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Old 08-30-2017, 09:35 AM   #1289
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a better idea might be to remove the existing beds and convert them to two twin beds. These two pictures show the results. We now have walking space between.
After two trips in my 2014.5, I came to the same conclusion and converted to twins. I cut down foam mattresses to Airstream size.

Much nicer to always have walking space to the rear cabinets, a mattress that doesn't have lumps and bumps in it, no need to crawl down over the foot of the bed, and to not disturb my DW when I get up at night.
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Old 08-30-2017, 02:39 PM   #1290
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Correct pictures of twin bed conversion

Sorry... often when transferring photos from iPhone to Windows the pictures get rotated. Here's the correct view
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Old 09-04-2017, 07:38 PM   #1291
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Stuff for tent camping can also be useful. If it's small enough to go in a backpack, it's small enough to go in an overhead locker in an Interstate.

Some of my gear was obtained for tent camping back before I got foot surgery, and before backpacking became my personal version of the Bataan Death March.

One item in particular is still available, the Coleman All-N-1 dining set:
Coleman All-N-1 Dining Set: Camping : Walmart.com.
The plates and shalllow bowls snap together to hold leftovers, with one serving as a lid for the other. The storage container itself works as a mixing bowl, too, and has a cover that snaps on. Best of all, with everything snapped into the storage container, it doesn't rattle!

Come to think of it, the whole set may be small enough to fit in the galley sink with the cover down. If so, the galley sink could hold my dishes in transit, and free up some more locker space for non-perishable groceries. I'll have to check on that when I get home.

Another thing that I use in my Interstate, one that might surprise some people, a 12vDC refirgerator that plugs into a cigarette lighter outlet and holds twelve 12oz. cans or six 20oz. bottles of my favorite carbonated diet beverage. As a solo traveler, I can't reach the Nova Kool refrigerator while I'm driving, so a small refrigerator in between the front seats is handy for storing sodas on a long drive. Then, at my destination, I move it outside, plug it into the external 12v outlet at curbside rear, and keep drinks cold next to my lawn chair under the awning.
Thanks, just ordered the "Coleman All N 1 dining set" , need to outfit that new rv.
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Old 09-13-2017, 01:09 PM   #1292
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Added magnetic boards

I covered the space between windows, behind the galley sink, with a brushed-finish steel sheet. For trim, I used the edging that HD sells that goes with the faux stamped-tin sheets. I attached the edging to the back of the board with a fabric-backed tape. The board is held behind the Corean at the bottom and is held in place by the paper roll holder and one pop-rivet. So far, I have very little on the board. One important thing is my refrigerator thermometer. My changes to the refrigerator obviously are paying off with a temperature of 33 degrees on a warm day.

I had one small piece of the steel sheet left. I edged this piece and mounted it above the second-row DS-side seat. Right now there is only a wine opener there, but I am in the process of gluing magnets on the TV and DVR player remotes to be stored there.
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Old 09-13-2017, 01:11 PM   #1293
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Very nice!

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Old 09-17-2017, 07:13 AM   #1294
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Cross-post from the lithium thread, because so much of this relates back to small space challenges:

TOP TEN LESSONS FROM AN OFF-GRID MONTH ON THE ROAD
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Old 09-18-2017, 07:26 AM   #1295
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FYI, Brent Rose, who has lived largely in his T1N Sprinter-based Class B for the past two years, published a summary of his most essential van gear, many of which are small space adaptations. You can see his list here.
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Old 09-19-2017, 02:36 PM   #1296
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Sea to Summit collapsible pots. ...
Today in the "bummer" category, I rescind my previous recommendation for this product line. You can see from this pic below that I took very good care of this pot, no scorching, no wear. But Sea to Summit had apparently specified the wrong grade of plastic for the lid, and it warped beyond recovery, just from the temperature of steam liberated from boiling water in the pot.

Fortunately I had bought both of the pots at REI which promptly issued a full refund. At this point, I haven't identified a viable alternative. Not a collapsible one, anyway.

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Old 09-19-2017, 04:01 PM   #1297
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Just my opinion....I would dispense with collapsible cooking pots, in favor of two stainless steel ones, within which one can cook most anything.

Mine are Wearever, I believe, from Walmart, one quart and two quart, and I've had them about 15 years.

Glass lids, with strainers in two sizes as part of the lids, so you don't need a colander for whatever.

They work very well, nest into each other, so take up just a small amount of space.

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Old 09-20-2017, 11:51 AM   #1298
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We've been tempted by those collapsing pots, but were concerned that it might collapse with boiling food or water in it. I think we'll wait a little longer.

We did get a collapsible drip coffee cone from REI, however, which works great. We brew the coffee directly into a thermos, which sits in the sink during the process, so if there's a mishap with the boiling water or grounds, the clean-up is easy. Then the thermos is kind of a 2-for-1 space-saver, as we want to carry a thermos anyway, but dispense with the need for a separate coffee pot.
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The frustrating part is, the silicone sides / metal base are absolutely fine. Not once did I have a concern with collapsing, and I used mine daily, every trip we took. I didn't even stop to consider that the tops might have been constructed improperly until I saw this warping happen.
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Something our recent trip re-emphasized for me:

DO NOT carry liquid containers that are soft-walled, whether buckets or foldable sinks or anything else. They have an uncanny way of collapsing spontaneously at exactly the wrong moment.

To that end, I'm searching for a semi-rigid, hopefully stiff-collapsible insert for the round Dometic sink, to replace the too-flimsy waterproof fabric camp sink I bought a while back. Does anyone know of a source for a product that comes close to fitting that sink well?

This looks like a close item, but I cannot find a retail source, only wholesale such as Alibaba. I have a similarly-designed rectangular basin and dish-drying board, and they work great.

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That was my problem with a couple of collapsible bowls with lids that I had bought...very space-efficient while empty, but hard to get the lids on without collapsing the bowls, so I got rid of them in favor of a set that nests.

I haven't found a collapsible round bowl for the sink, but have two round plastic bowls from Walmart that nest in there and do just fine...the top one is for dishes, the one underneath reserved for cleaning and sponge baths.

I just leave them in there all the time, rather than trying to find a place to store them. There seems to always be something that travels in them...a ripening cantaloupe, thawing meat, etc.

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Old 09-21-2017, 10:46 AM   #1302
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In 1974 [sic] we bought a set of stainless bowls which nest, like these:

https://www.amazon.com/Stainless-Mix...nless+bowl+set

This set is still "working" just fine, and is lightweight, durable, and won't collapse. Nests very well needless to say. The open space inside the stack of bowls can be filled with potholder, tea towels, etc. to maximize their utility. No end to the options.

Shortly thereafter we added similar sets with lids, both round and rectangular. Most of these are still around, but when we give leftovers to folks in one of these, it tends to take a long time to return home! [as in about 1/2 have flown the coop ]

All the gimmicky stuff that breaks, and is expensive to boot, can be replaced by the first basic set.

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