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Old 04-19-2011, 08:54 AM   #1
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Question weight of cargo for 2 people average ??

I have been told an average weight of cargo (gear and supplies )for 2 people would be 1000 -1400 lbs . To load in TT and pick-up (total )for a 1 week camping trip.. Is that true ??
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Old 04-19-2011, 09:35 AM   #2
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I'd say that's on the high side, but depending on the people it could well exceed 1400 lbs. We probably have close to 1000 lbs in the RV but we usually take 6 or 8 people when we go. We don't haul but 10 gallons of water, so a full load of water would add a good bit.
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Old 04-19-2011, 10:03 AM   #3
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I've not weighed what I've put in our new trailer in the past week, but i've been tempted to do so to see what it works out to be.

Leveling/blocking/chocks seem to be the heaviest, followed by chairs. Bedding/towels seem light and we opted for lightweight cookware and plastic dishes/cups/bowls.
Then we add in some cleaning supplies - soap for us, dishes, etc. This stuff has some weight to it, plus a broom, dustpan, etc. We're skipping an elec sweeper at this point.
Toaster, coffee pot, hair dryer, satelite radio...so far. With no TV we have no DVDs and with an ipod to music CDs, but these things are dense. We have a eReader so likely few or no books.

Food, specifically liquids, are heavy. A case of beer in glass bottles runs around 31# (in cans it's 10# less). A case of water or pop would also be about 20#.
I'd figure 2# of food per person per day, plus liquids.

1000#? Seems a tad heavy unless you count a full water tank. A friend walked the Appalachian Trail and hit town every 2 to 3 days and rarely carried more than 35# - including food, bedding, clothing, etc. So it can be done lightly.
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I guess you could get that high if you took a whole house of stuff with you dry camping as you get into 130+ lbs for our genny, 345lbs for fresh water. Humm I don't think we get close even then as I think we only have maybe 3 - 4 hundred lbs of stuff including food and clothes for 2 weeks. Now bear in mind I do not include things like the TV's as I consider anything that came in the trailer part of it and not baggage so to speak. Also we only carry a few days of food as we use mostly fresh stuff.
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Without water in the tanks, we run about 600 lbs additional weight in the trailer for 2 people and a dog.
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Old 04-19-2011, 10:51 AM   #6
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I think my tool box and battery setup weighs close to 1000 pounds.
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Old 04-19-2011, 10:53 AM   #7
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The above post is just for the trailer.....I still have the a lot of stuff in my truck.
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Old 04-19-2011, 01:25 PM   #8
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weight for 2 people

I am going to try and travel with a few gallons in the black water tank only , and do the grocery shopping as close to the campsite as much as possible. and with out going overboard, What tools would you guys and gals recommend ??
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Old 04-19-2011, 01:58 PM   #9
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Old 04-19-2011, 02:54 PM   #10
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I have the following tool set in the link plus a 300ftlb torque wrench, 20 ton bottle jack, assortment of screwdrivers and pliers, a digital multimeter, soldering gun and shrink tubing and solder, assortment of fuses, a grease gun and spare grease for the hitch, oh and a star lugnut wrench. Also have spray silicone lube, white lithium grease and WD40. Humm I think that is most of it.

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Old 04-19-2011, 04:26 PM   #11
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Umm, 1-800-com-&getme?

Seriously. What can you fix on the side of the road these days? Few things break and when they do it's usually more than a pair of pliers can deal with.

If you do your maintenance and keep an eye on things nothing should fail. In the past 300k mile of driving between my wife and I we 'broke down' 3 times.

Once the starter went in my old jeep (it gave me warnings, I ignored them). I was 7 miles from home and called the wife to run me home for tools and to the autoparts store for a starter and fixed it in the Walmart lot.

The transmission let go at a stop sign a block from home on my wife's car after 40 miles of around town driving. No warning and not something you'd fix with all the tools in a Snap-On truck.

Had an alignment done at sears and the next day the car was making noises, drove to sears and they tightened the bolts they forget to tighten the previous day.

I carry jumper cables, a 4 way lug wrench and a cell phone. I might get a can of fix-a-flat. No point in a jack as we've no spare for our trailer anyway - but our Progressive policy provides for road side assistance and i believe you get a year of some kind of coverage with the purchase of a new trailer.

I've got 15 years as a mechanic so it's not a tool thing or a know-how thing, it's a 'why bother' thing.

Now the first trip out with the new trailer I'll have some big nasty wrenches to check/retighten the hitch bolts, but I don't expect them to come loose (gotta love loctite!)
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yeah .. i am thinking one of those muti-screw drivers , channel locks , hammer, duct tape and socket set
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I am in a huge re-think of what I carry in the front tool bay.

I think the pop rivet set stays. I have used it more than any other tool except the 1/2 inch Dewalt Variable speed drill with titanium bits from 1/16th to 1/2 inch.

Oh yea, the network, Antenna F connector and RCA plug tool set stays.

Oh wait! The soldering gun and solder. Can't forget that!

Then there is the whole 300 pound torque wrench and sockets.
1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 inch drives... (metric and Inch)
Not to forget the swivels and extensions.

Deadblow hammer. Claw hammer. Ball peen hammer.

Hand Saw, Hack saw, hole saws.

Pliers, Needle Nose and regular.

Side cutters. BOLT Cutters! Almost forgot that!

File set. Sand paper!

Sigh. I still have room! Table Saw? Nah, I can leave that...
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Herk, with all that hardware, I'm surprised you didn't mention a bottle opener. I keep one on my key ring (in fact, all my key rings) so maybe that is one of those "it's always around so why mention it" sort of thing.
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BOLT Cutters! Almost forgot that!
OK, I'll bite. What do you need the bolt cutters for?
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OK, I'll bite. What do you need the bolt cutters for?
Oh, and I suppose YOU have never lost the key to your bike lock!

And as to the "Church Key" that is not a tool. It is a necessity, like a fork and cork screw. Wait! Did I mention cork screw?
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See, here in Canada we don't use bike locks. We just put a sign on our valuables saying "please don't steal this", and nobody does.
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