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Old 06-30-2013, 06:44 PM   #15
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comfort, I'd never heard of a sham-wow but it looks useful-- esp. in a place like BC where we can get lots of rain. (We're not on the coast, but a lot of it heads inland 3 seasons of the year.)

BAAMBi7-- Wow! I can see we've been wasting a lot of the space we do have.

One thing we put in the cupboards above the bed are sleeping bags. Extra comforters would work just as well. Since the dog generally sleeps under the bed next to the furnace, they get us through some cold nights without supplementary heat. We also figure that the dog blocks the draft through those bottom cupboard doors. (Australian cattle dog/German shepherd mix.)

We don't put any household items in that outer back storage space either. It's too full of hoses, extention cord, hitch when we're not towing, &c.

We do insist on carrying six wine glasses. Real ones. You never know when you might need them for neighbouring campers, family, or fellow Airstreamers.
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Old 06-30-2013, 06:54 PM   #16
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I did the "if I didn't use it in the past year, take it out of the trailer" routine, and I highly recommend this process. (I have a niece who's a professional organizer and that's the secret to clutter reduction.) Some of the "neat" things I bought thinking they'd work well really didn't (like a bunch of pots and pans). I found I only needed half of what I'd bought. Corelle is great, and I confess to using Chinet once in awhile. Also, provision as you go rather than haul stuff. I am amazed that I rarely use canned anything -- except pork and beans. I have FOUR hanging lockers. Use just one for a couple of jackets. The others hold a Dyson fan, a water carrier and other sundry (but lightweight) extras. Since I solo, I really do take a (fairly) normal shower...it's a luxury that I really value. Oh, and on a four week trip out west this spring I ate only ONE meal in a restaurant. Buy food locally and cook it myself the way I want it!
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Old 06-30-2013, 10:28 PM   #17
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We added something... DW found collapsible wine glasses. The stem unscrews ad snaps into the glass itself!!!!
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Old 06-30-2013, 11:00 PM   #18
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We have those glasses, too! but rarely take them out. In a 16' we make choices. I obviously don't care what I drink in,, but would miss not having scrabble and Yahtzee. In small spaces we make choices that we normally wouldn't need to make with 15 extra feet. It's fun to see how we squeeze what we need in such a little trailer! Lets keep sharing! I'll send pictures !
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Old 06-30-2013, 11:36 PM   #19
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We keep our clothes in the his and hers above the bed as well as the closet. Metal suction cup small - put right above our head in the bedroom to stash glasses ! the arms slide right through the metal openings.
We are headed out tomorrow for a two day quick trip. I'm excited to try out all these new ideas. I have already cleared out the his and hers above the bed that once held way too many toiletries and replaced them with his and hers clothing. Much better idea!

I went through the entire kitchen and this is what made the cut:
Above: 2 Insulated cups for every day drinking (water, margarita's, etc...), two coffee cups, paper plates, small pyrex dish (for cooking in microwave), small strainer (i love pasta), small pot, small frying pan, liquid measuring cup.
Cupboard Below: Handi-wipe dish rags, sham-wows (dry wet bath) air freshener, clean-up wipes, small tray (for preparing meat for grill), tiny trash can.
Drawers Below: 4 Knives, forks, spoons, few utensils (i think i can do better and weed out some of these) Tiny trash bags, larger trash bags, zip lock bags, foil.

I'm keeping the food to the left of the dinette and the right holds a few movies and misc. The drawer below the dinette holds games, first aide, flashlight, can koozies, bug spray, misc.

The hooks hold dog leash, cap, reusable bags that zip up really small on a clip.

I moved most toiletries to the medicine cabinet in wet bath and keep 2 towels, 2 washcloths and bath rug in wet bath. I bought a soap holder and stuck it to the wall and also a toothbrush holder and stuck it to the wall (now if I can only remember which toothbrush is mine... green or purple??).

I love the idea of suction cups by the bed to store glasses. I need to look for one of these. I did buy small travel clock (when I wake up I like to see the time) I need to figure a way to mount this. Right now it's perched above the thermostat.

Thanks for all the wonderful ideas! I'll let you know how it goes and maybe try and snap a few pictures.
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I love the idea of suction cups by the bed to store glasses. I need to look for one of these. I did buy small travel clock (when I wake up I like to see the time) I need to figure a way to mount this. Right now it's perched above the thermostat.
Velcro is your friend. Just the thing for your travel clock. You can even mount it to the ceiling over your bed so when you wake up, just look up.

On the subject of Velcro, I put some on my television remote, and stick it up next to the television when I'm not using it so it doesn't get lost.
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I need "brain Velcro" to keep track of my velcroed items.
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One of our favorite items is a set of nesting silicone bowls. The "squish" factor is what makes these so important.

They can be used for mixing, also storing leftovers and reheating.

The cooking item we use most is a Calphalon skillet with lid, picked up at TJMaxx. Many meals are prepared in this, can also bake biscuits stovetop.


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Old 07-01-2013, 01:20 PM   #23
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Comfort, you seem better organized than we are!

One thing I might mention is that we keep a kind of "junk" box-- full of small items that we might only need occasionally, but just don't wish to be without on a longer boondocking trip-- where running to the store is not a good option. Stuff like:

A nylon cord and clothespins, usually just for tying a clothesline to a couple of trees and drying out the towels. (We use flannel rags, as well, vs. paper towels.)

Windex. To see the view, vs. the squashed bugs.

Playing cards. (We don't much play, but did do some bridge once with fellow Airstreamers!)

Scotch tape

Candles, spare batteries for flashlights & smoke detector

Clothes-mending kit

post cards with stamps

I've forgotten the rest, but you get the idea.

We did just go through the Bambi and remove unused stuff (like two garlic presses and 3 corkscrews!) but for longer trips in remote areas, the philosophy is:

If the chances of something going wrong are small, but the consequences of something going wrong are major, take the precautions.
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