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Old 03-31-2012, 01:22 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, 01:35 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, 05:46 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, 05:48 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, 09:26 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, 10:02 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, 10:26 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, 10:10 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, 06:29 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, 07:43 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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