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Old 06-05-2018, 08:05 AM   #1
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Our RS Adventurous has the optional armoire cabinets... allowing us more cabinet and organization space...we actually needed this on our USA trip last fall.

Some of you may have a "front lounge" with no additional seating.... just the driver's and passenger seats ......

My question is how do you manage with all your clothes and necessary gear for cleaning and food supplies.... even with all the overhead compartments.

If we were to eliminate both up front storage cabinets..one for hanging clothes and the other for supplies...we would only have one additional small closet in the back of the rig....

How do you manage that....???

We're thinking about trying that out with one cabinet and seeing how it works.
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Over the years we have eliminated all hanging clothes with the exception of jackets and raincoats. We have a space for about four hanging jackets (8" width). We designed our own wardrobe cabinet with space for cubbies, a safe, and a flip down computer desk.

I try to manage my clothes in a single duffle bag and some travel bags we got from IKEA. If your out for more than two weeks, laundry time is a must.
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Our RS Adventurous has the optional armoire cabinets... allowing us more cabinet and organization space...we actually needed this on our USA trip last fall.

Some of you may have a "front lounge" with no additional seating.... just the driver's and passenger seats ......

My question is how do you manage with all your clothes and necessary gear for cleaning and food supplies.... even with all the overhead compartments.

If we were to eliminate both up front storage cabinets..one for hanging clothes and the other for supplies...we would only have one additional small closet in the back of the rig....
Our old Airstream Interstate had a small and awkward hanging closet (the kind with the pull-out rod perpendicular to the door.) With our second rig, we designed in the largest conventional hanging closet that we could manage. It is all a matter of taste, but we see three big advantages to hanging closets: (1) Direct access to every item; (2) fewer wrinkling issues; and (3) the ability to pack in many items when necessary. Plus, we find the bottom of the closet very handy and flexible for storing larger items like cases of water and beer. This topic comes up periodically--opinions clearly vary. But, our formula is: closets for clothes, upper shelves for sundries, and a vertical pantry with wire shelves for food.
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We have an 80/20 bar mounted at the rear between O/H cabinets for serving as a rear curtain slider and as a hanging “closet”. Our O/H cabinets have exactly 13.0 CF, about one ˝ is used for clothing and personal items and another half for lightweight kitchen staff and other miscellaneous items. For our camping style we have plenty of storage in 144” WB van except for bulky items like large chairs, BBQ, fire wood, large camping stove for which we sometimes use the StowAway II hitch cargo carrier.
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I've also eliminated most hanging clothes when traveling in my van. But I did add a hanging bar in the back for jackets and occasional dress clothes if I'm heading to a family wedding. I also use my B-van to haul a lot of stuff. Here is photo of old carpeting going to the country landfill dump when I upgraded the floor in my bedroom to nailed down solid oak. The clothing bar can be seen in top of photo.



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Like the others, we don't hang any clothes, and have replaced the third set with a second armoir.

We also built a permanent bed that has the entire area under it clear wheelwell to wheelwell, so lots of spauce gained over the ridiculously space wasting power sofa.

I think this discussion is drifting more towards asking which is more important, storage or openness, which is a major decision that folks need to make.
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Our 2008 RS came with both airmores and we sold the drivers side one and kept the passenger side one. We do hang clothes in both front and rear cabinets and have found this to be more than adequate in 92000 miles of travel. However, our longest trip has been five weeks and we do not take much additional stuff with us. Our biggest space problem is the refrigerator as we like to take food we have prepared,in advance rather than eating out. This mainly due to allergies.
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Our 2008 RS came with both airmores and we sold the drivers side one and kept the passenger side one. We do hang clothes in both front and rear cabinets and have found this to be more than adequate in 92000 miles of travel. However, our longest trip has been five weeks and we do not take much additional stuff with us. Our biggest space problem is the refrigerator as we like to take food we have prepared,in advance rather than eating out. This mainly due to allergies.
When we travel, we carry a Yeti 30 bag as an adjunct ... recently we took out one of the armoire cabinets ... on driver's side as well ..

I kind of like having the extra space up front especially if we want to set up the table.

Prepared food is nice... but, since you can do some light cooking in the rig.. the just shopping every couple of days could work if you're on the road.. at a campsite location.. this wouldn't work as well.

I think your vehicle is on the Sprinter 2500 chassis with single wheels in the back.. our model is on the 3500 platform.

WOW... 92,000 miles ... have you ever had any issues with the power steering pump or hose?? Just curious.... another person with a Winnebago Via and the Mercedes diesel told me this was an issue for him... maybe a one off.

Yeah, I'm thinking we just take too much stuff on trips and we had a lot hanging clothes in the extra cabinet.. having the seat there really opens up the space.

We're using the passenger side cabinet for some canned goods, cleaning supplies, and other stuff like towels.

Here's some pictures of our rig..

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Your rig inside is the same as ours. We like the space up front too. By prepared food I mean the my wife has celiac disease so she prepares/freezes food in advance she can cook while traveling. We do need to buy some food items along the way. We recently replaced our fridge with a 12/120 volt one which unfortunately is the same size. We lost too much food when the absorption three way just could not keep up. Yes we have the 3/4 ton model we have upgraded the rear suspension with more springs. Also beefed up the front with springs over the struts
We have replaced hoses, belts, and the water pump. We are close on brakes too. The A/C stopped working but was not leaking. After recharge it is fine. They say the system “loses” 0.1 lb of Freon a year so after 10 years one pound was enough to make it stop working. We also added a two gallon pressure tank just aft of the pump compartment so pump does not come on each time water is turned on. Also I swapped out the OEM DVD player for a blue ray and I disconnected all speakers since most did not work right. We use the TV speakers and are happy. Hopefully we are good on repairs for a while. ����
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