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Old 05-28-2013, 10:21 AM   #1
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Toiletries/ non-perishables left in the camper

In your experiences, what are the "okay" and "nono" toiletries and perishables you've left in your camper when it's not in use?

I know deoderant will melt. And some shampoos can break apart in the heat, turning into a watery gloppy mess. But toothpaste and soaps and powders seem to be ok so far.

I also make sure there is nothing open that an ant could find - learned that the hard way the first time. I've left bags of chips, coffee, sugar packets, canned goods, etc. in the camper. But all new in the package. Anything that's been opened goes back in the house.

I was wondering if anyone has had something that degraded or ants found that surprised them by leaving it in the heat of the camper. The more I can leave in the camper... the less I have to pack next time!
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Old 05-28-2013, 10:38 AM   #2
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I've never had shampoo issues and my deodorant is already a gel...

We leave as much as possible in the camper. All bathroom toiletries stay stocked.

Same with the kitchen- if it's new and sealed, it can stay. If its been opened, it usually goes inside.

My real question has to so with drinks and hot/cold cycles. Do beer, soda and water care if they warm up after they've been cold (and then are made cold again)? We've been treating everything- once it's cold, it goes into the house to the fridge. But I'd love to be able to leave all of our drinks out for the next trip.
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Old 05-28-2013, 10:48 AM   #3
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Well, beer and soda are both bottled cold, and then warmed. Then chilled again... but not sure what would happen with a repetitive cycle. I'm sure someone out there has researched it! I imagine water would be just fine.
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Old 05-28-2013, 11:33 AM   #4
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not good to have beer go through the heat/cold cycles. It gets a "skunky" flavor. We've left soda and water with no problems. Never had any issues with toiletries.
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Old 05-28-2013, 12:04 PM   #5
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I leave the bathroom stocked with everything as well as kitchen pantry with a lot of items. I don't leave any beverages as I don't want to burden the fridge with also having to try and cool them down as well as the fridge itself. Rather get the fridge back to temp and then stick the already cold beverages from the spare fridge in the garage in there. I know that some folks leave the camper plugged in and fridge running when they get back from a trip but I like to clean it out each time otherwise I'm sure I'd get some science experiment growing in there
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Old 05-28-2013, 12:36 PM   #6
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I leave all toiletries, canned or bottled items, beverages, etc. I make sure everything is sealed. Camper is under cover. I would be hesitant to leave meds that are temperature sensitive.
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Old 05-28-2013, 01:31 PM   #7
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We leave all bathroom items (except contact solution) in the camper for the summer season. We've never had issues with deodorant or shampoo, but contact solution does something weird where it burns your eyes when you put your contacts in. We bring this in everytime.
As for kitchen items, we have found it very easy to put the "camper items" into the bins in the bottom of the fridge and bring those in. Ketchup, mustard, BBQ sauce, butter, jam, etc. We throw those staples into those two bins and bring them into the garage fridge each time. What's nice, is we always know those go back out, and everything is there.

As for waters and pops, we just put those in the kitchen sink. Never had one leak or explode and then we cool them down in the outside fridge since it cools in a more standard fashion. Beer always goes in the house. Same with anything chocolate, microwave popcorn, and peanut butter. Those items we throw in the refrigerator containers and let them go into the fridge at the house, then when we go back out, we put them back into the pantry. This has worked great for us. They don't seem affected from being refrigerated and back to room temp, and we always remember them because they are in those bins.

Lastly, we haven't had any problems (knock on wood) with opened items. Most we put into genuine Tupperware grandma gave us back in the day, but cereal, pancake mix, bag of chips, crackers, etc, all go into Tupperware and stay just fine.
We make one large shopping trip in the spring, load the thing up and as we use, we replace. Over the winter, we consume the camper items, and replace with new again next spring.
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The only thing we bring in the house is lunch meats and chips that have been opened. Everything else stays in the fridge or cabinets. Never had any trouble with toiletries. When we stock the camper in the spring, it stays stocked until we winterize in the fall. In the fall I throw away all the seasonings and flour and that type of dry goods and buy fresh the next spring.
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Maybe it's just the heat in FL that makes the deodorant melt! LOL! Nothing worse than getting out of the shower, going to put in on, and it's just goop. UGH. Made a mess everywhere.
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I like to clean it out each time otherwise I'm sure I'd get some science experiment growing in there
Our trailer goes to storage when not in use, so I wipe down all of the fridge and freezer after each trip, and then put the clips in to prop the doors open. I shudder to think what the humidity and heat would grow in there if I didn't.
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