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Old 02-15-2014, 05:37 AM   #1
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Smile Kitchen Packing Tips

OK... we are two weeks away from being in our new 36RE on the road full time. Anyone that has one of these (or other model with similar cabinets) have any great tips you've discovered about packing the kitchen? Thanks!

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Old 02-15-2014, 10:58 AM   #2
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Get some rubber nonskid mats for the bottom of the cabinets so glasses and so forth don't move around. Also, a silverware separater would be nice to have.
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Old 02-15-2014, 12:37 PM   #3
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We also use the non-skid mats in each cupboard. All the glass glasses we cover in bubble wrap and pack in a plastic container for travel. Plastic glasses and everything else stays in the cupboards, as is and no issues so far.
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Old 02-15-2014, 01:24 PM   #4
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I use the non-skid shelving liner as well, I also put a single paper towel between the thing I stack like cereal bowls and other glass items. I have not lost anything since I start doing this. I really like the plate drawer. I put a power strip in the pantry to make it easier to plug and unplug coffee pot, toaster and mixer etc..

Good luck on your new unit and I hope you enjoy yours as much has I enjoy mine.
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If you haven't done it yet, install some drawers locks on the pantry slideouts to avoid the heavy drawer from bashing against the pantry door and breaking it.

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Old 02-15-2014, 04:27 PM   #6
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We full time and only use "glass" glasses and regular dinnerware. I went online and bought the kind of dividers they sell in bed & bath stores to organize a sock or lingerie drawer. Put a glass or mug in each compartment and have never had a breakage problem.
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Old 02-15-2014, 06:06 PM   #7
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Where did you get your rubber matts?
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You can get them at the dealer, Walmart or Camping World, but they tend to be more expensive. DW picked them up at a Dollar Store in 6' rolls, which we cut to size.
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Old 02-15-2014, 09:51 PM   #9
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Have others had the problem of the drawers banging into the pantry door? Great fix. Marcia

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If you haven't done it yet, install some drawers locks on the pantry slideouts to avoid the heavy drawer from bashing against the pantry door and breaking it.

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Depends on the model I think - Our 38gk has a problem of banging the drawers against the pantry door and it banging open against the island
going to have to do what AA did - nice solution !

But then agian our residential fridge also banged against the island...
so I guess I'm doing a lot of side to side wobble to cause all that

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On the 36 FL the pantry is on the fwd kitchen bulkhead and is covered by the slide when it is stowed, so we don't have any issues with the drawers moving.
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We installed the locks before we ever loaded it, based on suggestions from Dave and Ginny. the slide locks are brushed nickel from Home Depot.

There have been a few issues - One couple actually lost the pantry door hinges.
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We went "Low Tech" with our method. Using the old fashion Screen Door Hook & Eye fasteners.
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We're the couple that lost the hinges on the pantry door -- they pulled out of the door shortly after we got our rl. RW was great and replaced the door without a reservation question. Our dealer installed catches on the back of each drawer to prevent it from happening again. It's convenient because it's 'automatic' -- we don't have to do anything when we set up or breakdown. A good, easy low tech way (suggested by someone else on the forum) is to put a pillow between the pantry door and the island when pulling in the slide. We did that while waiting for the new door and traveling to the dealer to have the doors switched.
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I just used a 1x2 long enough to fit behind the upper and lower pantry edges. I padded the board with foam pipe insulation, drilled holes in the upper and lower pantry edges so the slide locks mounted to the board would lock into the upper and lower pantry panes. When we get ready to travel we lock the board in place to hold the drawers shut, shut the door and head down the road. Have traveled many miles with no problem. Takes about two minutes to put in and take out, and the board stores on the floor of the closet.
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The pillow idea didn't work for me. 2 pillows and the door still fell of, damaging two of the hinges beyond use. I use a 2x3 cut to fit behind the lip top and bottom - there's plenty of room to slip it in and out - and put chair leg pads on the drawer side. When the door is replaced, we will continue to use this.
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We also lost the door off the hinges but I was able to fix it.
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OK... we are two weeks away from being in our new 36RE on the road full time. Anyone that has one of these (or other model with similar cabinets) have any great tips you've discovered about packing the kitchen? Thanks!

Jordan & Marcia
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I love my 36RE. We have used the modular storage bins (rectangular ones) from Bed Bath and Beyond. We found that they fit perfectly in the pantry 4 across and 2 deep..I put the containers on the top level. Also, I put all of my canned goods in the bottom drawers.
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Question Front Doors? Too dark

I have the 36RE and I love it. However, we are full timers at an RV resort in Southern California (we purchased our lot) and the Patio side faces North so we only get the morning sun. I find that the fact that there is no window in the front door a problem because it is so dark in our unit and we definitely can't sit in here without our lights on. Does anyone have any solutions to this problem. i.e. sunroof, or window in door?
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Can anyone tell me how to start a new thread? I am new and I don't know how to ask a question. Obviously, I figured out how to answer a thread but not how to cart my own or to ask a question. Any help would be greatly appreciated
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