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Old 08-19-2019, 06:44 AM   #1681
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Old 08-27-2019, 09:04 AM   #1682
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Rather than standing on your head, trying to figure out how to hold the pieces together so as to withstand daily “thrashings” and “beatings”, IB, ...

This is not a “van living” problem, sweetie, but one you seem determined to create.

Seriously, these are not inexpensive, and certainly not made to withstand aggressive daily beatings by their human owner.

Perhaps lash together tightly, back off some on how to keep them clean.


The day came which I knew would eventually come, when I was awakened from a dead sleep by that unmistakable sequence of sounds:

heave, heave, heave, heave, SSSSPLATTT!! our woods-loving dog regurgitated all of the Interesting Things that she had foraged and sampled with her mouth the day before. Vomit spewed all over the Flor tiles (or as my aerospace husband notes, "We don't use the word vomit - call it 'emesis' on the Space Station").

I did, indeed, take the entire stinking hot mess down to the lake and throw it in, in preparation for the soap scrub, as I knew I always would.

And as someone else noted on this topic, Flor is a luxury good. It has the durability and quality expected of a luxury good (too bad the same thing can't be said about Airstream). After being beaten and scrubbed clean of emetic fluids and literally dragged wholesale through the lake, the tiles were as good as new. They dried perfectly in the sun, no degradation noted. A darned good choice for #vanlife.


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Old 08-28-2019, 11:39 AM   #1683
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Mat be of some help.
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Old 09-04-2019, 06:29 AM   #1684
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BTW, this is what I had intended for those acrylic organizer cups I installed last week. .....

And I know that some people don't like seeing disposable food ware, but when I'm on the road traveling long distances, especially when I'm traveling alone, there is no way I'm going to stop to do dishes. I'm eating out of plastic, cardboard, and paper wraps. When I get to a campsite, that's another scenario, and I can take the extra time to use regular dishes.

Anyway, I like this combination... it's acrylic on acrylic. Reminds me of my visit to MOMA.

So I started storing cutlery like that ^^ two years ago, and I really liked the efficiency of it.

What I found, though, is that I rarely have to throw the plastic ware away. Even if we are eating off paper plates, I can always accumulate the dirty cutlery in a gallon zip-lock bag and store it in the microwave until I get to a place where I can wash it.

Fast forward to now, and what that means is that I've now been using a lot of this disposable acrylic ware for two years. And it was never designed to be used like that, so it's now very brittle. I spent a month on the road snapping knives in cheesecake and butter, snapping spoons as I dug into stews, snapping fork tines as I stabbed things.

Also, at my summer property I wash dishes directly in the lake. When I accidentally drop a piece of transparent cutlery in the lake, it's almost impossible to see and retrieve (!).

Ergo, I decided to replace it, but I need a large quantity, given that I may go five days between washings.

-- It can't be metal (too heavy to carry in quantity)
-- It can't be expensive (because I need a lot)
-- It can't be flimsy (because it'll break under frequent use)

There's plenty of great camping cutlery on the market, but most of it is really expensive - $3 to $10 per piece, because they figure you are just going to carry at most three pieces in your backpack.

This GSI stuff is $3.50 for a 3-piece set. I bought six sets to start with, to try it out as a replacement.

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Old 09-04-2019, 10:04 AM   #1685
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I like the cutlery...esp. color. Goes great with our rigs. Will look into. Thanks
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Old 09-10-2019, 06:14 PM   #1686
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I bumped into these sets of three zippered canvas envelopes at Lowe's and could not resist buying a set. They are very sturdy and have strong zippers. There is a place to label each of them with a card. They slip into the odd places where few things fit.

I constantly find that I need a screwdriver of some description when all of my tools are stored away in the back and I have to get out and open the back doors. I now have all of my screwdrivers in the yellow envelope and it slips into a niche between plastic tubs in my overhead storage.

The bags have a loop on one corner and can be hung with the included carabiner.
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Old 09-10-2019, 06:41 PM   #1687
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I love soft sided items that take nicely to odd spaces.

🏡 🚐 Cherish and appreciate those you love. This moment could be your last.🌹🐚
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Old 10-24-2019, 10:06 AM   #1688
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A very minor space-saving mod here - paper towels moved to the top of the closet interior and held in place with a small bungee cord. This holds the roll firmly against the door, so that it will not unroll itself due to gravity. When the door closes, it fits into the void space above the shelf.

Oh, but this is just a prelude for the thing of beauty that will follow...

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Old 10-24-2019, 10:18 AM   #1689
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Prediction: Bugs will enjoy this one.

It just so happens that the Container Store’s 14-inch ELFA baskets fit the T1N Interstate’s cabinetry like hand in glove. I had to use a reciprocating saw to cut down the metal frame to fit in there, and I also had to loosen (unscrew) various cabinetry structural members to get it in, then tighten them back up again when finished (if anyone decides to do this mod, ask me for more details). And I drilled holes in the frame so that I could L-bracket it to the floor of the cabinet. It was an easy project that did not require my husband’s participation.

I still have to add stoppers so I don’t accidentally pull the drawers all the way out, but I’ve been on the road for about 4 days with no problems noted. The ELFA frame appears to be sturdy enough to stand up to road vibrations.

As usual, none of my instructional vids exceed a minute in length. I’m iPadding right now so it might not embed a preview:

EDIT: The ELFA unit is recessed because I wanted to retain my paper plate dispenser on the door, and I needed the clearance. That’s why I’m pointing to it.

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