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Old 06-01-2013, 05:28 PM   #99
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We have been 6 years in our Interstate and have decided that an unusual bed requires unusual bedding, There is nothing to tuck bedding into, and everything wants to slide and shift in the night.

We bought a thick, comfy mattress pad, the kind with straps to fit around the mattress corners. We cut the straps off and lay it on the bed at night.

We bought an all-season down comforter, the thin one, and a washable cover.

This is our bedding, No sheets, works great. Wash the mattress pad and cover every week, just like you would your sheets.

Less is better.


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Old 06-02-2013, 07:51 AM   #100
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Thats a great idea. Even in our front bed where we do have room to tuck in the sheets, it's a major production every morning to get the bed made ! Pillows all over the trailer while we try to tuck and straighten everything out ! I guess you have to resign yourself to not having your bedding be like you have at home. Your system has gotten my wheels turning ! Thank you !
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Old 06-02-2013, 11:53 AM   #101
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My method is close, I have a 2" memory foam topper I put a mattress pad and the sheets on that and just have it laying on top of the mattress.

The foam pad, mattress pad and sheets can be rolled up as a unit and then put onto the mattress.
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Old 06-02-2013, 12:15 PM   #102
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One of the lovely things about the all-season down comforters is that they really do condense into practically nothng. Ours squishes into that small, rectangular space under the bench in the back.

Our mattress pad folds up and goes into a washable pillow cover, a throw rug over that and this is Lily's perch between our front seats when we are driving.

Storage is at a premium for us. One has to be creative.


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Old 06-12-2013, 02:56 PM   #103
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Saw these at a rally this past weekend, in use in a refurbished Argosy trailer.

Stainless steel, wall mounted and retract when not in use. Loved them.

Strybuc industries 829c, clothes hook.

Found them at good prices at rvupgradestore.com and rvpartsmonster.com.

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Old 06-14-2013, 02:43 PM   #104
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I just ordered one of these.

Not sure what I will use it for, but I'm sure I will find something.

2 1/2 gallon capacity. Too cute to pass up!

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And so, we are on the road and determined to stretch our dry-camping capabilities a bit. With a 10 gallon grey tank, and dump stations few and far between in NF areas, this has been a real challenge for us over the past 6 years.

Yes, I know, one doesn't really have to shower every day. In hot weather, when I'm sweating, however, this is what I like and which keeps me happy. If I wanted to really rough it and be woodsy-outdoors-woman, we wouldn't be traveling in an Interstate.

We have used this item only once thus far, to wash and clean roasting ears. It is very sturdy and flattens easily for storage.

Camping friends of ours (with a BigFoot) stand in a dishpan to shower, allowing the shower water to pool in the dishpan and cover their feet. One of the real downsides to quickie, water-conserving showers is that it is hard to really wash your feet. Especially in hot weather, when one is in sandals, this leaves the showeree wanting more........

We tried the dishpan method last night, with this item, camped in a NF site, and it worked great. Doug did one foot at a time. We dumped our water under a tree away from our site, thus keeping 4 gallons or so of water out of our grey tank.

Being able to stand in a bit of water makes the dusty tootsies feel soooooo much better.


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Old 06-14-2013, 11:26 PM   #105
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Hi Maggie-- Unless we have full hook-ups, we really try to conserve water. We had our full waste-water tank back up into the bathroom once, and I don't want to go through that again. We don't have a collapsing tub, but I have several plastic stacking ones. The "inner" tubs store dishes and stuff, while they stack into "outer" tubs that can be pulled off and used to hold water.

When the weather is nice, we use them for dish-washing outside. Our bathroom is a tiny wet bath, so showers are an interesting experience. I found that by putting one tub on the toilet seat and one on the floor to stand in, I can conserve a lot of water. I also take a cup with me. Step one: wet down, turn off shower. Step 2, soap up. Step 3, use saved (clean) water in the upper tub and the cup to rinse off. Step 4, use the shower head again for final rinsing. Step 5, dry off, dress, and toss out the gray water.

We also bought one of those mobile blue waste water tanks that we can stash in the truck. We hope we don't have to use it, but thought it was better to be safe than sorry during an emergency on a long boondocking trip.

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Old 06-20-2013, 07:20 AM   #106
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FryingPan River, Basalt, CO

And this, my friends, is what it's all about.

We parked here for the night, Lily played in the river.

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Old 06-20-2013, 07:43 AM   #107
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FryingPan River

Are we in heaven?

Doug took this one yesterday, before the locals brought their kids and sweet dogs to play and cool off. So fun to watch.

This one is upside down, don't know why.

(And, no, we did not toss bathwater here)

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Old 06-20-2013, 11:11 PM   #108
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That's beautiful Maggie! Thanks for sharing! We're still gathering supplies for our "small" Interstate before we hit the road. We haven't done this for about 30 years and we're making sure we get items that are efficient in terms of size and weight. I'd like to visit Canada someday too! Stay safe and we'll say hello if we see you on the road
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Oops, sorry Maggie. I misread the topic. I see you're in Colorado. 😜
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Old 07-16-2013, 06:12 AM   #110
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Wine holder

We were in Duluth Pack yesterday, thought this was very cool and very space-efficient.

They come in 3-bottle and 5-bottle, in brown and black, $60 and $80. Leather, of course, and of the outstanding Duluth Pack quality.

The 3-bottle one is calling to me, could go on the inside closet door.

Canoe Packs, Canvas and leather pack, Camping Gear, Minnesota Packs :: Duluth Pack :: Made in the USA :: Quality leather and canvas luggage, backpacks, camping, and outdoor gear,

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Would that Duluth packs were like that back when I was a kid-- sent to summer camp featuring canoe trips with 80 lb. wood-and-canvas canoes. Duluth packs were big canvas envelopes with leather straps, capable of carrying a lot more heavy gear (like canned goods) than most girls should have carried. We had to portage those things-- sometimes up to a mile. It built character, though. I guess.

Please pass the wine!

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I never portaged a canoe, nor carried large packs full of heavy items. Girl Scout camp in the midwest was much more sedate.

Duluth Pack does have the most beautiful things.....lifetime things.

I decided to pass on this lovely wine holder. Impractical for us, as we never carry three bottles of wine at one time. I would feel the need to fill it, just because it was there.


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