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Old 05-08-2015, 09:15 AM   #1
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What to do about storing dishes?? The bus bounces like crazy

I'm living in a 54 seater 1997 International. So far, I haven't done much but take out seats and put my junk inside. Right now I have a dilemma of how to install stuff so that things won't break when I hit the road. This bus bounces like crazy every time I hit the tiniest bump in the road. What do you guys do with your dishes? Have there been any ingenious ways of storing them so they stay safe when traveling?

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Ditch what you have and go with marine dishware? (/snark)

Foam would probably work, similar to the "pick and pluck" that Pelican uses for their cases
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we use paper ;)

I have seen where pegs are installed in drawers and then dishes are stacked with hand towels or doiwleys (s/p) between them

HERE https://www.google.com/search?q=pegs...YQ_AUoAQ&dpr=1
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we use paper ;)
Which has the advantage of going right into the firepit after dinner.
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2K4S rides likes a cloud....Seriously it rides very nice. Over on the RV Forums there's lots of ideas.
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we use paper ;)

I have seen where pegs are installed in drawers and then dishes are stacked with hand towels or doiwleys (s/p) between them

HERE https://www.google.com/search?q=pegs...YQ_AUoAQ&dpr=1
Dude, I like that idea.
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Ditch what you have and go with marine dishware? (/snark)

Foam would probably work, similar to the "pick and pluck" that Pelican uses for their cases
I will definitely keep those in mind for the future. I don't have a ton of money to throw away right now. I guess I could just replace any broken dish with one of those
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Convert the rear of your bus to air ride?

If it bounces that bad, it will tear your conversion apart.

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Convert the rear of your bus to air ride?

If it bounces that bad, it will tear your conversion apart.

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That's a cool idea but way out of my price range. Unless someone wants to donate a new suspension, it's gonna stay the same.

It's got the leaf spring suspension, by the way**
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I just bought new dishes and just kept the packing cardboard that was between them (to make them yourself would seem kind of tedious they are sized according to the dish and have slits & all in them to allow them to mold to the plates).

However, I plan to get a roll of shelving paper?, the kind of rubbery holey stuff and cut it up to go between dishes, bowls and pots & pans.
Anything that can rattle will get this sandwiched between it. I think using that stuff will not only protect the dishes but should help cut down on the noise of them jiggling while moving.
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The more weight you put over axle, water, waste etc will help with that
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Old 05-08-2015, 08:39 PM   #12
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Melamine Dishes

There is also shopping for melamine dishes. There are a lot of options out there that look more like traditional dishes than the the bright colors people normally think of. They are indestructable. Tie them together and drag them behind the bus no problem. I am secretely beefing up the camping supplies with nicer stuff that can go into an eventual skoolie RV.
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Old 05-08-2015, 09:12 PM   #13
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We use this stuff:
Non-Adhesive Shelf Liner

Although we use some no-name brand that costs half as much... Anyway, this stuff is great. It's slightly grippy, enough to keep things from sliding around, while still being removable, easy to wash, etc. It has a bit of cushion to keep things from breaking, too. We use it both as shelf-liner and dish-separators.

IMO, a stack of plates can take a heck of a beating, even the cheap Walmart ones we use. It's wine glasses and such that are really delicate. You don't necessarily need to pad every little thing. Honestly, a warning clink from the bowls in the cupboard can let you know you're driving her a little hard anyway..
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If it has shocks on the rear perhaps they need replacing. Tire pressure too high for an empty rig.
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I agree with checking your shocks. They may be due for replacement.

I find most buses with leaf spring have far too much spring. They bounce so bad they tear the bus apart.

After your conversion, you would also be miles ahead to remove a few leafs out of the spring pack. This will soften your ride.

It may take a few try's to get the number you need right.

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http://www.amazon.com/Duck-1100731-N...nd+shelf+liner

Taskswap -----> Yeah...that's the rubbery holey stuff I am talking about. Big Lots sells it dirt cheap and I plan to use it most anywhere I can in my kitchen
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Old 05-16-2015, 12:46 PM   #17
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Protecting plates and glassware and prevent dish rattles.

For plates that are stacked- run a bead of clear silicone caulk around the base of the plates where they touch the table surface (and the underside of the rim if it still rocks against the next plate). Not only does this prevent the rattling, it is also a non-skid surface when placed on non-level surfaces or trying to eat while traveling. This can be done to glass tumblers too if you can get an even bead. It won't last forever, but it is washable, it works, it's inexpensive and it's a quick fix.

For glassware- cushy tube socks are the bomb. Buy a couple bulk packages when they go on sale- and don't wear them! Lol Cut them into lengths that will cover/ protect your glasswares/food jars and any other cylindrical things that rattle. If you collect enough to keep all your clean glassware covered 24/7- BONUS- you also protect your glasses from dust and/or cooking films between uses.

This works fantastic with hanging wine-glass racks with stemmed glasses. Use the toe section of the sock so the rims always stay protected. You can jam anything in the track of the rack to keep the glasses from sliding, or rig a retaining clip to secure the tracks. I lived-aboard a boat for a couple years, and have been in 8-12 foot seas and never lost a stemmed glass. It only takes minutes to prep before a trip too.

***hey Bansil- this made me immediately think of you...are you listening????

The cardboard dividers from beer and liquor boxes are also useful in drawers, the fridge and other various places to prevent rattling and breakage.

Cheap white terry cloth shop-towels /bar-towels are great for pans and other metal stuff, (I buy the bargain big bag) Bonus on this- you always have extra clean towels too.

You don't need to build/buy fancy gadgets, can prep your whole bus for under $20.
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sassy we already use socks for everything glass, works great for canned goods, and wine glasses stay in their box or we use plastic...if it needs to be ninja like

and I am looking for a 15/16 ft 50's or 60's glass boat for a project after watching flipping ships....

I love boats...wifey not so much yet!!
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I am looking for a 15/16 ft 50's or 60's glass boat for a project after watching flipping ships....

I love boats...wifey not so much yet!!
I've never seen flipping ships(haven't had TV for more than 2 years), but I can totally relate to a boat project. (Spiral staircase included?)

I've been up and down the east coast, and always on the ocean or Intercoastal. As much as I love boating I don't know if I'd ever be happy on a lake. I loved the endless sea, and really dislike living so far away from it.
(Oops. Crap. Sorry for the hijack)
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Haha...hijack? This is skoolie.dot we have no bounds

First trip was on an old landing rig back in 78 and we went from presidio to ?, I remember the spray over the bow, and the front flipping down to the beach....

Then it was 12 yes old on a sunfish, then a couple trihulls, a pontoon here and there, I would love a small weighted keel 23 footer......I will be happy with a smaller boat with maybe a 25 on the ole girl....cruising and relaxing.

If I want a thrill, I will head to obx, and enjoy two 175's on a Carolina skiff, breaking into open water.....

Oh by the way; I now hate you.... its dusty in here...
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