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    Top: fuses and lots of spare lights
    Middle: Junior stuff like nappies and a cable to charge at home
    Bottom: More junior stuff like swimtrainer
     
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    We use 3 curver boxes in the rear. Below the jack. 1 filled with two sleapingbags from Nomad. And 2 hedrests. Number 2, supermarkt stuff. Number 3 camper cabels and stuff, shoes, dog stuff for our labrador. In the cabin on the left, Just stacked clouths, no hangers. Towels in the top rear speakers. In the kitchen, only plastic. And a little campingaz bbq on a tripod. In the bench Below shelf, some towels to wash diches. And some tools and yelow jackets.
     
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    I love these sort of chats - non-techy stuff is what I can do!
    It's taken us 10 years to come up with a storage arrangement that suits us and our ways. We try to keep as much stuff permanently stowed away as possible. Under the sink is the permanent stock of "everyday" and emergency food and drink things (soup, tea and coffee, breakfast cereals and a few tins of things to make a meal if needed). The deep wardrobe is permanently full of bedding: pillows, double duvet and a couple of sleeping bags in case it gets really cold. We've learnt recently that you can keep a sheet on the upstairs bed when you're driving, and you can keep a duvet on it when you're on-site, and can push up the bed during the day without stripping it!

    The big drawer under the rear bench has odds-and-ends like washing and cleaning stuff, lights, batteries and things. The pull-down cupboard in the roof has anything to do with washing (us - that is), like washbags, towels, hairdryer; and medicines (of which we seem to need an ever-increasing volume!).

    Because we now sleep up-top, we don't really need to keep the top rear parcel shelf clear, but we try not to clutter it up. If camping for several days, we'll have on that shelf a holdall full of clothes, and a crate full of food: fruit, veg, bread etc. That way, if we do decide to sleep downstairs, we only have to move two things to the front.

    The lower storage at the back always has big functional things like a ladder, doorstep, and mats; but - when we go away fr a proper holiday - a sun canopy and Cob barbecue. And all the boots and shoes.

    I'f I'm using the Cali for gigs and festivals, that space is full of guitars and stuff. The space is just tall enough for two guitar cases on top of each other!

    As I say - we've got it sorted now so preparing for a trip is pretty easy, and even easier to settle down, read a book and drink some wine when you arrive! The wine goes wherever you can find a spare space!
     
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    I used to keep a double duvet and pillows in the wardrobe but I've found it's easier to keep it on the rear shelf - I fold it in 3 lengthways the roll it up and put a bungee round it. Two pillows also live there, with another two as back cushions on the rear seat. I have a holdall I keep in the house, when I come back from a trip I wash anything that needs washing and replace towels etc and any used toiletries, then all I have to do when going away is throw in the clothes I may need for the trip and put it on the rear shelf.. I live in jeans and T shirts so it's not difficult.

    The wardrobe now contains waterproofs for me and for my scooter, spare jumpers, hats (woolly and sun), rucksack etc etc including that bottle of wine of course with glasses in a padded box! And spare space for anything I want to chuck in there, camera etc.

    Cupboards under sink - right hand one, tea, coffee, sauces, food sachets, etc. Space for bread, biscuits, eggs and other perishables. Left hand one holds plates, cups, pans, washing up stuff and first aid.
    Under bed drawer has tins and cartons of food and milk with long keeping dates one side, and silver interior thermal blinds for front windows other side. Oh and the pegs and tiedown guys for the windout awning.

    Rear cupboards have beach towels (double as shower towels), sleeping bag for extra warmth or extra camper, useful stuff like spare bungees for this and that, and a very useful device for starting the engine if the battery is flat (note to self, must charge that up!). Under the shelf I keep my folding mobility scooter and a box with wellies, spare trainers etc, and the long space where others might keep skis etc holds a flagpole and a camping chair - a more comfortable one than the VW ones, and easier to carry.

    Admittedly it's mostly just me in the van but when Mike does come along it only means another bag with clothes, some more shoes, and another coat to chuck in the wardrobe.
     
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    We are absolutely dependent on these - we use the 'Aquasorb' brand, and we have four in the van. They're sold for dogs, but we have one for the dog, one for me, one for my wife and one which is used for condensation and for drying off the thermal topper and silver screens if it's been rainy.

    They're a good way of moving water around, and in particular, of making sure that, wherever it comes from, most of it stays outside the van rather than inside. Big fluffy towels are nice, and even microfibre ones, but these solve so many of the what-to-do-with-wet-things problems for us that we wouldn't be without them in a small van.
     
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    We use Eagle creek packing units in the drawer under the bench seat. I put my shirts in one and shorts and trousers in the other then stack one on the other. A smaller one for pants and socks plus a few hankies. We travel lightish thanks to Rohan ( as I've said often before on here, sorry ) and the children long gone and no dogs.
    We also keep our Dvd player under there plus books for reading on site. Mrs DoH uses the top cupboard, she's the only one who can open it, (!) and we put big coats in the wardrobe with the wash kits.
    We find Bench seat drawer is one of the easiest storage areas to get at.
    Hope that helps re the packing cubes,......
    David
     
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    Mine looks just like that
     
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    Yes David.
    I like the Rohan T-Shirts. Especially the merino stuff.
    Great kit.
    Rohan coupled with a North Face down jacket that packs into itself. Great space saving.
     
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    Has anyone left any bedding upstairs like a flattened out sleeping bag
     
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    Yes some did ....but only once ...finding out the roof was not fully closed driving 80 on the motorway.

    Best to leave noting but the matras (coverd in a sheet) on top .
    There is very limit space left , a thin blanket/sheet can be left in place but be very cautious!
     
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    Thank you I though this would be the answer but curious if anyone has.
     
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    If you do leave anything up there then least risky is to keep it in central area of bed, not the edges (the bed base can flex a little in the centre).

    But personally I would leave nothing at all up there, beyond just a sheet as HC says. A buckled roof would be a very expensive fix.
     
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    We put/squeez our Brandrup Isolite External thing between roof and matress. We do it when the roof is already closed.
     
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    We tried it with a sleeping bag and the roof would not close down. Not to be recommended.
    We still use the strange internal blinds for the windscreen and front windows that came with van. A bit like a flat tent stiffened with carbon fibre rods. Once built (read the instructions carefully!) we keep them erected. For travel they can easily be passed through the opening over the front seats to sit on the top bed quite safely.
    I hope that made sense......
     

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