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Old 11-22-2011, 07:00 AM   #1
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Basement and storage compartments

We just purchased a 2009 Kingston by Crossroads and I am wanting to keep the basement and storage compartments neat and organized. (If there is such a thing) And would like to hear some advice or see pics to assist. Thanks in advance.
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I just keep the doors closed. Looks great.

I'll be watching this thread as I need help in the same area. I clean it out periodically but a few weeks later it is a mess again. BTW - we fulltime so I am constantly in there for stuff
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We use plastic storage bins. They fit in nice but as I'm sure you realize not everything fits in them. The rest I just place in neatly. I try to set things up so that they hold each other in place.
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I just keep the doors closed. Looks great.

I'll be watching this thread as I need help in the same area. I clean it out periodically but a few weeks later it is a mess again. BTW - we fulltime so I am constantly in there for stuff
The keep the door closed method is what I am doing now, but I would like to utilize more of the space. I know that I want to install some rod holders for my fishing poles. Probably make a trip to Lowes and see what hooks and shelving I can find.
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My rod holder is a 4" PVC pipe w/ female adapters and screwin plugs on each end. I mounted it to the top of the pass-thru storage with velcro straps. Easy access from either side and easily removable. I am currently carrying a 7' casting rod, a 2-piece 8' 6" spinning rod and a 2 piece 10' 6" surf rod in it. The casting rod is a fairly expensive custom, so I have it inside a piece of foam pipe insulation
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I too need help on organization. The PVC pipe for fishing rods sounds like a good idea. Now on to the chairs, table, lights, tools, etc.......
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My rod holder is a 4" PVC pipe w/ female adapters and screwin plugs on each end. I mounted it to the top of the pass-thru storage with velcro straps. Easy access from either side and easily removable. I am currently carrying a 7' casting rod, a 2-piece 8' 6" spinning rod and a 2 piece 10' 6" surf rod in it. The casting rod is a fairly expensive custom, so I have it inside a piece of foam pipe insulation
In my last unit, I used 1-1/2" PVC and U clamps on the handles and just U clamps on the ends of the rods and it worked well.
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Plastic storage bins in various sizes. Clear so I can see whats in each one. Indoor/outdoor carpet to keep everything for sliding around. Went from using the entire basement to using about half of it after going to bins. The mistake you can make with bins is going with all big bins. You end up filling them half full and loosing space. I also use small tray organizers in the larger bins for small items like fuses, nuts and bolts, etc... to make find things easier.

I also go through the bins a couple times a year and get rid of the stuff that I was sure I would use but have never taken out of the bins. Reduces clutter and weight.
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tnance,

WOW! Nicely done.
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Plastic storage containers and sliding tray.



Now that's a lot of stuff
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Plastic storage containers and sliding tray.



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Everything in a plastic bin and every bin with a label. Keeps it organized, dust free, and the vermin out.

What I did was go to ALL the local stores and bought 1 of every type and brand of container they have - save the receipts - and mark with masking tape labels where you got each one or it'll be hard to remember. I had dozens of containers to try out. Then I spent a few days trying them all out and seeing what combination would maximize my space. Then I bought the necessary numbers of the necessary sizes while returning all the other "samplers" I bought. You'll need to hit WalMarts, Lowes, Home Depot, Menards, ACE, TruValu, Meijer, BedBathBeyond, Target, even the Sams, Costcos, BJ to get a good representation of all the sizes, shapes, and designs that are available. Sometimes you need tapered walls, sometimes you may need straighter walls on the containers. The only way to figure it all out is to have one of each and try them out in your rig.
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One of best ways - get the bins that drawers come built into units... Velcro entire unit to wall; label each drawer and everything is flush against the side walls.... Can get stackable units if space will allow... Did this in previous MH but haven't found time to get it done in current MH; plan on it over holidays....
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