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Timwhy
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 4:02 am    Post subject: Paper Towel Holder for your Westy Reply with quote

Not my idea, but a fellow Samba members"! The other day when I met David, a Samba member
on his way to Bus Fusion. He showed me a neat paper towel holder that he did a mod on to fit
on the pop tops' bar that is held in place using clips. The clips that David used are the ones to
hold tools (like a broom) to a wall. I couldn't find the exact clips that David used but instead
found other clips that would work. The whole thing was under $5 and I think the it will work
out great. I used a binder clip to keep the roll from un-rolling with alittle breeze.

Thanks David!

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 5:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

that's a neat Idea, simple & cheap.. like the majority of us.

I've found that although a little more expensive then cheapie towels, these Scott brand shop towels are great for camping because...

they DON"T UNRAVEL, they're bonded and can be trusted to not unravel in the wind.. they're also quite durable so you can scrub with them or use less. depending on your mess of course.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 6:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I put this one in.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 6:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

heyo, that's pretty slick. Thanks for the post.
(I keep my paper towels on the front table leg.)

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

climberjohn wrote:
heyo, that's pretty slick. Thanks for the post.
(I keep my paper towels on the front table leg.)

-CJ


same here.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

danfromsyr wrote:
.... simple & cheap.. like the majority of us.

I've found that although a little more expensive then cheapie towels, these Scott brand shop towels are great for camping because...




Hey! I resemble that remark. Wink

For sure. I can second blue shop towels. In fact I find that using even half a towel is plenty.

Edit: and yes. Neat towel rack.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 8:52 am    Post subject: paper towels Reply with quote

We use a soft bungee through the towel tube and hook each end on the pop top bar.

Works well if you're short Cool
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 11:21 am    Post subject: paper towel Reply with quote

Lee Valley sells magnets with key ring thingy's attached to them. A bungee, string or whatever between the two magnets will mount wherever magnets mount.

I like the table leg idea though...every day is a school day...


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have the paper towel inserted (upright) on the front table mount (right behind the driver's seat).
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is sweet because the mount is so versatile, and you could attach to many things, stored out of the way, simple, intuitive, cheap, awesome...bookmarked!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have mine stuffed under the sink where they get all dirty and partially unravel. Embarassed

I see a mini-project in my near future....
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I too kept paper towel rolls on the table leg u til I popped for a TK step. Now I keep the roll shoved under the sink until I need them, and then stick them up on the Buese shelf. I also use the shop towels for all the reasons stated above- they're tough, versatile, and don't unroll themselves if you drop it. Wink

I like this idea, and I really like Alaric's design. Some good ideas shared here. How about creating another thread discussing different storage solutions for our vans. I know there are a few out there, just can't think of any good search terms right now. It would be nice though with camping season upon us.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1621 wrote:
How about creating another thread discussing different storage solutions for our vans...
A few favorites:

Fridge (& Kitchen) Organizing
Packing to reduce clutter
Do you travel light? <lots of deleted pics> Sad
Tricks & gizmos that work "just right"in a Westy
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2011 3:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

danfromsyr wrote:
that's a neat Idea, simple & cheap.. like the majority of us.

I've found that although a little more expensive then cheapie towels, these Scott brand shop towels are great for camping because...

they DON"T UNRAVEL, they're bonded and can be trusted to not unravel in the wind.. they're also quite durable so you can scrub with them or use less. depending on your mess of course.

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Had a chance to try these towels out using my Chuck Box towel holder and as Dan says
they work! Didn't find them at Lowes', they had their own brand @ almost $2 per roll.
Found a three pack at Home Depot for less than $6, so the better deal is at HD.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I made the below for my van over the weekend.

I took a 12" section of PVC pipe, drilled two little holes in the ends, and attached mini bungees to it. Total cost = $4 (including spray paint).

Very simple as you can see, no need to drill any holes or add any permanent hardware. Since it rests against the back of the seat, the wind doesn't unroll it. Plus, you can detach it from the headrest and attach it to a chain-link fence, tree branch, pop-top bar, just about anything. Those of us with weekenders/MV's don't have much to mount to anyways, so this works well for us.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

An easy place to keep a roll of paper towels is to slide it on the front table mount leg. The tubing is the correct size for the roll to fit on. Just spin the knob off, slide the roll on the tubing, then re-attach the table leg.

It is always available to the driver and passenger. Laughing

Here is a pic without the roll attached. Shocked Sorry.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Syncro Jael wrote:
An easy place to keep a roll of paper towels is to slide it on the front table mount leg. The tubing is the correct size for the roll to fit on. Just spin the knob off, slide the roll on the tubing, then re-attach the table leg.

It is always available to the driver and passenger. Laughing

Here is a pic without the roll attached. Shocked Sorry.

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As a bonus (?) it acts like a carwash roller when your wet black lab transfers from back to front Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the paper towel on the table leg trick must be an old samba April fools joke.
Tried it an the breeze from the window was just perfect to unspoiled half the roll all over the back of my van.

Ya got me !
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

you have to pay more $$ for quality to not unroll in wind.
or the inconvenience of a rubber band or something on it to

danfromsyr wrote:
that's a neat Idea, simple & cheap.. like the majority of us.

I've found that although a little more expensive then cheapie towels, these Scott brand shop towels are great for camping because...

they DON"T UNRAVEL, they're bonded and can be trusted to not unravel in the wind.. they're also quite durable so you can scrub with them or use less. depending on your mess of course.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tobias Duncan wrote:
I think the paper towel on the table leg trick must be an old samba April fools joke.
Tried it an the breeze from the window was just perfect to unspoiled half the roll all over the back of my van.


That's what Velcro straps are for. Wink

In my van: One around the towels...

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...one off the door for holding the trash and gray water cans in place while driving, and to keep the door open when need be.

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