Originally Posted by noplacetosail
My family including myself, wife, two daughters and baby son have just purchased a 2004 Forest River Surveyor SV 291 from a reputable dealer who will be showing us how to use everything. We will be picking it up and than staying in it for four days on oklahoma at relatives before bringing it back to kansas. Then I will be outfitting it for the summer. Our goal is to leave it at the marina all summer and use it on weekends. Here is my question -
I would like to assemble a list of items to stock it with before taking it to the lake. I would appreciate any and all input.
Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new trailer.
You will need most of all the same things you need at home. Towels, cookwear, dishes, etc. etc. However try and keep the weight to a minimum which is to say you don't need 14 pots and pans when 4 will do. Leave the cast iron at home. Find plastic plates and cups that won't break easy. We found square plates which look nice but stack in a cupboard and waste less space than round dishes.
You don't have to stock the pantry with enough food to last a month if you are only going for a weekend. Since you can disconnect your tow vehicle and run into town you can always pop into a grocery store or Walmart (our favorite on the road) for supplies. Stay away from canned food as much as possible as it adds lots of weight and from 30 years of experience tends to just sit there and not get used.
And of course don't forget the obvious like TP, bug spray, sun lotion, soap, etc. We keep all our drugs (asprin, benadryl, bite and burn cream etc.) in a small plastic tray at home and therfore we don't have to grab everything out of the cupboard at home when we hit the road, we just grab the tray and put it in the rig.
Don't forget a water hose, your sewer hose, holding tank chemicals and the necessities of caring for your RV.
And always pack your sense of humor cause some trips could be outright miserable with out it....