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Old 09-27-2016, 08:56 AM   #1
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Help me do my dishes

We just bought a Flying Cloud 28A with a single bowl sink. Our previous trailer had a double bowl sink. How is everyone handling the single bowl? I am assuming you wash dishes in the sink, have a separate basin sitting on the counter for rinsing, and a drip rack to put the wet dishes in. Any better ideas or suggestions?
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Old 09-27-2016, 09:27 AM   #2
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I just know you're waiting for this one. PAPER PLATES
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Old 09-27-2016, 09:34 AM   #3
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And Amazon has a paper plate, napkin, and bowl dispensers for RV's. (Camco) We mounted them above the sink under the cabinets. Other dishes just get washed all at once in the sink. Then pull the stopper and rinse. We have a small dish drainer the sits on the stove cover.
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Old 09-27-2016, 10:28 AM   #4
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Thanks for the replies, but paper plates, not gonna happen.
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Old 09-27-2016, 10:41 AM   #5
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We use a microfiber mat on the counter for draining/drying and wash and rinse in the sink bowl. I either put a dollop of soap on the dish or on the dishrag and wash, then rinse under the running water. Using a basin full of soapy water to wash seems rather unhygienic to me - kind of like taking a bath rather than a shower. I don't want to be washing dishes in dirty water.


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Old 09-27-2016, 10:57 AM   #6
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Soapy-water in sink...wash dishes as they are placed in sink...drain soapy-water...run water over dishes to rinse...dry and put-away. (And use paper plates majority of the time.)
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Old 09-27-2016, 11:02 AM   #8
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I use a small clean colorful plastic 1 US gallon paint bucket to put my hot soapy water in. This allows the rest of sink to be open for rinsing. The bucket can be purchased at any of your box home improvement stores. You can use any small container about that size. This process along with a drying mat on the counter works best for me.

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We have a 23 ft. (smaller water tank) and the amount of water used for dishes is easily more than for showers. If you boondock, the suggestions about using a gallon pail and very light rinse water is good. We use the biggest dirty pan/bowl that fits to hold wash water, rinse along the edge, and microfiber drying mat with dish rack. Amazing how well the microfiber mats keep water from being a problem. We have been amazed with how little water you can use, but how much you can use if not careful. Have been thinking about more paper plate use, but hate the waste.
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Old 09-27-2016, 11:18 AM   #10
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I have a tub that sits in the sink (dislike too many things on the counter). It's half filled with soapy water and dishes go into it. I use sponge-scourer to scrub dishes and then use the faucet to rinse. Rinse water is generally captured in the tub.

Dishes sit in a dish rack on a towel on top of the stove cover. Once dishes are done, I dump the soapy water into the toilet. What remaining water hasn't dried/drained from the dishes, I usually wipe dry with a dish towel and it's all done.

I think there have been multiple threads about the single vs. double sink debate, but I much prefer a deep single sink to shallower double sinks. And either of those to the shallow single sink that was in my Bambi. That was pretty much worthless as a sink.
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Old 09-27-2016, 11:37 AM   #11
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Thanks for the replies, but paper plates, not gonna happen.
We use to think that. We found eco friendly solutions. But if you must insist. It is a challenge. You will be washing and rinsing one dish at a time and put it on a drying rack above the stove cover.

After three trips, we opt for the disposable solution.
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In our 25 footer, I put up the flap-extension, then drying mat and collapsible drying rack. Then, dish soap in collapsible dish pan. As hot water is running in, I wash glasses, then dishes, etc., rinsing as bowl is filling. Then, if there are still dishes and pans, I trap rinse water in the sink. I've been forgetting to dump water into toilet-- that's a sensible strategy! I like the collapsible things that fit perfectly under the sink.
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I hate small sinks but like clean dishes! I endorse paper plates disposed of in the campfire. For washing I use either the largest pan or bowl filled with hot soapy water or an actual plastic dishpan for washing and the sink for rinsing. I prefer to rinse off the things being washed with hot water, partly to warm them up, then put them in the dishpan to soak for a few minutes. I think the soap holds the grease and dirt in suspension and flowing water carries it down the drain. I never liked rinsing in standing water because after the first thing is rinsed the water isn't clean anymore to my way of thinking. I believe soap works a lot better with hot water and I like to rinse with water as hot as my hands can stand. Most of the water I use is for washing dishes.
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Thanks for the replies, but paper plates, not gonna happen.
Thank you for saying this. Paper plates are extremely rarely used by us either. If I were to use them, I might while on the road. Chris asked me to consider doing that on our next trip. But I think we do just fine washing what we use, which is very little while traveling. I want to leave a better world for my children, my grandchildren, and so on. Paper plates need to end.
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We just bought a Flying Cloud 28A with a single bowl sink. Our previous trailer had a double bowl sink. How is everyone handling the single bowl? I am assuming you wash dishes in the sink, have a separate basin sitting on the counter for rinsing, and a drip rack to put the wet dishes in. Any better ideas or suggestions?
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We have one of these paint buckets (about 12" x 5") that fits in the sink. This is the dishpan and very handy. When we have full hookups it's not needed but when we don't it's a water saver.


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Here's a link although this seems to be a box of 12. I got ours locally for about $1.00 http://www.homedepot.com/p/Argee-5-q...5-12/204078587

Put a few inches of hot soapy water in the bottom and wash dishes, stacking them around bucket (but in sink). Rinse dishes into same bucket with tap water and either again, place around bucket (but in sink) to drip dry or place on a dish mat on counter.

If Gray tank capacity is really a concern, take full bucket to wash water out of trailer to empty.

We rarely use paper either but often have to manage gray water capacity. Wiping plates down thoroughly with a used paper napkin will really cut down on water needed to wash.
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One more vote for paper plates here. When we travel, we spend most of our time boondocking, and I've found that the microwave oven makes the perfect storage compartment for paper plates, paper bowls, plastic knives, forks, and spoons. I can't use the microwave without shore power anyway, and everything fits in there like the thing was made to hold it all.
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OK; we have tried a "few" options including the round tubs, but this collapsible combination (below) works well for washing/drying with a microfiber mat others mentioned also. We have 2 of the dishpans. We place the dish rack in one of the dish pan and use a second dishpan in the sink. We wash in the sink, and place in the rack, which is on stove cover. Then we rinse off and place on microfiber, again, on the stove cover. Sometimes we dry right away and store; other times we just leave to drip dry. Works for us.
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(We also have the napkin and paper plate holders, but mounted over the dining table under the cabinets.)
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Soapy-water in sink...wash dishes as they are placed in sink...drain soapy-water...run water over dishes to rinse...dry and put-away. (And use paper plates majority of the time.)
Yep, this is exactly what we do. It works perfectly, and no unnecessary complications from pails or pans. Easy and quick, and conserves water.

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I had the same issues so have tried several things. I have tried a microfiber drying pad, but it stays too wet in wetter climates. I have also used a collapsible dish pan which I put in the sink and wash with a small amount of water and rinse under the sink (filling the dishpan more full as I go). Instead of a drying mat, I use a dish drain (bottom only and not a rack) to set the wet dishes and let the extra water drain back in the sink, then we use a dish towel to hand dry. This takes up less room than a drainer. I have recently purchased the OXO soap dispensing dish brush. I soap the dishes in a dry sink with the brush & then rinse under water (again letting the sink fill as I go), and then drain in the drainer bottom to be hand dried. I use mostly regular dishes (I wish campsites were better at recycling) and we only use paper when we are on the road traveling (or with the grandkids).
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