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Old 11-21-2006, 02:03 PM   #1
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Talkin' Trash

You know you wished someone would start this topic just so you could talk some trash. Well here's your chance! Refuse disposal is an annoying problem to say the least. We thought we could solve the problem by gettings some "step-on" receptacles, the kind where you step on a peddal and the lid opens. We purchased some chrome beauties from Home Depot and brought them home proudly, thinking we could do no better. See picture 1, Too bad, because the manufacturer could have done a lot better. As handsome as they were, they were poorly constructed and the step-on mechansim broke repeatedly. I'd fix one break and it would break somewhere else. Over time we also discovered they were an annoyance setting on the floor, always in the way for traffic, or the refrigerator door. I kept thinking the trash receptacle needed to be recessed out of the way.

With waaaaaaay tooooo much time on my hands, I decided to attack the problem. First was the main trash can. I kept looking for a place to recess it into a cabinet door and finally settled on the wardrobe door. I removed the bottom mirror and backing panel from the door and made an insert with a recess to go in it's place. Luckily I had many wood and vinyl covered plywood pieces from my other modifications to make the recess. I made the recess 5" deep so it wouldn't be a problem for item hanging in the closet and, it would give enough ledge to support the bottom of the trash can. I went to Lowes and purchased 2 wastebaskets. One, I cut the top 3" from and mounted that ring so it would act as a holding ring for the actual trash can / wastebasket. The main trash can sets inside the holding ring. I then made a hinged lid for the main trash can.

I like the way it frees up the floor space and it won't tip over. Plus, it is easy to service.
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Old 11-21-2006, 02:17 PM   #2
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The second place I attacked the trash problem was in the bath. It seems like any receptacle placed on the floor was always in the way. Solution, recess a receptacle into an access panel door. In my solution, I purchased a sanitary napking receptacle made by Hospital Specialty Co. off Ebay. This receptacle is a little wider, a little deeper and a little taller than most other models and it is plastic so it is light weight. The receptacle is easily removable via a supplied bracket for cleaning and service. This recessed receptacle makes good use of an otherwise unused space.

Enjoy!
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One more picture of the main trash can holder.
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Old 11-21-2006, 04:05 PM   #4
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Great Ideas!

Great job Bob!

Got any good ideas on expanding food storage in a 25' Excella? The sliding pantry doesn't provide me with enough space.....
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Old 11-21-2006, 04:07 PM   #5
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Great job Bob!

Got any good ideas on expanding food storage in a 25' Excella? The sliding pantry doesn't provide me with enough space.....
Michelle,

Eat out more often.

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Old 11-21-2006, 04:16 PM   #6
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Eat out more often.

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Old 11-21-2006, 04:48 PM   #7
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Bill,, very creative and very practical,,,,am tired of hanging grocery bags and the end of the towel rack,,, disposing them frequently,,, looks like a good solution,,, love the bathroom idea,,, donna
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We've lived with the re-arranged trash solutions for about a year now and they work so well, we can't imagine them being any other way. Plus, they don't move around and/or tip over when going down the road.
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If you folks are comfortable talkin' trash to each other at least keep it clean... Ha-ha ha ha ha ha eh, not funny. NVM
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Old 07-19-2007, 05:52 PM   #10
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Bob,

That is a great idea! wish I had thought of it. Will make use of it for sure.
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Old 07-19-2007, 06:30 PM   #11
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talkin' trash

We have a 6.7 metre Minuet....wish we had some space to do the built in ideas! Looks great in yours. With tambour doors on everything and a raised floor in the rear bathroom area closet we just don't have a space to do any built ins. We put a small plastic trash receptacle in the shower floor. 3-4 steps from everywhere!
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Old 07-19-2007, 06:48 PM   #12
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We keep a small waste basket in the bathroom, and, a large one at the front door. Easily fill a big garbage bag each day between the two.

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Old 07-19-2007, 07:19 PM   #13
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Sometimes you open a thread and it's nothing but garbage. What's this forum coming to.

Bob, good solutions to what always seems an annoying problem with my trailers. What to do with the garbage. Now I'm thinking about the areas on the FC where I could put a hidden slide in/out or tilt out garbage container. I guess I'll have to head out there first thing tomorrow morning and have a look. The problem with that is that while I'm out there I'm obviously going to have to test the foam on the beds to make sure there's been no deterioration in the past two days and then there goes the whole day, down the trash bin.

Thanks for dumping the great ideas on us.

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Old 07-19-2007, 09:05 PM   #14
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Great Trashy Ideas

Great ideas! Trash IS a problem, especially when you have a smaller AS like our 19' Bambi with limited floor space... But we found a great ready-made solution...in the bathroom dept of our local Bed Bath & Beyond...a small bathroom-sized trash receptacle that is brushed aluminum (yea!) on the outside and has a black hard plastic insert that lifts out...it's one of those step-&-pop-up lid types, so it's covered to keep the pooches out, and it's a rectangular shape...the cool thing is that it's about 5" wide and fits perfectly in that space between the end of the cabinet next to the sink and the dinette...and even leaves space behind it for umbrellas, walking sticks, etc... there's room for it to pop up and be out of the way, too. We put a piece of that rubberish non-skid shelf lining stuff under it so it stays in place, even when we are in transit...it is the perfect size for those plastic grocery store bags...we empty it about once a day when we are on the road... We were pleased...all things aluminum...life is good!...TB
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I like the recessed trash cans - Great Idea.

I took a page from some submarines I use to visit from time to time before the went to sea. They unpacked EVERYTHING and I mean EVERYTHING to its lowest common denominator in packaging. Cereal was combined in bigger plastic bags, cardboard anything was tossed, everything was combines and reduced. Dumpsters were full the day of departure from the docks, everyhing had to be compressed.

That's what we do - out goes all packaging, once the food is used up we usually end up with a zip lock bag to put trash in.

There is nothing worse than to much trash except having to take out the trash.....
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Hi, I have wondered what people were doing for trash containers in their trailers. We have been hanging plastic super market bags on the door handles in the kitchen area, but don't like it. I like your ideas, but I don't think it is exactly what we want. I'm glad you started this thread in hopes that many more suggestions and pictures will appear; So let's hear from everyone else on what you do for a trash can in your Airstream.
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Old 07-19-2007, 10:56 PM   #17
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We use a medium size, (20 gal?), trash can in the kitchen. I put it in the closet during travel and take it out once we are set up. It fits perfectly in the spot by the door next to the bedroom, (since the tambour doesnt work half of the time anyway. Have I mentioned how much I hate that stuff??? ). In the bathroom I just use a small plastic bag from the grocery store. You can see the top part of the can in the photo. I love Bob's idea of having one out of the way. Maybe I could remove that lovely tambour under the sink area and put one inside there?? Kill 2 birds with one stone!
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Bob; Where's the hidden trash receptacle beneath the floor? You know the one you're dying to put in between the frame rails! ( so you can use that new welder)
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What's the old saying? Garbage in, garbage out. The best way to avoid garbage is to not put anything in the trailer. Bill already suggested that eating out eliminates the garbage issue and after much thought (okay, not much, but some) I have to agree. So tomorrow I'll grenade all the food in the trailer and from now on we eat out.............just like if we were staying in a motel. The other option is when we do have to eat in we'll put the garbage in our travel companions garbage container which they leave by their door (on the inside) during the daytime. They will never notice.

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The problem is everytime were in a store and see some item that looks shinny silver...we think it would look cool inside the Airstream.
Not thinking if we really need it, or if it will fit.

I would have picked up that can too.
And will have a problem passing it up, even after reading your report.
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