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Old 03-05-2014, 07:10 PM   #225
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For most spices I use small 1 1/2" X 1 1/2" zip lock bags. You can get 100 for about $7.50 from Amazon.
Once filled, I throw 20 or so in a large 'spice' plastic bag to keep them a little bit organized.
I just found this idea today. Put your spices into Tic-Tac containers!
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Old 03-06-2014, 05:13 AM   #226
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I just found this idea today. Put your spices into Tic-Tac containers!
Yeah, but just who goes through that many Tic-Tacs? Took me a couple of weeks to empty out ONE Tic-Tac container, and for those weeks, the only thing I tasted was mint. Which was disconcerting when I was eating steak…

I miss the old days of cameras that used actual film, because film canisters were just so handy for condiments and such, and even a hobbyist photographer went through dozens of them in a year so there was no shortage of supply. You had to put a label on the canisters to know what was in each, but still…

Now, I wash out my empty prescription medication bottles, and use them for spices, single-servings of nuts, etc. Prescription labels removed, of course.
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Old 03-06-2014, 05:43 AM   #227
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We seem to be the exception, in that our 06 Interstate has a spice rack...at least, that's what I call it ....across the underside of the upper galley cabinet.

I found some lovely, glass and brushed stainless jars that are lined up across there with my favorite spices, peppercorns, etc. An advantage to being old.

I wonder why they stopped putting those in....they are very handy.



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Old 03-06-2014, 06:00 AM   #228
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I use these bins in my overhead lockers:
Mainstays 3-Pack Medium Bins - Walmart.com

And— wonder of wonders— they aren't black. I went with the "natural" canvas color.

These bins are especially handy for the overhead locker directly over the stove where I keep my non-perishable foods. I load up the bins at home, and then just put the bins in the locker (two bins just fit side-by-side). Greatly speeds up packing for a trip. And the bins make it easier to find what I'm looking for because I can take the bins out and rummage through them if need be, rather than pulling everything out of the locker one item at a time to find what I need. Plus the added benefit that stuff packed in the bins don't shift as much in transit because of the compartmentalization.

There is a small amount of "waste" space because the bins taper, but once the bins are in the locker, I can pack small items such as my diabetic testing supplies in the space between the bins.

These bins also make my large rear overhead locker more user-friendly. The crossways locker (which Maggie doesn't have due to her twin-bed layout) has cubbyholes in the rear corners that are hard to access. But one of these bins slides right into each cubbyhole so I can store small by seldom-used items in those cubbyholes.
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Old 03-06-2014, 04:14 PM   #229
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Our overhead "bins" are 2 sets of 2 stacking plastic washpans, that can be used for.... washpans. The inner tubs hold dishes and utensils.

Especially when we're living more outside, and food preparation and washing up are done on the picnic table, we remove the outer pair for this purpose. Use #2 is that one or two of them come in very handy as a hot water saving device for when we shower in the Bambi's wet bath. (One goes on the toilet lid and one on the floor to stand in.)
The reason for the double-stack is that this way we can free up the plastic tubs without having to unpack and repack their contents.

Our #3 bin is a plain old cardboard box for miscellany, which is anything from playing cards to clothesline to extra pens.

Sadly, no room for a lot of spice jars, so we take (1) an Italian herb blend, and (2) a cinnamon/nutmeg/ginger sort of baking blend, plus pepper, salt and a few condiments like hot sauce and soy sauce. These go into a cut-to-fit small cardboard box that is lower at the back due to the curvature inside the upper food cupboard over the sink.

We haven't gotten to the point yet of shaving our toothbrushes as a space-saving measure, but that is possibly next.
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For those who take along a portable grill the following folding BBQ tool set turned out to be quite nice. Constructed of decent guage Stainless Steel with genuine wood handles. The tools lock open and closed.

Amazon.com: Cuisinart 3-Piece Folding Tool Set: Patio, Lawn & Garden

For a grill, we purchased one of the following and purchased a valve/oriface to convert it to run directly off of the rv LP propane system. We're very happy with the grill too.

Camco 58145 Stainless Steel Portable Propane Gas Grill with Storage Bag : Amazon.com : Automotive
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Old 07-30-2014, 11:15 AM   #231
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Have not been on here in awhile. My life has changed a bit.

One of Doug's twice a year or so tasks was to empty out under the benches and vacuum that area. With a dog, and/or if you are in a sandy area, a phenomenal amount of hair, sand, dust, etc., accumulates under and behind the benches.

Now, me, simply vacuuming under the benches was not sufficient, as I could see dog hair and other accumulation behind the benches, in areas not accessible by a vacuum wand or even my long arms. Doug probably saw this, too, but likely it did not stir him to clean it as it did me.

Don't know why it hadn't occurred to me before, tho probably because I was not the one under there, to use the narrow, flexible hose attachment to the vacuum cleaner that we use to clean the dryer vent periodically.

Used it this morning. I'm sure the areas are not white-glove-test clean, but a whole lot of hair and debris came out of those next-to-the-wall areas, behind the benches, simply by poking the wand thru the seat of the bench and moving it around.

Makes me feel better, just to know that much crud is now out of there, even if I didn't get it all.

This picture is not exactly what we have, but similar, and may be better than ours, as it looks longer and more narrow. There are many available.

Just wanted to share.


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Old 08-03-2014, 01:48 PM   #232
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just took my newly acquired 2011 Airstream Avenue B for a dry run at a local lake campground with my granddaughter. Due to the tiny spaces, consolidating storage is my priority. I love this forum--full of great ideas. Please continue sending in ideas. What about storage containers for the blank bathroom wall facing the sofa bed? Can I put short screws into that pristine laminate wall to hold a "file" size plastic holder"? I have ordered Road Trek's sleeping mattress kits that are going to become my two granddaughters twin bed accommodations (extends between left driver swiveled seat and the left passenger seat for one; the other extends between the right front passenger swiveled seat and the right back passenger seat). Anyone every use those? Where to stow them? Also I am at loss for cup holders inside the van. Any ideas? Where do you put your quart of milk...the frig doesn't hold one, except for laying down on its side? Also where do you store the large rectangular brick bolsters that tuck in between the extended sofa and the walls of the fridge and bathroom?? Thanks from a new user- TexasGal
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Old 08-03-2014, 01:58 PM   #233
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Greetings, and welcome!

There are not a lot of Avenue B folks posting on these forums, but there are a few, so they will hopefully chime in to help you with things specific to your unit.

We have items up with short screws, and have had no problems. Sometimes, only a screw will do, but many of us here are big fans of double stick and velcro tape......the heavy-duty kind will hold most things. Really depends on how much weight you need to hold.

No room for a quart of milk on your frig door? Laying down may be your only option, then, or buying pints.

Bathrooms are great for storage while you are traveling,

Once parked, we always move things that simply ride in the back to the front seats to give more room in the rear.

Let me think on cup holders, and maybe others will have some ideas.

You'll figure it out as you go.

Good luck, and if you have some great ideas be sure to share.


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Welcome to the Airforums.

I got some cup holders by Camco that fold up and are adjustable for my second row seats. Got them from Amazon.
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The 3M hooks are great too! No residue and no holes!
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Industrial strength Velcro works well.
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Old 08-07-2014, 06:47 AM   #237
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This came in my Mother Earth Newsletter this am.

MOBOS @ ilovemobos.com

Recycled metals, pretty colors, small sizes, easy to mount.

Wanted to share,


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Look at these small cabinets they have, with hinged cover!

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