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Old 12-05-2014, 09:18 PM   #449
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Tough job but then someone has to do it.

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Old 12-06-2014, 04:24 AM   #450
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Doug loved old cars, working on them and driving fast.

I'm sure he is looking over my shoulder at these photos, drooling a bit.


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Old 12-06-2014, 08:05 PM   #451
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Doug loved old cars, working on them and driving fast.

I'm sure he is looking over my shoulder at these photos, drooling a bit.


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Doug sounds like a guy I would have liked to know. I have been a car nut since I can remember. Based on the photo below, it was predetermined. See the model car on the table. This photo was probably taken around 1950.

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Old 12-07-2014, 04:33 AM   #452
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Old 12-08-2014, 12:48 PM   #453
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We recently took a road trip to California and we needed to bring along my suit with dress shirts and my wife needed to bring along a fancy evening gown. Our previous experience told us that stuffing these items in the wardrobe would not work well. Our solution was to mount three hooks on the back of the rear overhead cabinet (see photo). It worked so well that we even hung some of our casual items there. All of the items that we hung were out of the way and easily accessible. They did block the view out of the rear windows but we felt that was a small trade off.

Will we use this every trip, probably not, although it does provide us a means to bring along some nice clothes if needed and arrive wrinkle free!

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Old 12-08-2014, 01:16 PM   #454
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That is a great idea, and gives you all the length you need!

When I think to wipe down those rear doors, they tend to be pretty filthy, so I would have to be very careful of that and to perhaps always bag anything I carried back there.

That is unused space I had not yet thought to use. I love it!

I got an expandable clothing rod, as for vehicles, that I hook into the upper cabinets on each side in the rear, for hanging still-damp clothing after doing laundry.

Works very well, would handle clothing but not evening wear, and easily stows under a bench when not in use.


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Old 12-08-2014, 02:54 PM   #455
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By "evening wear," I thought you meant sox, shoes, and a sweatshirt. HA!! I think I've been in So Cal too long!
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Old 12-08-2014, 03:01 PM   #456
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Anyone who knows me knows I am not the high-maintenance type, but I do own a beautiful long gown I wore to my daughter's evening wedding in NYC, and a long black skirt.

Some people live a more formal life, and long clothing would need extra hanger space, right?

We drove our car to NYC for this wedding, and with our and my son's families' formal clothing laid out in the back.

Had I thought of these hooks, could probably have taken the Interstate.


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Old 12-09-2014, 08:58 AM   #457
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We currently have a 23fb but are considering the Interstate plunge. The lack of storage is still somewhat concerning to us. Do any of you mount some sort of external storage rack/box to the hitch that is easily removable so you can open your rear doors?

I'd love to see pictures of some alternatives for additional exterior storage if you have them!

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Old 12-09-2014, 09:02 AM   #458
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Some do, and it's a matter of personal preference how much you want and need to carry.

They all will block the rear doors, and must be emptied before the doors can be opened more than a few inches.

You will find discussions on this thread about this very thing.


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Old 12-09-2014, 09:34 AM   #459
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They all will block the rear doors, and must be emptied before the doors can be opened more than a few inches.
There is at least one hitch-mounted cargo box with a swing-away feature, that lets you open the rear doors without dismounting the box.
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I'm sure there are others as well.

Before I bought a daily driver also suitable for use as a toad to pull behind my Interstate, I used a hitch-mounted cargo tray. My basic rule was, anything for outdoor use went on the tray, anything for inside use went inside the van. No point having outdoor stuff cluttering up the inside, and no point having indoor stuff outside where you can't reach it.
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I have considered a swing away storage solution. I am hoping the cabinets I installed behind the seat will suffice.
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Old 12-09-2014, 10:36 AM   #461
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I stand corrected, and apologize for disseminating misinformation.

When we are wrong, here, someone will always know and set the record straight.

Ours pulls up if empty, and I have seen those.

The swing aside ones look like a nice solution to the extra storage issue.


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Old 12-09-2014, 07:36 PM   #462
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bonginator,

I don't know your situation or how you camp or what your needs are so please take this with a grain of salt.

We downsized this summer from a 345 MH to an Interstate. We did not tow with either.

As I was taking out all of the stuff from the 345, I couldn't believe how much stuff I had squirreled away. It is true that I don't have as much versatility in cooking (yet - working on that and finding new interesting changes) as I did in the 345, but it has been worth it to us. We camped more in the 8 weeks we had the Interstate (before putting it away for the winter) than we have in the last 3 years in the 345 because it is so easy to just go. We put all the things in a pile that we really needed for a trip and see where we were and if we thought it would fit. We heavily edited and found smaller solutions for things. I am about 95% happy with where we are stuff wise and will make adjustments as we go forward to settle out the rest. Oh and we still have some empty space! We just completed a 10 day 1500 mile trip and are extremely happy we downsized to smaller. We have a 2007 mid-bath rear dinette (couch and two side seats).

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