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LemonDrop

LemonDrop

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Not sure this is what you meant...but we use this bargain £10 Ikea wardrobe as recommended by a caravanner, when onsite for at least 3/4 days. With 4 of us in the van it’s always a struggle to keep clothes tidy and this makes it a breeze: Vanessa window bags for the adults and the Ikea wardrobe has one of those hanging shelving units (also Ikea) for the kids stuff plus a few hangers for fleeces etc. Also a bag of shoes in the bottom, the decathlon microfibre towels on a shelf and another Ikea storage thing outside for all sorts of stuff. Written after a rum ‘n coke so sorry if a bit waffly!

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Italiahorse

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Not sure this is what you meant...but we use this bargain £10 Ikea wardrobe as recommended by a caravanner, when onsite for at least 3/4 days. With 4 of us in the van it’s always a struggle to keep clothes tidy and this makes it a breeze: Vanessa window bags for the adults and the Ikea wardrobe has one of those hanging shelving units (also Ikea) for the kids stuff plus a few hangers for fleeces etc. Also a bag of shoes in the bottom, the decathlon microfibre towels on a shelf and another Ikea storage thing outside for all sorts of stuff. Written after a rum ‘n coke so sorry if a bit waffly!

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I think you need a driveway awning ?
 
Nolan

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I think you need a driveway awning ?
Best thing we did was buy a Decathlon awning / tent as we put all our clothes and stuff in it to stop me getting grumpy because the van is messy. It's not a fancy driveway one but can be right next to the Cali if you want. We didn't do that in the pic below as the view was really good :)

It makes such a difference as you don't have to keep unpacking and repacking the van.

Also, packing cubes. One colour for each family member in a rucksack or holdall.

 
LemonDrop

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I think you need a driveway awning ?
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we’ve got one ;)
 
Goldie

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Quick question before I order from NZ. Are the Van Essa window bags flexible across the bottom corners?
The fridge sits behind my pod so if the front bottom edge of the bag is too stiff it may not fit - see pictures.

Thanks Andy

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benico

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Interesting posts - we decided to go for these - medium sized “Plano” boxes they arewater proof and and pretty indestructible- can be used as a seat/table. 3 fit in a 3 seater nicely with a bit of room for some bits on top. We tend to leave them outside when camping so we can put the child seat in there out of the way. They make a nice campfire circle!
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McGoogly

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Gloucestershire
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I am intrigued by Bramco's very neat window shelf - is it a DIY job or something you can buy? I've done a bit of searching and I can't find anything similar.
 
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McGoogly

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On our recent trip - 2 months :-D the most useful bits of storage - not really storage but shelving were a side table made from 5mm lightweight plastic as shown in the photo below and the shelf made of dibond that fits above the seats at the front of the van. This is described in this post -> https://vwcaliforniaclub.com/threads/creating-a-false-ceiling-above-the-cabin.26094/#post-298366

Both are the best things we've bought/done for the van. The side shelf makes breakfasts or drinks of an evening so much easier. The false ceiling is just brilliant - you can stash clothing up there, wash bags, you name it. It also makes plugging phones into the 12v socket much easier. Big thanks to Romke for this innovation. We now couldn't live without it. It also stows in the roof above the bed when you're moving.

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As for the rest my wife uses soft packing thingies for all her clothes in the storage box down the side - I put mine in a couple of Lidl bags, end on so I can see what's there. These sit flat on top of each other in the boot.

Camping stuff is in 2 crates that just fit under the rear shelf. Then shoes/boots in IKEA bags and the BBQ.

Lidl SUP behind the bench seat - laid flat when the beds made.

We travel very light!
Is the window shelf a DIY job? It looks incredibly useful but I can't find anything similar online.
 
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