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Old 10-27-2015, 05:26 PM   #29
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How's this for multi-purpose? 'Almost as good as a Swiss Army knife...Liquid Dr. Bronner's Organic Pure Castile soap comes in various fragrances. Peppermint is usually the least expensive but has a potent smell and a bit of a "sting" in private parts. Lavender scent is quite nice. Castille soap is available at Trader Joe's, some other grocery stores, health food stores and more.
I found the peppermint at Costco recently at a really good price. I LOVE using it as shampoo -- so refreshing to the scalp! But I seem to need one more shampoo with a different product, as the Castile seems to leave something behind. I also use their leave-in hair treatment, especially out in climates where the hair tends to frizz and fly!

Just an additional note -- I discovered (to my great joy and relief) that this peppermint soap can actually deodorize an adolescent boy. You know, the ones who still smell like *boy* after washing their hair three times? My once-smelly son came out smelling squeaky clean after using this. He's now 28 and STILL uses it.
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Old 10-27-2015, 06:13 PM   #30
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There are several schools of thought on FGRV use. Basically, we don't subscribe to bringing along two complete kitchens when one will do. We make full use of the cook-top, on-board water (hot and cold), loo and a 3 way refrigerator. We also carry a cooler for in vehicle use and try to refresh that with Block Ice (not cubes) as needed.


There is a set of utensils that are permanently assigned to the trailer, as well as a checklist basic of non-perishables (spices, packaged and canned foods etc) that keep our rig "ready to go" There are also some clothes and camping/hiking gear, that are only for RV'ing times, that stay on board as well.


Rather that springing $700+ for a new refrigerator, you might follow the Craigslist ads for a used one. Smaller ones, as used in pop-up and slide in campers seem to come up often in the $100 range. (But be sure it works before buying!)


But, all that said, we are often on the road and don't want to waste the time and expense of staying in campgrounds for single night stays.


Everyone's needs are different and, what we do, in no way, governs what is right for you family.
My experience over the years has been quite self sufficient with very limited propane use. As I get older and insecure with trying to remember how things work, I tend to like what I am familiar with. I do gave all the extras in the camper but I gave only used the heat a few times on co,d nights in the mountains. I had a problem with the frig once and decided to use a block ice in a container. This lasts several days. Food in a cooler with a block ice also. Works good as the nights are cool anyway. I have a Coleman portable grill that runs on propane and a Coleman stove that I put on a picnic table to heat water and make coffee. I tend to camp at national campgrounds that have clean bathrooms and water supply. No electric. My battery runs the lights for a very long time. I keep battery operated lanterns for inside the camper. Many backup batteries if needed. I like camping this way as I am used to it with no complications to worry about with shower, toilet, stove, and propane. 🎃
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Gotta agree with Gilda, Dr Bronners is the only soap we use. Very versitile.
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I don't have a Yeti ,I own 2 K2 coolers, but if I were buying again I would buy the RTIC. They are 1/2 the price of Yeti. https://www.rticcoolers.com/
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Bruce... no bears in your _woods_??
Those RTIC coolers look nice, but they wouldn't pass the bear or ranger test where we camp.


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There are several schools of thought on FGRV use. Basically, we don't subscribe to bringing along two complete kitchens when one will do. We make full use of the cook-top, on-board water (hot and cold), loo and a 3 way refrigerator. We also carry a cooler for in vehicle use and try to refresh that with Block Ice (not cubes) as needed..
I'm with Bob. I have two FSC trailers. I gave up schlepping totes and all the extra stuff from the garage and shed when I finally gave up camping "like a tenter." NOW when I want to camp, I throw in fresh food.. hook up and go. I've even gone so far as to keep the trailer packed with clothes and TOOTHBRUSH . Gone are the days of spending a couple of hours "getting ready to camp." I couldn't be happier with my decision. Hope yours works as well, truly.
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Old 10-27-2015, 10:25 PM   #35
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Bruce... no bears in your _woods_??
Those RTIC coolers look nice, but they wouldn't pass the bear or ranger test where we camp.


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No, no bears. What brand would it take to be bear proof? lol
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I'm with Bob. I have two FSC trailers. I gave up schlepping totes and all the extra stuff from the garage and shed when I finally gave up camping "like a tenter." NOW when I want to camp, I throw in fresh food.. hook up and go. I've even gone so far as to keep the trailer packed with clothes and TOOTHBRUSH . Gone are the days of spending a couple of hours "getting ready to camp." I couldn't be happier with my decision. Hope yours works as well, truly.
Donna, I think this is the best way to prepare, and also the explanation of why trailer camping is better than tent camping.

I've been organizing a set of tools and necessities that will stay in the trailer all the time. There is a complete set of IKEA "silver" ware, pots and pans, and utensils which stay there all the time. Also paper plates, but I am looking for lightweight dishes (Corelle or melamine?).

Then I have my "camping" checklist out on the table. It's being slowly modified to the "trailer camping" checklist. As a necessity comes to mind I'll add it to a plastic tub I'm keeping to be ready to go, everything from towels to toothpaste and clothing.

The clothing I'm keeping in zippered nylon/net "cubes" (meant for suitcases), I think these came from Travelsmith. They work REALLY well, and everything within them is rolled up and easy to find. This includes outdooor, comfy wardrobe stuff that I wouldn't be wearing at home every day anyway, so it's there ready to go.

I've put together a first aid kit and some general OTC meds. We've added toothbrushes, hairbrushes, razors, and other items which can stay out there all the time.

I have another box for spices, and general kitchen dry goods, but I think I'll keep that inside during the summer time -- just add what I need to restock and then carry it outside when we need to leave. In the summer the trailer gets so darned hot, I'm worried food items would quickly go rancid.

It would be great to get to the point where we just need to grab some easy-to prepare food and hit the road -- that's the goal.

BTW, on our last trip, I didn't take the time to start up the fridge. We used it as cupboard space, like Jon does. And although we'd gone to the trouble to install a new water pump and water lines, we haven't used the on-board water or sink yet. It seems perfectly wonderful to even just tent camp in the trailer, with everything we need right there, and no last-minute stress about packing.

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...I am looking for lightweight dishes (Corelle or melamine?)...
I wouldn't use Corelle. Corelle is tough stuff (we use it at home), but have you ever seen what happens when it does break? It practically explodes. I think it has something to do with the tempering process that makes it so strong and light. You drop one in a campsite, it happens to hit a rock… You'll never get all the shards up, and they are sharp.

We found a good assortment of melamine dishes (and even some bamboo-based products) at Big Lots.
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We received Corelle dishes at our wedding 42 years ago in 1973. We still have it and use it daily. I agree, when it breaks, it explodes and the shards are needle sharp and strong, all billion of them. AND, and possibly even more to the point, Corelle is NOT light. A stack of 8 plates is an item to lift...sometimes I wonder how our kitchen cabinets don't break off and fall.
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Bruce... no bears in your _woods_??
Those RTIC coolers look nice, but they wouldn't pass the bear or ranger test where we camp.


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Where I camp (as well as live) neither cooler would pass the bear test or be ranger approved. No cooler left outside is.

Unless you can figure out a way to pulley it up high with ropes and hang it from a very large tree branch that will not snap when the bear climbs up onto the branch to try and reach the cooler.

My nephew lives on west coast of Vancouver Island and while he did a major home reno he had to put the deep freeze out on his deck. Knowing the bears can be very creative at opening such items he added several large paddle locks to the top and sides of freezer believing that would keep them out. One night a large bear ripped the top off the deep freeze in less than a min. making it look as easy as opening a can of sardines. That bad boy spent the next several hours sitting in the deep freeze enjoying all the nice salmon and halibut it contained.
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I do carry 4 Corelle dinner plates, salad plates, and cereal bowls, plus an assortment of melamine and paper plates and bowls. The melamine isn't useful in the microwave, and I just like eating off a real plate sometimes. I travel with dishcloths inserted between the pieces of Corelle, to keep them from banging around on the road. YMMV, but it works for us.

By the way, 4 sets are enough. If we have a larger crowd, we pull out the Chinet.
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Just this past season the rule in Yellowstone was "No coolers, stoves, cooking equipment or food to be left out in a campsite day or night". First infraction was a warning, and you had to go to the Ranger Station to reclaim your stuff. Second time was a fine.
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Mary F, yes, true, they DO work a lot better in the microwave than plastic!


Bear issues and coolers--but, but, can't bears get into your trailer if they're that determined? Or do they just not go that far?
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