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Old 08-12-2011, 05:41 PM   #43
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Corelle is made of an extra durable glass. it bounces rather than breaking most of the time. It is about the thickness of Melamine, which is a plastic product. One advantage is that Corelle takes up very little space.
You are right, according to Wikipedia, " It is made of Vitrelle, a laminated tempered glass product with three layers of two types of glass."

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Old 08-12-2011, 08:19 PM   #44
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Hi Everyone and thanks for all the input. I took all the info to heart and I just purchased some Corell dishes and several microwave safe plates that are made of a hard plastic. The added benefit of the Corell is that it is light weight and "nests" very snugly. No rattling to deal with!
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With all the information on the board here, I purchased a set of Corelle. It was on sale at a local retailer's (you know the one) and was cheaper than buying the plastic equivalent. Paper plates are on board too for easy clean up or places like the beach........Honestly I don't really like paper or foam for even picnic's but I do recognize that there is the occasional need. I have fine China but it won't be used in the RV..We are not full timers.......otherwise we would...My china has been around for 45 years or so and I love it too much to put it in the RV at this point...
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We use both paper goods and corelle too. I do have another question...what is the best way to bring wine glasses?
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Old 08-17-2011, 07:45 AM   #47
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The only way I have found is to wrap them in dish towels and lay them on their side while in transit. I'd love to hear of someone else's better solution! Every time we pull into a spot, then, I unwrap them until we leave. One of these days I'm going to forget! :(
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I do have another question...what is the best way to bring wine glasses?
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They sell cases like this one but for the $50 price tag, I'd find a small cardboard box and snag a few cardboard bottle dividers from a liquor store box. Cover it with contact paper if you're concerned about looks.
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We have an little antique dry bar from the 1920's that we installed in the MH. The stemware, all Waterford, hangs upside down into an acrylic holder I modified for the bar. Each glass is wrapped with an expanded foam "sock", much like you find around Asian pears in the market. I put a 2" thick sheet of styrofoam on each of the 2 shelves with holes or pockets cut out to hold the different sized rocks and highball glasses (top shelf) and crystal decanters (bottom shelf). The foam itself is covered with gray silk fabric with lots of folds and tucks so it can accommodate the different pieces. Turned out very attractive.
While traveling, I have pieces of 3" and 4" foam rubber that fit around and between the different decanters and such. Takes a few minutes to set up and undo, but we enjoy our crystal.
Like many other fulltime, we carry 2 place settings of high-end Spode for our good china along with some good white linen and silver (we also have a monogrammed set of "ship's china"), and use Corelle and some fun cowboy-themed melmac for everyday. Rarely use paper or foam, except for picnics or potlucks.
For myself, I can't see wasting the weight on ordinary stoneware or cheap everyday china. The chips and breakage of stoneware would be annoying as well, since we don't pamper our daily-use stuff.

Having said that, I think the dynamics are probably different for full-timers vs weekenders.

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Corelle for us and paper plates. We have some nice pint glasses that look like glass but are plastic. Light and durable just have to be careful not to scratch them. Waterford crystal stays at the sticks and bricks house as do the Pfaltzgraff dishes since they are very heavy. Coffee mugs in the MH are china.

Corelle is from Corning Glass, Corning NY. We are closer to Syracuse former home of Syracuse China.. They made fine china for years then restaurant china. Syracuse China closed a few years ago because China now means where the plates come from.

A hint for paper plates leaking. Whenever I cook bacon I hate the mess so I drain the strips on paper towels on paper plates to be able to toss the whole mess. So the plates don't soak all the way through I just put a piece of plastic wrap between two.
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I bought a set of stoneware. Travel mugs for when we are on the road and glass mugs for camp. HATE styrofoam. We do have paper plates for some meals, platic bowls for cereal and a good set of silverware that I refused to part with. Since we are fulltiming, I still like a few of the comforts of home.
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But I always use fine china when it comes to silverware.
Where can I find "fine china" "silverware"?
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I convinced my wife to buy a set of very expensive Corelle type French table ware. Wish I hadn't. The almost $500 we spent could have bought a lot of paper plates and cups! But it was guaranteed not to break and none have so far.
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Corelle is made of an extra durable glass. it bounces rather than breaking most of the time. It is about the thickness of Melamine, which is a plastic product. One advantage is that Corelle takes up very little space.
If it does break it shatters into a million pieces, had it happen in the old MH once. Had to pull over and help the DW clean it up before the dogs stepped on the shards. Took a while to get the pieces out of my fingers too!
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If it does break it shatters into a million pieces, had it happen in the old MH once. Had to pull over and help the DW clean it up before the dogs stepped on the shards. Took a while to get the pieces out of my fingers too!
The place I worked part time while in high school sold Corelle. We always dropped a plate on the floor to show customers how durable it was. One kid that just started tried it for the first time and it exploded just like you describe. The customer laughed and told him "if you trust it that much I'll take them anyway". We thought the poor kid was going to die on the spot.
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