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Old 03-20-2011, 12:51 PM   #1
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Question Dishes for the Camper

We just got our camper last spring and the couple times it was out we used paper products. I want to get dishes that will work with the theme I am going towards, 50's Diner with the red glitter vinyl (completion wil take years, but one piece or project at at time).

I have been looking for something like the Melamine dishes that are microwave safe in a red, black, or white color. Tupperware has a set of red dishes out, however they also are not for the microwave. I want something that is NOT breakable, as we have two small children, but I am not finding it. I know about the Corelle, but it leaves such tiny, sharp pieces when it does break.

For drinking I will probably end up with one of the clear glasses on the site below, but would appreciate any ideas on dinnerware. The best thing about the set below is they are made to stack!

Any ideas you could offer would be great!

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Old 03-20-2011, 01:28 PM   #2
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Melmac/Melamine is good choice..

You are correct about Corelle breakage and china is impractical with vibration and children.. We have paper (with woven holdes) for emergencies, but rely on melamine.. Interestingly, best places to find it are places you might not regularly shop, like heavy discounters, seasonal pharmacy or outdoor shops with sales.. E-Bay is also a source for inexpensive dishes and cups. If you search vintage plastic or melamine dishes or plastic glasses or aluminum glasses, you'll find a lot of choices.. In our area, Rite-Aide and Walgreen stores often load up on seasonal items in spring for outdoor/camping use...


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Old 03-21-2011, 04:13 AM   #3
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First off, Sorry to all for posting this in the wrong place....I didn't realze where I was apparently. However here is a site I found that might help also....I'll look into it more but I'll probably find something on it that I like well enough for what it is.
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Old 03-21-2011, 05:05 AM   #4
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I just got red melamine dishes from Target fro Christmas and love them. I was there this weekend and now they are on sale! They have several styles to choose from but here's what I got.

I've been looking for a year and really like these and they were pretty cheap!
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Old 03-21-2011, 06:40 AM   #5
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Square melamine is great for campers. I used a set of 8 in a mixed coordinating pattern, from Target, in my CCD and have moved half of them to my little Westy.
Generally melamine is NOT microwaveable. My CCD did not have a micro but my Westy does. We use paper in the microwave.

For glasses, I suggest you get everyone a Tervis Tumbler. They are true to period. Have everyone choose a personalized tumbler and coordinating lid as you walk out the door. Wash and use them while camping and traveling.
I alternate between a flamingo with a light pink lid and a pink flower with a dark pink lid. My husband alternates between one that says "BIKE" with a royal lid and the classic Airstream being pulled by a bike with a navy lid. We do not carry coffee cups and use our tumblers for hot and cold. We use the 16oz but they come in a variety of sizes.
Our tumblers live in the house and only one per camper goes out on the road.
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For company I have 4 polycarbonate square glasses that I purchased at Target.

My solution for saving space in the CCD was to purchase some FoldTuk pieces that can go from fridge to oven and collapse for storage. I have the 4 and 6 cup rectangles. They were great for heating left overs in the oven.
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I have my family color coordinated. Husband-Green, Older Son-Blue, Younger Son-Orange and Me-Pink. This is great for towels on the road, water bottles, notes on the calendar and any time you need to keep like items separate and easily recognizable. I have done this for years.
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Old 03-21-2011, 08:20 AM   #6
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planning to look at Target this week! Might get a couple of the corelle just for the microwave though.
Birds Nest, thanks for the links, ill look into them also!
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You know, you'd be surprised what you can pick up in a second-hand store! Maria was down at one in Taos one time, and the prop folks from the movie Off the Map came in with dishes, among other stuff. Maria picked it up. That's what we use in the Airstream now.

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planning to look at Target this week! Might get a couple of the corelle just for the microwave though.
Birds Nest, thanks for the links, ill look into them also!
The WalMarts here in Little Rock have open stock Corelle in several patterns as well as complete sets. You should be able to find what you want there if not at Target.
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Old 03-21-2011, 03:25 PM   #9
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I have been looking at the second hand store, unfortunatly around here most of it is not what I'm after, or I'm not in there when it does. Our Walmart has the openstock Corelle as well, thats where I thought I'd get the couple of pieces from.
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I bought some enamel-coated stainless steel plates from GSI outdoors. They have them in a speckled lipstick red, cobalt blue and granny apple green. Lightweight and durable. But, they're not microwaveable...

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There are some good examples in this thread.
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Old 03-21-2011, 05:46 PM   #12
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You can find a lot of nice vintage Boonton melamine on ebay. I recently bought some for when I finish the restore of my 1953 Cruiser. However, in the Argosy this is year three of camping for us and I enjoy ceramic stlye dishes. Yes they are breakable but we put them in foam packing sleeves after each use. It takes no time at all to slip then in and out. 15k miles so far and no breakage. Plus they dont blow away when eating outside.
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We bought some dishes, square melamine but in white at Ikea, until we can spend the dough on what we (I) really want. I would think twice about microwaving melamine, especially the vintage stuff. Maybe use the other stuff for the MW and then transfer to the dishes.
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Don't microwave the melamine!

...there is tons of fun stuff out there that is vintage. Be sure to shop too! Especially good for finding individual pieces. I found our set at an antique mall and another set almost identical just a few weeks later at a so called antique store that was really a glorified garage sale. I lucked out and got great pricing. I do think there is a bit of luck of being at the right place at the right time. The hunt is part of the fun :-)

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