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Old 05-09-2019, 04:43 PM   #1
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Default Hanging Clothing storage?

Currently we use the passenger side wall to hang our duffel bags from hooks installed on l-track rails. (4 of us in the van). I have an upper and lower l-track.

The duffel bags have a handle on the top of the bag, however, the weight of the clothing tends to deform the duffel bags, making it a bit difficult to zip/unzip the bags, or find anything inside the duffel. We use the duffel bag method as they are easy to load in the house, carry to van, and hang, keeping them off the floor.

I'm looking for a better method. I don't want permanent cabinets on this wall, I suppose I'm looking for a better duffel bag or even some sort of hanging transportable bag with a sturdier frame.

If anyone uses a method like this and willing to share, I'd love the ideas.

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Old 05-09-2019, 06:22 PM   #2
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Not exactly what you asked for, as these are essentially soft and removable cabinets vs. duffle bags.
That said, they are well built and solid.

https://adventurewagon.com/products/...-vans-and-suvs
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Old 05-10-2019, 03:18 AM   #3
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Default Hanging Clothing storage?

I originally looked at using the Adventure Wagon bags but at 48 long they are huge, not something you can carry around. I did install roof and wall mounted L Track to accommodate the Adventure Bags. Instead I modified some REI bags, Big Haul 90, using a $6 grommet kit and the scrap wall panels from my van. The plastic wall panels add rigidity to the bag. A center strap provides support. The trick to getting the L Track studs to stay upside down is to slide an O-ring over the stud.

Quick to remove but not so quick to install if it is full. Could just stick a soft sided duffel inside the REI duffel. Gives you some rigidity but also easy to remove contents.










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Old 05-13-2019, 05:10 PM   #4
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Thank you for the suggestions!
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Old 05-13-2019, 06:31 PM   #5
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The way i built my bed holds hanging clothes pretty well.
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Default Re: Hanging Clothing storage?

For many years now we've been using blue Ikea handle bags for traveling. The original bags were larger. When Ikea downsized the bag I was at first disappointed, but we've since learned to just add an extra bag.

Downsides.
They are ugly blue.
They don't zip closed.
Eventually they wear out.

Upsides.
They don't zip closed.
They last fairly well.
They are cheap to replace when necessary.
You can roll your clothes to stack into them.

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Old 05-15-2019, 07:19 PM   #7
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I'm looking for a better method. I don't want permanent cabinets on this wall, I suppose I'm looking for a better duffel bag or even some sort of hanging transportable bag with a sturdier frame.
I have two Adventure Wagon soft storage cabinets in my van and while we love them for what they are, I don't think these are what you're looking for. They do not function like duffel bags.

In our family of 5, each of us has a Patagonia Black Hole duffel bag. Strange to think of Patagonia and "cost effective" in the same sentence, but compared to many van-specific options in this niche market they're not too expensive. Plus, they're always on sale. We like them because everyone has their own color making sorting easy, they clip into the L-track with carabiners through integrated mole straps on the bags, they have a variety of sizes, and they are near indestructible. While the mole straps do a good job of holding the bag's form when hanging, they do not have an internal frame. So you would need to add something internally if that's what you needed.

Alternatively, I've been looking at these:

http://www.campovans.com/products/medium-hanging-bag

I have no experience with them, but they look like they might be an upgrade to what we're using. Unfortunately, while they're available in 3 sizes, they're only available in one color which makes keeping track of 5 different ones an issue for us. Maybe that's less of an issue for you.
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Old 05-15-2019, 07:29 PM   #8
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Alternatively, I've been looking at these:

http://www.campovans.com/products/medium-hanging-bag

I have no experience with them, but they look like they might be an upgrade to what we're using. Unfortunately, while they're available in 3 sizes, they're only available in one color which makes keeping track of 5 different ones an issue for us. Maybe that's less of an issue for you.
Wow! Excellent find! This may be exactly what Im looking for. Thanks!!!!
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Alternatively, I've been looking at these:

http://www.campovans.com/products/medium-hanging-bag

I have no experience with them, but they look like they might be an upgrade to what we're using. Unfortunately, while they're available in 3 sizes, they're only available in one color which makes keeping track of 5 different ones an issue for us. Maybe that's less of an issue for you.
Buy several colored (different colors) decorative carabiners and put a different color one on each bag. I put one on each of my bags; makes it easy to know "that's my bag" at the airport and other places. If everyone did it it wouldn't work as well, but that hasn't been a problem for me so far :-)
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