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Old 08-15-2010, 07:59 AM   #43
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Nicki, Since you have 2 little ones, a pizza pan (whole wheat homemade dough & allergy sensitve toppings). A cookie sheet, and don't forget measuring cups & spoons. Add in a go to cookbook. Did anyone mention potholders, a table cloth, napkins etc.
We also have our martini and wine glasses with a martini shaker. Oh an ice cube trays for the freezer so you have ice to mix the martinis/ Hoope you are having fun putting all this together. I sure have been having a great time outfitting our a/s.
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you caught a very important item... the pizza pan! Also the potholders, someone had mentioned hot pads, but I had forgotten the potholders!
We have actually just started the outfitting, and yes it's fun. Prior to this I was making gaucho covers!
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I have a Bambi so no room for an ice maker. I have 3 ice trays and a storage container that holds the ice from 3 trays so I always have enough ice. I fill the container and ice trays before I leave and it works fine. I made a list of things I needed before our maiden voyage by room(bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and out door etc) and still had to buy some stuff I missed. Since I have a small sink and like to boondock I bought 2 plastic tubs to do dishes in to save from having to dump the grey tank.

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I love the progress on your blog! Here are some pics of the spice rack and new faucet from Ikea. We got inspired by Ikea, the $3.99 rug started it all! We had lime green cushions and hated the color so we had http://www.tbrich.com/azbambi/decors.html recover them for us at a great price and added the spice rack and faucet from Ikea. Also all of our bedding came from clearance deals from Macys (I travel for work and am in Malls every week so I peiced it together from several stores), the rest came from TJ Maxx, Marshals and Target . I am thinking about replacing the vinal floor but that will be next Spring.
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Old 08-15-2010, 12:34 PM   #46
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I love the progress on your blog! Here are some pics of the spice rack and new faucet from Ikea. We got inspired by Ikea, the $3.99 rug started it all! We had lime green cushions and hated the color so we had http://www.tbrich.com/azbambi/decors.html recover them for us at a great price and added the spice rack and faucet from Ikea. Also all of our bedding came from clearance deals from Macys (I travel for work and am in Malls every week so I peiced it together from several stores), the rest came from TJ Maxx, Marshals and Target . I am thinking about replacing the vinal floor but that will be next Spring.
Not sure about the ice machine, I have it on my to be considered list. Until we have the new fridge installed I have no idea what I will need. However, the ice machine is an intriguing option, but the portable washing machine will probably be more a priority.

You have reminded me that I need to take some pictures. We have purchased some rugs for the floor and I think I may have to re-dye the living room gaucho. I am going to take the cushions out today as well as hang the shower curtain.. it's all getting exciting!!
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Porcelain sinks and tile floors break Corelle plates easliy. Don't ask how i know.
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Porcelain sinks and tile floors break Corelle plates easliy. Don't ask how i know.
I won't ask how you know but how many got broken???
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Packing this thing the first time is going to take careful thought.[/QUOTE]

Don't stress too much about the packing, unless your first trip will be far from a town. We found some stuff the first trip out we needed to add, but we were not too far from town, so we made a list and quick trip to the store.
Also we have been learning as we go. I used to carry small jars of mustard, ketchup and mayo. also small jars of sweet & dill pickels. Found at a local restuarant supply type shop the individual packets of mustard, mayo, ketchup and dill pickels ( like the kind you find in fast food places). The good thing about that is they don't have to be refrigerated, so each trip we just throw a handfull of eeach into tupperware container and put in a cabinet.
Each trip seems to have a thing we wished we had, but made due, and things we figure we may never use, take out.
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I love the progress on your blog! Here are some pics of the spice rack and new faucet from Ikea. We got inspired by Ikea, the $3.99 rug started it all! We had lime green cushions and hated the color so we had http://www.tbrich.com/azbambi/decors.html recover them for us at a great price and added the spice rack and faucet from Ikea. Also all of our bedding came from clearance deals from Macys (I travel for work and am in Malls every week so I peiced it together from several stores), the rest came from TJ Maxx, Marshals and Target . I am thinking about replacing the vinal floor but that will be next Spring.
Your Bambi is looking great...great job!...It's great fun, isn't it?? ...TB
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Packing this thing the first time is going to take careful thought.
Don't stress too much about the packing, unless your first trip will be far from a town. We found some stuff the first trip out we needed to add, but we were not too far from town, so we made a list and quick trip to the store.
Also we have been learning as we go. I used to carry small jars of mustard, ketchup and mayo. also small jars of sweet & dill pickels. Found at a local restuarant supply type shop the individual packets of mustard, mayo, ketchup and dill pickels ( like the kind you find in fast food places). The good thing about that is they don't have to be refrigerated, so each trip we just throw a handfull of eeach into tupperware container and put in a cabinet.
Each trip seems to have a thing we wished we had, but made due, and things we figure we may never use, take out.
Susan[/QUOTE]

You have a very good point. There is just so much to think about when you first get it....
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I love the progress on your blog! Here are some pics of the spice rack and new faucet from Ikea. We got inspired by Ikea, the $3.99 rug started it all! We had lime green cushions and hated the color so we had http://www.tbrich.com/azbambi/decors.html recover them for us at a great price and added the spice rack and faucet from Ikea. Also all of our bedding came from clearance deals from Macys (I travel for work and am in Malls every week so I peiced it together from several stores), the rest came from TJ Maxx, Marshals and Target . I am thinking about replacing the vinal floor but that will be next Spring.
He's right. It looks really cool. What type of flooring will you use?
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I bought a couple of stainless steel containers from a local restaurant supply shop (They're rectangle, about 9" x 5" and about 3" deep with a lid). We cook outside a good bit (on the Coleman stove- another fav.), and these containers are invaluable to keep goodies warm in the outside. Wouldn't travel without them.

From the same shop, we bought several cafeteria trays, which are great when taking food, etc. in and out of the trailer. If you have access to a good restaurant supply store, check it out. You'll find all kinds of useful (cheap) gadgets!
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As you can see from the posts everyone has their own way of doing things that works for their cooking pattern.

There are really only a couple of "secrets" that are actually RV-specific.

Corelle, as mentioned upthread, is an excellent material. It is made of tempered glass and is nearly unbreakable, and lasts longer and looks better than melamine, and is unaffected by heat. They are thin and stack well. Unless you mostly use paper plates you should try a set. Either the square or round work fine, it's a matter of taste. Note that the mugs and many of the serving pieces that match the plates are stoneware and will break easily so it's mainly the plates you want to use.

Instead of glassware many people use polycarbonate or stainless steel. You can get polycarbonate wine glasses, and stainless steel wineglasses. Some people use heavier glassware and wrap it but breakage can still take place (emergency stops e.g.) and it's a huge hassle when it does.

I do have a few glass items but they travel in the bottom of the coat closet so I don't have to worry so much about glass shards getting into the food if something breaks.

In a larger trailer like yours nesting pans are not strictly necessary. Most people find that they want full-size household-type housewares for a few key items that they use daily; for me it's the teapot, frying pan, muffin tin, and toaster -- but that is a poor combination for most people. I would encourage you to start small and use extra items from your house or inexpensive stuff until you figure out what you really want.

A final note is that with water conservation nearly always being a priority I find it worthwhile to take extra dishcloths and towels and will often wipe out a greasy pan or other item with a dry towel rather than go through a bunch of hot water and soap to get it clean. The towel goes in the laundry bin, and depending on the item I can wash it with minimal water use. I've saved maybe half a gallon of water just by bringing one extra towel.
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As you can see from the posts everyone has their own way of doing things that works for their cooking pattern.

There are really only a couple of "secrets" that are actually RV-specific.

Corelle, as mentioned upthread, is an excellent material. It is made of tempered glass and is nearly unbreakable, and lasts longer and looks better than melamine, and is unaffected by heat. They are thin and stack well. Unless you mostly use paper plates you should try a set. Either the square or round work fine, it's a matter of taste. Note that the mugs and many of the serving pieces that match the plates are stoneware and will break easily so it's mainly the plates you want to use.

Instead of glassware many people use polycarbonate or stainless steel. You can get polycarbonate wine glasses, and stainless steel wineglasses. Some people use heavier glassware and wrap it but breakage can still take place (emergency stops e.g.) and it's a huge hassle when it does.

I do have a few glass items but they travel in the bottom of the coat closet so I don't have to worry so much about glass shards getting into the food if something breaks.

In a larger trailer like yours nesting pans are not strictly necessary. Most people find that they want full-size household-type housewares for a few key items that they use daily; for me it's the teapot, frying pan, muffin tin, and toaster -- but that is a poor combination for most people. I would encourage you to start small and use extra items from your house or inexpensive stuff until you figure out what you really want.

A final note is that with water conservation nearly always being a priority I find it worthwhile to take extra dishcloths and towels and will often wipe out a greasy pan or other item with a dry towel rather than go through a bunch of hot water and soap to get it clean. The towel goes in the laundry bin, and depending on the item I can wash it with minimal water use. I've saved maybe half a gallon of water just by bringing one extra towel.
On the drinking cups, I really don't want to clean up broken glass and I am a bit ... careless/clumsy so I will be looking at the other options.

I think I will take your idea of "borrowing" from the house until we get some idea of what/how much we will use. From what you are saying though, we need to figure out what we absolutely can't live without everyday... coffee! Probably the toaster too.

As for the nesting pots, the cook (Shawn) saw your post about the extra space we have and agrees with you. So that opens his options a bit more on the pots.

On the water conservation, as we've only had her out once and that was without kids and we are complete newbies, I am clueless. However, your idea does make a lot of sense.

Thanks to you all for answering!!
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Jammer makes some good points. Something else we are careful about is to wipe dirty pans and dishes with a paper towel before we wash them, so as little "stuff" goes into the grey tank as possible...the less grease and gunk that goes in the grey tank, the cleaner it will stay over time. You'll be surprised how nasty grey water can get over time and a few hot days. Many days we only wash dishes once a day...especially if we are dry camping and using paper plates to conserve water... We just stash them in a dish pan and wash in the evening...then use the dish water to drown the camp fire. In many campgrounds it's OK to dump "fresh" dishwater...but once it's in the grey tank that's a no-no because there it has the chance for bacteria to grow.
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