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We've not long had our ATV and haven't been on any genuine 'off-road' tracks i.e. Gibb River Road yet, but we have had it down a few bumpy dirt / gravel tracks where a lot of items in the cupboards went every which way so here's the query; how or what do you keep all your spices, sauces, tea, coffee, etc, etc in regarding containers so that when you open the cupboard door everything's still in tact and as it was prior to your departure?

We've had a couple of broken items and more than a couple of spillages so your advice / suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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Pack the pantry  in tight and what we do in amongst the glasses and cups is shove all the tea towels and hand towels amongst them. Works a treat for us.  

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We have had two Kedrons now and our current Topender has air bag suspension so a rather soft ride ,but you always need to reduce tyre pressures according to the condition . We have traveled the Great Central road and the Gibb with little problems in the cupboards . 

Sure pack your stuff in well but slow down ,reduce tyre pressures and you shouldn't have to much trouble .

John

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Hi Grant & Carol,

we too have had to learn from the hard way despite reducing the tyre pressures  etc :-(

 

I'm sure everyone has different methods to save breakages & spills, but this is what we do......

 

In the fridge, any screw top jars / containers  were bagged individually & twist tied, then placed into a basket.......if not bagged, they still tipped sideways to spill contents on rough roads.

Flour, sugar etc go into Sistema or Lock n Lock containers. Spices for cooking go into a high side rectangle basket & when on rough roads gaffa tape goes across each row as they too unscrew on rough roads :-(

If you have a metal catch on bottom of fridge doors where a screw can go into it....do so as the fridge doors will come open.......we've had spills there too when a wooden golf tee was used & broke. We try to pack things tightly on the fridge shelves too, but they do bounce around still. 

Under the sink things are placed into plastic boxes...lids off of course .....& packed tightly to eliminate movement.

 

Spare stuff went into a large plastic container under the bed to make use of the space better & it keeps things together.

 

cheers & happy travels without pantry / fridge issues when you open the doors

 

Sue

 

 

 

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Hi Grant and Carol

 

We have several ways of doing this, and what we do works for us.

 

Items such as cerial boxes etc we keep close together on the upper shelves in the pantry. Generally pack things close together so they can't fall over.

 

As items get heavier they move to lower shelves. Items that can spill eg long live milk etc we put in a plastic

container with non-slip on the bottom. If the original 

packing leaks, the spillage is contained within the plastic container.

 

Items with a screw top or twist top eg spices we put a rubber band around the top and bottom and the elasticity of the rubber band prevents them from opening.

 

For items in the fridge we follow the same procedure. 

 

We have lined all our storage cupboards and shelves in the fridge with non-slip. Even the plates and bowls are separated by that non-slip material.

 

We have followed this procedure since 2003 and only had one spillage because we didn't put a rubber band around a Keens Curry tin; lesson learnt there!!!!!

 

Hope this helps you.

 

Peter

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Grant & Carol,

For crockery - non slip on the bottom of storage area then squares cut to go between ea item stacked above.

 

For glasses / wine glasses / cups / mugs buy yourself a block of 100mm thick foam rubber from Clark Rubber, cut it to fit the cupboard and cut circular holes with a hole saw to fit each item. Works a treat, never had a breakage.

 

Also useful are 100 X 70mm foam block strips to fit across the width of the fridge sheves. We have three strips and fit them at the front of the shelf as we close the door. The foam keeps items on the shelf in place. We have fitted a physical fridge door keeping mechanism for fridge and freezer doors.

 

Wendy & Grahame    

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I learnt one message early, and the hard way!  All of the above ideas work, and work well.  BUT, never, ever, ever, put a screwtop container of coffee grounds in the freezer to stay fresh. At least, make sure you have a rubber band around it.  If you don't, the jar will unscrew, spilling coffee everywhere.  The coffee grounds will freeze to all the freezer surfaces, shake into all the inaccessible areas, and you will be finding the odd bits of coffee 5 years later! (:  At least coffee smells good!

 

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Yep, we found out the hard way, a broken glass jar of curry powder, a loose lid on a bottle of soy sauce, the lid coming off a bottle of vinegar and a broken jar of black pepper corns.  Now you can understand why we're seeking your ideas!!!

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Guys, here is our 2 bob's worth

 

Tyre pressure adjustment and slow down do help. We lined the bottom of all cupboards and draws with a good quality anti slip mat...... not the cheap, thin stuff as it still moves and rubs through. We do use the thin stuff in between the plates and wrap the cutlery in the thin anti slip mat also and put a elastic band around them, this stops the rubbing buff marks. We leave the glasses in the box they came in and/or put them in stubbie coolers. we also stack the cups upside down or big side down to stop over balancing. We only use the snap lock plastic containers. 

As for the fridge and bathroom cupboards, we purchased small cheap thin plastic storage trays with sides about 60-70 mm high which stops things falling over and falling out when you open doors. We also put a golf tee's in the holes to double lock the fridge doors

If we are travelling over badly corrugated roads we tape any screw top lids and we have a supply of cask empty wine bladders that we blow up and pack in all the voids. (It was a big job accumulating the bladders but we were up for the challenge:D) The bladders are great as when they are not needed you let them down, roll them up and store away and take up far less room than extra towels and pillows.

We have been travelling for the last 5 years into some of the most remote places and so far we have only lost 3 wine glasses which isn't a real issue as we learnt how to drink straight from the wine bladders when we attended a couple of KOG gatherings.........:P 

Nothing is fool proof but this all seems to work for us.

Safe travels guys

 

 

 

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Hi Grant & Carol,

I concur with all the tips above.  Lock & lock containers are great.  For maximum use of space stick to square containers.

 

Another idea is, if your cutlery drawer is heavy the contents can jump around on bumpy roads. We know someone who rolls the cutlery in anti slip mat material to avoid knives etc 'rubbing' together.  On very rough roads, we actually place the whole drawer on the bed.

 

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