Do people like pull out pantry?

 
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 9:08 pm    Post subject: Do people like pull out pantry? Reply with quote

Hi all, how do people find their pull out pantry? Would you have preferred 2 shelves instead, working out space and access for storage. I imagine you can fit more on the shelves, but is it easy enough to make use of that space? Would you get the slide out again? How limited are you in what you can fit and do you find weight an issue? Thanks guys!
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Re pull out pantry, we have had both, shelves in our last van which we found ok but we much prefer the pantry in our new van. We find there is more usable space like under the bottom rack ther is enough room to store extra milk cartons, wraps all sorts of boxed goodies. 👍
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Fishvan. I have a 2 tier pull out pantry with 2 draws below. I use the bottom draws for the heavier items like cans and the pull out for the lighter stuff like cereal and the like. I like the versatility of this layout.
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agree with last post..
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pull out pantry racks are cute..... Smile
From a household perspective very cute and stylish... Wink

Now the truth from experience: In the Outback on corrugated roads, everything jumbles up and you have to take time to reach in and sort it out just to get it rolled out. Not only that, but you get at least a third to half again more (more like twice as much) on a shelf if you pack it in tight. If you fill the open space with paper towels or towels so nothing moves around, it does not chafe or jumble up. Shelves are not as cute, but a heck of a lot more functional.

It is just not what the suburban inexperienced People want to see at the Shows. So yes we put them in the Show Vans, but will tell People the disadvantages when they come to Order. You can have them if you want, but you will get a lot more packed into a shelf, and fill the whole volume of the area...

It is not what People want to hear, but this is the voice of experience. You can have whatever you want, but we are still going to tell you the pros and cons of the decisions... Because it is what the inexperienced and suburban types expect and like, it is even in my own Bushtracker. But that is because it is still a Show van, not because it is what I would have for the functionality. I think the experienced would agree, by about a margin of 80%...

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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 10:34 pm    Post subject: Do people like pull out pantry? Reply with quote

Thanks Fishvan for starting this topic.

Also thanks to Steven for your voice of experience.

Steven when you advise shelves for functionality, are you recommending cupboards with fixed shelves and hinged cupboard doors?
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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2018 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Kathy and Ian,

Look, in the design phase we have other options that work better and are more functional for the volume of storage. We would go through that with you in the design stage of details.

One is a little lip on the shelf, to keep things in there, in the pantry sort of area. Another is a little slide out shelf, like a very low profile drawer, like a slide out shelf. This is handy for shorter people, that might have a little trouble reaching the back of the top shelf in a pantry situation.

Anyway, the slide out baskets look cute at the shows, and in a big home kitchen they are an advantage. However, in the Outback bad tracks, they are a pain in the tookus as things jumble up and jam up, and further not nearly as much available storage area as the rack is smaller and has clearances all around. You also cannot overload it and pack it in...

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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2018 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have a pull out pantry for our kitchen at home but did not want one in our Bushtracker for exactly the reasons that Steve stated - we opted narrow deep drawers which we have fitted with a selection of Sistema boxes for loose ingredients. We store cans in the drawers and keep the bottled stuff in a bucket in another big drawer under the gas hob that could be converted to a microwave in the future - we don't thing it will be! The drawers work really well for us and everything stays put - happy campers. Hunter L
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only pull out that matters to me is the coffee machine. Can anyone comment on how they tie it down to prevent it jumping all over the place...
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I put ours in a carton in the front hatch. No problems.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nifty07 wrote:
The only pull out that matters to me is the coffee machine. Can anyone comment on how they tie it down to prevent it jumping all over the place...


Not being familiar with these fangled machines, my answer is of a generic nature.

It appears you are having some form of drawer or shelf that slides out of a cupboard, where you intend to house your coffee machine.

I'll assume the coffee machine doesn't have any convenient tie-down lugs.

However, it is likely that is may have four rubber "feet" that are screwed to the bottom....is this correct?

If so, my suggestion would be one of two options:

(a) try to procure four bolts of the same thread size/pitch as those that hold the rubber feet to the machine....but get them longer by the thickness of the drawer/shelf. Then drill four holes in the shelf/drawer to match the feet placement and secure the machine to the drawer/shelf with those four screws.

(b) similar to above, but this time fabricate four small steel brackets in (what is known as) a "Z" shape. These will have a suitable size hole near each end.

These are actually flat with a drop-down to match the height of the rubber feet. You remove the rubber feet, add a bracket to each one, sandwiched between the rubber and the base of the machine. Then you drill four holes in the drawer/shelf to match the hole in the other end of the bracket, which should be flush with the floor of the drawer/shelf....and secure it that way.

If the machine doesn't have screwed-on rubber feet, then you may have to improvise, but use a similar technique.

Good luck.

Roachie

PS: when we travel I continue to just have instant coffee....same as when I'm here at home (I'm a man of simple tastes...hahaha).
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We've got the Aldi coffee capsule machine. When travelling it lies on the drop down stove cover. it sits on a piece of the non slide silicone sheet and I have a short occy strap that hooks under the back edge of the stove top lid and down onto the handle for the grill door. It has been around Au three times like that never been an issue. Doesn't move at all. Just make sure you empty the capsules before lying down.

They are tough machines, the last old poptop van, the machine we had then, it sat on the bench beside the door, and wasn't held in very well, and more often than not when we opened the door it was lying on the drop step. Fell off a lot of times, never stopped working, but it eventually died at home on the bench in the kitchen, that one also did three trips to WA and back to Qld and all points inbetween. Spent most of its life running on a generator. Worn out one Nespresso and two Aldi machines, #3 is in the kitchen at home and #4 resides in the BT. Works fine off the Lithium battery.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi
Our espresso machine rides on the front of the bottom slide out in the pantry. It just sits on nonslip plastic. It has been over lots of corrugations and 4X4 tracks and has never moved. If you don't overfill the reservoir you don't even need to empty the water out. Very Happy. I discovered this after forgetting it one morning.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi ,
We have asked a special custom designed cupboard on the end of the kitchen bench when build, which contains the bread machine and the coffee machine, snug fit for both of them.
A piece of cardboard to lock them up completely prevent them moving any direction. Move the coffee machine out the front to use and lift the bread machine out of this when needed. Lots and lots of corrugation and both are working fine. Enough space for all our needs, front door design van. No stainless drip tray, only a round kitchen sink, and a special rack with drip tray for the dishes when doing this.
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