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Old 03-09-2006, 09:10 PM   #1
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Wine cellar in our AS...

In our AS there is a small, shallow cabinet beneath the refrigerator. Perhaps this is common on most ASs.

We find that it is just the right size to hold wine bottles, so I have created a little 7-bottle wine cellar there. I used one foot lengths of heavy duty Velcro to tie the bottles in place. I put a screw and washer in the center of the strip and placed the 7 strips 3.5 inches apart. The space isn't quite big enough to fit 8 bottles so I added a little gap between each bottle, which resulted in the 3.5 inch on center dimension.

To cover the screw and washer, I added another 3-inch of the same Velcro over the screw and washer on the inside so now they don't endanger the bottle, although I don't suspect that the shaking would break our precious Two-Buck Chuck vintage cabernet.

Lastly, we had some memory foam left over from our twin-bed toppers so I added that to the bottom of the cabinet for a little more security and shock resistance. Seems like a nice installation and we'll find out next week when we take our first extended trip down the coast to Big Sur.
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Old 03-09-2006, 10:32 PM   #2
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We ned some Pictures, here, Mike! I'm having some trouble envisioning how this all works and looks.... but it sounds darn neat! My fridge sits dead on the floor, nothing under it but floor..... but the fact you can make wine storage out this space is GREAT!!

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YES! Two-buck!

I have wine cellars in 2 of my three AS, and the third will get one soon.

I made a cabinet that would hold the styrene molded foam containers that are typically used inside a cardboard box for shipping wine. It's not real durable, but I've put over 20,000 miles and 4 years on both of them and they are still functional. I like the foam because it guarantees that the bottles won't bump each other and it maintains a more constant temperature--I'm not worried about the cold [usually], but the hot dessert days can be brutal when you're out hiking and the trailer is becoming an oven. It's really good to put the wine down on the floor, as this daytime heat [as we all know] is way worse toward the ceiling.

I suspect mice used a small edge of the foam for a homebuilding project at some point, so that's something to worry [perhaps] about.
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Elizabeth,

I'll be happy to post a picture or two of the "cellar." It will be about 2 weeks, however, because we are going out of internet range for a little trip.
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Old 03-10-2006, 06:32 AM   #5
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Mike, Sounds like a great idea and I think we have the same configuration on our Classic. We'll be bringing her home today to prep for trip. I'll take a look at that little space and see if we can't do the same thing. Thanks for the tip.
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As wine is part of my daily life, being a Native Californian, I have found that the areas beneath the arms on the couch will hold several bottles in the foam shipping containers; and will also leave room for other spirits next to the containers. But don't give me credit for this; Henry came up with it!
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One of our overhead bins became "the bar" where we store the fixin's for margarittas. We prefer watermelon margarittas, BTW.
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We've found another use for our little 7-bottle wine cellar.

We recently bought a little Weber gas grille that uses 14-oz propane bottles (just $2.34 each at Home Depot) that have diameter and height almost exactly the same as wine bottles. So, now we keep a couple of gas bottles in our wine cellar. Neat.

Still have to take pictures that show the setup. Sorry to be tardy.
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Well, being a Winemaker by profession, I had my curiosity piqued when I saw this thread. I have dozens (sometimes hundreds) of the three and six bottle styro-shippers. Obviously, anywhere we go, people expect us to "bust-out" a bottle of our Zin or Syrah...now I have a great way of transporting these wines (and gas bottles) in a spot we weren't using. Great idea!
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Well, being a Winemaker by profession, I had my curiosity piqued when I saw this thread. I have dozens (sometimes hundreds) of the three and six bottle styro-shippers. Obviously, anywhere we go, people expect us to "bust-out" a bottle of our Zin or Syrah...now I have a great way of transporting these wines (and gas bottles) in a spot we weren't using. Great idea!
Those styrofoam shippers are certainly a nice, safe way for holding bottles. Is there enough space for the shippers in that compartment however. Our compartment isn't too deep, which is why I ask.

Also, if you are coming to the Forum rally in October, perhaps we can share notes and show off our solutions for the all-important, essential wine storage problem.
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We could not find room for a wine rack but made a wine glass/ mug rack out of wood trim moulding turned upside down and mounted above the sink. The wine is kept in the cabinet over the fridge or in a box inside the fridge.
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Is there enough space for the shippers in that compartment however. Our compartment isn't too deep, which is why I ask...
Yup, I just walked out and set a three-pack shipper in there...no problem. Different manufacturers might have different dimensions...but the one I tried fit nicely.

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All sound like great storage spots for the bar! I'll have to keep these in mind when we go pick up our 1st new Airstream next week (can't wait!)!

Minnie's Mate: Watermelon Margaritas! Sounds yummy... Care to share the recipe? I can post my favourite one - Prickly Pear Margaritas (aka Cactus Pears) if anyone's interested.

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We've found another use for our little 7-bottle wine cellar.

We recently bought a little Weber gas grille that uses 14-oz propane bottles (just $2.34 each at Home Depot) that have diameter and height almost exactly the same as wine bottles. So, now we keep a couple of gas bottles in our wine cellar. Neat.

Still have to take pictures that show the setup. Sorry to be tardy.
Going though this old thread noticed a problem that anyone reading about successful storage of propane bottle under refrig might not consider that it is a dangerous idea. Propane should be stored in an outside locker with a vent at the bottom. Portable cylinders can leak, putting them under the refrigerator would store them very close to a flame source.
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