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Old 08-05-2017, 06:14 PM   #1247
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On the p touch labels, you may want to do Check in a bit

I had several come off in high heat a few years ago - they were stuck to themselves when I was labeling wires - it would have likely been fine if scotch tape was put on the ends

It may have been a bad batch of tape as I have sence ran many through the dishwasher cycle with no issues attached to glass jars

I like the p touch and use it for many things and have never had another issue

Like the nalgene - I also use it for coconut oil
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Old 08-11-2017, 07:44 AM   #1248
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Here's an interesting vendor for small-space and secure-packing enthusiasts -- Strapworks out of Eugene.

There was some tie-down hardware that I could not buy locally for some of my small-space and rescued-space projects, so I turned to these guys, but in the process of placing a standard order, I also requested one of their free grab bags.

What you see in this photo below is my order on the left, and the pile of free scraps on the right. Obviously they've hit upon a creative waste management idea - rather than disposing of their many order trimmings in a landfill, they send them out to customers.

Well, this pile on the right is like heaven arriving in a cardboard box for any given seamstress or seamster. This is top-quality strapping - I can adapt those pieces in multiple different Interstate applications. The colors don't coordinate but many of the applications are hidden from view (such as securing items inside cabinetry), so that doesn't matter.

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Old 08-11-2017, 09:24 AM   #1249
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Manna from Heaven! Do you have a sewing machine heavy duty enough to sew two layers of strapping together? Could you post a link for it please.

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Old 08-11-2017, 09:51 AM   #1250
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I'll take the purple and the pink, if you don't want it.

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Old 08-11-2017, 09:57 AM   #1251
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I happened upon a Camping World the other day, which I had not been in in years, and they have a good variety of suction cup holders of various types, for our space challenged bathrooms, also a number of suction hooks.

FWIW, I have found the flat suction cups far superior in holding power to the ones that you sort of lever and snap in place...

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Old 08-11-2017, 11:11 AM   #1252
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Ooooh, Makes you want to place an order just to see what comes in your grab bag of scraps. Very nice.
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Old 08-12-2017, 04:39 PM   #1253
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Hose and power cord management

As you can relate, the first thing I need to get to when I pull into an RV site is the power cord and the potable water hose. I couldn't stand having loosely coiled items out on top of things, and it made no sense to stow them away deep under other things like camp chairs etc. so I found these nifty zippered bags.

The gray one holds a 25ft hose and I even have a 15ft hose coiled up inside the 25ft and it zips up easily. I keep the water filter attached to the end; it's hanging out and it all works great. No dribbles!
Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

The black bag is larger; the power cord would not fit into another of those gray bags. After much searching for a US source, I finally gave in and ordered direct from a supplier in China. It arrived in two weeks and I'm really happy with it. It accepts the OEM power cord and the bulky surge suppressor.
Link: https://www.jpson.com/product/carry-...lor_p1319.html

The plastic bins I posted recently in another post. These are from Container Store; they "lock" and are good quality. Two of them fit perfectly in the rear bin of my GT with room leftover on top for a 2-3 inch tall tool kit, plus room next to them for other items.

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Old 08-13-2017, 09:24 AM   #1254
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BTW, this is what I had intended for those acrylic organizer cups I installed last week. I've struggled with little cardboard boxes of disposable cutlery jiggling and bouncing their way into the darkest recesses of the galley cabinetry, such that I have to go on an expedition to find them. I'm done with that.

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.

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Old 08-13-2017, 10:14 AM   #1255
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And another small-space exploit, going where I haven't been required to go previously - into the deepest darkest recesses under our couches. We store bedding under there, in specially-designed protective tubes (blog post). But there is still a bit of space remaining aaaallll the way in the very back, behind the bedding area, and I need to use that for extra clothing.

Why? Yesterday when it was almost 100 degrees here, LB_3 drove over to the Cabela's parking lot to help me troubleshoot our electrical system (see the lithium adventures thread). We got the thing stabilized and were hanging out and resting, reading our phones, when all of a sudden he bellowed, "THE HIGH TODAY [ON OUR CANADA LAND] WAS SIXTY-THREE DEGREES!!"

A far cry from 100, eh? Eh?!


So we need to take quite a range of clothing on this trip, which means that I need to exploit that little bit of remaining space. I used rip stop nylon to create a few of these longish packages for that purpose (white Velcro closures because I have trouble seeing black on black).

Of course someone could simply use plastic bags, but the trouble there is that they tend to hook on the many components and appurtenances that are also stuffed underneath the couches (couch springs, hardware pieces, seat belts, electrical and water lines, etc.). I'm hoping that these smooth rip stop packages prevent a lot of that interference.

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BTW, this is what I had intended for those acrylic organizer cups I installed last week. I've struggled with little cardboard boxes of disposable cutlery jiggling and bouncing their way into the darkest recesses of the galley cabinetry, such that I have to go on an expedition to find them. I'm done with that.

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.

I like these, IB, but fear the holders are shallow enough that utensils may bounce off in transit...you'll have to tell us how it works out.

I use way more paper and plastic for eating while traveling, and am unapologetic about it.

Fresh water and holding tank capacity are always on ones mind in a small rig, and dishes must be washed.




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Old 08-13-2017, 12:46 PM   #1257
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I like these, IB, but fear the holders are shallow enough that utensils may bounce off in transit...
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Same concern . . . plus the utensils will get dusty fairly quickly from the static electricity which plastic seems to have IMO. Why not just stow a few plastic utensils in a drawer, with the back up quantity stowed deeper? BTW does the Interstate have a "silver drawer" even a small one?

Great round cloth storage bags in Post #1253, Tronadora.

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Old 08-13-2017, 01:41 PM   #1258
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I like these, IB, but fear the holders are shallow enough that utensils may bounce off in transit...you'll have to tell us how it works out.

I use way more paper and plastic for eating while traveling, and am unapologetic about it.

Fresh water and holding tank capacity are always on ones mind in a small rig, and dishes must be washed.




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If that happens, then first inserting the flatware in a clear plastic bag and then stuffing in the holder would both cover the utensils and the bag would help take up any void space making the contents less likely to shift around.
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Old 08-14-2017, 05:43 AM   #1259
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On the disposable cutlery, I thought about the bounce factor, but maybe I'm just being optimistic about our chances of eventually getting air suspension (there have been delays with the vendor).


Now, different subject, this is one of the applications where I wanted to try using some of the goodies I bought from Strapworks. I love paracord - I'm one of those nerds who drools over all the elaborate paracord weavings on Instagram; it has such fascinating potential as a crafting material. The paracord shown in the photo below is the color "titanium" ($0.17 per foot), which is perfectly coordinated to the interior of the majority of T1N Interstates that have the same color scheme as ours. The findings are called "ball style cord locks" ($0.35 each). They are surprisingly strong.

For this trial, I simply took some lengths of the paracord, ran them through the aluminum perforations on the suspended under-cabinet shelves I built (blog post here), and used the cord locks to create cinch loops to hold our two REI camp chairs.

I still have plenty of headroom with this in place. The ends don't need to dangle down like that - they could be rotated out of the way.

When I built the suspended aluminum shelves, I realized that they had great potential for organizing a range of smaller equipment pieces, like bats hanging from the roof of a cave. I haven't had to leverage that full potential yet, but I'm getting there. I think I am going to be able to accommodate (without generating clutter) the incredible increase in equipment that we need for this upcoming trip - the kayak and all its parts, the chain saw and its parts, the bicycle and its accessories, the bushcraft equipment, new aluminum step stool, BBQ stuff, extra bedding, extra clothing, etc. Everything in its place and a place for everything, but of course it has taken me a few months of free time to create all the different storage solutions that the stuff requires.


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A para-cord junky should invest in a pair of KEEN water shoes like I have. Each is a sole attached to an upper made of two pieces of para-cord woven together. Very airy and comfortable. Colorful too!

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