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Old 01-30-2015, 08:25 PM   #533
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I use recycled one gallon ice tea jugs for fresh backup/drinking water. I usually carry four of them and they can be stuffed in many spots in the van. I start with filtered water from home and can either refill from safe water source or bulk filtered water available in most supermarkets.


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Old 01-31-2015, 08:30 AM   #534
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I use recycled one gallon ice tea jugs for fresh backup/drinking water. I usually carry four of them and they can be stuffed in many spots in the van. I start with filtered water from home and can either refill from safe water source or bulk filtered water available in most supermarkets.

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I wanted something really sturdy and leakproof. Perhaps I'm extra leak-averse because we've seen SO MANY leaks of one kind or another in our Interstate in our short period of ownership, but I'm not willing to entertain the possibility of even more water showing up where it ought not to be.
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Old 01-31-2015, 11:45 AM   #535
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I have mentioned before how handy suction cup anythings are for the bathroom....for holding cosmetics, shampoos, etc.

I want to specifically say how not useful are those lock-in-place-suction-cup, stainless steel holder things for a bathroom that travels.

The suction cups are not strong enough, and/or the weight of these just will not keep them in place. I despise mine.

Seem to need to re-secure at least one of the two at least once a day, not wanting to pitch them because they are still good and my frugal mindset tells me to use them in spite of how annoying they are.

They are now removed and replaced with plastic storage thingies with nice, secure suction cups from the hardware department at WalMart.

I will place the old ones, many years old but still perfectly good, in a Goodwill donation bin, for someone without a traveling bathroom.

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The new ones have not moved, suspended on the wall, and I am very happy with them.

Going to pick up another to set in the ledge area to the left of the toilet, to hold a couple of things sitting there that always shift when traveling.


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Old 01-31-2015, 01:20 PM   #536
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These storage thingies are actually called a bathroom "caddy", which is why I could not find a photo of my exact ones.

The photo below is similar, the ones I have are slightly larger than this, and $8.75 at WalMart.



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Yup - that was my thought with respect to the 45 degree upper cabinet interior wall in particular. If I can cut the shoe organizer into horizontal strips, reinforce them by sewing on strips of binding tape, and mount them to the angled wall, then the openings of the resulting pockets are basically staring me in the face. As opposed to me having to reach up and over the top into a vertical pocket. ..
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Genius! Good application for other hard to organize areas too.
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That looks like it has worked very well, IB.

Thanks for sharing!



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Old 02-02-2015, 02:37 PM   #540
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I wanted something really sturdy and leakproof. Perhaps I'm extra leak-averse because we've seen SO MANY leaks of one kind or another in our Interstate in our short period of ownership, but I'm not willing to entertain the possibility of even more water showing up where it ought not to be.


I agree that you want your water jug to be leak-proof. That's why I use the ice tea gallon containers as they are a lot heavier than gallon water or milk jugs. I was buying the 2 gallon water containers with the spout but they are so thin that the last one I had sprung a leak.
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You might look for water bottles in a mountain shop or designated camping supply store like REI (I. e., not the camping section of Walmart.) Nalgene water bottles are nearly indestructible.
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Nalgene brand is the best. I have some from REI that have survived 30 years of heavy use and abuse


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Love, love the shoe organizer idea! Thanks for sharing.
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You might look for water bottles in a mountain shop or designated camping supply store like REI (I. e., not the camping section of Walmart.) Nalgene water bottles are nearly indestructible.
I've probably been an REI member for longer than some folks on this forum have been alive here on earth.


Nalgene is great but in the endless sea of product choices, I don't know if they make anything that is ten liters or close to it, which is what I wanted for potable water.

I use Nalg bottles for dry goods storage (anything that comes in rectangular cardboard box is out of the question for storing in our Interstate due to size and shape inefficiencies - I often transfer cereal, crackers, pasta, etc. to Nalg). I also use the one liter size for milk storage because they fit perfectly on the door of our Dometic fridge and I can use them one by one rather than hauling around a flimsy larger plastic or cardboard jug. We have yet to have the fridge fly open in transit as other forum users report happens from time to time, but if it does, there will be no crying over spilt milk here.
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For what it's worth, our frig door has never flown open in nearly 8 years and 156,000+ miles.


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Until I put a bungee cord across ours, the blessed thing popped open every couple hours on the road. The cheap plastic door latch that was supposed to hold it shut was worn to the point of useless,,,after only a few trips.

I'm going to have come up with a better latch or a tidier strap to hold it shut.


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