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Old 08-23-2014, 09:54 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by jtstromsburg View Post
Couple hours at most. Fiver is plugged in and waiting on the drive. Fridge stays stocked with the normals, and we keep or restock the freezer with meat. Clothes get washed and returned to their areas within a day or two of coming home. Most of our trips are weekends, but a couple week or two during the summer. That's why we bought a camper. Too much work loading the tents, coolers, food boxes, clothes, etc, etc. The camper stays stocked like a second home.
We will go on small trips that just come up the some day so the 5th wheel stays just about stocked all the time.

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Old 08-23-2014, 09:55 AM   #22
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Sneak and I both have "RV dedicated" shoes, sleep wear, etc. Those go right back into the RV with the linens after laundry.

For loading of groceries, other clothes, etc. I have one of those tall wire carts on wheels. I load it full then roll it out to the 5er in the back yard. With my neck injury I have a very restrictive weight lifting limit (a 20 pack of sodas? out of the question..ain't happening...I get help at the grocery store with that, then unload the cans from my vehicle into the cart a few at a time if Sneak isn't home). I roll the cart up to the steps and unload it a few items at a time on to the floor at the top of the steps. Then I go in and put it all in place. LOTS of trips out to the RV are saved that way.

A child's wagon or a garden/yard wagon would work just as well.

Before we had shore power I had BIG zip lock bags that I put all the condiments for the camper fridge into. Those bags went into our spare fridge in the garage. Load up time meant simply grabbing those bags, into the wire cart they went, then rolled out to the camper.

The neck injury makes what we love to do more a challenge, but one simply has to learn to do things a different way.

Example: I do not shop for groceries at any store that doesn't have "bag boys". I shop at a small local grocery, and since I've always tipped them (even before the injury), the "bag boys" will almost fight over who is going to take my groceries out and load them in my vehicle. When they see me enter the store one will ask if I need help loading sodas into my cart. The cashiers know to load my groceries in many bags...keeping each bag very light.


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Old 08-23-2014, 10:20 AM   #23
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Aaahhh yes... pack for days and get 5 mile out the drive way and down the road and 'remember' that 'one' thing that was needed the most..... 100 other things in the camper that are never used and forgetting that 'one thing' could ruin the whole trip (gasp).... Once the 'camp' is set up.... it is off the wallyworld for that 'one thing'... that ends up not being needed after all.
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Old 08-23-2014, 10:31 AM   #24
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When we head to FL for 3 months, it takes about an hr. to pack the frig/pantry, etc. but TOWTA takes about a week+ to load her clothes,etc. We keep my clothes in the camper all the time. The outside stuff is ready all the time, so it's a matter of just plugging in the TST tire monitor and make sure they are up to 65#, hook up, disconnect shore power and go.
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Old 08-23-2014, 10:42 AM   #25
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Well now that you mention it, OC, (ahem) clothes take up most of that wardrobe slide closet. Sneak keeps his jeans and shorts in the overhead cabinets. But I *do* let him have one shelf on the left side of the wardrobe.

I think we have more laundry to do when we get home this time than we've ever had before. We're wanting to stay an extra day here too, but we'd have to move the RV...uh uh....BUT, there's a pull through that just went vacant. We could hitch up and move there, then stay hitched for the last night.

You oughta see our new bedding! Sneak bought me a new, gorgeous, quilt and shams. I'ma post it in the "pics for the heck of it" thread.

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Old 08-23-2014, 11:39 AM   #26
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I think Weezer and Aquaman have it down, you will get better, But I can't live without Checklist's for everything....!!!
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Old 08-23-2014, 12:11 PM   #27
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at times I have to go from the house to 5th wheel to find something to wear. Most of my stuff stays in there. I wear uniforms to work so don't need much in house. Usually more cold beer in the camper than house. I can load up, hook up, drive to, and be set up at our local "weekend get away" state park in about an hour.
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Old 08-23-2014, 12:19 PM   #28
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I love having a "back up source" for the S&B.

ooops, outta cooking oil! run out and get some out of Buffy

BUT, I keep a list of things I borrow out of the RV and replace them next trip to the grocery store.

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Old 08-23-2014, 12:50 PM   #29
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There is definitely a difference between those who store at home and therewith a storage lot. With time and practice comes routines and ways to make things easier/quicker. We stock the fiver like the house with dishes toiletries etc. This way the only stuff going back and forth are food, clothes, dog food/toys, anything special we need for the trip and our electronic devices (ie phone/iPad). I may purchase dog toys that stay in the fiver. We already leave a leash, extra collar, dog bowls and vaccine record in the fiver.

For a typical Friday departure weekend trip :
Wed night-
laundry (common when not camping so I don't really count it as prep).
Make a list of items to bring (I break the food down by meal and ingredients to prepare it)

Thurs- grocery shop either Wed or thurs depending on work schedule
pack clothes into a laundry basket (I do mine and dd, DH does his own)
Put dry goods together for a quick grab
Put cold food together for a quick grab out of fridge

Fri- work all day, as soon as dh gets off work he goes to turn on fridge and picks dd up from after school Care. When I get home we either throw everything in the truck to transfer over before heading out or we bring the trailer home to load. Either way, trailer is less than 5 min from house.

I could do all of this same day and expedite the method but I rather stay relaxed about it, especially with working full-time. If we take a longer trip I usually just take a day off and do most of this stuff on that day. I have been known to hook up the fiver, take it with me to the grocery store so I can just put the food straight into it. We take our dog and as a young pup (barely a year), he is learning to be a good camping dog. He loves the trailer and the new friends he meets on the trips, especially if there is a dog park at the campground. The only time we kennel for a trip is if we expect to be away from the tt most of the time (ie fort wilderness and Disney parks). However, you know your dogs, if they are happier at a kennel or not well behaved/quiet dogs then take them to the kennel.

As others said try spreading your prep out to make it less stressful. After forgetting a few things you will get a system. I have forgotten a Halloween costume for dd the weekend the campground had trick or treating. Closest store that might have something was 45 min away so dh just made the 90 min trip home for the existing costume. Another weekend I forgot ketchup and mustard (hot dogs/hamburgers on the menu) as well as the baked beans. Same trip I forgot the crock pot for the brisket I was making for a group dinner. We were 30 min from home but state parks here close and lock gates at dusk. Not enough time so we had dry/plain hot dogs that night and got everything the next morning. I learned the importance of the list those 2 weekends. I do not keep food items in the trailer when not in use because we only go out 1-2 times per month and I don't want to attract bugs/animals. A thorough clean out when getting home helps with this.
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Old 08-23-2014, 01:01 PM   #30
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We purchased a NTU Trailer and I have been working on this for over a month getting ready for a 6 month trip. Mods have been very time consuming. Eternabond to adding a TV to hooking up a Little Buddy heater and the list goes on. Everytime we get a new trailer, it takes weeks to get it ready. Once ready, it does not take long for just a quick load and go. Best of luck.

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