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Old 02-18-2011, 07:11 PM   #1
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Dinnerware for full timing

Does anyone have any recommendations for lightweight dinnerware for full-timing? I have been looking at corelle but want to know if there is anything else.
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Old 02-18-2011, 07:16 PM   #2
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As you've probably seen the practical choices are either Corelle or Melamine.

You can use ordinary stoneware but it uses more space and is prone to breakage.
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Old 02-18-2011, 07:49 PM   #3
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So far I like Corelle. Melamine gets really hot in the microwave. Corelle does too but not as much. I definitely don't want to do stoneware.
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Old 02-18-2011, 08:21 PM   #4
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We have a set of Corelle, but beware, when it does break it shatters into a million pieces. We had a couple of bowls that got loose during travel and fell to the floor. We found broken glass for months!
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Melamine is not microwaveable.
I used Corelle in our Class-C that had a microwave and switched to melamine in our 28' CCD without a microwave.
Both are thin and stack nice.
People complain that oils are hard to remove from melamine.
It also scratches so if you need a knife for most of your meals it will lose its luster quickly.
I like square dishes in my RV and it is easy to find square Correlle and melamine.
Tupperware makes some microwave bowls and luncheon plates. You can also find retired micro-safe Tupperware tableware on ebay in more sizes. Of course plastic scratches and holds on to oils worse than melamine.
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Old 02-18-2011, 11:07 PM   #6
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To save weight, buy them individually, only what you need. We carry a setting for two, and some paper plates for group picnics.

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Old 02-18-2011, 11:40 PM   #7
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I have a set of the Corelle Simple Lines pattern that I picked up at the local WalMart. They are available other places and I had planned on ordering a set when I found them on the shelf. WalMart also has individual pieces (open stock) available. I picked up another of the smaller plates in the same pattern to keep at work for the occasional lunch not suitable for paper plates.

They are not heavy either. I can't imagine you needing to buy only a couple of pieces to save weight vs a four place set in a 30' Airstream.

Also see photos in the April 2009 Photo Contest:

My chili dog on the Corelle and a couple of shots of GT63's more elegant dining offerings and table setting.
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Old 02-19-2011, 12:22 AM   #8
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Actually two salad plates, dinner plates, bowls, cups and saucers. Of course weight is not saved in a little dinnerware, but in taking only what you need of everything. I started camping by backpacking, and can't shake that old habit.

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Old 02-19-2011, 08:45 AM   #9
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Thanks for all the info. I know Corelle can break but have never had it happen. Thanks for the heads up mhilley.

Corelle sounds like the way to go. I also like square, have wanted it in the house for awhile now. Now that I'm getting new I can go for it!

I will check out the photos.

We have a set of "marine" dinnerware in our current trailer, that came off our old boat, but i'm not sure what brand (has rubber slip proof pads on bottom). They get really hot in the microwave, maybe they are melamine?? Now I know not to put it in the microwave!

Anyway, our new AS will come with a microwave/convection oven. I love the one I have in the house.

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Oh, another question. What cookware does everyone like for cooking on gas stoves? I like the colorful stuff from Rachael Ray but it can be expensive! And of course I need the minimal as I don't have a lot of storage!

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Old 02-19-2011, 09:59 AM   #11
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I'll probably get out voted on this one, but I like a good cast iron skillet. About a number 5 Griswold will do the trick for most folks or a number 7. Once seasoned, the cast iron skillet can be used almost any where, on the stove or on the fire. That's all I use.
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We carry a #8 Griswold, #8 SK, a cast lid and a cast iron dutch oven.

Also, a stainless pot with lid and strainer insert for boiling pasta et
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Oh, I have a #5 and a bigger griswold (no idea what # as I can no longer read it). And plan on taking both with us as we move out of the house and into the AS. A cast iron dutch oven is a good idea!
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I have Corelle for the fine dining,I also carry mess hall trays for the pot luck dinners,you can really load up those stainless trays.For cooking I also have a couple of cast iron pans and dutch oven. Dave
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