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Old 01-05-2014, 05:34 PM   #51
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I also wanted to throw in my 2cents, although it looks like you've already done the move. We too have a lot of stuff in the camper. I got my first camper before my wife and I were married, when I was 21 years old. I didn't have a house yet, just an apartment so I treated the camper as my real home, one I owned. If there was a cupboard, it had stuff in it. Not a packrat, but I wanted to have anything I would possibly want when camping. The first time I moved out of a camper the dealership told me to bring it down and they would park them side by side and I could move things across. It worked alight, I used laundry baskets as they were strong and have handles. I bought shelf liner and brought scissors so I could cut new pieces so stuff wouldn't slide around as I put it away. There's always going to be different places to store "some" things, but you're still going to put dishes in the kitchen, pans here, food there. The majority of your things you will be able to put away very quickly. The second time I did this, I had my wife. She's a blessing. We did almost the same thing. Moved the units close to each other. Even put a board between the doors so we could run in and out of each unit without the stairs. Used laundry baskets again and again had shelf liner ready. She cut liner and got cupboards ready and told me what to load up and bring her. The salesman did tell me he's never seen someone with so much stuff, but I think that's because the dealership was closed when we took possession and the sales guy had to open the place up for us to move in. He had nothing else to do, no one else to help. He just sat and watched. Kinda annoying actually. Anyway, I wanted to reply because we all have hopes of moving into different units and I hope my experience might help someone in the same position as you. Congratulations on your new RV!
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Old 01-05-2014, 05:43 PM   #52
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I know you have already moved in, but here is my two cents. We have done it both ways. All at Lazy Days. It also depends how much storage you have. The Silverback we just purchased has less storage in the bedroom then the Fleetwood regal we had. This last time was a nightmare with dealing with lazy days that we didn't sign all the paperwork till 5:55 pm. We literally were sitting around all day while waiting for the new coach to be ours. So then when we " closed", it was rainy not to mention I am on crutches. We were so stressed out that me and my other half never argued like we did that night, which ended at 3am. Lazy days only let's you have one day to move and my hubby had to be back to work. My advice is, pack as much as you can ( the extra stuff) and leave behind. Then when you go pick up the new coach, box the stuff up,just like you are moving from your house. Then when you arrive home, take your time and think about where to put things. And take BREAKS! If we ever do this again, with or without Lazy days, we will do it this way. I feel you can't do everything in one day
We pretty much did as you describe, except that we left it all here in DH's shop.

I started moving stuff this morning. Yes, I took breaks. (DH was playing golf, and *no* he didn't know I was going to do this while he was gone. I didn't tell him because I didn't want him to pass on golf since he didn't get to play yesterday.)

I'd take one box at a time back in to the 5er, sort through it, and what I wasn't going to continue to stock stayed in that box and went back to the shop when I went to get another box.

It was quite humorous when I got to the bathroom box. The V-Lite had his and her sinks, medicine cabinets and vanities...two of everything! That TT has a huge bathroom, and, of course, the bathroom in the 5er is much smaller. Had lots of "culls" left in that box.

I had concerns about the small amount of pantry space in the kitchen. Holy smokes batman! That one "small" pantry area is wide, tall and DEEP inside. I've got room for a lot more can goods, etc. In the V-Lite I had dry goods; paper towels, paper plates, Ziploc bags, tinfoil, etc. all in the pantry with canned goods. This time that lighter stuff is in an overhead cabinet.

This time I'm much more organized. I've still got a bit to go but all the basics are in place.

When DH got home he got started on the things that go in the basement and outdoor storage areas.

At this point, if we needed to pull out and go camp right now we're fully equipped to so.

When it got *so* cold we decided we'd done enough for a day. The rest can be done here and there, in better weather. Plus I tripped stepping up into DH's shop and spent what seemed like 30 seconds slinging arms and legs in all kinda painful contortions trying not to fall. OUCH!

And there's going to be a LOT that never makes it back in.

We started this journey back in May, and we knew there'd be a learning curve. What we didn't know is that it was gonna be S shaped.
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Old 01-05-2014, 05:49 PM   #53
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cmptrkd - Using a board to go back and forth between RVs for moving day is a great idea! Those steps can get old fast especially with carrying stuff.
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Old 01-05-2014, 05:53 PM   #54
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cmptrkd - Using a board to go back and forth between RVs for moving day is a great idea! Those steps can get old fast especially with carrying stuff.

Yep, those steps *and* the steps up into the bedroom/bathroom.

I got smart with the move out and started stacking boxes just inside the door, then moving outside and just lifting one box at a time into the garden wagon and pulling it out to the shop.

Got stupid and didn't do that moving back in. My back/legs are feelin' the stupid.

'sok, I've got deer steak and gravy simmerin in the kitchen, and Jasmine rice steamin' up.

that's the kinda stuff that is good for whatever ails ya!
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Old 01-05-2014, 09:38 PM   #55
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It sucked! Fortunately, the dealer had a "lackey" that helped me with some of it. However, poor kitty. I put kitty in the carrier, put the carrier on the ground and scooted it across with my crutches.

And try taking down or putting up an RV on crutches! With good feet it's 30 minutes to set up, 45 minutes to take down. Took me 1.5 hours! setting up and taking down. Yeppers, that's my kitty in the avatar. He's 15 years old, in early stages of renal failure, trying to manage him as best I can.

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Oh dear heavens DXSM! And there I was out there the other day with two perfectly good feet, complaining about how many trips up and down those steps I was making while unloading.

Dunno how you did it! With two good feet I reached the point I'd stack boxes just inside the door, stand on the ground outside and drag 'em out into one of those black rubbery plastic type garden wagons and pull it out to DH's shop to stage it all in there.
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