tips on storage

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  1. stevetracey

    stevetracey Read Only Funster

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    Thanks for all your advice so far. Taking the plunge for first overnight stay this weekend with the dogs in tow, they are not impressed with it at the mo!
    Just started loading up a few essentials and wondering how you store certain things, like wine bottles, lemonade, mugs etc., any tips would be great, thanks, Tracey
     
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    You just need to stop things rattling. Paper towels, tea towels, purpose made stuff. Hard to generalise but you will know if you get it wrong!
     
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    Wine and large bottle I carry in a 6 bottle wine carrier you get from the supermarket. Mugs etc I wrap in bubble wrap then I throw a spar blanket in the locker to try and minimise any rattle. I'm sure others will be along to give you better advise. (y)
     
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    We made a bottle stand* that goes into the dead space behind the driver's seat and the bulkhead. All the bottles go in there.

    I got a roll of the stuff that is sold to stop rugs slipping from IKEA and cut bits off it to put between plates etc. Works great and much cheaper than the same stuff (or very similar) sold as drawer / shelf liner. Tea towels, towels, oven gloves and apron get pushed in where there is space. Somehow it all works but I want to get cupboard dividers to make it easier to get stuff out as the anti-slip stuff works a bit too well at times.

    *based on the wine carrier David mentioned above but dimensions altered to fit the space.
     
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    We invested in camping plates/bowls/ mugs etc. light and don't rattle. Heavy stuff low down over an axle if you can and pack everything tight, bedding/ pillows high up. If your anything like us you will be moving stuff around a lot :LOL:
     
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    Wine bottles in socks. Some of that grey neoprene convoluted stuff from Aldi to stop cooker shelves rattling. Plate rack, the type where you stack them vertically so they lean on each other and, also, take up minimum space. Glasses in a purpose made wall rack. Mugs in individual plastic bags (zip seal work). Everything else in the kitchen in little plastic baskets, because the cupboards are higher than the ones in our kitchen at home and, consequently, are awkward for accessing stuff at the back, so we lift the baskets out.
     
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    In 8 years (low numbers compared to some I know) ooftowing a tin shed and now the camper I have always just put it away.. plate rack for the space saving, cups and glasses upside down on a sheet of the non slip stuff and bottles laid down in a low cupboard. Only ever had a single glass broken in transit and the only rattle is the cutlery draw (which I now pad with t-towels.
     
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    Thank you, great tips, bottles in socks
     
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    Alternatively, do what the DIL does. If there's a noise, turn up the radio. If there's a smell, light a fag.
     
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    Think you'll find, now you've moved in with the 'orchestra', you'll notice a lot more noise than when tugging. Try some of that non-slip stuff in your cutlery drawer. It's the drawer itself that produces most noise. Lying the bottles down is a good idea, if you can stop them sliding about or rolling,
     
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    We use ikea plate racks and stack the crockery plates flat. We found a foam 'template' in Germany for different size glasses to stand in and we put these little latex sock things on the glasses as they stack to stop them rattling... We have a couple of muggi's for mugs. We use a large food container for the double skillet... (thanks Graham)
     
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    Have to say, in the Bessie the pan supports on the hob used to rattle, presumably against the glass 'lid'. So I used to lay a teatowel opened, over the hob and shut the glass lid down on that.

    All the baking tins and one frying pan live inside the oven, with a knackered frayed and worn out old hand-towel is wrapped round them. The grill pan which does rattle about in its cavity, also gets wrapped in ditto.

    Shelves covered in the non-slip stuff, Arcopal 'crockery' stacked, folded into 8 clean teatowels stacked on top of the teaplates standing on the diner plates. Mugs upside down on the non-slip.

    Cutlery drawer doesn't rattle! - but then, it is full.

    Larder - plastic baskets for condiments, any glass jars and odds and ends, tins in a single layer. Fresh veg in 'garage' under bed, in a faux linen shopping bag Jacksons gave us once at one of the shows.

    A lot of the stuff in there eg shoes, is in 'stacka crates' - the sort that fold flat when they are empty. Spare bedlinen and towels are in two large lidded plastic boxes, which also stack. Sort of like giant Tupperware with a breathable seal LOL Dirt cheap one day from B &M, think they were about £3 each. Other places seemed to charge nearly a tenner for the same thing.

    We each have an overhead locker and a drawer each. We each have plastic baskets - I keep underwear in one, socks and odds and ends in the other. Pete much the same and we can stack the baskets on the locker bottom shelf (none of that stuff needs to be flat anyway really) so we still each have 1.5 shelves for whatever. And some hanging space in the wardrobe but that's not very huge.
     
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    sdc77 - what's a 'muggi' ?
     
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    like Sedge said,towel across kitchen top then sink cover and hob glass on top, all heavy stuff at low level, bottles and cans lay flat on towels and cover in towels, check doors for rattles, I use self adhesive draught excluder to stop these. inside ovens and grills can be a major rattle source - again towels and tea -towels help.
     
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    My Moho has a slide out bar the straps bottles and glasses in place. Hey, that's rock and roll for ya :D
     
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    If your fridge has a lock, don't forget to lock it before you set off.

    Many a time in my last van the fridge contents would spew out into the van on the first roundabout we came to.
     
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    I suppose a lot top up like we do on sachets of mustard, sauce, mayo etc whenever eating out and keep them in a plastic container in the m/h to save taking bottles.Leaves room for essentials (spare wine)

    David
     
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    Lin has crocheted (probably not how it's spelt, but hey, I'm not perfect), some pockets to put the plates and saucepan lids in.
    We also use loads of that rubbery stuff used for non slip matting.

    One of the problems we've had with both the vans we've had is a rattling shower door.
    In both cases we've found using lengths of foam pipe insulation slipped over the edges has solved the problem
     
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    We didn't know either - but Googled it & (ignoring the unfortunate Urban Dictionary meaning :giggle:) found this
    http://muggi.co.uk/collections/all muggi-black_large.jpg
    Great idea if enough room in your cupboards (y)
     
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