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Stephen Tomkison

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For those that have seen my other post and replied, then thanks, been very helpful.

 

Another couple of questions (im pretty sure there will be more to come)...

 

What tableware do people use, normal eathenware/china stuff or the melamine stuff from caravan shops?

 

Where do people tend to store the above while the caravan is been towed? If its stored above the kitchen area while stationary/on site, do people pack it elsewhere during motion to stop breakages or are breakages/damage minimal?

 

Is the fridge OK to leave running from Gas for 24 hours to get cold before a trip away? Or does it generally take less time to get to a decent temperature?

 

Thanks in avance.

 

PS, if anyone ever needs advice on something I know a little about then feel free to ask. .. IE, Plasma/LCD tvs, Sat Nav systems, PC's, Mobile phones and I can maybe return the favour

 

Steve and Jolene

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Hi Steve & Jolene,

 

Speaking for our experience, we have a mix of china and melamine which is kept permanently in the ovehead locker. Never had a problem with it spilling out. As a general rule, keep the overhead lockers as light as possible, heavier stuff like books etc we tend to try and put in floor level ones.

 

As regards fridge, we've found that transferring stuff from home fridge to van fridge just before leaving, and then making sure that fridge is running on 12v while towing has been sufficient. Ours seem to get cold quite quickly once on site.

 

Cheers

 

Paul

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For those that have seen my other post and replied, then thanks, been very helpful.

 

Another couple of questions (im pretty sure there will be more to come)...

 

What tableware do people use, normal eathenware/china stuff or the melamine stuff from caravan shops?

 

Where do people tend to store the above while the caravan is been towed? If its stored above the kitchen area while stationary/on site, do people pack it elsewhere during motion to stop breakages or are breakages/damage minimal?

 

Is the fridge OK to leave running from Gas for 24 hours to get cold before a trip away? Or does it generally take less time to get to a decent temperature?

 

Thanks in avance.

 

PS, if anyone ever needs advice on something I know a little about then feel free to ask. .. IE, Plasma/LCD tvs, Sat Nav systems, PC's, Mobile phones and I can maybe return the favour

 

Steve and Jolene

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Hi,

We have always used 'normal' plates/glasses etc, cant stand eating off 'plastic' plates etc.

Have always stowed all items in top lockers when travelling - no probs at all.

Before we travel we leave fridge stuff in the fridge at home until the last minute, always put ice or frozen foodstuff in the freezer compartment of the caravan fridge to help cool. Then the drive to the site is normally enough to cool the fridge enough. Once on site, straight on to electric power.

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Hi There

 

It depends on where the locker is positioned. I have a small forward facing locker we use to keep tea/coffee/sugar in etc. When I have been towing stuff has fallen out (probably due to my harsh breaking!). However if the locker faces the side of the 'van then I have never known it to open. This is where all my crockery is kept.

I use melamine crockery but will probably change to normal. I have never liked drinking my beer or whiskey out of plastic cups they need to be glass/crystal!

 

Happy Caravanning

Lee

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I use melamine to keep the weight down. It's in an overhead locker at the rear of the van (2 berth end kitchen type) and I've never had a problem.

 

I keep ligtweight food such as cereal, bread etc. in the other overhead locker next to it. My fridge is at the side of the van and I fill it as normal (my van's at home and I have it plugged in to the electric all the time so cooling the fridge beforehand isn't an issue). I keep other foodstuffs, coffee, tins etc in the overhead locker above the fridge. What I have noticed though is that if I put a lot of weight in that locker it tends to pull the van over slightly at the top (at least I assume that's what it is) so I try not to load it too much and the van's OK.

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Bedding items in the front overhead lockers, tea, coffee, melamine crockery and a multitude of plastic glasses in the rest :lol:

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Hi Steve and Jolene. We have been caravanning since 1992 and have always used melamine due to its weight. We do however use "proper" glasses for the important things in life, beer, wine and whiskey. Also, nothing wrong with pre cooling your fridge before travelling but remember NOT to run it on gas while you are towing it. 12 volt only.

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Use melamine crockery, and had this locker 'burst open' once, causing a couple of the melamine plates to break.

 

Also, unable to cool down fridge on gas, as our van is in storage, but we have an electric coolbox which we cool down and carry it in the car, whilst the van is cooling down on 12v during the journey.

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We use plastic plates and beakers for the kids and china and glass everything else for us. With a new van the the stays are very stiff on the overhead locker doors so I don't think they'd fly open and some have push catches anyway.

 

Is'nt this melamine and plastic glass thing a bit unneceassary? I mean, by not having them you're not going to exceed your towing limit or nose weight surely.

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We use plastic plates and beakers for the kids and china and glass everything else for us. With a new van the the stays are very stiff on the overhead locker doors so I don't think they'd fly open and some have push catches anyway.

 

Is'nt this melamine and plastic glass thing a bit unneceassary? I mean, by not having them you're not going to exceed your towing limit or nose weight surely.

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Thanks again for your opinions. We did buy some plastic stuff, but only cost a few quid (summer stuff reduced in Woolies) so if we do use the proper stuff then not too much money wasted. Think we will try china and se how we go on, was just concerned that all the rattling about in the lockers would break it. Maybe but them in a locker big enough so that they can lay flat rather in plate racks as supplied

 

Thanks again

Steve

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We have Melamine cups, plates etc.; we pack the cupboards with tea towels and kitchen rolls to stop them rattling around and bursting out in transit.

 

Whenever possible I precool the fridge by bringing the van home for 24hrs b4 departure and using a mains hookup to power the fridge and charge the battery. In addition we buy fresh food i. e. steaks, burgers, bacon, sausage - deep freeze it, then put it in the fridge to cool it down duting its "defrost" phase, then use promptly on arrival - usually a BBQ.

 

We have a separate little 12v-powered coolbox in the car to keep water cold for the dog.

 

To ensure cool beer in top condition on arriving at site, PARK BEHIND A PUB !! :)

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We had melamine plates but proper mugs as I couldn’t stand drinking a brew out of melamine ones not sure what to have next while in France we saw some nice lumeric crockery which was glass and a little lighter than normal plates unless you go for china of coarse but I haven’t seen any glass crockery over here perhaps some one might be able to point me in the right direction.

Also another downside to having the motor home was you here every thing moving around and we ended up with a oven filled with pot towels just to keep it quite.

JON

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We had melamine plates but proper mugs as I couldn’t stand drinking a brew out of melamine ones not sure what to have next while in France we saw some nice lumeric crockery which was glass and a little lighter than normal plates unless you go for china of coarse but I haven’t seen any glass crockery over here perhaps some one might be able to point me in the right direction.

Also another downside to having the motor home was you here every thing moving around and we ended up with a oven filled with pot towels just to keep it quite.

JON

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You can get white Luminarc type stuff in Asda in their Value range, so it's really cheap. Don't know what the quality is like, but it might be worth a try.

We use melamine because of weight, but always stuff a scatter cushion in the cupboard just to keep everything steady. Lots of the cupboards and drawers in this Lunar were popping open during transit, so we've put extra catches on, or shove heavy things against them on the floor. We used to have a Bailey Ranger and nothing ever came open - don't know why the Lunar cupboards are so poor.

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I have had a counter top damaged before by a "proper" plate falling out of an overhead locker, I would suggest that anyone not wanting to use melamine/plastic, store plates at low level while travelling and then put them above when on site.

 

Cheers

 

fatcol

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I have had a counter top damaged before by a "proper" plate falling out of an overhead locker, I would suggest that anyone not wanting to use melamine/plastic, store plates at low level while travelling and then put them above when on site.

 

Cheers

 

fatcol

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I havent had the plates fall out - but years ago when storing tinned stuff in a top locker (no bottom lockers in the van - small van) I did have a tin fall out when going over a bumpy surface and dent the table - expensive to replace.

 

I always use china plates - cheap enough from Argos - and real glasses - cant stand the plastic stuff !!

 

My fridge also cools down fast enough on the trip to wherever we are going too.

 

Margaret

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I use the real stuff also but I have them in a low cupboard I also have small baskets that I store mugs in and they dont move around with a tea towel on top I have traveled 1000s of miles and so far only 1 wine glass has been briken and it was me knocking it over that broke it

lizz

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Hi,

 

We use melamine plates etc, but I'm afraid can't stand drinking out of melamine mugs, they seem to stain and no matter how much you scrub them never get clean. I found a set of four proper mugs which fit inside each other and store in a wire rack in Rosebys which are great, although they do have coffee written on them, they are easy to store.

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Melamine (and some plastic - real knives and forks though!)

 

For us, it's part of the experience of camping/caravanning (sounds nuts I know!). I wouldn't feel like I was away if I used china!

 

On the subject of tea/coffee stains, my initial thought was dishwasher powder/crushed tablet, but my resident domestic specialist said a very weak solution of bleach does the trick.

 

Phillip

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We use melamine for stuff that food goes -- on but china or glass of any thing that touches your lips. Can't stand drinking from "plastic".

 

We store them in the overhead lockers in plate racks provided. Generally the doors stay closed.

 

Other storage in the OH lockers include

--- "the library" - books and stuff that we will read during the holidays

---"my bits and pieces cupboard" the small leads and bulbs and batteries and other odds and ends

--- "night clothes"

--- "breakfast cereals"

---"bottles of Scottish and Irish beverages" firmly fastened in. .

 

Just thinking back over the years about doors coming open -- some years ago the top lockers always has a small push button fastener to "lock" the door shut these very rarely came open in transit

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Just thinking back over the years about doors coming open -- some years ago the top lockers always has a small push button fastener to "lock" the door shut these very rarely came open in transit

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Hi,

We have similar buttons on the cupboards, airing cupboard and drawers.

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The top locker doors on our van have never come open (yet!! ) and the big locker over the sink came ready fitted with plate and mug racks which luckily fitted our 35 year old melamine stuff. ( It's really well travelled!! ) In the 2 other kitchen lockers we keep the using stuff like tea, coffee, cereal, seasonings etc, reserve items and tins are kept under a seat base. Other top lockers are for clothes.

We keep our van at home so put on the fridge the day before and give it a few hours to cool down before loading up the food. Last minute items like left-over milk go in next morning. We also take a 12v coolbox to use in the awning for drinks, or for when we go out for the day in the car.

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