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Old 11-20-2014, 05:15 AM   #365
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Yes, a small space heater......and, something warm on your feet.

Keeping your feet warm makes all the difference.



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Old 11-20-2014, 06:55 AM   #366
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Remember that anything you have set out must be secured for travel, or you will find items all over your floor when you stop for the night.
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Am I seeing what I think I might be seeing in this attached photo? Has anyone investigated whether there are steel structural members beneath the aluminum inner skin that would be close enough to the surface for attachment of small magnetic storage containers??

If this were the case, THAT would be SWEET. All manner of small object could be organized and stored that way (not just spices but fuses, hardware, meds, coins, etc). I had thought of this idea but assumed that, with the aluminum and the underlying insulation, there wouldn't be any accessible steel.

This is an Interstate currently for sale on eBay and it caught my eye because (a) it's apparently being auctioned with no reserve and (b) it's the same model year as mine, except it has something attached to the wall there that mine does not have. Here's the URL in case anyone wants to examine further.

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Old 11-20-2014, 07:07 AM   #367
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You know, I just don't know.

I have tried magnetics all over the interior, and found nothing to which they would adhere, but for the steel area over the burners, where I have successfully had a magnetic paper towel holder the past couple of years.

Love it, works great.....and, no, I don't worry about fires. It doesn't hang that low, and if I have the heat high to boil water for pasta or something, I simply slip the paper towel roll off the bar. I suppose, if one had the burner up high, and nothing on it, and really tried, you could set the paper towels on fire.

That little rack above the galley is where I keeo spice jars and other small items. Very handy there. I bought pretty bottles with brushed stainless caps, fill them from the health food store.

As I love magnets, I mounted with double stick tape one of those small memo boards (black) made for lockers, etc., and have my magnets there. Works great.

Also, the little bar that is part of the blind in the kitchen will take small magnets....I have ladybugs, tiny frogs, handmade of glass that I picked up somewhere.....I like the color.

You could also put up magnetic strips that are sticky backed. I have seen those somewhere. There is also sticky backed magnetic tape you can cut....I suspect that is what is used in the photo, as that area will not accept magnets.....I know, because I have tried.

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Old 11-20-2014, 07:59 AM   #368
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You know, I just don't know.

I have tried magnetics all over the interior, and found nothing to which they would adhere, but for the steel area over the burners, where I have successfully had a magnetic paper towel holder the past couple of years.

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There's another possibility - that this previous AI owner replaced the original magnets on these containers with super-strong magnets. Therefore even if an ordinary magnet would not adhere, the resulting configuration would.

I will investigate the potential for this to work because I would really like to have something like this for sorting and storing small objects. We, too, are fond of magnetic devices. My engineer husband buys super-strong magnets on the internet and puts them on our fridge. I need two hands to pry them off.

Historically they have been a bit hard to procure because they are dangerous, as in life-threatening, in certain situations - particularly if the smaller ones are swallowed by toddlers or young children. They will perforate the intestines as they attract to each other and a child can bleed to death internally before anyone even realizes what's transpiring.
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The super strong ones also like to band together, rather like cells multiplying, wherever you try to put them or store them.

I forgot to mention that I put the little memo board for magnets on the outside of the aluminum covered bathroom door.


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Old 11-20-2014, 08:15 AM   #370
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So does anyone one have an idea of a heating unit that is suitable for small spaces that I could plug in, to warm the front half of the van?
When we bought ours the PO had a small electric heater in it. We cleaned it up and it works great for small spaces. I have used similar in my office. They aren't expensive. I've seen similar ones at Wal-mart and Target.
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Old 11-20-2014, 08:25 AM   #371
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Great tips, everyone. I like the idea of using the microwave for storage. Seems it would keep that silly little spinning plate from moving if I did fill it with paper goods. Unfortunately, right now, it's still in the box in came in because we haven't reconfigured the kitchen for mounting it yet. Someday...

I used the kitchen sink to hold aerosol cans and dishsoap last trip and forgot it was in there. Now there is a blue layer of dawn in the sink. As soon as I'm hooked up to water, I'll have to clean that out.

And we've tried the "super strong" magnets with not much luck. I'm thinking of adding some sort of sheet metal backsplash in the kitchen when we remodel that section so that there is something to stick magnetic spice racks to.

We just put a futon in... I hope it doesn't move around too much in travel.
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I secure hand soap and shampoo pump dispensers to their respective places using a bit of velcro stuck to the side of the bottle and the wall. Use in place, and remove to refill. Those little velcro buttons are good.
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Old 11-20-2014, 09:45 AM   #373
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When we bought ours the PO had a small electric heater in it. We cleaned it up and it works great for small spaces. I have used similar in my office. They aren't expensive. I've seen similar ones at Wal-mart and Target.

I used a little one and in an hour and half it raised the temp from 36 to 50. I was just experimenting to see what works and what doesn't. Also I didn't want waste propane in my driveway when I'm connected to shore power
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Great tips, everyone. I like the idea of using the microwave for storage. ...
Also sink and microwave for opened packaged food storage that doesn't otherwise fit anywhere or I don't necessarily want to be digging inside vertically-faced cabinets while the vehicle is in motion (for instance, snacks on-the-go). We have this issue of a dog who is a virtuoso when it comes to getting her jaws around any item of food or trash. The smallest hint of food residue in trash will result in the shredding of the entire bag or can. I just realized that she won't be able to get into the sink or microwave. This is good. I had planned to put a collapsible trash receptacle in the wet bath. But this is not ideal because someone must move that out to use the wet bath, and therein will reside the dog's golden opportunity.
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Yeah, we have a pooch that likes to eat toilet paper. Can you say "eww"?
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Has anyone with the 2005-2007 Interstate switched out the microwave for a micro-convection oven.

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Old 11-21-2014, 05:51 AM   #377
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Has anyone with the 2005-2007 Interstate switched out the microwave for a micro-convection oven.

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I know someone whom I believe has done this with their 2007, but they are on the road for Thanksgiving right now. I'll try to get info when they return. It's one of the things that I want to look into also.
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Old 11-21-2014, 06:34 AM   #378
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Thanks for the link. That type of heater is exactly what I need.
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