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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Make The Most Of Your Countertop Storage.

    I am always looking for clever ways to get the most out of the limited storage in my RV. So many appliances today take up so much counter space it's difficult to juggle them all. I don't have enough counter space to leave anything actually ON the counter, but if I did this little gizmo would be a great addition. It allows your appliance to slide back and forth, out of the way. If you are lucky enough to have a deep counter, this will allow you to leave all your counter-top appliances at the very back edge of the counter and slide them forward only when in use. This will free up a lot of counter real estate for other uses.

This gizmo is a bit different from other designs I have seen in the past. It does not use any ball bearings or metal in its construction. The surfaces that rub together are manufactured from a teflon like material on the surface, so it slides smoothly even with a heavy appliance on top. Because of this style of construction it's only 1/2 " tall. This is great news if you have low hanging cabinets across the back of your galley counter space. What this gizmo DOESN'T do is hold the appliance in place. I've seen quite a few newer RV's outfitted with Appliance "garages" some with sliding doors that will keep your appliances from becoming projectiles while you're driving. Obviously, it's a bad thing if your appliances get loose. Glass coffee carafes are especially nasty when they shatter.

My "Carafe Strap"
 With a couple of pieces of velcro and some screws, you can build a strap(s) to hold your appliances to the back wall when stored. Simply pull the strap open and slide out to use. Necessity is truly the mother of invention. My under cabinet mounted coffee maker had one installed and it's traveled well over 50,000 miles without any incident at all!

This little beauty is available at most large stores including wal-mart and cost only $3.00. I am 100% sure there will be other uses for this sliding tray...I just have to come up with them. I like items that are multi-tasking...


It's always best to make the most of what you have. Sage advice. Not just for counters either.

Be Seeing You...Down The Road,

Rich "The Wanderman"
www.thewanderman.com

2 comments:

  1. Could we get an actual name of the 'gizmo'? I searched 'sliding tray' on WalMart, and it didn't come up with this, thanks, sue

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    1. Anon,
      Sure thing...it's called the "Handy Caddy" but can be found under a few other names.

      Rich "The Wanderman"

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