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Old 01-15-2013, 09:00 AM   #1
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I couldn't find a thread specific to this, thought it would be good to have a place where we can post finds especially suitable for our chosen life of small space travel.

Two of these tiny, battery operated clocks arrived today, replacing two "Spot-Ons" we have had for a couple of years but which I can no longer find, also which do not have replacement batteries. Batteries on these are to last 4 years.

They are solidly built and sturdy, and the face removes with fingertips to set time and replace battery. We have one by the sliding door, the other under the sound system in the rear.

Although it is nice to lose track of time and what day it is, sometimes ya just gotta know.

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Old 01-15-2013, 09:31 AM   #2
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I love those Formotion clocks. Those are definitely something I would consider getting.

Since I'm mainly an IT/computer guy, one of the things I have looked at is finding how to save space when it comes to electronics, where I can use as few chargers and adapters as possible. Apple products are expensive, but the one good thing is that I can have one charger for the laptop, one cable for older iOS devices, and one cable for newer devices. I also can get small laptop hard drives for backups. The printer is what is going to take the space, so one could use a portable printer like a Brother PocketJet. I'd also recommend a print to PDF program, so one could copy files to a USB flash drive (make sure it has a read/write switch so it can be made read-only, so you don't end up with any malware coming back) and use that drive at a campground or copy shop for printing.

The one thing I do want to look into is a small strongbox that can be bolted down. This isn't something that is as secure as a full blown safe, but is stout enough to deter the tweakers with a crowbar or hand tools. I like the Fort Knox Original Pistol Safe (one doesn't have to have a firearm to need a place to secure things. I use a safe to secure external hard drives, and vehicle paperwork), because it is well made, made in the US, and has a Simplex lock for quick access. If anyone has a better idea, let me know. There are bigger safes, but the trick is to find something that is compact, but yet secure enough.

On an extreme case, if at most it is just 1-2 people, I've wondered about using the space the third seat takes up for some type of storage, if that is possible.
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:09 AM   #3
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There are a lot of items made for boats, which are good for space economy anywhere.

Had never thought to look at something for motorcycles, until searching for replacement clocks. Both of our Spot-Ons died within a month or so of each other.

One of my splurge purchases for the Interstate was a set of nesting, silicone bowls. Very lightweight, squishable and can be used for mixing, serving, storing leftovers and reheating.


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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.
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I use an 8" x 11", 3" deep ring binder from the office supply store as a recipe organizer for when we are on the road. There just isn't room to store even a few cookbooks full of hundreds of recipes.

This size binder takes the CR Gibson vinyl pocket page refills for two, 4" x 6" recipe cards, holds many more pages than the standard recipe card book does and, as durable vinyl, holds up very well and wipes clean.

I make my own dividers, with fewer categories than commercially sold ones, but where I can always find favorites for whatever the need may be.

Easy to add to, with extra cards kept in the binder pockets.


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I like the recipe binder idea, I think I might start doing that at home, then I could just grab it and take with me when traveling.
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I like the recipe binder idea, I think I might start doing that at home, then I could just grab it and take with me when traveling.
Post-it makes little stick on pockets in several sizes.

I have one of these stuck to the inside cover of my binder, to hold clipped recipes I want to try and smaller recipe cards I can grab if I need to make a copy for someone.

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Maggie,
Cookbooks -- I have about 350 recipes on several iPad apps. No paper, no notebooks, no cookbooks. You can access them without Internet access, otherwise I won't want them. I hope this helps.
And Protagonist,
I like your idea for a mini refrig for keeping drinks cool while out and about. FYI - I've been trying to lay off the stuff and have found one healthy and tasty alternative.
Purchase some Lakewood pomegranate juice from Amazon, and carbonated Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Mineral Water. Put just a little juice in the glasses (1/3) and fill with 2/3 sparkling water. Yum! Then-- I mix it up and forget the pomegranate and substitute some super-duper O.J. Juice or Apple Juice. I want to keep the calories down so I limit the amount of juice, I want good taste from the S.Pellegrino water, and the carbonation lets me think I not missing anything but getting a little healthy juice in the process. I make a large order to Amazon and they pay for the shipping! All this and it is delivered to my front door. For me it works. Like that one TV commercial said, "Try it, you'll like it".
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Mmmmm, iPad apps. . Also a good, and space-saving idea.

I have done some searching of recipes online, but am an old timer who likes some of the old ways---and some of my old recipes. Just sayin'. Some of us like and need paper, also have collections of great cookbooks.

We bought a 12 volt cooler a couple of years ago, and this would be especially handy for a solo traveler. They greatly extend refrigerator space for rallies/ gatherings at campgrounds, and/or when traveling with the grandbabies. Ours also heats, can keep items hot as well as cold.

However, be sure to pull this from the cigarette lighter when you arrive at your site, and plug into electricity, as they will drain your battery to the point that your vehicle will not start. Ask me how I know this.


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Maggie, I agree with you "GIVE ME PAPER" and I'm happy - my mind thinks in paper terms not ether 0's or 1's floating in the air somewhere to make an app. My most used ipad app is the Notebook Paper App. It looks like Yellow lined legal notebook paper. I have almost 900 items on my--” iPad-almost-paper-Notrbook-app”. But - that is where I put my recipes - and FYI you can get cookbook apps just for your personal recipes, not someone else's recipes. Problem is you have to type them all in - but once they are there - they are there. Hope you have a nice evening.
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Maggie, I agree with you "GIVE ME PAPER" and I'm happy - my mind thinks in paper terms not ether 0's or 1's floating in the air somewhere to make an app. My most used ipad app is the Notebook Paper App. It looks like Yellow lined legal notebook paper. I have almost 900 items on my--” iPad-almost-paper-Notrbook-app”. But - that is where I put my recipes - and FYI you can get cookbook apps just for your personal recipes, not someone else's recipes. Problem is you have to type them all in - but once they are there - they are there. Hope you have a nice evening.
I have seen that app, and even used it a couple of times. But, not for recipes.

I have Epicurious on my yahoo homepage, and did download their app so I could access my online "recipe box", though.


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Mmmmm, iPad apps. . Also a good, and space-saving idea.

I have done some searching of recipes online, but am an old timer who likes some of the old ways---and some of my old recipes. Just sayin'. Some of us like and need paper, also have collections of great cookbooks.

We bought a 12 volt cooler a couple of years ago, and this would be especially handy for a solo traveler. They greatly extend refrigerator space for rallies/ gatherings at campgrounds, and/or when traveling with the grandbabies. Ours also heats, can keep items hot as well as cold.

However, be sure to pull this from the cigarette lighter when you arrive at your site, and plug into electricity, as they will drain your battery to the point that your vehicle will not start. Ask me how I know this.


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That's why I move it from the dashboard lighter socket to the outdoor socket on the rear quarter panel— which draws off the house battery— once I reach the campsite and hook up my 30amp service.
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That's why I move it from the dashboard lighter socket to the outdoor socket on the rear quarter panel— which draws off the house battery— once I reach the campsite and hook up my 30amp service.
Yes, that's what we do---now.


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I have several of these in the upper galley cabinet, mounted in that unused space on the side and back walls. "Mix Packet Pockets" at the Container Store.

Toothbrushes and toothpaste are in one (we have no bathroom sink); seasoning packets for chili, tacos, etc, are in another; chicken and beef concentrate packets are in another, etc. Very space-saving, in that no shelf space is used.

With the heat those upper cabinets get in hot weather, we found the peel&stick tape these came with ineffective. Doug got short screws, drilled right through the plastic and narrowly into the wall. No more problems.



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