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Old 07-26-2016, 08:17 AM   #15
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I cant imagine my house cabinets- ANY of them- without doors. The same with my Scamp. We dont have many "visitors" in our Scamp, but it's viewed probably an average of 5x's a trip. This is my opinion, but I cant imagine cabinets without doors. While the shelves are a good idea for storage, I just do NOT intend on carrying that much stuff to require them! We did add a cloth hanging "shoe" rack in the bathroom for towels/rags/toilet paper. It was/is VERY hand and no one knows it's there unless they stick their head in and look. But again, this is in the bath tucked back where there was wasted space.

Here's a pic I took in our Scamp of the "Shoe rack" addition.
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As far as the living quarters, cabinets and neatness all the way for us.
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Doors! See photos.
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eye hooks and bungees.
on the other hand, a shut door looks neater.
on the other hand, open doors lower down intrude into the area.
we're working right now to do "something" with the upper cabinet doors because
on the Oregon Coast Road, they began (for the first time) to pop open in spite of
the hold-up/hold-closed devices (original). We found toilet paper and games scattered all over the trailer when we stopped. No two wheels were ever on a plane on that road; it was twistier than rotini pasta. One of the cabinet frames split from the torque!

we're considering a magnetic catch on the ceiling to hold up and open, and discreet eyebolts at the trim below to bungee to the door handles above to hold shut.

Meanwhile, our one big closet area will likely be getting a roll-down curtain panel soon to hide during viewings (and sooner or later somebody usually wants to take a peek) but inside we are using those fabric bins, Bass bags, and eyebolts/eye screws and bungees to hold things in place. Caveat: Paul discovered that cup hooks are no substitute for eye screws! If a bungee is jounced enough, it'll find that little gap and make a break for it.

No breakage, even though our little folding table bounced off the multi-hooks that held it neatly inside the putin. Now we'll stow it under one of the beds during travel.
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Old 07-28-2016, 08:12 AM   #18
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I cant imagine my house cabinets- ANY of them- without doors. The same with my Scamp. We dont have many "visitors" in our Scamp, but it's viewed probably an average of 5x's a trip. This is my opinion, but I cant imagine cabinets without doors. While the shelves are a good idea for storage, I just do NOT intend on carrying that much stuff to require them! We did add a cloth hanging "shoe" rack in the bathroom for towels/rags/toilet paper. It was/is VERY hand and no one knows it's there unless they stick their head in and look. But again, this is in the bath tucked back where there was wasted space.

Here's a pic I took in our Scamp of the "Shoe rack" addition.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/50351683@N08/7476476138/

As far as the living quarters, cabinets and neatness all the way for us.

This was a real concern for us as we began redoing our amerigo; for one thing, the old doors were fancy, but delaminating. I thought they were presswood and heavy, but in fact they are hollow.

We got to a point where it was decision time; Paujl relaminated one door and painted it. A friend insisted we needed the doors. Paul was able to salvage all but one of the hold-up/hold-shut devices, but they began to fail during our latest trip.

Anyway, we replaced all the upper doors, and are working on ways to make them work. They look a lot neater than open cabinets, and we can put much smaller things up there with doors than with bungee cords.

The netting is interesting; a lightweight solution.

BUT I do want to say, "Jerry Seinfeld" with his open cabinets, as well as Ray and Debra Barone with theirs (Everybody Loves Raymond). It's a look, that open cabinet method. We lived for years without upper cabinet doors in our kitchen. Took them off because a. they were nearly black Formica and b. I couldn't remember where I'd put anything from yet another move.

Then I discovered how grease and dust settles on everything (OK, yes, it took way too long to figure that out) plus I got used to where things were, plus Paul stepped up and redid the surfaces) -- so we put them back on. It was a good choice.

Guess my option would be for doors. Maybe a bit of work to get them right, but once right, they're close to effortless.
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Old 07-28-2016, 09:08 AM   #19
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We have netting on the end shelves and doors on the cabinets. As the plastic catches broke I replaced them with magnets. The trouble with magnets is if they are too weak, the doors open and then close and until you find stuff on the floor you can't tell it's happening. Stronger magnets make opening the doors difficult. In the end Maggie came up with a simple solution to keeping them closed while travelling.
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I was carefully looking at your doors and also noticed the nice things you have on your walls. How does one attach little racks and holders on the walls - it such a lot of space that could be utilized properly when stopped at a campsite and setting up.
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I was carefully looking at your doors and also noticed the nice things you have on your walls. How does one attach little racks and holders on the walls - it such a lot of space that could be utilized properly when stopped at a campsite and setting up.
On the fiberglass we have used suction cup hooks and 3 M command hooks. Both are removable but the command hooks stay up better. We also have a suction cup soap holder to hold things other than soap.
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Our trailer is fiberglass so I guess the suction cups would work best for us - or command hooks - will have to google that and see what and how they are/work. Thank you

ps. Just googled them - can command hooks be removed without damaging the fiberglass?
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Our trailer is fiberglass so I guess the suction cups would work best for us - or command hooks - will have to google that and see what and how they are/work. Thank you

ps. Just googled them - can command hooks be removed without damaging the fiberglass?
Never removed one but in theory yes. As I recall there is a Canadian version (probably also made by 3M) but the name escapes me. I bet Canadian Tire has them, they seem to have everything.
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Command Hooks can be removed without damage, IF you read and follow the instructions. So, don't throw the instructions away.
There are different ones for wet applications, but I've used the regular in the shower with no issues.
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Our trailer is fiberglass so I guess the suction cups would work best for us - or command hooks - will have to google that and see what and how they are/work. Thank you

ps. Just googled them - can command hooks be removed without damaging the fiberglass?
Yes! Yes they can!! I use these EVERYWHERE, both in my house (backpacks, hats, coats, etc.) and in the Scamp. I LOVE THEM! I remove them and move the hooks around all of the time. I love the velcro ones for this purpose, but I use all sorts. Over the 4th of July, I used small clear ones on the outside of the Scamp to hold up battery operated lights around the window. When the trip was over, easy, quick removal. They leave zero residue and it's like they were never there.
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Thanks guys - I didn't realize that was the American name - will have to look for the cousin in Canada.

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3M Command in Canada, just as in USA.
Canadian Tire, Home Depot, Rona, Home Hardware.
http://solutions.3mcanada.ca/wps/por...736+3294529206
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