As little as we possibly can get away with. It's the "old" backpackers in us. (Wait, why did I put "old" in quotes? We ARE old!) That's why we got a Compact. The less stuff we have, the less we have to deal with. We can pull Hamlet into the garage after a trip, unload, clean, and, except for food, clothes and the latest New York Times bestseller, be ready for the next trip in 17 minutes.
Post by offspringin on Jan 14, 2012 21:49:44 GMT -5
we pack it per trip. We carry very little as well. under one bench is all outdoor stuff, awning, lights, tarp. under the other bench is gas grill, gas stove, all the leveling stuff, blocks, chocks, hoses, ropes etc. Clothes, chairs, heater (in winter)duffel bag or towels etc in closet, food dishes over stove. Bedding on storage bunk, food stashed in random places. table sits on the floor, tv lays on the floor for travel, bucket w/outdoor rug, step and cooler on floor too. That's about it. i agree it takes us very little time to unpack. Takes longer in the winter because i pull more out. The other stuff goes in the truck, firewood, quick shade canopy, and anything else that's "extra". we take as little as possible. the more you tow the worse the gas mileage, the more you take and dont need.... in the way etc. If we are camping far away from supplies we will take more or "backup food" etc. Having a compact really limits what you can take extra.
If you can't fix it with a hammer you have an electrical problem.
We also have a compact so you have to pack wise. We keep our bedding in the house in a container until ready to go. We have a container with a lid for the bed linens and towels that we can put under one of the bench's and put pillows in a upper cabinet i built across the back. Electric cord, water hose, awning, poles, outdoor mat and small outdoor table stays in camper all the time. I have a big container that i keep leveling blocks and small gas grill in that i keep in my shop and put on pickup when ready to go. It works good for us to use containers since we can pack and unpack pretty quick and know where things are when ready to go again. We have a small tray that we keep salt, pepper, cooking oil and spray in that we can bring in the house when not camping but have ready to go. Food and drinks we pack as needed.
Post by Gone Kayaking on Jan 15, 2012 12:55:23 GMT -5
About the same as mentioned here by others. Ours is a 14 ft so theres a little more room (front dinette benches, as well as cabinets and storage under bed.
What we keep in the camper full time during camping season 1. "kitchen" Meaning all plates, utensils, cups, pots pans etc... I use the oven for storing pots and pans. 2. first aid kit and emergency supplies: I keep a check list of what we use in a notebook that is labeled next time we go camping that is stuff to buy to restock. 3. The nicer stackable containers (the gray ones with metal hinges) that you can buy at Home Depot fit perfectly under the back bed and will slide through the cargo doors. I can fit 5 of these across with room for more! Keep hose, extension cords, stringlights, leveler, and scissor jacks in a container under the back bed. 4. Chairs, table under the bed. Awining will also get stored here when it's done. 5. Coleman stove, lantern, tarps, and outdoor kitchen get stored under dinette bench. 6. Luggable Loo (cleaned and provisioned for next trip) stays in closet. 7. In cabinet above dinette-- crank radio, playing cards, bananagrams,
Ready to go but stored elsewhere: 1. Container for bedlinens, kitchen linens and towels. 2. Container (1-2) for sports equipment (under bed) 3. Container for tools (under bed) 4. Marine Cooler (which we use in addition to the icebox) on floor between dinette. 5. Water container (we do lots of dry camping). on floor 6. Folding bins that hold our clothes and are kept while traveling in the storage hammock or in the closet. 7. Condiments, spices, staples... 8. Groceries.....truth be told we often shop once we are approaching final destination...I am a horrible meal planner wish I'd make stuff in advance but it's always the last thing on the list and the first to get ditched if we're in a hurry to leave.
I found on our long road trip that I didn't need any more than this for the 8 weeks we were gone. We also take the laptop, and guitars.