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Old 10-30-2015, 08:32 AM   #57
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A cubic foot of 40-degree water will change temperature more slowly than a cubic foot of 40-degree air that replaces it. That cubic foot of air came from outside the cooler, so more ice melts to bring it down to the temperature inside the cooler. The internet cannot alter the laws of physics.

Nevertheless, I have been known to pour off water from my cooler for any number of reasons: it became contaminated with meat juices, I don't want it to accidentally leak inside the trailer while we're going down the road, I want to reduce weight for the trip home, the water is so deep my plastic bins are capsizing,... I know that doing so will cause the ice to melt a bit faster, and I accept that. No big deal.

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Old 10-30-2015, 08:50 AM   #58
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After many years of tent camping, we transitioned to our 13 foot Scamp this Summer. It took me a lot of mental hours to decide where I wanted to keep things. Right now, this is working for us:
Sleeping bags for the bunks under the front bunk in one cubby. Extra blankets and pillows under the other cubby. Tote for all tools, blocks, electric cords, etc., under the middle cubby. Back packing tent and small fans go under there as well.

Sleeping backs for the dinette bed under drivers side bench.

Flashlights, lanterns, batteries, cleaning supplies, bug spray, under the sink in bins. Attached to the inside of the doors with little hooks, pot holders, dust broom and pan, first aid kit.

In the drawer above the icebox (we don't have a fridge) are kitchen towels, lighter, baby wipes, misc small items.

Above the kitchen in the cabinets in bins: travel sized board games, puzzles, etc. Coffee pot, disposable cups, instant tea and coffee, creamer.

Tall closet: a set of four stacking bins, which are capable of containing all of our clothing for a ten day trip. Each person gets one bin. On the inside of the door, I hung hooks and bought oversized hand towels to use as shower towels, one for each of us.

In the car I store a "cooking bag" which contains our propane grill and everything I need to cook meals (lighter, plates, cups, pots and pans, another coffee pot, etc.) We also pack the cooler in the car and our chairs. Since we cook outside, it makes sense to us to have the cooler and cooking supplies easily transportable to the table. It also makes it really easy to put them in the bear box at campgrounds.

Since our camper is stored away from our house, when we get ready to go camping, it's easy for me to grab the cooler and cooking bag from the garage and begin packing them days in advance of picking up the camper. Then when we get it, all we have to do is add the clothing and we are off!

Enjoy your camper!

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