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Old 10-02-2013, 04:41 PM   #1
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Hi folks,

Just spent 10 days on the road and some fairly rough dirt road at times. I had a number of cabinets that opened and contents spilling. I am looking for advice on some little gadget that will secure the cabinets during travel. Thank you,

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Old 10-02-2013, 07:13 PM   #2
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put any heavy stuff below and the light stuff up above, works for me
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Old 10-02-2013, 07:18 PM   #3
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I always wonder if we've just been lucky or why this happens to some people and not others!! We've only had our trailer since April, but have done some fairly extensive driving on horrible gravel roads and not had anything open yet (knock on wood). Is it upper cabinets or lower ones or all of them?
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I use bungee cords ( these have plastic hooks so they don't mar the finish ).
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I have a feeling it is more how you pack the cabinets rather than the "roughness" of the road. While I've never had a problem on perfectly smooth roads, even mildly rough paved roads dumped stuff from my cabinets until I started packing heavy, rounded stuff towards the back away from the door. I really started to pay attention after a bottle of olive oil popped out & also popped the top off. Boy, what a mess!
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Years ago, someone described a travel trailer as an "Earthquake Going Down The Road." Kinda makes sense. Heavy stuff low and towards the shell, lighter stuff up top. And remember the refrigerator. Stuff bouncing around... no wonder the refrigerator liner cracks and door shelves bust.
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put any heavy stuff below and the light stuff up above, works for me
Amen to that Jim and I would add as centred over the axles as possible. Those shallow lower cupboards in from the wheel wells should be where you transport the gold ingots
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Old 10-03-2013, 01:25 PM   #8
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Thank you all for your replies. Maybe I am unlucky but since the camper is new, I am very lightly packed. One 'silverware' drawer came open and one other cabinet that is very lightly packed with plastic dishes, etc. I did not have any bungees with me, so I tied things together. I can use bungees but was thinking of a solution that would not require one more extra tie down to remember. As I pack I will do the suggested weight distribution. In the mean time, if I find the right gadget I will let you know.

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Jane, I have an older trailer (2005) that we bought used this spring, so I'm not sure if the drawers are the same but ours popped open when we drove it home from the sellers house while totally empty. We looked at the mechanism, which in ours is like two curved metal clips on the drawer that click over a plastic tab when it's closed. The metal clip parts were loose, so they weren't clipping over the tab well, but we easily bent them a little tighter and haven't had a problem since. I hope this helps! For all I know, it's a totally different design in the drawers now though.
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Old 10-03-2013, 01:57 PM   #10
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Hillary,

Actually the cabinet closure mechanism sounds exactly like what is on my Escape cabinets and drawers. i will give that a try! The simple tightening might do the trick and I will use the bungees for my dirt road and pot holes travel. thanks!

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