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Old 12-03-2014, 09:56 PM   #43
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This is a personal choice, of course...but our deal is to view our A$ as a Ritz on wheels... a 5 star experience wherever we are.

If we were full timing and we were worried about weight we would have to adjust.


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Old 12-04-2014, 12:44 AM   #44
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I outfitted the FaN with stuff that just made me happy. Colourful. Funky. A lot of it came from the dollar/thrift store.

My favourite find was the globe flea-market aquarium turned salad bowl. I also use it as an ice bucket or punch bowl.


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Old 12-04-2014, 06:08 AM   #45
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Being a lifelong bachelor, food for me is mainly a necessary evil for keeping the inner man and outer man from parting company. Though judging from my overly-large waistline it's an addiction, not a vice! Still, meals are seldom ever social events for me except when I attend an Airstream rally or a coworker's retirement party.

By the way, for my retirement party— or as I call it, my "Good Riddance" party— we went bowling, and aside from a cake at the end of the night all we ate was finger food. No one seemed to mind.

As a result of many meals eaten alone, I never have understood the need for presentation of food to take center stage. If it's edible and I like the taste, I'll eat it (again, check my waistline as proof), whether it's served on fine china, melamine, paper, or straight out of the skillet with no plates at all.
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Old 12-04-2014, 06:30 AM   #46
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Originally Posted by Landshark View Post
I had to read all of these before I could bring myself to admit to carrying a Wedgewood service for four, sterling for six, and crystal for six. This is an Airstream, after all! And I bought into the old A/S ads showing a woman all dressed up, lighting candles on the table. And yes, I carry the candles, too (but I don't dress up)! However, all of that is only if we are camping with full service, since it is water-heavy to wash.

For everyday use, we have Centura, an earlier, nicer, and much more expensive version of Corelle. It is period-correct for our vintage units. It is heavier than Corelle, too, but we just hate drinking coffee out of paper, or eating on paper unless we are boondocking or trying to make time, driving early and late, or unless I'm just feeling lazy!

I figure that if I'm camping in the top-of-the-line trailer, then I'm going to enjoy it to the hilt. And since ALL of this stuff came from thrift stores, I'm not breaking the bank, either.

I know for a fact that you are not the only one doing this.

It's a lifestyle choice, and I think it's sweet.

You probably set a formal table for meals at home, as well. Some of just got away from those formalities.

Do what you like, like what you do. It's your Airstream and your life.

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Old 12-04-2014, 06:39 AM   #47
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Dishes, flatware, and stemware

I love this thread!

Corelle, Chicago Cutlery, Oneida flatware, cast iron, BUT...from the local thrift stores!

I have service for 4 and washing dishes while camping, gets my hands really clean, and lowers my carbon footprint, which is quiet high given the glamping.

I try to find items that are made in the U.S. (new Oneida is not).

Washing dishes on the road doesn't seem like a chore, like it does at home.
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Old 12-04-2014, 06:41 AM   #48
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I am starting to put together my AS accessories. I like to hit estate sales, and I made a list that I keep in evernote to keep track of what I need to get, and what I have already.

I did find a silver-plated flatware set, 6 settings, for $5.
Figured that was as little as buying new at Target, so got them.

Also got a serving bowl and platter made of Armatel (a pewter looking aluminum) for $5 each, that fit into the pick nick basket with flat lid ($30). Armatel is nice because you can put into an oven to preheat, or ice it up to precool, and it helps to keep things cool or warm a bit longer.

I figure by the time we have the $$$ for the AS, that I will have all the extras we will need ready to go, so we don't have to buy all at once.

I've passed on a lot of dish sets because the bowls are tiny.

I have a lot on my list, but I am very choosy so am enjoying finding and collecting everything.

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Old 12-04-2014, 07:04 AM   #49
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Love the thrift store idea. I will check this out when I am updating my wardrobe....yeah!

Also, the comment on washing dishes in an Airstream... I usually fill something small with hot soapy water and sue my small dish brush to carefully clean things, then rinse under very low flow hot water stream. And, the delight of having almost instant on hot water due to the short plumbing runs in a trailer....another cheer.... And having things all tidy in the Airstream seems to be just part of the ritual, relaxing almost.

Of course, this time of year for many there will be some gift giving and I must admit, Corelle with a red theme is on my list.
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Old 12-04-2014, 08:21 AM   #50
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have yet to kit out my recently acquired AS but will be visiting IKEA for sure ... how to keep from shifting around in the cabinets while on the road is the question though ? any tips from your experienced folks ? thx
This is a partial cross-post from the B Van forum, Small Space Living thread.

I was bothered by both storage inefficiencies and the rattling as well as shifting of dishes and cutlery during transit, so I came up with the attached solutions: (1) An accounting check file for the Corelle plates (glad to see so many Corelle fans in this thread) and (2) a wide-weave mass-market general decor basket to hold cutlery individually as well as Corelle bowls and drinking glasses. The check file wedges perfectly between the microwave and its cabinet wall, whereas the basket stays put in the cabinet when it is properly packed.

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Old 12-04-2014, 08:54 AM   #51
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Hey Piggy Bank,

I did the same thing before finding my Safari.

The basement became the 'hopechest'!
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Old 12-04-2014, 09:38 AM   #52
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Clearly food presentation covers a wide swath of preferences. A query further-

How many of the "china/silverware/crystal/candles" experiences are laid out on linen versus place mats, disposable table coverings, or unadorned laminate?
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Old 12-04-2014, 09:39 AM   #53
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Cloth mats for us!
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Old 12-04-2014, 09:49 AM   #54
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We use some cool hand-crafted cloth place mats with a great 50's diner print. They're perfect for the Airstream. We decided that was easier to manage than a tablecloth, and we love the retro look.
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Old 12-04-2014, 10:59 AM   #55
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Like most posters on this thread we use Corelle and melamine. The Airstream has a microwave, and we have Corelle in it. The truck camper has no microwave and so we have melamine.

We also have a divided cardboard box in the dinette drawer with individual cells for glassware. We've never had a problem with breakage in transit.
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Old 12-04-2014, 11:17 PM   #56
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Clearly food presentation covers a wide swath of preferences. A query further-

How many of the "china/silverware/crystal/candles" experiences are laid out on linen versus place mats, disposable table coverings, or unadorned laminate?
Damask, of course! I carry 2-3 damask tablecloths--they take hardly any room and hang in the main closet so they don't get wrinkled.

We have several sets of cloth placemats, too, because food does spill--and with extras I don't have to worry about washing them out right away.

We just enjoy living well on the road as well as at home. And thank you, Maggie, for the nice comment!

This is such an interesting thread!


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