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Old 04-04-2013, 01:11 PM   #1591
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Good catch.
Besides, there's nothing attached to the camper that'll do you any good if you decide to head to the campground's toilet/showers or camp's store after dark.

Oooh, that reminds me. Flip flop sandals (shower shoes) for when you're going to use the campground's shower instead of the one in your camper.

Off to edit the original list.
I've been camping my whole life, so the tips for basic campground use I've got down pretty well... it's the RV that's new.
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Old 04-04-2013, 01:16 PM   #1592
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I've been camping my whole life, so the tips for basic campground use I've got down pretty well... it's the RV that's new.
Did you have shower shoes on your packing list? Hmmmm?


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Old 04-04-2013, 01:42 PM   #1593
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Hannda list is excellent but he left out lighting. I like lanterns but headlamps are the bomb!
I never go anywhere without my headlamp. I LOVE IT!!

I wear it so often that I forget I still have it on my head.
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Old 04-04-2013, 02:46 PM   #1594
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So, without reading through a bajillion pages of this thread... anyone have a link to some good packing tips for campers? Seems like there are a hundred things to pack and a list would be helpful.
A mini Weber you can connect to the propane is handy. Everything from pizza, nachos to steaks.



We hook ours right to the rig's tanks. Set it up on one of these from Coleman as they pack small.



Then there's the dark side of RVing...



So you know.





You'll soon learn that it's like outfitting a second home - largely because it is. Good times, though.
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Old 04-04-2013, 02:51 PM   #1595
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You'll soon learn that it's like outfitting a second home - largely because it is. Good times, though.
It's true. And once you have it properly kitted, you don't have to pack! Just get in it and go.

Yeah, remember the stinky slinky gloves...
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Old 04-04-2013, 03:35 PM   #1596
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It's true. And once you have it properly kitted, you don't have to pack! Just get in it and go.
I have friends who keep a set batch of clothing in their RV. Jeans, socks and underwear, t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, raincoat, etc. Only have to pack any clothing that would be specific to the trip they're taking.
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Yeah, remember the stinky slinky gloves...
So you don't get poo-poo-paws?
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:06 PM   #1597
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Just took the first step towards camper ownership... swapped out the SUV for a truck. Nissan was offering insane rebates and they gave us a bunch for our trade. It can tow 6100 pounds.

Very nice--- tell me about the rebates?






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Old 04-04-2013, 04:41 PM   #1598
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Very nice--- tell me about the rebates?






no wait, no don't, don't


We got $5000 off the sticker, and they gave us more for our trade than we paid for it. First time I can remember feeling like I got a screaming deal... instead of that vague feeling of having been screwed.
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:46 PM   #1599
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Just like having a vacation condo . . . only smaller.

I would think:
dishes - Corelle Ware dishes are cheap, lightweight and break/chip resistant - better than regular dishes
flatware
cooking utensils
pots/pans
coffee/tea pot - for use on the stove for when there's no electric
splash guard if you're into bacon
Dawn dish soap
sponge, wash rag, etc
linens
bath consumables - tp, shampoo, soap, medicine cabinet must haves
sun screen
bug spray/repellent, etc - maybe citronella candle for outside at night
paper towels
large plastic wash tub if you only have a single bowl sink
(assume something large enough to wash dishes in)
extra pillows, blankets, etc - for guests or when it's just cold
broom & dustpan
(dishwashing wash tub can double for clean up duties)
a couple of those blue 7gal water jugs if you're going to be doing any boondocking
toilet/black water tank chemicals
spare water hose - water supply hose (and maybe a water filter)
at least two lawn chairs - you'll be spending more time outside than in
small parson's table for outside for drinks, nosh, etc.
BBQ length cigarette lighter - just in case there's a problem with your stove's igniter
you'll probably want to add a second battery to the power system - they typically only come with one
small BBQ - easiest to get the ones that take the little propane bottles - for outdoor cooking
maybe even a small propane - camping style - cook stove for outdoor cooking
cooler/ice chest to augment the fridge and for outdoor use
small ac/dc inverter if your trailer doesn't already have one, so you can charge laptops, iPads, iPods, e-readers, etc.
lots of folks like to take a section of "astro turf" type stuff for outside the front door to keep from tracking in dirt and walking on gravel in bare feet

One other item. If you're going to be gone for any extended periods, lots of books take up space and add weight. That's why if you each had a Nook or a Kindle (e-reader of any description) it would be nice. Storage, and shifting of loads during travel, ceases to be an issue this way.

heavy duty extension cord
shower shoes or flip flops
headlamp(s)
carefully edited list of inmates that will loan you bikes and gear.

Edit:
I'll augment this list here if/when anything else comes to mind.
I would add, maintenance meds (7 day supply) in case you forget when leaving the house
Build a med kit that fits your activites and keep it in the trailer. Date it on the outside. Blue tape with month/yr is sufficient. Change out meds yearly.

I ended up dumping the dishes and went with paper plates and bowls.
Add spices that are your mainstay. I cook ribs, burgers (red meat) when I camp. So I have spices that go well with that.
If items in the trailer are time sensitive, find a spot and write down the date of the items, again blue tape works very well. The inside of a compartment drawer is perfect. Example, trailer tires are time sensitive not mileage senstive. I changed mine every 3 years. You will find a bunch of discussion about this, (just like opinions about oil, etc)
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:02 PM   #1600
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We got $5000 off the sticker, and they gave us more for our trade than we paid for it. First time I can remember feeling like I got a screaming deal... instead of that vague feeling of having been screwed.
I know what you mean. I alternate between vague and just knowing.

I like the color BTW. The Nissans are the best looking of the current mid-size pickups IMHO.
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Old 04-05-2013, 03:15 AM   #1601
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So, without reading through a bajillion pages of this thread... anyone have a link to some good packing tips for campers? Seems like there are a hundred things to pack and a list would be helpful.
Don't think it's been mentioned yet but pack stuff to change a tire or four - a spare with air (I know that sounds obvious but you'd be surprised), tire iron and a jack.

With tandem axles these work pretty good in place of a jack assuming your situation allows it.



Stack them up in any configuration you can to ride the good tire up on lifting the flat tire off the ground to remove/reinstall a good one.

They're also handy for leveling the camper while setting up. Wooden blocks do as well but don't stay in place as well if using for pitstop tire changes.

Pack a tire gage. Be religious about checking them before hitting the road heading out and heading home. A method to inflate one wouldn't hurt.

We were fortunate enough to learn of Carlisle Tire's 'bad run' of rubber a few years back. You can't get off the road fast enough when you're watching 4-5 feet of rubber flop around and beat the heck out of your camper with each revolution.

Had more than one flat before we learned what the story was but in the process we got the 'trailer tire religion' from our tire guy - check them each and every time before towing.


One more tip - store the keys to anything you take camping (camper, roof rack, trailer hitch mount, etc) in the glove box of your tow rig. That way you'll always have them where you need them.
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:44 AM   #1602
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If your camper has a 110v outlet in the wall, like you have at home, then it already has an inverter built into it.
Not necessarily: it may just mean it's wired for 110 & needs a shoreline of some sort.
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:15 AM   #1603
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Not necessarily: it may just mean it's wired for 110 & needs a shoreline of some sort.
Good to know.
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:29 AM   #1604
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That Honda generator is awesome too. I've had one for years and it's an excellent investment.
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Some data points:

* had a brief gig at a tool rental place awhile back and one thing that I quickly discovered was that tools and generators with Honda engines were usually preferred because they started quicker and easier than any other engine

* out here in the South Texas oil patch the Honda generators are far and away the most popular for that class of small generator on the back of a light or medium truck


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Old 04-05-2013, 09:33 AM   #1605
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If that little one will run an AC unit, I'll be all over it. We've got a bunch of boondocking planned.
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