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Old 04-17-2015, 01:17 AM   #101
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And, I just run a bungee from existing cabinet handle to another existing cabinet handle.
I did that as well, but it was not enough. Door is secured with duck tape, the bungee and kept empty when traveling from now on. I did not think that I hit much of a bump and thought everything was pretty secure, but I was very wrong. Nothing that could not be fixed though, bent hinge that I was able to straighten, cracked plastic on the bottom of the door that was fixed with epoxy, etc.
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Old 04-17-2015, 01:54 AM   #102
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Speaking of securing items, I bought a couple of those spring-loaded rods that are supposed to keep stuff inside a cupboard. I tried them as sold and they failed to keep cans in the cupboard (a shallow cupboard with wheel well behind ). Then I attached small adhesive buttons to the side walls of the cupboard and cut an X in the plastic covers at the ends of the rods so that the buttons made the rods even more secure. That failed too.
I'm thinking I need to do something that can't be removed by compressing a spring, something that requires a screwdriver or a hammer.
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Old 04-17-2015, 09:51 AM   #103
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I installed a pair of these shower rod holders with 3M tape high in the shower and on both sides of the cabinet under the sink . An extendable and locking shower rod is used in the bath to hang wet items. While traveling the rod is installed in the under sink cabinet to keep items from falling out if the doors open or moving enough to open the doors.
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Old 04-17-2015, 12:10 PM   #104
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Speaking of securing items, I bought a couple of those spring-loaded rods that are supposed to keep stuff inside a cupboard. I tried them as sold and they failed to keep cans in the cupboard (a shallow cupboard with wheel well behind ). Then I attached small adhesive buttons to the side walls of the cupboard and cut an X in the plastic covers at the ends of the rods so that the buttons made the rods even more secure. That failed too.
I'm thinking I need to do something that can't be removed by compressing a spring, something that requires a screwdriver or a hammer.
Tried them too, albiet without modification, and the results were the same.
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Old 04-18-2015, 06:15 AM   #105
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For double doors under kitchen or bed during travel, Gear Ties, which are like coat hangars encased in rubber, can be wrapped through the two handles. At sports stores.
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Old 04-28-2015, 01:30 PM   #106
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Pix #1: Old way.
Pix #2: New way...
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Old 04-28-2015, 01:47 PM   #107
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Old 04-28-2015, 01:57 PM   #108
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Would a belt like that work with Glenn's vertical bungee idea?
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Old 05-19-2015, 09:03 PM   #109
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Our trailer held up well during last week's trip into Utah's west desert, my old "stomping grounds", where we followed the old Pony Express route. We encountered only about 4 vehicles each day in this remote country. It was 250 miles between gas station with 140 miles of gravel road, some of which was quite rough.

In spite of all the vibration, damage was limited to a screw falling out of a drawer slide and flying gravel eroded another layer of foam insulation off the bottom. Our new fridge door strap (post 99) worked well. I also learned to drive more slowly over the roughest parts.

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Old 07-12-2015, 11:51 PM   #110
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We were just on the Smithsonian Butte Back Country Byway near Zion. Very rough and steep road. By far the worse I've encountered yet. Our dinette table must have wobbled back and forth so much that it cracked both pedestal bases. Oh well, my first modification will be a hydraulic pedestal!
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