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Old 01-26-2016, 11:54 PM   #1
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Kitchen Packing?

So we've had our 17B for about three months now and I'd say we've camped out about 1/3 of those nights...in our backyard. Our little girls beg to sleep in it almost nightly. It's the "clubhouse" for them, so out we go.

But to my request for advice from The Knowledgebase, as I really am a noob. Learning fast, but def still a noob. So today's question is, what are some good options for securing pots, pans, and other kitchen accoutrement so they don't knock cabinets open and disperse themselves throughout the trailer as we bump down the road? Yeah, the couple of times we've camped not-in-the-backyard...you can surmise what's happened.
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Old 01-27-2016, 12:52 AM   #2
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Heavy stuff goes in lower cupboards.
Bungee cords strung through the cupboard handles will help keep them closed.
I'd offer more, like have cupboards dedicated to certain things, and put stuff back in the same place, but the Old Bag likes to put things where ever there is room.
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Old 01-27-2016, 02:00 AM   #3
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I've always kept pots and pans under the furnace in that cupboard--never had an issue with it opening.
We keep all food stuff (including tins)above the fridge and it opened a couple times so we put another one of those clasps on it like is already there--so far so good...
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Hardware stores and others have rubbery type shelf lining in rolls. We have that in the main kitchen cabinets. Nothing is likely to move on it. We have not had cabinets or anything come open except under the bed with our big heavy bins. We used Gear Ties from a sports shop on those handles.
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I replaced the standard cabinet door/drawer roller catches with a stronger model, haven't come open since. We've always used the rubber shelf lining.
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Old 01-27-2016, 10:58 AM   #6
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We had the door issue initially on our 17b, but once I tightened the u shaped catches and snugged all the screws it seemed to resolve it. We also use the non-skid type liner from Wally, first thing I put in the new 19. I've used the bungees like Glenn when I've done any washboard and it was very effective.
We did have to devise a refrigerator lock as we had more problems with that than cabinets. I used two bungee ball cords and two eye hooks and made an easy to use fridge lock.
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We also use the bars designed to keep things secure in the fridge in the cupboard that holds the heavy pots and pans just in case. Probably overkill.
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The trick with the cabinets is to make sure there is very little free space in there for things to crash around and potentially knock the door open. If necessary, stuff a roll of paper towels or regular towels into the 'free' space. Then secure with bungies if need be.
We've never had problems with the upper cabinets so we don't secure them with anything. We use small plastic boxes, etc to contain the assorted items in all of the cabinets. It helps keep them organized and in place.
We do thread bungies through the lower cabinets as that's where the larger heavier stuff resides. If the contents of the cabinets are containers with liquids (like water jugs), then they seem to be more likely to break free if not securely confined.
We secure our fridge door with a strap as it once fell off on a rough washboard road, taking out the cabinet door below. No problems since we began using the strap.
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We use bungie cords on the two-door lower cabinets but find that the upper cabinets and the cabinet below the refrigerator are fine (and we've navigated some 'interesting' roads). That said, one mishap with the refrigerator (my fault as I forgot to lock the latch) and others having issues with the door coming open, made me a little nervous so we now bungie the door closed, stretching the cord from the pull-down table next to the refer to the closet door.
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Thanks for ideas on where to store things; I for one am still finding my way. I have been in contact with a member who manufactures unique storage widgets http://www.rvwidgetworks.com . I haven't bought anything, yet. Still thinking....

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