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Old 08-10-2015, 09:21 AM   #1
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Storage while traveling tips?

Does anyone have any tips for storing things like dishes, pots and pans, and small appliances (toaster oven, keurig) while moving? I wonder if those cabinet doors stay closed or if there is something that helps to keep them closed.

How do you all keep everything from flying out of the cupboards when you are pulling a TT?

I did order the rubberized shelf liner to put in the cabinets and between plates.


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Old 08-10-2015, 09:24 AM   #2
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We've never had anything in our cabinets move. We so use that grippy shelf paper though, so I can't help but think that helps. We HAVE had stuff in our fridge move, and unsecured items in other areas. But for the items you mentioned (dishes, appliances, etc) we've never had any of that move while under way; at least not enough to notice.


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Old 08-10-2015, 09:40 AM   #3
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Thanks! Do you think the size of the trailer makes a difference for how much jostling happens? Ours is only 18.5 feet.
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Old 08-10-2015, 09:50 AM   #4
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We had a single axle Cub C160 (16 foot), and it would bounce to the point of cabinet doors opening and dishes, food, etc falling from the cupboards. I used a spring loaded fridge bar to keep things in, worked really well. Since trading to a longer tandem axle trailer, have very little movement of anything inside.
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Old 08-10-2015, 09:54 AM   #5
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We've had a couple of drawers work their way open while we're moving but never a problem with the cabinet doors. Our new tires also seem to give a smoother ride compared to the old ones (which may be a hint as to why we had 2 blowouts). The bride also installed shelf and drawer liner that helps keep things from rearranging.

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Old 08-10-2015, 10:11 AM   #6
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We put our Keurig in the kitchen sink so it doesn't slide around. Other than that we strap the rockers together like when they shipped it to us and that's about it.
No major issues so far.

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Old 08-10-2015, 10:42 AM   #7
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We've had minor issues. We have a "cubby" cabinet in the back of our trailer that we store the coffee maker in. Last year we bought a Kurieg Mini that flew out of the cabinet and it never worked right after that. Only used it one trip. Total waste of $100. We replaced it with a $20 10 cup machine. I store it in the same cabinet but with some stuff blocking it in.

We had a drawer in our old trailer that would sometimes pop out an inch or so.

Otherwise everything stays in it's place.
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Old 08-10-2015, 12:32 PM   #8
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We use the rubberized shelf liner on the shelves. We also use plate racks to stack our plates and bowls. Never had an issue. I do use bars in the fridge also.
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Old 08-10-2015, 01:21 PM   #9
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Thanks for all of these tips. I guess some of it is trial and error. I want my keurig mini to make it, so maybe I'll keep the box it came in and just store it under the bed. I've got some of the spring loaded rods in my Amazon cart now too.
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Old 08-10-2015, 02:11 PM   #10
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Our hints ... with lots of links:
  • Line shelves with grip-type liner or carpet remnants
  • Store heavy things lower, lighter things higher
  • Think about Corelle for dishes - they are lightweight and tend not to break (and can be used in the microwave and oven)
  • Go "nested" (Magma cookware) and collapsible
  • In the cabinets and entertainment centers, use tubs, bins, and storage boxes (variety of sizes from Amazon)
  • Use tension bars where things tend to slide (lav cabinet, etc.)
  • Where you have concerns about cabinet doors opening, use mini or ball bungee cords looped through the handles
  • For large storage items (storage drawers with wheels, waste baskets), lay in aisles on side for transit; we use anti-fatigue mats to set awkward things as they reduce shifting
  • Use moving quilts to 'pad' things like outside chairs and tables so they don't bang into things
  • To minimize pantry cans, pre-make stuff where possible and then place in zip-lock and pre-freeze flat or store in fridge ~ accept that EVERYTHING shifts in the fridge!
  • Use the oven to store breads
  • Under the bed we store our electrical appliances (for when we have hook-ups) as extra bedding cushions them
  • DH likes to buy things that come with storage bags - and he purchased additional Royobi bags that I've labeled for air compressor, hand vac, search light, drill, etc.

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