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Old 03-31-2012, 12:22 PM   #1
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Lets see your packing and organization skills!

We're are newbs to packing a camper, tent camped for many years. Love to see what tips and tricks, you're using to pack and organize your campers especially 5th wheels. What are some of the things that you make sure are easy to get to in your basement for instance? What things do you put in high cabinets? I know clear totes are used alot.
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Old 03-31-2012, 12:35 PM   #2
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My camping list from last year's Key West trip is on here somewhere. It is again being revised after last season. (Some stuff being upgraded and others that were hauled but not used; removed). Will post last season's again if you want it.

If you wait a few days I should have the summer's trip list finished.
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Old 04-03-2012, 04:46 PM   #3
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We're are newbs to packing a camper, tent camped for many years. Love to see what tips and tricks, you're using to pack and organize your campers especially 5th wheels. What are some of the things that you make sure are easy to get to in your basement for instance? What things do you put in high cabinets? I know clear totes are used alot.
Having camped for many years and many forms, such as backpacking, canoe, truck, PUP and finally a hybrid TT, we have a great deal of experience. Our primary thought has always been to be a minimalist while being comfortable. This means that we have always multipurposed as much as possible.

Two examples are:

Charcoal carrier and end table. Took a cat litter pail with a lid to carry and store our charcoal. At camp, we replace the lid with a table top made from a sink cutout with a plug cut to fit into the pail. This arrangement gives us a clean way of transporting our charcoal and have a table at camp.

Another is a foot stool we created by making a padded sleeve which fits over a cooler we keep in the TT. We now have a foot stool and a cooler for drinks.

I suggest that you study your camping style and look at how you can multipurpose your equipment and TT.
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Old 04-03-2012, 04:48 PM   #4
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I bought a small plastic tool box to carry all my misc. tools and supplies .
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Old 04-03-2012, 08:26 PM   #5
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since buying our HTT after 17 years of popups, we no longer have packing issues.
the only thing we have in a tote, are wood blocks and extra power cord.
everything else has a cabinet or storage compartment.
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:02 AM   #6
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since buying our HTT after 17 years of popups, we no longer have packing issues.
the only thing we have in a tote, are wood blocks and extra power cord.
everything else has a cabinet or storage compartment.
We are kind of the same way. We pack our trailer at the beginning of the season and leave things there. The only thing that comes and goes is the laundry bag, re-stocking food, and the coolers.
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:26 AM   #7
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Our trailer has so much room for storage that we never use more than maybe half of what is available and we take everything we want or can think of.
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Old 05-03-2012, 09:10 PM   #8
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Hmmm.

I like real plates, none of that plastic stuff. Heavy plates, coffee mugs, and cast iron skillets down low. Light stuff like sleeping bags and extra blankets and plastic cups up high.

I'm not a big fan of plastic totes. You want something out of the tote in the middle, you have to take all the other totes in front of it out. I do find its easier to PACK everything in places so that nothing slides around. In particular, my DVDs. I pack the whole shelf full, that when I open it, they're all still standing up and in the right place. I've also added some tie downs and loops on the tops of the cabinet. I used those plastic things that came with my battery boxes, screwed them down on the top and ran some nylon webbing with plastic clips/buckles through there. They hold my table legs out of the way.

Somebody here had pegboard mounted in their pass through storage that held a lot of stuff, jack crank, awning rod...
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Old 05-27-2012, 05:29 PM   #9
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We keep our camper packed just like our home. The only thing that comes in and out are clothes and groceries. And a lot of those are left too. Everything has it's place. In as little as 45min we can be on the road. That's including going to the grocery store and packing the dog and kids. Bathroom needs are kept full, kitchen is fully stocked, even with wine glasses and the blender for margarita's. Plenty of storage is the key. We had so much in our last trailer that we keep our life jackets, extras and floaties stored in it. Our new one has just as much storage in it too. That was a definate priority when we ordered it. Heck, when half our friends are still packing their trailer, I'm at the campground enjoying a glass of wine!
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Old 05-27-2012, 06:43 PM   #10
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Maybe we should rename this thread.
"How to get ten pounds of crap in a five pound bag".
I could write a book on that!
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Old 06-03-2012, 11:52 PM   #11
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My camping list from last year's Key West trip is on here somewhere. It is again being revised after last season. (Some stuff being upgraded and others that were hauled but not used; removed). Will post last season's again if you want it. .

I used to make a camping list too, but found out it didn't help after I removed the things we didn't use on the last trip and upgraded some of the others. I would look at all I had taken out and pick out the ones I might need and put them back in. Guess that I am too much of a pack rat if there is a open space I will find something else to take.
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Old 06-04-2012, 01:17 AM   #12
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I will share my camping list with you.

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Old 06-04-2012, 06:39 AM   #13
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Our camp list resides on the computer desk top where it is printed and
used before each trip.
Not all items are brought on all trips.
It depends on the weather, where we're going and how long the trip.

Dishes, cookware, tools, even hiking shoes, packs and a few other items stay
in the trailer year round.
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Once the trailer is packed at the beginning of the year, the only thing that comes out are dirty clothes and the time expiring perishable food. DW washes the clothes the same day or the next day and puts them back in the camper. If we decide to go camping, by the time I get hooked up, DW has the perishable food we're taking back in the camper, slides retracted and dog cage in the truck, dog in cage and off we go in less than 1 hr.
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We are kind of the same way. We pack our trailer at the beginning of the season and leave things there. The only thing that comes and goes is the laundry bag, re-stocking food, and the coolers.
X2!! SO nice to be able to come home, grab the laundry, clean out the fridge and be done with it! Rather than the 3 hours or longer it took to unpack the truck, clean everything up, put everything away, etc. when we tent camped. I'm lovin' it!!!
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After many years of camping, both in a tent with a boat and now in a trailer
we discovered we need our pack list.

I know some don't use one but here's a true scenario.
It's late afternoon, you have the charcoal nice and hot and a steak
almost ready to put on your plate. Opps- honey I just realized we forgot
the A-1. ARGH!!!
Or it's hot dogs and no ketchup. It happened to us enough that we made
the list and now it's pretty rare for us to need something. Yeah, we don't
mind going to the store on occasion when we're on the road. Sometimes
it's fun to see different grocery stores across the country.
It sucks to get up in the morning and realize you forgot the coffee or
something.

We use our list every time.
YMMV.
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It's just like setting up a new house or a new apartment; you'll get everything in place and then as you use things, you'll figure out that it really is more convenient to have it over here, or over there, etc. There is really no steadfast rule, procedure or organizational chart. You do what works best for you and your lifestyle and everything will work out great. And just like spring cleaning your house, remove the items you don't use for an entire season so they don't take up useful space. Above all....happy camping!!
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Old 06-04-2012, 08:21 AM   #18
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We are very much like everyone else, We just add our clothing, movies, music and beer and wine oh yes Dog treats!!!. Our camper is set up just like our home too. We just add the staples that need to be replaced and go!!!!!!!
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