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Old 11-25-2014, 10:21 AM   #393
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How nice of you to summarize and organize all of that, InterBlog, especially for new owners of any small space.

I'm sure we'll keep finding and posting new ideas to make traveling life a bit easier.


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Old 11-26-2014, 05:28 AM   #394
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Excellent thread, not just for Interstate owners.
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Old 11-26-2014, 11:37 AM   #395
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The best thing I've found is the Stowaway II hitch mounted cargo carrier. It provides storage space for all of our outdoor stuff including hoses, cord, surge protector, patio chairs, spare parts, bbq etc. We no longer use the back doors to access any of that stuff and it frees up inside storage for inside stuff. On a recent month long trip we were fully provisioned except for occasionally picking up beveriges and snacks and occasionally doing laundry.
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Old 11-26-2014, 11:53 AM   #396
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We really needed our hitch hauler when traveling with the grandkids, or for hauling firewood to nearby rallies.

We would not have traveled with it, otherwise, as the extra few feet in the rear makes a big difference.

We went to folding bicycles, that could ride inside, for the same reason. Set them outside or move them to the front at night, depending on where we were and if we were staying a night or awhile.

Did the same with our camp chairs.

One or two people can easily manage within the space of an Interstate, if you want to or need to, and just set your mind to it. Our longest trip was 140+ consecutive days.

You decide what you have to have with you, and leave everything else behind. Lots of trial and error in this, for us, and we learned something every trip.

Not finding ourselves using a grill but occasionally, we left that behind and just picked up a disposable one for a few uses, when we had the urge for grilled meat......usually that was Doug having that urge.

We prepared ourselves all but perhaps one meal per week, and lived very comfortably.

We looked upon it as something of a challenge.


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Old 11-26-2014, 07:32 PM   #397
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Good pointer on the disposible grill, Maggie. Our portable gas grill travelled 7700 miles with us on our last trip and never left it's storage bag. We'll try the disposable idea on our next trip! Hmm? Now what can I take to fill that empty space?
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Old 11-27-2014, 04:56 AM   #398
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We'll try the disposable idea on our next trip! Hmm? Now what can I take to fill that empty space?
That's the thing.....the need to fill all spaces.

We did the same, especially with our first RV......I had all kinds of things out there, just in case I needed them.

Whatever you are carrying, you pay the fuel for transporting it, that's how we looked at it with the hitch hauler. Sometimes we needed it, and loved having it, but could easily do without it for just the two of us. On long trips, space-efficiency was most important,

The basic rule of thumb, particularly for large items, is that if you don't use it on a trip, leave it behind on the next.

As to the grill, we just planned meals that didn't require one 99% of the time.

When you are on a longer trip, you eat differently than on a weekend campout....at least, that's what we did.

Remember, too, that there are grocery stores everywhere. You can replenish and restock along the way....part of the fun.


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Great points Maggie!
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Old 11-29-2014, 09:14 AM   #400
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Maybe of interest to others....we have been searching for some space efficient pots and pans, partially to minimize size for storage but also (because we are installing a Dometic sink/burner combo in our Argosy MH) minimum real-estate on the burner (it has two small burners, quite close together).

We have been tent and trailer campers for many years so used to the flimsy stackable cooksets made for camping and wanted something considerably better.

Well our solution appears to be the new Ingenio range made by Tefal (aka T-fal in the US). These are domestic quality (10 year guarantee) pans and accessories designed specifically for 'space efficiency', Tefal Ingenio - YouTube .

I couldn't find any supplier in the US so importing a few items from the UK (they are available from Amazon.co.uk but not Amazon.com)....relatively expensive yes but I think worth it.
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Old 11-29-2014, 09:24 AM   #401
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Those are really beautiful, and look like they would be perfect for our tiny storage areas.

My favorite, and most oft-used, items in the Interstate are Calphalon from TJ Maxx.....a covered skillet and a small soup-pot type of thing, 3 quarts or so.

What I love about them are their easy to clean surface and that they have just small, grip handles. No space, really, for the standard saucepan handles.

Nice item! Thanks for sharing.


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Actually it was lack of availability of the Calphalon Contemporary pans (the sloping walls make them better to stack) that caused the search for an alternate. Our local TJ Maxx, Homegoods and Marshalls had some of the range but not the small stock pots and 'everyday' pan we had chosen. I could get complete sets from Crate and Barrel, etc but would have to buy a huge set and not use 90% to get what we wanted.

As we are having a custom 'kitchen' built, the guys needed to know the width and also how deep the 'pan draw' needed to be, so was pretty happy when we found the Ingenio pans - 3 saucepans and small saute/steamer (including lids) fit in a 10" x 10" x 10" cube.
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Humm, coincidentally I'm currently in the UK visiting my elderly mother..... do you know if that same set is available in an induction version - just in case I ever get an induction stove? I may see if I can find it and bring it over.


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Yes, they do a regular version (that isn't for induction), a set that looks the same but is specifically for induction (Tefal Tefal Ingenio Induction) and then the stainless steel version (that I bought) which also is supposed to work on induction.

There is a 'where to buy' link on the page shown above; seems quite a few options.

I go back and forth quite often (have family and still have a house there) but I ordered online to make sure they are there when I next go back rather than risk finding them in a store.
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Interesting that Amazon US has the replacement handles but not the pots and pans.
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Old 11-30-2014, 07:06 AM   #406
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There are other nesting cookwares out there, for those that want them but not the expense of these lovely ones from the UK.


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