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Old 02-07-2015, 05:48 PM   #561
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I only use that snap-on, inner curtain when rain is in the forecast, as the most attractive...inside and out....is the windshield cover for the outside.

My side window cover velcro bits don't line up perfectly with those on the door, but well enough that it stays in place. Unless I have close neighbors, I don't even bother with it.

Never, ever, put these covers away damp from condensation, as you may forget to remove them later to dry.....and they will mildew.


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Old 02-16-2015, 05:45 AM   #562
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For those of you who use the little aluminum table discussed earlier in this thread, or who need a device to hold other large, flat objects behind the driver's seat, I found an art tote that works well. Details in the post.

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Old 02-16-2015, 05:50 AM   #563
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For those of you who use the little aluminum table discussed earlier in this thread, or who need a device to hold other large, flat objects behind the driver's seat, I found an art tote that works well. Details in the post.

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Art totes like that also work well for coiling up your fresh water hose or your shore power cable.
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Old 02-16-2015, 06:07 AM   #564
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Great idea, IB!

Items inside something that blends with the interior look so much neater and tidy-er than piles of "stuff".....if you need neat and tidy.

My little aluminum table from LLBean has a top that rolls up, and the whole thing fits in a small carry case.....which I store in this same area.

I also have a small, black, carry bag back there for odds and ends that aren't used often but I don't want to be without.



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Old 02-16-2015, 11:41 AM   #565
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I don't know if Airstream or the MB dealer put them in but mine came w/ two black cloth bags (MB logo) for the hose, shore power cable, and any other odds and ends that'll fit. They're the size of grocery paper sacks.
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Old 02-16-2015, 11:47 AM   #566
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Hmmm.....no such bags came in ours, but it's a good idea.

Our cords and hoses stow in netting over wells which are part of the rear doors.

Awkward and rather messy, but can't really be seen from the inside, so they don't so much offend my need for neat, tidy, and organized.


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Old 02-16-2015, 07:44 PM   #567
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Where do yall get the canvas shoe holders for the compartments to maximize storage?
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Where do yall get the canvas shoe holders for the compartments to maximize storage?
I used nylon mesh instead of canvas. Canvas is heavy, stiff, opaque, and difficult to sew if chopped into fitted sections for mounting inside the cabinets. I got my mesh bag at Container Store (via internet shipping) but they also have other types, plastic being among them (which I didn't want because it crackles if you're reaching into it... not ideal if your partner is sleeping). Sourcing here:

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Old 02-17-2015, 05:20 AM   #569
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I don't know if Airstream or the MB dealer put them in but mine came w/ two black cloth bags (MB logo) for the hose, shore power cable, and any other odds and ends that'll fit. They're the size of grocery paper sacks.
For hose storage, I find it hard to beat the IKEA Frakta bag, at a whopping 59 cents apiece and largely waterproof to boot (good enough to contain drips although I wouldn't trust the seams to contain water from something really soaked). Also the exact right size for pillows.

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I ordered some large, zipper bags from the Container Store several years ago, that were just a few dollars apiece and made from recycled plastic bottles, I believe. I think they also have a carry handle of the same material.

No photo, and they are at home being used for other things, but an initial thought was to use them under the benches...for clothing or whatever...or on top of the fresh water tank....for a couple of extra towels or whatever. I especially liked that they have handles....to hang in a closet or for easy retrieval from wherever.

Since Lily, carrying an extra towel for the occasional bath on the road has become important, somtimes a fleece blankie headed for a rally , etc.

That area on top of the water tank is a good spot for soft items, but they need to be enclosed to keep them clean. Those super-large ziploc bags would serve the same purpose.


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I leave my pillows out, IB, in zipper pillow covers I had someone make for me out of sueded black, washable fabric.

This was actually an idea of Doug's.

Standard pillow shams look too bedroom-ey, to me, for daytime in the Interstate, but the sueded black covers blend in nicely, look more like sofa pillows, and give you something to lean against when reading or watching TV.

Plus, the pillows then don't take up an entire cabinet to store.


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At major car shows, Hagerty Insurance always has a stand where they give out black bags with their name prominently displayed. They work great for shoes and other miscellaneous items.
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At major car shows, Hagerty Insurance always has a stand where they give out black bags with their name prominently displayed. They work great for shoes and other miscellaneous items.

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I leave my pillows out, IB, in zipper pillow covers I had someone make for me out of sueded black, washable fabric.

This was actually an idea of Doug's.

Standard pillow shams look too bedroom-ey, to me, for daytime in the Interstate, but the sueded black covers blend in nicely, look more like sofa pillows, and give you something to lean against when reading or watching TV.

Plus, the pillows then don't take up an entire cabinet to store.

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I tried this but they tend to be obstacles to whatever else is going on - our pillows are 26 inches long and when placed on a 72 inch couch, there goes more than a third of the couch. And because we use our back door extensively, what tends to happen is that someone carrying something will bump a pillow in the narrow space and then it ends up on the floor between the two couches. If I had a lounge model such that the back of the vehicle was a terminus of sorts, it might not be such an issue.

This is why I came up with the idea of stacking them in a Frakta bag and putting them in the right rear wheel cabinet. Which also might help reduce road noise, although my husband used Dynamat left over from our recent cab roof insulation treatment to cover the naked interior surfaces of both wheel wells, so the pillows' noise-muffling function might now be less of a factor.
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