file containing the Corelle plates slides in the LEFT side microwave slot, with the 14-inch organizer box being on the right. The teak version does bear a bit of similarity to my ideas.

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Old 01-14-2019, 07:52 PM   #1572
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I bet you do behind your cabinetry trim.

Personally I'm glad for the relative lack of cabinetry finish. I'd rather have gaps like that. I've now got a drawer's worth of kitchen stuff in that one gap.
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The later year microwaves are held in by a louvered stainless trim, which leaves no gaps.

Short of deconstructing cabinets, later AI have pretty much no nooks or crannies.
INTERBLOG - if I took you up on your bet, it be like taking candy from a baby There is no cabinetry or panel in my AI -or- panel in the MB portions that I have not taken apart at least 3 times. There are ZERO gaps in my lower/upper cabinetry bottom, top, sides that can be rescued for storing even an 8x10 unframed portrait. No exposed appliance brackets. Why you think people here have been wracking their heads trying to remove those later model microwaves? Coz you basically end up deconstructing micro & surround cabinetry to remove. There are voids behind drawers that could be rescued, but those require fabricating deeper drawers.

It great that lack of cabinetry finish appeals to you & worked to your benefit. But that was a deal breaker for me. That one of the reasons I bought AI vs. the other brands. Pic below:
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Old 01-22-2019, 06:42 AM   #1573
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SMH... I cannot recall whether it was on this thread or another where I recently noted that the off-road community is WAY ahead of the RV community when it comes to maximizing small space design and also build quality.

I mean, we knew that the boating / sailing community was decades ahead of the RV community, especially on issues of product quality. I had no idea until recently that the same can also be said of the off-roaders.

Case in point. This is a 1-minute video, potentially worth your time. LOOK at both the quality of this table product (two adults sitting / standing on it!), the design of the product (I already own that collapsible basin for which one of their tables was fabricated with a sized receiving portal) and the efficiency of the product (slides into an integrated roof storage system - duh, so obvious!!). We have *nothing* like this being integrated into the van world.

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Case in point. This is a 1-minute video, potentially worth your time.
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An eye-opener -- well worth a minute of everyone's time!

Thanks for the heads up.

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Old 01-22-2019, 01:39 PM   #1575
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Those are cool....

Another one that I ran across is the Stretcher Table from Partner Steel.

FYI, They make PHENOMENAL camp stoves. Great burner control and built like a tank. They make stuff for expeditions. You can even get a one burner stove if you call them I believe with a cover installed - a 9x12 which is great for Interstates. After many years of searching, I stumbled onto them from a photograph.
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Stasher Bags

These are great reusable silicone cooking / freezing/ storage bags.
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Old 02-14-2019, 06:29 AM   #1577
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Cross-posting a Sprinter Forum thread called Post up your storage ideas and solutions!

Good stuff in there - some small space ideas I had not seen previously. Mostly van context (I know that many of the trailer owners read this Sprinter and B Van thread).
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