The little/light Camper Trailer Thread...

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  1. Hannda

    Hannda Short, fat, bearded, slow

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    Nice looking. And should be about perfect for the trailer you're getting.
    Will it carry your scooters while towing the camper?

    I want one, but I'm offended by the gas mileage. When I buy half a truck, I want double mileage. But they're great looking and very comfortable. I really do want one. :lobby



    Added bous: Girls driving pickup trucks = sexy. Yes, I may have lived in TX for too long.
  2. Queen

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    No on the scooters, we wouldn't be able to load/unload them into the bed without help. But we will take bicycles with us. :D
  3. Queen

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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.
  4. Hannda

    Hannda Short, fat, bearded, slow

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    Just like having a vacation condo . . . only smaller. :lol3

    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. :lol3

    Edit:
    I'll augment this list here if/when anything else comes to mind.
  5. Queen

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    Thanks, Hannda!

    The inverter thing, can't I just plug into the outlet in the camper to charge things up?
  6. Hannda

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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. You have that, you're good to go. I mentioned it only as some of the smaller, lighter weight units don't come with them.

    You might like a few of these as well:
    http://www.homedepot.com/p/Coleman-18-Watt-Solar-Charging-Kit-58033/203241551#.UV2ao5Ozd2A

    And/or a small Honda generator. I believe even just this one small unit will run your a/c.
    http://powerequipment.honda.com/generators/models/eu2000i

    Light weight, quite and will charge your batteries or let you do about anything else you'd want to do in your new camper. Including running the a/c.

    One more thing. A heavy gauge extension cord, at least 50'. Sometimes you're at campgrounds, sometimes you're boondocking. But on your trips there's a good chance you'll be beached in inmates driveways and side yards. Being able to get 110 power from the house would be helpful. Especially on hot and humid nights when the a/c is necessary. Why run your generator when you can top off your batteries and run the entire camper for $1.00/day in juice off someone's home? I won't charge you and I'm sure we've got enough hose to top off your fresh water tank.





    Last thing. It wouldn't hurt to take, at a minimum, your helmets. You never know when you'll be someplace where there are a couple of Sherpas you could borrow for the day. :augie
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    :clap
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    Hannda list is excellent but he left out lighting. I like lanterns but headlamps are the bomb for doing things in the dark and saving house batteries.

    That Honda generator is awesome too. I've had one for years and it's an excellent investment.

    Have fun!
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    We're having a good time with the planning and preparing. :D
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    Good catch.:thumb
    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. :deal

    Off to edit the original list.
  11. Queen

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    :lol3 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. :D
  12. Hannda

    Hannda Short, fat, bearded, slow

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    Did you have shower shoes on your packing list? Hmmmm?


    :shog
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    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. :deal :eek1 :lol3 :norton
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    A mini Weber you can connect to the propane is handy. Everything from pizza, nachos to steaks.:dg

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

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

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    So you know.

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    You'll soon learn that it's like outfitting a second home - largely because it is. Good times, though.
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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. :clap

    Yeah, remember the stinky slinky gloves...
  16. Hannda

    Hannda Short, fat, bearded, slow

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    :nod 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.
    So you don't get poo-poo-paws? :lol3
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    Very nice--- tell me about the rebates? :ear






    no wait, no don't, don't :lol3
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    :rofl

    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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    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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    Jurgen Trolljegeren Super Moderator

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    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.