Although I located some noodles at another Dollar store, I decided not to buy them. Having read the comments from those of you who are more experienced and wise, it seemed I could come up with something else.
What prompted the idea of getting them in the first place, was the fact that if we ever do get to go anywhere, the first half mile of our travel will be up a steep grade. From my experience driving up this bit of road with a fully loaded van on my way to art shows, I know EVERYTHING will shift no mater how it is packed.
I also know that we will not be filling up the cabinets of the Alfa. At least not until we are fulltimers.
I'm thinking in particular about the three large cabinets in the "living room" area. They are very big and very deep. I don't have any bins for these yet.
I have bought a COSTCO package of paper towels that I thought I might use along the back. I can always use the paper towels and they don't weigh much.
For now I haven't decided what I want to put in there, so packing it is theoretical at the best.
What got me to thinking about using the swim noodles as filler was the "attic" mentioned in the reviews of the Alfa line.
The top edge of the valance on the large slide is open, creating a long, deep, narrow space. It is said to be a great place to store fishing rods or other long thin items.
I thought it would be a place to store some noodles.
Yesterday I set out for the Dollar Store in San Jose, but as I was driving I decided on another solution. I know some RVers use bubble wrap to keep things in place. I use it all of the time for shipping my sculptures, and usually get it for free from friends or by raiding dumpsters behind retail stores. I never buy boxes.
I did the other errands on my list and went back home. I took a good size roll of bubble wrap up to the Alfa and cut it up into sections. I rolled them to about the diameter of a noodle and stowed them in the valance.
Someday when I'm packing I will have the bubble wrap available to use. If not, I can always retrieve it and use it to pack a sculpture.
Right now, I just wish I could be packing for a short trip. I have only taken a few things up to the Alfa. Most things that we will need are things I use every day at the house, and I don't want to start doubling "stuff." I have also bought a few things for her.
Craig has been in contact with the county. As of today he is playing tag with his contact and the word is they are still looking at the problem. .... ERG!