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Old 03-08-2008, 05:29 PM   #1
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My wife is a genius!

A genius, or at very least, a gifted nester.

With storage space in 16' Bambi at a premium, and dozens of little objects cluttering our silverware drawer with nowhere else to go, and no place to keep slippers/shoes/flip-flops, and with a dinky but underutilized closet, electrifying inspiration STRUCK!

Conventional closet door organizers simply would not fit the available 8-1/2" on the back of the closet door. So she made her own, presented below in two photos, top and bottom. It's attached to the door with snaps whose studs screw into the door for a frm fit. Clear vinyl pockets make it ez to see what's in there.

While at it, we found and modified a tray to fit on the water-heater lid for shoes. And perhaps best of all, two pitchers which fit neatly on the closet floor for garbage and recycling.

Why am I rattling on like this? Well, the last photo tells all. We're supposed to be on our way to New Mexico right now. But Cincinnati is in a level 3 snow emergency, with a surprise 11" March snow storm. We're heading nowhere. But at least we can show off our little closet...

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Old 03-08-2008, 05:44 PM   #2
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Very nice, the clear pockets are the best idea. I have a sail making sewing machine time to get to work.
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Old 03-08-2008, 06:06 PM   #3
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Those are some great ideas - you are exactly right about not having enough place to stow small 'stuff' in our 16' ers.

Could you please provide a little more detail on the door storage project - what is the blue back part made from, lessons learned from assembling the front and back (sewing, I presume?), anything you had to do to prevent the vinyl from tearing, etc?

Another thing I did to improve places to stash stuff, was to add more of those black mesh pockets that came with my 16' CCD - I bought 4 more from the Airstream dealer, and mounted two of them on the front wall over the dinette cushions, and some more back in the bedroom. They are kind of like nightstands - good for glasses, small flashlights, etc., so they are handy during the night.
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The blue material is a lightweight upholstery material that I used to make new cushion covers for the dinette. I seamed two pieces together to make it a little sturdier. The vinyl is pretty heavy so I don't think tearing will be a problem. It's heavier than the heaviest shower liner. Sorry I don't know the thickness. I did add 4 inches to the width of the pocket. That allowed me to make two folds of 1 inch on each side for the bellows effect. You'll definitely need a leather needle.
The only thing I would change is to make the seam allowance 1 inch. That would provide more backing for the snaps that I put on 1/2 inch in from the edge. The mesh pockets are a good idea too. I've been thinking about getting more. I love coming up with storage ideas.
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Wow,,, great ideas,,, have the same trailer and the same problems,,,, shoes especially and small tools would be very neatly kept in your holder,,, thanks for sharing,,, happy trails,,, donna
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very COOL toasty's MOM!

hey were in newmex will ya be,

i'm gonna be very close by soon, and

it'd be great 2 see you kids again!

pm me IF ya don't wanna make it public...

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Hi, Jon. Your wife does nice work; Does that mean you get to do the cooking and dishes for the next two weeks?
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good idea!

i think i could adapt that idea to my wardrobe doors.

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Nice ideas! Be wary of the old adage though, the one where we expand to fill the available space. J
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I bought one of those oval Tupperware type pitchers at Wally World and cut the bulk of the lid away, leaving a rim piece that snaps onto the pitcher. It's just the right size to fit beside the toilet, and the snap on "lid" holds a garbage bag in place perfectly and it handily takes care of my bathroom disposal needs.
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Hey 2Air,

we're currently postponed due to weather and a family complication. hope to leave this coming weekend (3/15), all permitting, for two weeks.

we're planning on some BLM boondocking, but also a some developed stuff - Aguirre Springs in the Organ Mtns near Las Cruces, and Oliver Lee State Park in Alamogordo, which we're planning on hitting early. Both very nice desert/mtn locales. Then west to BLM Deming/Lordsburg, and maybe just maybe, some more in SE Az. We'll see if it works.

where you headin, man? it woud be way fun to run into you!

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very COOL toasty's MOM!

hey were in newmex will ya be,

i'm gonna be very close by soon, and

it'd be great 2 see you kids again!

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