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Old 04-03-2016, 09:46 AM   #869
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Tongs a lot for the post Marty! Ditto on the bamboo toast tongs.



The end of InterBlog's post is what caught my eye a few days ago . . .

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And my husband was going, "Oh God... please stop..."
The old standard SS cook's tongs in 3-4 different lengths are our standard equipment for many uses, ranging from toast on the burner (no blue plastic or silicon to burn up) to large logs on a campfire. Tossing spaghetti in a large bowl. Grilling and serving mixed summer vegetables. Serving salad. Etc.

The bumps on the edges are great for scratching one's back too!

Not to mention other punishing functions:

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Old 04-03-2016, 09:50 AM   #870
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Or, as Gonzo on the old Muppet Show, "Speak to him in his native tong..."


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Old 04-03-2016, 06:57 PM   #871
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thanks for photos. what is black pad that looks velcroed in?
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Old 04-04-2016, 06:00 AM   #872
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A bunch of good comments above.

My other aversion to hooks, clips, and graspers is that wet stuff has to be spread out on a rack or bar to keep from moldering on the Gulf Coast. Humidity is so high here that when wet items air-dry of their own accord, we tend to call it a miracle of unknown origin. For instance, if I don't take my dish cloth, wring it thoroughly, and spread it out "just so" to dry last thing before I go to bed, it's going to stink by morning, and mold stink is hard to remove. And that's in my stick house where we have the dehumidification benefit of air conditioning. When we travel to the plains or the desert where humidity is lower and stuff actually dries, I tend to say, "Wow - so this is how the other half lives."

So I have an aversion to hooks. Wet items hanging on hooks stay bunched up and let the stinking begin.

I'm thinking of getting a ladder-style back-of-door rack and cutting down the legs so that it doesn't stick out as far into the wet bath. That is another possibility if the self-modified wire pull idea doesn't work out.

I also picked up the ten-dollar item called "portable clothesline" at Container Store, which is essentially a bungee cord with integrated hooks and clips. I think it will be useful but it doesn't hold much when the items are spread across it.

Knotdonne said "what is black pad that looks velcroed in?"

I think that's referring to the accordion-folded coroplast privacy screen that we made for non-spousal sleeping arrangements. I have a teenage daughter who prefers a bit of privacy, even from Mom. So when we travel together, we place this in the middle of the bed, which she appreciates very much. We did use this on two college tour trips within the past six months and it worked fabulously. There's a description of it here:

http://interstateblog.blogspot.com/2...airstream.html
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Old 04-04-2016, 03:27 PM   #873
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Smile Collapsible Cookware & Dinnerware

While shopping at a nearby REI store this weekend we picked up the following XPot made by SeaToSummit (designed for backpackers). The base is hard anodized aluminum, the collapsible sides of food grade heat resistant silicone, and the perforated lid of BPA free plastic. It collapses to 1.75" and holds 4 liters when full. They make other cook- and dinnerware in a similar style. As you can see, the side handles hold the lid during transport and it sure doesn't take the space of a full pot.

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Old 04-04-2016, 03:47 PM   #874
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Please let us know how that pot works. I saw them and hesitated not because of the silicone but because they don't have full handles and I wondered how that would work on a gas stove. In my experience, pot handles get a lot hotter on gas vs. electric, to the point where my "guaranteed not to get hot" conventional pot handles get too hot on my stick house gas cooktop. They remained cool enough to grab when I was using an electric stove.

I don't mind a cooking pot taking up space because I store my tea kettle in it, and tea kettles don't collapse, so I wouldn't gain much by going with a pot that collapses.

For the Interstate, I did buy a GSI Outdoors frying pan with a collapsible handle... I'm not married to that one and the quality doesn't impress me (it gets panned - pun intended - in internet reviews). I bought it mostly because it was available at Cabela's, which just opened a new location in League City (they are rare in Texas). Reviewers say "better to invest in higher quality" but then they don't cite what frying pan might constitute said higher quality.
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Old 04-05-2016, 05:03 AM   #875
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Actually, you can buy a collapsible tea kettle - similar design to the pot shown. But your concerns about gas would apply as well.
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I would also love to know how well those collapsible pots work. We were just in an REI store on the weekend, and I was so intrigued. What concerned me was whether they might collapse when you're draining a full pot of spaghetti or something. I thought a hard-sided pot might be safer. But please report back.

With a 19' Bambi and a Tundra with a cap on the back, we have a little more room than the Interstate, but not lots.

But just to give a shout-out to REI, because they specialize in equipment for people who carry a month's worth of food and gear in a backpack, they have a range of very light-weight compact items that would work just fine in a small RV.

We just bought their roll-up camp table. It fits into a nylon tube-style carrier. It's for those back-of-beyond trips where you don't have a picnic table and don't want to eat all your meals inside.
https://www.rei.com/product/765280/rei-camp-roll-table
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Old 04-07-2016, 04:03 AM   #877
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Personally.....I would not get collapsible cooking pots for our rigs.

They seem somewhat fraught with danger of collapse, and we have ample storage space for a couple of pots and pans.

Leave those to the backpackers, who are boiling water and adding a dehydrated meal, etc.

I have one quart and two quart, heavy Wearever stainless saucepans that do for most anything....both have glass lids with strainers at the edge, eliminating a need for a separate item to drain pasta, etc.

A $10 4 quart sparkled enamel pot from Walmart handles the occasional corn on the cob.

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Old 04-07-2016, 05:17 AM   #878
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Personally.....I would not get collapsible cooking pots for our rigs.

They seem somewhat fraught with danger of collapse, and we have ample storage space for a couple of pots and pans.

Leave those to the backpackers, who are boiling water and adding a dehydrated meal, etc.
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Ditto from our FC20, another smallish home on wheels. Same for the Removable Handles thread:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f484...es-148694.html

Just don't want to deal with the extra effort required to make something do the job of what we already have, just to save a little space or weight.


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Old 04-07-2016, 05:33 AM   #879
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I agree. But I am averse because I like to buy things that will last a good, long time.

To me, these collapsible items seem more prone to wear from the friction and stretching of opening and closing. I have other pans that were my grandparents.

Just like to buy things once if possible.

I did find a nice Dansk pan (no handle style) at an estate sale that will be going in the Lil Puppy.
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The collapsibles were designed for those little one-burner items that backpackers use, too, not our stovetops. Just not worth the trouble, IMO.

I picked up a Calphalon skillet and a larger pot for things like chili at TJMaxx or Tuesday Morning, and they have the small side handles like the one you show, PB. I love them, and not having the long handle to work around.

I love my cast iron, but the Calphalon is sooooo handy for cleanup.


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Old 04-07-2016, 05:42 AM   #881
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I looked at the pot / pan issue more as an aspect ratio challenge than a space-saving challenge. With two travelers, what are the realistic scenarios? No more than two vessels can fit on that stove, and if I can find two vessels that fit simultaneously plus cover 90% of the two-person cooking scenarios, then I probably don't have to worry about the rest.

I chose this Anolon pot specifically because of its width to height ratio. It will fit beside a 9 or 10 inch frying pan and still be centered on the burner. The handle doesn't collapse but I have a place for it in my storage scheme so it doesn't cause a problem. Plus it has a built-in strainer.

The Calphalon frying pan is the one that has been giving me storage fits. On our last trip I concluded that I either needed to surface-mount it somewhere (but I could not identify a suitable location), or get one with a collapsible handle. It's too large to fit in any organizational container, so it's just tossed on top of everything else in the cabinet, which means it's always in the way.

So I got a collapsible handle frying pan but it's cheaply made, so I'm not satisfied with that resolution...
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Old 04-07-2016, 05:50 AM   #882
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An excellent two-pot/pan choice!

Is there wall space to hang the fry pan when you are at a campground? A small hook someplace perhaps . . .

On the road it can live upside down on the bed/settee IMO, where its top edge and weight will prevent it sliding around. Upon arrival at CG just transfer to waiting empty hook . . .
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