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Old 05-08-2015, 09:17 PM   #1
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Newbie question

Just got our first RV after too many years sleeping on the ground in tents. We've been buying the appropriate cooking gear, plates, cups etc. But to my you just stock the kitchen cabinets with all the gear or do you do something to prevent shifting and sliding in the cabinets (storing plates, etc in boxes or whatever for travel)?

I hope this makes sense. Thanks in advance.

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Old 05-08-2015, 09:41 PM   #2
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We've just filled the cabinets with mostly unbreakable plates and cups. We didn't use any boxes or special racks. I'm sure some folks do, but we don't have any problems.

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Old 05-08-2015, 09:48 PM   #3
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Everything in your rig WILL shift, so it just depends on the item itself. A lot of folks use that mesh rubberized drawer liner stuff in drawers and cabinets. If you're going paper plates and the like.. or corelle.. it's not much of an issue to stack them. Nicer dishes you might want a little of that drawer liner in between each dish. It's not a bad idea to put a little something (paper towel, wax paper, etc) if you are stacking pans and the like to prevent scratching. Heavier items in a cabinet.. you might want to secure with those spring loaded retainer bars... the same in your reefer if you don't want to open the door and have everything spill out. Some folks like crystal wine glasses at dinner.. those probably get wrapped and boxed. Get my drift...

Everyone is different. My best suggestion would be to set out what you plan to load into your rig then visit someplace like Camping World and browse their household products. You may not buy out the store, but it will certainly give you some great ideas of how to cope with various household goods. Most times you can come up with your own variation that will fit your needs without breaking the bank.

I think you'll also find that as you spend more time in your rig, things kind of have a tendency to "find" just the right place and the storage solution seems obvious.

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Old 05-10-2015, 12:42 PM   #4
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Our plates, bowls, cups and glasses are mostly plastic, exception is the coffee mugs for that morning cup of coffee. I do not secure anything, even food stuff, in any specific manner. Just put the stuff in the cabinet, drawer, or fridge. I am careful when I open the cabinets and fridge after driving. Yes, things have shifted, but if I am careful, nothing will fall out onto the floor. I have never had anything shift to the point where I needed to secure it.
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Old 05-10-2015, 12:48 PM   #5
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I got the correlle plates and bowls as they don't break very easily. I went with plastic cups and plastic wine glasses. I use the tervis cups for coffee mugs. For my glass cookware, I put a layer of paper towels between the stacked dishes. For coffee we got the mini keurig so no glass coffee pot but he aware the large tervis cups do not fit under the spout. No issues with breakage on anything so far in the 4 1/2 yrs we have been doing this. Then again, I leave my knife block on the counter and it almost never moves thanks to smooth driving learned from hauling horses.

You can get the little bars to block across the inside of cabinet doors and fridge doors. We only use them in the medicine cabinet but others use them elsewhere.
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Old 05-10-2015, 12:49 PM   #6
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We learned early on to just keep a pretty stocked kitchen with everything. (Especially after wanting to have tuna fish sandwiches but we forgot a can opener!!) Plastic plates, cups, and glasses and we do like coffee so we just get a package of styrofoam coffee cups.
For breakable things we do want to bring, we have large plastic bins that we just put in the narrow place between the couch and the kitchen and use a bath towel to wrap them up to prevent breaking...haven't had anything break, yet.
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Old 05-10-2015, 12:51 PM   #7
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X2 on Corelleware!

Also they make non-slip drawer liner - we put it in every drawer in the rig (except the bedroom )
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Old 05-10-2015, 01:17 PM   #8
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We're full timers and we try to maintain the same types of dishes as we did in our home with the exception of glasses. We use paper plates to separate china plates and that has worked well over about 100,000 miles. Wine glasses are in a box when we are moving and we use a common rubber type fabric to line drawers and to help solidify pots and pans in cupboards.
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Old 05-10-2015, 01:28 PM   #9
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We use correlle dishes, ceramic cups, And heavy plastic bowls, when we are not using paper...... but we hound it is best to use child latches/ locks to keep the upper cabinet doors closed while traveling down the road.


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Old 05-10-2015, 04:46 PM   #10
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go browse kitchen ware at walmart...I bought vertical [wire] plate holders and bins that fit my rigs kitchen overhead compartments to a T and work very well...corielle ware user also.

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