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Old 08-22-2016, 10:00 AM   #1
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Major setups for short stays.

I'm a unique snowflake.

That being said. When I drop anchor. 30 minutes and I'll have a cigar lit and petting the dog while nursing a beer. Its not a race, but...I get the wheels chocked, disconnect the truck. Get the jacks down. Make sure the trailer isn't moving then hook up. Check everything again.

When we go out, 2 days. Thats my personal minimum.


On the last outting. We had a couple of neighbors pull up on a saturday afternoon. Fine by me.

The closest one looked to be a young man (mid-late 20s) and his mother. They had a TT around the same size as mine. Its getting later in the day. So everyone is getting ready for dinner. I see them pulling out a 8' folding table. They get all the food out and setup. Then another table....more stuff. Then the wife and baby come out of the trailer. More stuff follows...By the time they were done, you almost couldn't see the trailer. This blew my mind.

The other group. 3 tents. 2, 4 person tents and 1, 8 person. I believe there were 6 of them, so naturally they had a lot of stuff. Being in tents and all.

This is all fine and good with me. But the thing that got me was. The next morning they were all packing up and leaving. The small family had been up and breaking camp before I woke up. I was dust in the wind before they even had the TV hooked up. Same with the tent crew.

To me, that just seemed like a whole lot of effort for such a short stay. This little family had more stuff for that one night than I would for a whole week.

I'm not complaining or anything. Just seems like it wouldn't be worth it.
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Old 08-22-2016, 10:28 AM   #2
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Maybe they were passing thru on a longer trip?
That being said, I agree, I wouldn't pull out a ton of stuff on an overnight stay.
I can set up or break down in about 45 minutes, but I still feel like I'm bumbling around and could be more efficient.


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Old 08-22-2016, 10:54 AM   #3
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We've done a few 2 night trips this year, along with a week long trip and we'll have a 3 day weekend for Labor Day. We've adjusted our schedules to arrive at our destinations on 2 or 3 day weekends at 4-5:00 on Friday nights to allow us to set up and be ready to relax by dinner time. I've cut back SOME on my setup, but also have made my setup easier by adding mods to my process. My bare minimum for a 2 day trip would be:

X-chocks
Blocks under stabilizers
Water/Electric hookups (I've just been hooking sewer up before we're ready to leave....can can get through the 2 days on 1 grey tank)
Awning Mats
Sun Shade on Awing (I've come to realize that even if I don't need it for sun, it does a great job of keeping the rain out!)
Flag Pole (Drops right in the sleeve on the tongue)
2 bag chairs
3 folding tables
Portable Ice maker (sits on one folding table)
Garbage Can
Grill table modified to slip into a receiver mounted on the A-frame.
I made a full length downspout for the 1 corner that the AC Condensation drips from to route the water UNDER the camper, not drip in front of the doors, so that goes up if the AC is on.

I can get this accomplished in about an hour, and it takes me about an hour to get it organized an put away. Some of it gets done during my water dump, so it's multitasking. Obviously some stuff NEEDS to get done, some gets done because thats what makes it feel like "Home" to me.

If we are on longer weekends, or I know we will have fires every night because of good weather, I'll add:
Tiki Torches
Our sign, which hangs from a PVC Frame

If necessary, I have an EZ-UP and if even more necessary, I have the screen room for that. I've only used those once this year.

In the end, I set most of our stuff up simple cause its the way I'm wired! If it was a one night stop, I probably wouldn't do the ice maker, or grill table (even though it takes all of 2 minutes to set up)...and depending on weather and site conditions, I would probably leave the awning mats and sun shade tucked away too.

One reason a person might take a lot of time to set up would be, maybe they need to get the crap out of the camper....currently, we have 1 child, and he needs a lot of space! Next year, we will have to rethink our storage as we won't be able to use the lower bunk all the time to store crap.


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Old 08-22-2016, 10:57 AM   #4
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Maybe they were passing thru on a longer trip?
That being said, I agree, I wouldn't pull out a ton of stuff on an overnight stay.
I can set up or break down in about 45 minutes, but I still feel like I'm bumbling around and could be more efficient.


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I thought the same thing. I didn't notice if they were local or not. So who knows.


I give myself an hour to hookup and disconnect. taking our 'stuff', I will rush though. But after I've gone through and hookup, I'll check again. And before we leave I walk around again and I make the wife walk with me and have her put eyes on. Shes spotted things I've missed.
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We've done a few 2 night trips this year, along with a week long trip and we'll have a 3 day weekend for Labor Day. We've adjusted our schedules to arrive at our destinations on 2 or 3 day weekends at 4-5:00 on Friday nights to allow us to set up and be ready to relax by dinner time. I've cut back SOME on my setup, but also have made my setup easier by adding mods to my process. My bare minimum for a 2 day trip would be:

X-chocks
Blocks under stabilizers
Water/Electric hookups (I've just been hooking sewer up before we're ready to leave....can can get through the 2 days on 1 grey tank)
Awning Mats
Sun Shade on Awing (I've come to realize that even if I don't need it for sun, it does a great job of keeping the rain out!)
Flag Pole (Drops right in the sleeve on the tongue)
2 bag chairs
3 folding tables
Portable Ice maker (sits on one folding table)
Garbage Can
Grill table modified to slip into a receiver mounted on the A-frame.
I made a full length downspout for the 1 corner that the AC Condensation drips from to route the water UNDER the camper, not drip in front of the doors, so that goes up if the AC is on.

I can get this accomplished in about an hour, and it takes me about an hour to get it organized an put away. Some of it gets done during my water dump, so it's multitasking. Obviously some stuff NEEDS to get done, some gets done because thats what makes it feel like "Home" to me.

If we are on longer weekends, or I know we will have fires every night because of good weather, I'll add:
Tiki Torches
Our sign, which hangs from a PVC Frame

If necessary, I have an EZ-UP and if even more necessary, I have the screen room for that. I've only used those once this year.

In the end, I set most of our stuff up simple cause its the way I'm wired! If it was a one night stop, I probably wouldn't do the ice maker, or grill table (even though it takes all of 2 minutes to set up)...and depending on weather and site conditions, I would probably leave the awning mats and sun shade tucked away too.

One reason a person might take a lot of time to set up would be, maybe they need to get the crap out of the camper....currently, we have 1 child, and he needs a lot of space! Next year, we will have to rethink our storage as we won't be able to use the lower bunk all the time to store crap.

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Thats almost as much as they had set up.




The grill is just out of frame to the left. And I hadn't put the chairs out yet haha.
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Old 08-22-2016, 11:04 AM   #6
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our last trip we had 2 5'ers pull in across from us and one only put out there bedroom sliders, (they had 5 all together), they hooked up their, water, elect, and sewer but that was it, the next morning they checked out. I see lot of one nighters hooking up the bare mininmal and never unpacking anything
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Old 08-22-2016, 11:17 AM   #7
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Depending on arrival time. I may hook up nothing if late. Most often water only but maybe elec and cable too. Sewer only if 3 nights or more as at least 1 gray will need dumped.
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Old 08-22-2016, 11:30 AM   #8
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I've seen the opposite more often. People that stay for a long period of time and you never see them outside their RV.

We are on a permanent site but the one behind us is used mostly for long-term. People will pull in for weeks or sometimes months at a time. The last neighbors we had stayed for about a month. They had a motorhome and a small toad.

They had a couple of outside chairs that they would use once in a whle but for the most part, they stay inside 90% of the time. No tables, no decorations, no flags and they never once used the fire pit that comes with the site.
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Old 08-22-2016, 12:03 PM   #9
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JustB_Rad, where did you get the flag pole and how is it mounted to your camper?
Also thank you for flying the American flag and the POW/MIA flag.
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Old 08-22-2016, 12:18 PM   #10
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If we are over-nighting it we just leave the TT hooked to the TV, hook up water and electricity. If we are staying for at least two nights we hook up sewer, water, and electric. Set out our Mini Max Green Egg. Put a table cloth on the outside picnic table and set up two chairs. Inside I get out the paper towels and other things we like to have for easy access on the counter and put the table cloth on the inside table. Get the bikes out of the truck. Put up a hospitality garden size flag. That's pretty much it. We try to keep it as simple as possible. Now, when we had nine of us on vacation last summer, that was another story! Tents, kids bikes...
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