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Old 08-12-2015, 12:25 PM   #681
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I always like to peruse the back-to-school sections for small items that assist with organizing the small spaces of my Interstate.

A heretofore unresolved problem has been cleaning items that I like to store underneath in the galley area, to the left of the fresh water tank.

An oddly configured space, it requires flexible storage somethings, and the best I have found so far are those inexpensive, colorful totes from Hobby Lobby.... but they don't hold up well to temperature changes, cracking and splitting and needing to be replaced too often, in my opinion.

I ran across these in BB&BY this morning....Mesh Shower Totes. $12.99, going to try them.

About 11"x6" on the bottom, fully opened, with two large and 6 smaller pockets around the outside.

The mesh feels rather like silicone, has that important squish factor which seems to work best in our small spaces, and is labeled waterproof and washable.

I will use them for under cabinet cleaning items, but their short height would also lend themselves well to the upper cabinets, and would handle lots of small things.


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Old 08-12-2015, 07:13 PM   #682
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Has anyone ever made custom fitted inserts for the 16' Bambi bedroom storage bins? We would like some ideas for something we can pack, stick in the bin, then pull down when we get home. I saw a photo of one when we first purchased the Bambi but I can't find it now.

I too was thinking along the same lines for "custom" storage units but after our 3 month trip this past winter realized biggest storage issue for me was really to ease the overhead storage of clothing items. I finally realized "hard custom fit units we not the best answer for me".... found a great deal at TJ Max purchased two sets of soft mesh and nylon organizers made for organizing clothing etc in luggage....( many different types and prices ) use these to organize clothing packing at home....transfer to Airstream using large "Thirty One Extra large tote" and typically contents fit easily into overhead storage unit. Easy to juggle while traveling and doing laundry on the road is great as clean folded items are packed in laundry facility and the easily loaded into storage compartment!
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Old 08-12-2015, 07:53 PM   #683
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Surprised no one has designed "Airstream" luggage that conforms to the overhead lockers.
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Old 08-13-2015, 07:10 AM   #684
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Went to ebags.com where they have all sizes travel packing bags (packing "cubes" in numerous colors. Fit perfectly in bins. Got 4 sizes, different colors for hubby and me. Example: his undies in medium black cube, mine in Orange. Long small cube holds travel size toilet items because hubby prefers CG showers over our small bath.



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Old 08-13-2015, 07:16 AM   #685
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My packing cubes/bags are also from ebags.com....long been a fan of them.

They take up no space, themselves, really, and can be used for everything from undergarments to jeans/pants.

The problem with luggage of any type, really, or even fabric bags, is that they themselves take up our limited storage space.

I store smaller clothing items in packing cubes in an overhead bin, larger and heavier items, such as pants, under one of the rear benches or on the floor of the closet.

Keeps them clean, organized, and easily accessible.


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Old 08-14-2015, 08:43 AM   #686
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These are at Ikea, if you're close to a store. UPPTÄCKA Packing bag, set of 4 - dark blue - IKEA

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Old 08-14-2015, 09:42 AM   #687
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I love Ikea....also, the Container Store.

Places I need to stay out of, for the most part.



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Old 08-31-2015, 10:52 AM   #688
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Some recently-acquired small-space consumer goods that I decided to consolidate into a blog post for brevity: Downsized tea kettle, downsized wine glasses, USB-chargeable small personal fan, GSI backpacking wine carafe, tablet holder, collapsible under-counter basket, plus links to some previously-cited items.

THE INTERSTATE BLOG: GADGETS GALORE FOR THE AIRSTREAM INTERSTATE
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Old 08-31-2015, 11:09 AM   #689
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The Container Store is awesome. Their prices are not.
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Old 08-31-2015, 12:29 PM   #690
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The Container Store is pricey, and I seldom go in there.

I do love TJMaxx and Tuesday morning, where you can often find nifty little items at bargain prices......which, as we know, are the very best kinds of prices.

Sometimes when I see or hear of something I want, I will google it to see if there is a better price somewhere else.....like on Amazon.

I try to never pay full price for anything other than groceries.....then use those clipped coupons whenever possible.

Spend less, do more.


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Old 09-20-2015, 08:25 PM   #691
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xposted from the WDYGFYTT thread (poster BoldAdventure was my inspiration) - magnetic organizer board before-and-after shot, with fabrication instructions in the blog post (note the caveats if you aim to make yourself something similar).

THE INTERSTATE BLOG: MAGNETIC ORGANIZER FOR THE AIRSTREAM INTERSTATE
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Ok,,, these are cool.
Silipint - Unbreakable Drinking Glasses

I have a couple... They bounce... But still spill your beer.... They are easy to wash... No special packing required!!! And they keep your drink hot or cold longer than glass or plastic!!!

I can see these for Rally Mementos!!!
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Old 09-20-2015, 09:47 PM   #693
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Interblog your project looks fantastic. (As did the inspiration piece that we also admired) Nice write up on your blog.
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Great idea IB!

That area behind the drivers seat begs to be used productively.

Doug put hooks up on ours.


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Wow, Interblog, it looks like Airstream put it there! Fits perfectly with the 'decor.'
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It' s been awhile since I've posted here but when I saw this, I thought about Maggie and this Airstream thread. Perhaps this will help someone.
It's a hook that works without knocking a hole in the siding. It is from Vipp.com
Here's a couple of photos. The hook bends down and that relaxes the suction cup. Then move the black hook up, the suction engages and this is like cement. They are expensive. One package that contains two hooks = $45.00 + $10.00 for S/H
But for me, they work.
And Hello Maggie I hope all is going well with you and Lilly!
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It' s been awhile since I've posted here but when I saw this, I thought about Maggie and this Airstream thread. Perhaps this will help someone.
It's a hook that works without knocking a hole in the siding. It is from Vipp.com
Here's a couple of photos. The hook bends down and that relaxes the suction cup. Then move the black hook up, the suction engages and this is like cement. They are expensive. One package that contains two hooks = $45.00 + $10.00 for S/H
But for me, they work.
And Hello Maggie I hope all is going well with you and Lilly!
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Old 10-11-2015, 07:50 PM   #698
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Nothing earth-shattering in these simple ideas, but I reached the limit of my patience with shoe clutter (especially with a teenage girl on board earlier this week) and so here are the first two small-space solutions that I came up with for shoe management.

THE INTERSTATE BLOG: STORING MANY SHOES IN AN AIRSTREAM INTERSTATE
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These shoe solutions are outstanding! We just got back from a 17 day, 2800 mile road trip through Iowa and Wisconsin. Took our AI instead of our trailer so that we could move fast and furious. Since that kind of trip requires the purchase of many souvenirs for family and friends I hunted - and found - all sorts of nooks and crannies to load up goodies. I'm still amazed at how much you cram into these vehicles. I love seeing how you guys all modify the space to your needs.



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The GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Toaster... ten bucks Amazon Prime. You have to RTFM (which is quite short obviously), and it's labor-intensive, but it does make perfectly acceptable toast on top of your SMEV. Folds flat (about as thick as an iPhone) and has its own velcro storage case. For those times when you just can't fire up the generator and run a real toaster. Definitely a good purchase for me because I do not like cold squishy bread.
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