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Old 03-10-2016, 04:13 AM   #841
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I have one of those small, Velcro mounted pockets on my dash...just to the right of the steering mechanism... and keep in it my phone, also a small notebook and pen.

Love being organized.


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Old 03-10-2016, 05:10 AM   #842
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receipes

Mockingbird, what about using the camera function for entering the recipes on the iPad? If the app does not have it, request it from the app maker. That would save on typing time!
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Old 03-12-2016, 06:45 AM   #843
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Wouldn't I jump at the chance to buy something like this on the commercial market - a coat that converts to a sleeping bag and also collapses for easy transport - so that I wouldn't have to carry both coat and bag in the Interstate's limited space. I sometimes make jokes about sleeping in a van, but in fact the same type of product intended for the homeless would also serve me well, to the point where I wrote the CEO of this nonprofit a detailed email describing the product research I have done and explaining why I think she would be successful if she expanded into the commercial market.

http://www.empowermentplan.org/#!the-coat/cass
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Old 03-12-2016, 08:05 AM   #844
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That's a pretty cool concept, tho rather unattractive.


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Old 03-15-2016, 09:56 PM   #845
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I used to have a nice 7" spiral notebook for my log in the 2014. When I got the 2016 I switched to a checkbook register! Works great!

Date, station, City, State, Check amount = gal, balance = amount

Store it above the visor.




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Old 03-20-2016, 07:15 AM   #846
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[QUOTE=InterBlog;1757812]A small but well-appreciated convenience... I found this light-gauge, light-colored apron in World Market for 20 bucks and let me tell you why I like this one as opposed to others:
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I hereby recant this previous testimony. I emphatically take back every cotton-pickin' thing I said about cotton aprons. After the droppings from a particularly sloppy burrito soaked through my apron to my pants (three hours into a 7-day trip, my main pair of pants got fouled - ugh!!!), I realized that the only way to go on this issue is disposable plastic. On Amazon one can procure a case of 100 disposable white plastic aprons for about $13 - that ought to last me until doomsday. I won't put the link here because that would kick the variable pricing machine into action, but there you have it.

Do you see how the lady in this thumbnail is smiling? That's because she's NOT marinated in burrito juice. Unlike me.
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Old 03-20-2016, 10:38 PM   #847
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*Love* this wall pocket strip - here you see it storing a pocketknife, LED book reading light, iPhone while charging, glasses, paperback novel, and the TV remote - six items with room to spare, and it's only 0.75 inches thick. On the other side of the vehicle I have a bedside caddy, but this space here was too small for anything bulky. However, the 12 V and 110 outlets are directly above the TV, so there's no way my husband is going to store his iPhone anywhere but right here. I did not want to drill into the side of the cabinet so I mounted it with the Scotch exterior double-sided tape.
I love this idea.
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Old 03-21-2016, 06:31 AM   #848
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I'm quite pleased with these little Etekcity LED lanterns, a pair for about 15 bucks on Amazon. Our midbath T1N Interstate has no means of turning on a single light at the *front* of the coach - the only single light fixtures are in the rear - right over the bed. If one person wants to catch a few more Z's and the other person wants to make a pot of tea with minimal disturbance, this is a problem. So I solve it by hanging this thing from the TV crank. The small size is ideal - I don't want a bulky lantern.

Some reviews on Amazon gripe that there is no way to adjust the brightness. This isn't exactly true. The lanterns are telescoping. If you need just a bit of light, crack it open just a bit. More light, open it all the way.
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Old 03-21-2016, 07:08 AM   #849
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That's pretty cute, IB, and you could carry it with you to a bathroom in the dark, if you needed to.

When I turn the heat on under the percolator in the morning, I light a candle that sits near the burners, which gives just enough light to not be in total "dark".

I can monitor and then prepare my coffee with just that little bit of light.

I also light one in the evenings, while reading on my IPad and/or watching TV.

The candle light reflects nicely off the aluminum interior, magnifying the bit of light just enough, in my opinion.

I like soy candles, because they burn cleanly....also making my own with a bit of essential oil, which makes them very inexpensive.

Everyone doesn't like candles....but I love a nice candle, and even more when they don't cost the big bucks in he store.


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I have also used the battery powered candles. I like to leave one of those on during the night and also when we are at a rally. It is nice to come back to low level light in the MH when it is really dark outside.
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Old 03-22-2016, 06:31 AM   #851
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Game-changer for me, in terms of both small space living and boondocking -

The "down puffy" (photo right with my legs under it), which is Rumpl's 80% duck down trekking blanket. I'm one of those people who gets cold to an extent that shouldn't even be physically possible. Coupling this blanket with a sleeping bag, I was plenty warm even when the furnace was only set to 50. I could have gone lower than that, but my husband was using the synthetic Rumpl, which you can see doesn't have the loft or R factor (photo left), so he was on the verge of being chilly at that temp.

On one of these recent threads, we were clarifying that "luxury" does not equal bling and expensive finishes, but rather is better defined in terms of the simple quality that allows one to relax and have peace of mind for knowing that nothing is going to go wrong with a particular product or component. This blanket is luxury to me. Low on propane while boondocking with temps in the 30's? No worries - not going to be cold any longer. And not only that, it can be compressed to the size of a cantaloupe to save space.
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On one of these threads, I mentioned that we sometimes experience major water condensation issues here in the subtropics with sudden weather changes. I get particularly concerned with condensation running down the inside of the windshield and behind the dash.

I have a countermeasure in this little guy - a plush toy rattlesnake that I found in the gift shop at Caprock Canyons State Park. I can wedge him into the crease between windshield and the dash as a drip interceptor. He is almost the length of the entire windshield.

Plus he matches my color scheme (and yes, his tail does rattle). When not doing dash duty, he coils on top of my Zevro dry food dispensers, so doesn't take up unnecessary storage space.

This find also makes me contemplate what else might be achieved with other kinds of toy snakes, namely the hyper-realistic varieties. Of all the potential security measures we talked about on other threads, I don't think anyone raised the possibility of having a rubber snake fall onto the neck of a thief as he pried open an Interstate door... Snakes in an Interstate instead of Snakes on a Plane...
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Old 03-23-2016, 05:41 AM   #853
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Speaking of the Zevro dry food dispensers.....mine have been up now thru several hundred miles of driving, and have not budged.


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Speaking of the Zevro dry food dispensers.....mine have been up now thru several hundred miles of driving, and have not budged.

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We just put ours through 1,395 miles of driving and some of the roads were so rough that they actually shook open the rear flap windows - I've never seen that happen before. We stopped for lunch and husband be like, "The windows got left open," and I said, "No they were not - I double-checked them via the rear view mirrors when we set out on the road. They proceeded to get open by themselves."

We use our Zevros for his 'n' hers breakfast cereals. I did mount them on the cabinet end cap as originally planned. My only observation is that the bottom caps must remain in place at all times when food is not being dispensed via the rotating mechanism. Otherwise small cereal crumbs will shake out and fall everywhere.
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