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Old 09-26-2018, 10:07 AM   #1
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How long does it take for you to pack up for a long trip?

I've been planning a long trip ever since I parked the trailer from the last one in July. Off on a roughly 4500+ mile trip starting next Monday. No return date scheduled.

Getting ready, packing clothing for two seasons (temps ranging from 20's-30's to 100), food, general supplies, has been an ongoing project for the last two weeks. Rather than trying to pack in one day like days of old, I've been taking a few items at a time each day. Refrigerator is the last to be loaded.

In the past I used to start out by stacking everything that was to go in the trailer in the dining room or kitchen and then haul it out the day before. Found that I often had more "stuff" than room, took more than was needed, and at the end of packing day I was beat.

Figured this time I'd take some time to organize as I loaded, remove the stuff I haven't needed in the last few trips, and when time to leave just hook up and go after a good nights sleep.

What about the rest of you? Last minute packers or some here and some there over a week or more?

Of course full timers are excluded from this question

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Old 09-26-2018, 10:19 AM   #2
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it's taking us less effort as time goes by. this is because over time we have ended up stocking the trailer with a duplicate set of items (cookware, bedding, supplies) so we no longer have to transfer them. a few days before we start to put dry foods into some bins at home but we do not take any food to the trailer until we are ready to hook up and leave. in the week before all tires are checked, moving parts lubed, supplies checked, propane filled, etc. at departure time it is just basically load the food and clothing and go. it's getting easier but it is still an effort. oh, and the big effort is to catch the cat and put her in her carrier. somehow she knows and disappears just when it is time to go.

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Old 09-26-2018, 10:21 AM   #3
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We keep our camper fully stocked with everything that doesn't go bad. Things like toiletries, canned goods, paper products etc. To go anywhere all we need is a trip to the grocery store for perishables and to pack our clothing. If you give me 4 hours, I can be on the road to anywhere for any length of time.

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Old 09-27-2018, 11:30 AM   #4
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That was part of the appeal of the A-frame for us - we wanted to be pulling out of the driveway less than 2 hours after a "go" decision. And we wanted to be completely set up within an hour after arrival at the campground.

But a "long" trip for us is a 4 day weekend, or at most a 9 day trip.

The A-frame stores in the garage. We keep it stocked except for food and daily clothing (rain gear, bedding, cold weather stuff is stocked).

The new bigger A-frame doesn't meet our "go" goals as easily. I can't fully set up inside the garage, and the spare tire has to be taken off to fit in the garage. So I have to crawl in to stock the fridge. And spend about 15 min mounting the spare.

Typically, to a reserved campsite, we'll pull the A-frame into the driveway the night before, mount the spare, raise the roof, load the fridge and any other special gear, fill water tank, fold the A-frame down. In the morning, check air pressures, hook up and go. Grab ice and gas on the way out.

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Old 09-27-2018, 11:41 AM   #5
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Depends! For a boondocking trip out in the middle of nowhere, sure, we'll spend more time going over lists and ensuring we have everything we will need. Where we usually go it is many hours to any type of store.

For trips to populated areas, not so much. Less than an hour. The trailer already has all the basics. All we add is a few clothes and enough food for a few meals. Whatever we don't have can be picked up along the way. There are Walmarts everywhere
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Old 09-27-2018, 01:35 PM   #6
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It takes me 5 minutes...takes my wife 5 days...LOL we try to follow the same guidelines from the guys above,.....gets shorer each time.
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Old 09-27-2018, 01:40 PM   #7
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Old 09-27-2018, 01:45 PM   #9
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We also keep our camper fully stocked. In fact, it's fully operational at all times with FHU nexst to the house. I'd say I spend more time in the camper during the day than I do in the house!
We tend to go to the beach areas more than any other type of locations, so the closets are loaded with "beach attire" including dinner clothes. However, we do occasionally attend star parties, so I have to load the telescopes into the truck and camper, or clubs and such for golf oriented trips. But those things don't really take too long to load up.
If I were to spend even days loading stuff, I'd very quickly forget what I had already put in the camper and end up going through cabinets and drawers constantly checking to ensure I hadn't forgotten anything or to determine what I needed to bring out next.
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Old 09-27-2018, 01:49 PM   #10
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I've got a detailed checklist that we've honed down over the years. Made one for the DW personal items and another for household/food items. Made one for each of the three teenagers: they give me a strange look and say, "Hey dad, what's this for?"

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