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Old 12-19-2014, 07:46 AM   #491
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A lot of space savers are cobbled together from your own imagination and ingenuity, in my experience. You look around, see what will work or fit a need.

We who live in small spaces, permanently or for extended periods, are the real experts, IMO.

I have a need for larger and smaller knives, I think, due to the extended travel thing. I want a paring knife, large and small chopper, bread knife, steak knife, etc.

Also, once you have the knife safe, so space-economical, there are all those slots to fill up. It's what we tend to do...fill available spaces.

I use one drawer in the galley for table ware and one for cooking utensils. I like to cook, want to have what I want to use, within reason.


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Old 12-27-2014, 06:51 PM   #492
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Non-destructive, space-saving method for mounting a windshield sun shade on the ceiling of the Interstate (no holes drilled, no extra apparatus needed). Details given in the post.

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Old 12-27-2014, 08:33 PM   #493
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FWIW, the newer versions have a cabinet over the front row of seats.
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Old 12-27-2014, 11:25 PM   #494
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FWIW, the newer versions have a cabinet over the front row of seats.
Which is where I store my sunshade when I'm not using it, and a big umbrella, and spare wiper blades, a hiking stick, etc.
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Old 12-28-2014, 09:10 AM   #495
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FWIW, the newer versions have a cabinet over the front row of seats.
The operative word is "versions". Even Interstates produced in the same model year show substantial differences depending on lay-out. My purpose is never to suggest that anyone attempt a one-for-one idea replication. More like it's a general stimulation-of-thought exercise. Some of these ideas may prompt folks to think along the lines of, "Hey, if she did [that] with hers, then I bet I could do [this] with mine."
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[QUOTE=jerhofer;1553666]I installed the second cabinet today. There is still storage on each side of the cabinets for tall items and areas behind both cabinets for small things. The center is still open for storage as is the recessed storage area. It is even more tempting now to install an overhead cabinet between the two vertical cabinets!! I am still waiting for the cabinet knobs that match the ones on the overhead cabinets.



The door pulls arrived from Airstream so I could complete the cabinet installation.

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Partial cross-post from the Restoration / Cabinets etc. forum, as this issue falls into multiple topic categories.

I'm looking for information and ideas on maximizing the storage efficiency of the "triangular" overhead cabinets that appear to be common to most Airstreams whether trailer or motorhome. Their shapes are challenging to work with.

Our first idea was to create cubbies for the storage of my clothing in one of the cabinets, the idea being to take advantage of every cubic inch of space. I'm pleased with the result, and I've linked the DIY instructions here.

One cabinet down, six to go. Other ideas? Other threads on this subject? By common sense this question must have been asked before, but when I run searches, I don't find anything specific.

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Nice work, jerhofer! I'm going to be interested to hear how well these stay in place on the road.

IB, clever idea, but I see lots of unused space between those pipes.

To me, the "squish factor" is critical and required, whenever possible, for anything inside the cabinets, as by definition items then fit available space, however that may be shaped.

Instead of something rigid, and if you want to keep items separated, might instead wrap things in that waffle-ey shelf liner that you can buy by the big rolls. This would allow items to nestle together, also leave a very small wrapper once the clothing item was removed. Just a thought.

Doug folded, then rolled, his tshirts for his cabinet, which worked well for him and used space efficiently.

I liked to hang most of my tops, use packing bags in the cabinet for undergarments.... which keep items sorted according to type but still squish into available space.

We use larger packing bags for jeans/pants, and a smattering of off season clothing to dress ourselves appropriately, when weather is unseasonably warm or cold.

These can go in the bottom of the closet or under the benches.....again, they squish together to use all available space and when the benches go down for a bed at night.

We took the pedestal table out and left it in the garage after the first trip. It was annoyingly large and unwieldy, and took up one entire under-bench area. Never looked back nor missed it.

Learned to eat without a table, or use a picnic table, picked up one of those small, roll-up aluminum ones for use when needed, and I now have the small storage ottoman which fits perfectly between the rear benches and doubles as a small table. Love it.



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Nice work, jerhofer! I'm going to be interested to hear how well these stay in place on the road.Maggie
We will find out next week as we will be traveling to Florida. With four screws mounting each cabinet to the floor and two mounting it to the overhead cabinet, I don't think they will move.

I began packing for next week's trip yesterday and I am already appreciating the reduced clutter in the rear area. Previously I would have to move a number of things to get to something I needed. Now most of those things are on a shelf inside the cabinets.
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Nice work, jerhofer! I'm going to be interested to hear how well these stay in place on the road.

IB, clever idea, but I see lots of unused space between those pipes.

To me, the "squish factor" is critical and required, whenever possible, for anything inside the cabinets, as by definition items then fit available space, however that may be shaped.

Instead of something rigid, and if you want to keep items separated, might instead wrap things in that waffle-ey shelf liner that you can buy by the big rolls. This would allow items to nestle together, also leave a very small wrapper once the clothing item was removed. Just a thought.

Doug folded, then rolled, his tshirts for his cabinet, which worked well for him and used space efficiently.

I liked to hang most of my tops, use packing bags in the cabinet for undergarments.... which keep items sorted according to type but still squish into available space.

We use larger packing bags for jeans/pants, and a smattering of off season clothing to dress ourselves appropriately, when weather is unseasonably warm or cold.

These can go in the bottom of the closet or under the benches.....again, they squish together to use all available space and when the benches go down for a bed at night.

We took the pedestal table out and left it in the garage after the first trip. It was annoyingly large and unwieldy, and took up one entire under-bench area. Never looked back nor missed it.

Learned to eat without a table, or use a picnic table, picked up one of those small, roll-up aluminum ones for use when needed, and I now have the small storage ottoman which fits perfectly between the rear benches and doubles as a small table. Love it.



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Great practical tips Maggie! Currently packing for our winter snowbird escapee and never packed the Airstream for multi- seasonal wardrobe. Although I have over time become a travel minimalist with two week plus air travel with only a "carry-on".... Airstreaming and camping for new upcoming adventure is a bit challenging! We are planning to head southwest in four days for 2 -3 months!
You have been such an inspiration to me...Happy New Year!
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Thank you, FCloud9, and Happy New Year to you, as well.

If I carry too much of anything, it is clothing. Somewhere Doug is nodding his head vigorously.

What can I say, I like to have choices. I could wear the same half dozen things thirty times, I just prefer not to.

Wire hangers in your closet help a great deal....take up much less room than the plastic ones.

Have a great time!


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Maggie et al., have a wonderful 2015!

Speaking of the "squish factor,"....

During the past few years, we've taken Amtrak once or twice per year to Chicago or Boston from northern Idaho, sleeping in the small "roomette" accommodations. Not wanting to check luggage and having minimal space in these units (knowing we'd come back with Christmas presents,) this year I consulted with a world-traveler friend, and checked the Internet extensively on "traveling light." I can vouch for the following, good for either an Amtrak roomette, or a small RV. The following gleanings seem good for most types of travel, and I think the petite Bambi has less interior space than the Interstate.

Sorry if you already do these!

1. Take clothes that don't wrinkle, don't show the grunge, and are easy to wash and dry. (Ditto for towels and sheets.) It's lighter to launder a few clothes &c than it is to pack enough for a big trip. (In our case, dog-coloured clothes come in handy. ) I bought sturdy dark underwear that I can toss in with jeans so that I could cut down on multiple laundry loads.

For the ladies, a few scarves are light-weight, non-bulky, and can really change the look of an oft-worn outfit.

I really dislike sitting in laundromats, but they are great space-saving devices for long trips. (Ideally we just visit a friend or relative with a big heart and large-capacity washer-driers.)

2. Any single item of clothing should go well with every other single item of clothing. Layering is more efficient than bulky items.

3. For clothes that don't go in the closet, roll them into sausage-shapes as tightly as you can, and secure the rolls with heavy-duty rubber bands. This saves a lot of space over flat-packing or tidy square-folding methods. Then you can stack the rolls accordingly in the overhead shelves, with thinner rolls in the back and bulkier rolls in the front. This also really works well in luggage, which preferably is of the soft gym-bag variety, as they are more squishable.

4. For cooking, nesting dishes and leftover containers.

5. For the pantry, I found a smallish cardboard box, and trimmed one side to fit snugly against the back wall of the cupboard. Small items go in the back, but are easier to retrieve by simply pulling out the entire box, vs. hunting for them. Spices (we don't have a spice rack) go into a flatish lidded clear plastic box. A couple of tall narrow lidded plastic containers go in the front, for dried staples like breakfast cereal.

6. Stores that cater to backpackers and mountaineers are really worth exploring, as these folks must fit everything for an extended trip into a backpack, and then hike with it. R.E.I. (www.rei.com) has a huge catalogue of items that are very lightweight, unbreakable, and small.

7. An e-reader (Kindle, &c) instead of books. (But my Kindle conked out once, so I bring an old-fashioned paperback for back-up.)

Somewhere above, I think I mentioned baking square cookies as a space-saving measure. I get kind of obsessive-compulsive on this subject!

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Yep, I agree with all of those things, L&J, and Happy New Year to you, as well.

When we have traveled overseas for a couple of weeks at a time, or otherwise by plane, I do the same thing as you with regard to clothing. For many years working professionally and favoring the ease of black, that is still my basic, and everything goes together.

Traveling for months at a time in the Interstate, I still favor black, but also navy and brown.


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In my airfare days, I used to be able to pack for a short trip in just a 15-pocket (or was it 18-pocket) Banana Republic photographer's vest, and forget the luggage altogether.

Come to think of it, I still have that vest, somewhere, and could pack a few days' worth of clothes in its pockets, then hang the vest over the seat-back coat hanger that I bought from Mercedes Benz. I don't have a picture handy of the hanger in my Interstate, but here's what the hanger looks like from their online accessory catalog:
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