Clothes on floor

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Hi My wife and I have just completed a small trip as a shake down test for a much bigger trip later this year.
The biggest problem we encountered was the coat hangers we pegged our clothes to consistently jumped off the racks in the wardrobes when traveling resulting in a pile of creased clothes on the wardrobe floor. Any tips to overcome this problem would be very welcome. Jim K Qld

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Reply By: Member. Rob M (QLD) - Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 12:15

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 12:15
Hi Jim,

Just do what my wife does, jam so many clothes in the wardrobe that they couldn't possibly move, let alone jump off.
Seriously, we have never had the problem. I suppose it depends on what section of the van the wardrobes are in, ours are at the front, so not too much bouncing.
The top of our wardrobe is also sloped because of the shape of the roof line, so that could stop some of the movement.
You could try wire ones and bend the hook to a smaller diameter?

Good luck with the problem.

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Reply By: Nargun51 - Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 12:30

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 12:30
A length of shock cord pulled tight down each side of the rail to hold the hanger tight against the rail or a strong rubber band that sits over the shank of the hanger that can be stretched to the tip underneath the rail when you hang them up?

Stuff a spare blanket over the rail and clothes?

Lower the tyre pressures?

Drive slower?
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Follow Up By: The Bantam - Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 12:40

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 12:40
Or just save the effort and throw them on the floor like you do at home...:)

Serioulsy......don't try to hang em up.....fold em and stash em in draws and tubs.

As for the 3 piece suit and the ball gown, put em in a suit packer and zippy tie that to the rail.

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Reply By: Member - Bruce and Di T (SA) - Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 12:41

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 12:41
Jim,

We have coat hangers that swivel, can buy at Woolworths, they're a little more expensive. It's only the hook that swivels and we have not 'lost' any clothes since using them. We also put the hangers in alternate direction, the hooks that is. Works for us and we've done quite a few big trips including on rough roads.

Di
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Reply By: Member - Fab72 (Paradise SA) - Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 14:09

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 14:09
If this is the type of problems I have to look forward to in my later years, I can't wait.
Fab.
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Reply By: Notso - Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 14:17

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 14:17
Sounds like too much Jig a Jig. In the suspension etc that is. Have you checked your tyre pressures?
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Reply By: ABR - SIDEWINDER - Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 14:55

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 14:55
Push a piece of braided PVC tube onto the hook to extend it if it is the plastic type..



Just a thought, never tried it.

Regards

Derek from ABR
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Reply By: baz&pud (tassie) - Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 15:00

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 15:00
We don't have that trouble, but i seem to remember this problem coming up before and the suggestion was made to us the hangers back the front, in other words have the hanger opening facing the back of the van.
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Reply By: pop2jocem - Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 15:04

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 15:04
Our van (Supreme) and probably others have a strip with triangular holes cut in it. The clothes hangers have to be angled to get them into the holes but once in there none have ever fallen out.
Seriously though, I find that folding and rolling T shirts, jeans, pants etc much easier and usually don't need anything else to be suitable for wearing straight out of the cupboard.
Mind you I am not one to be overly concerned about someones elses opinion of my dress code....LOL.

Cheers
Pop
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Reply By: SDG - Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 15:29

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 15:29
Clothes? Don't we just need a change of undies? Or is that what your hanging up? lol
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Reply By: Krooznalong - Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 16:26

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 16:26
Sounds like a damned rough riding van! Or perhaps a very rough shake down trip - how bad was the road?
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Reply By: Member - Andrew & Jen - Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 16:45

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 16:45
Jim

We do the same in the van as on the boat where, as you could appreciate, chafing is a major problem due to constant movement when at sea.

An occy strap from the back of the wardrobe to the side at the front (on both sides of the wardrobe) and about 2/3 to 3/4 of the way from the top stops all movement plus prevents the hangers jumping off the rail.

And no need to use pegs.

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Reply By: Member - Arsenal Phill - Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 16:48

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 16:48
We've never had this problem and would have to say is the ride of the van right????
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Reply By: Member -Dodger - Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 16:59

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 16:59
As we do not take Formal Wear and only drip dry clothes I made shelves in our wardrobe and the clothes are folded and placed on the shelves. This leaves more room in the robe.
I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.

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Reply By: Slow one - Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 17:24

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 17:24
Jim,
it is a common problem especially with single axle vans and roads that have a black soil base.

With our old single axle van we just took them out still on the hangers and laid them on the bed.

As Pop said, rolling up tee shirts works well.
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Reply By: Ross M - Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 19:28

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 19:28
Does the van have shock absorbers?
Sounds as if the springs are far too rigid and non compliant and/or the tyres are pumped up too hard.

Smooth riding, compliant well controlled suspension with correct/suitable tyre pressures shouldn't create the problem.
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Follow Up By: Slow one - Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 21:16

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 21:16
Ross,
I don't believe it has anything to do with soft/compliant suspension or tyre pressure.

It is more to do with the clothes hanging right at the rear of the van. It is just the pendulum effect, front to rear that causes the problem.

This can be different between vans. Some are good on certain road configurations and bad on others.

Just for interest, I have had occasions of running two prime movers with identical loads with one not being able to maintain a max speed. The reason being the spread of the tri's on the trailers. This is caused by the way the road is wheel rolled. The speed difference between the prime movers is quite substantial.

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Reply By: Mikee5 - Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 19:41

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 19:41
Hi Jim,
We had exactly the same problem. An off road van with the robe right at the rear where the bounce is worst. We bought a bunch of 'Motel" style hangars with a fully closed loop which can't be removed from the rail ( to stop theft of hangars). The hangars unclip from the loop. Remove the hanging rail and slide these on and you will never have the problem again. I asked the local motel for the name of his supplier and went from there. Good luck.
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew L (QLD) - Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 20:58

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 20:58
Never had the problem in my Bushtracker caravan on some pretty crap roads and tracks. Let the tyres down and drive accordingly.
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Follow Up By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 22:11

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 22:11
I would follow Mike's lead with the motel style hangers.

Phil
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Reply By: WBS - Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 21:35

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 21:35
We had the same problem with our van. Never really solved the problem. Sold the van.

Some people have recommended putting insulation foam on the rod. Don't know if that works.
WBS
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Reply By: Robyn R4 - Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 22:05

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 22:05
Don't know the technical side of things and reasons why they fall but I did read of a cure many years ago...they said a length of vacuum cleaner hose (not the pipe, but the hose with the ridges in it)...you hang the hangers so they're wedged in the ridges and they get squeezed in and don't fall out.
Does that make sense?
Have only ever owned a little Aliner and never had to try it out, so I don't know if it works or not...
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Reply By: Member - Andrew L (QLD) - Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 at 20:59

Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 at 20:59
lots of people seem to be focussed on curing the effect...and not the cause...
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Follow Up By: Slow one - Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 at 21:12

Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 at 21:12
Guess you didn't look at my reply
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Reply By: Motherhen - Friday, Feb 14, 2014 at 00:03

Friday, Feb 14, 2014 at 00:03
Hi Jim

We turned our hanging space into a cupboard, however when there is nothing stored in it, there is still enough hanging space for a couple of outfits if we are taking the van for accommodation to attend a wedding. For touring, a set of non iron 'best wear' gets packed in a plastic bags of the type bed linen comes in and stored on shelves.

To stop coat hangers bouncing off, use plastic coated wire hangers and bend the flexible hook around the rail.

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