Originally Posted by captainperry
it needs to be a "diplomatic" solution.
You've been together for 21 years and haven't figured it out yet that there is no such animal?
There's no point in trying to hold back an avalanche. It's best to just get out of it's way. If it's just a long weekend trip then there are any number of things you can drop to offset her load.
- Drop one of the LP cylinders.
- If you're going to be on FHU, you don't need the genny or extra fuel. Don't know your battery setup, but if you have multiples, drop what you won't absolutely need.
- Tools. I know we all love our tools, but be realistic. How much gear can you get by with 90% of the time? Remembering of course that in a CG you will be surrounded by any number of neighbors willing to let you dip into their tool box. Granted you're carrying in the truck, but anywhere you cut back just makes more space for her, right?
- Do you really need all those extra hoses and extension cords? Even if you find out that you do when you get there, pick up a cheapo wallyworld or dollar tree extension and donate it to a neighbor or CG when you leave. Why spend more money on a cheapo hose when I left a perfectly good one back home?? Because it's worth the extra coin to not have to push her to leave something at home that she just KNOWS she will need.
- Food and bottled consumables. Don't take a 1lb bag of flour.. only what you'll need for that one breakfast. Dishsoap, shampoo, cleanser, etc etc can all go in travel size portions.
- If you have good roadside assistance, what are the odds you'll get a flat? Do you really need the spare tire, mount, and jack?
That's probably long enough and some are extreme examples, but I think you get the idea. Think outta the box because in the end you know it has nothing to do with limiting what she wants to take, right? It's about what risks you're willing to take with a minimum load out of resources.