The heck about Geo Method, Rear vs Side Radiator, Slide vs Non Slide vs Non Slide Plumbing, Tag vs Non Tag, etc. ---- THIS IS A SUBJECT OF VITAL IMPORTANCE TO RV TRAVELING!!!
As with the complexity of how to get good Data while traveling, this subject requires many tools in the arsenal to 'Be Prepared!'.
Warning. For those that just what a few bottles or boxes of vino around, don't bother reading. Just toss out some canned food, and stash them wherever you can....
OK - Here is our current methodology:
1) Our retirement budget was hit heavily by the impact of ACA on Pre 65 with no subsidy. So the reality is we do budget our expenses on wine. That is the bad part, as we had a pretty decent appetite for moderate priced wines before then
! So, we've added Box Wine to our travels for mid week consumption.
-Bota Cabernet, Old Vine Zin (Not easy to locate in all states! And dang it, the DW's favorite weekday vino.), and when we can find it Loft Cabernet. We have a Low Limit set of 4 boxes each of Zin and mix of the two mentioned Cabernet's. Once we break into that 4th box of either - we're on "Wine Patrol!".
Boxes pack easily, don't rattle or break. And when bought in the Western Side of the USA at say Safeway/Von's when on sale and then buy 6 and get the 10% 6 Pack discount - it's a real bargain at ~$4.25 per bottle
! (Loft is more expensive, and hard to fine, but even at over $20 - a good value.)
2) We travel Costco to Costco, and stock up on bottle wines
! My wife's Zin craving is covered by Old Vine $9.99 bottles of Kirkland Zin
! I make a came out of trying different red's for under $14.99, and quite often down to under $10. Cab's, Red Blends, Etc.. We'll travel with about three cases of these moderate price wines. We have the bottles for when entertaining, and allocate two bottles for the weekend.
3) Our Friday night (Or other special occasions too...) vino's. We're still members of Tobin James and Justin Wineries (And two others...). So we travel with another three cases of these better quality wines. I also will watch for Kirkland Signature Red's. For example, Kirkland's Signature Cabernet from Stags Leap, is a real value. We'll but a few cases of these to stash in our Vacation Home to age, as well as some of their other Signature Red's too. We'll bring a case of Old Stock with us when we travel.
Where the heck to we put all of these? (And thank goodness we have over 11K of CCC on our coach
> J-Sofa Lounge with a cushion that comes off with underneath storage. 5 cases in their boxes with their dividers in place fit in the middle. We wrap another few cases of bottles individually, and stash them around the back and front of these cases.
> Upper cabinet Vino and Mix Drinks supplies (Not much on that front, we like an occasional Vodka Martini or good Scotch. With a few bottles of the Drambuie for Rusty Nails on cold nights around a campfire.) So we keep a rotated mix of a case of wine, and these spirits in an overhead cabinet.
> Lower Cabinet with drawer. We had OMC build us a cabinet that is as deep as our J-Lounge. Added a slide out shelf, and box wines on their sides stack two deep high on the loser shallow slide out shelf. A total of 8 boxes of Both/Loft can stack in his locations for travel.
Now it sounds like we're a rolling mix of different beverages
! But to be fair, we go out for 4-5 months trips at a time, and we are fully stocked before deployment from our home... With restocking as needed along the way. Very common for us to have two or three couples over and next thing you know 3-4 bottles of vino is gone. (And sometimes, well not real frequently - we can actually gain a bottle over what we extend - with the right company
And it's a hobby my wife and I both worked for as we prepared for retirement. I actually had a line item on my Can We Do It retirement spread sheet for monthly vino expenses
! Yes, in place of bottles we now will mostly drink boxes - but we somehow press on...
Always enjoy reading the creative solutions that others have come up with for traveling and storing vino on the road...
Cheers to all, and travel safe, have fun,