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Old 01-19-2009, 04:52 PM   #1
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Not really but we are making plans to take our Trillium to Florida in the middle of Feb for a week. Where we will be staying has washroom and shower facilities but no electricity. We haven't camped in over 10 years so I was wondering what items should I remember to take with me. I am going to take a new clay pot to put on the stove if I have to get rid of any "chill" at night but is there any type of checklist that anybody has made up. We haven't had the trailer out yet (only owned it for 2 months) so what specific items should I be packing into it.

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Old 01-19-2009, 07:05 PM   #2
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Hey Don,

Sounds like a fun trip.
I guess the thing that jumped out on me is your trailer is 34 years old, you've only owned it two months, and never gone camping in it yet. In addition, you're pulling it quite a ways from Canada to FL which will encompass passing through a lot of bad weather enroute. I'd be concerned first with knowing if all the trailer and towing basics are ready for the trip? New tires, wheel bearings changed and packed, lights fully functional, trailer brakes(if equipped) checked and adjusted, hitch and leveling equipment safe and in place, road tool and safety kit together, etc., etc., etc.
It took us about three months of camping after gutting and rebuilding ours, before we really had our 81 snuffed out and felt comfortable towing long distances and doing some boondocking.
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I boondock most of the time. As a matter of fact, I camphosted every weekend last summer at a Forest Service campground with no hook ups. I was more comfortable and had more time than the head host who had a generator.. she depended on it. I did not need to. (She had sewer hook ups tho.. she wins! LOL!)

I did a simple website on boondocking without all the pain and grit. It deals partially with inexpensive (relative) solar powered battery charging, but there are a few pages of items in there I use without power at all.

Roughing it for the spoiled.

I really need to facelift this site.. I don't even have that trailer anymore, but I STILL have all the stuff you see in there.
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Old 01-19-2009, 09:30 PM   #4
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Don N,
Probably the most effective thing you can do is camp in your own driveway. Make a list of all the things you have to "borrow" from the house and that will at least get you started. Practice hitching and unhitching several times, making a procedure list so nothing dangerous is forgotten.
Have fun in the process!!!

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Old 01-19-2009, 09:57 PM   #5
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Greg, the trailer is getting a new axle with brakes as we speak. We have completely rewired both the 12 volt and 110 volt. Installing a battery on the tongue. Will run both the stove and furnace before we leave. I already know the fridge works on 110V but will switch over to the propane and try it. Will be towing it with my 2001 Silverado pickup as not sure what the weather will have in store for us in Virginia, etc on the way down. The pickup already has a brake unit wired into it. Also installing a new 2" ball A-Frame on the tongue. More than likely change over to 14" wheels so it will have new tires as well.
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Greg, the trailer is getting a new axle with brakes as we speak. We have completely rewired both the 12 volt and 110 volt. Installing a battery on the tongue. Will run both the stove and furnace before we leave. I already know the fridge works on 110V but will switch over to the propane and try it. Will be towing it with my 2001 Silverado pickup as not sure what the weather will have in store for us in Virginia, etc on the way down. The pickup already has a brake unit wired into it. Also installing a new 2" ball A-Frame on the tongue. More than likely change over to 14" wheels so it will have new tires as well.
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Wow, that's awesome. You've gotten a lot accomplished in a short time. Wasn't sure if you'd gotten the axle solved yet or not. Sounds like you're going to be in pretty good shape for the road. Most of the rest of the comfort stuff you can always get at Wally if you find you forgot or need something.
Enjoy the sunshine and make sure you take a camera and post pics of the trip....
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Old 01-20-2009, 01:23 AM   #7
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I am going to take a new clay pot to put on the stove if I have to get rid of any "chill" at night
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Somewhere here there is a link to the "clay pot" heater. Essentially it is a series of increasingly smaller clay pots held together with some nuts, washers and a long bolt.
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All we used when we were camping before was just the one clay pot inverted over top of a stove burner for awhile. Gave off great heat. The series with nuts and bolts sounds interesting. Never seen it done that way. Greg, will post some pics later in the week with the new axle, etc.
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The series with nuts and bolts sounds interesting. Never seen it done that way.
Here's the topic: Candle powered radiant heater
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Old 01-20-2009, 08:53 PM   #10
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Thanks for the link Donna. I missed that one in Dec. But I think I will stay with the pot on the stove. I have done this and I know it works (unless you use a fancy painted and decorated pot and does it stink...and don't ask me how I know this ) Don't want any dripping candles around in the trailer.
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Don't want any dripping candles around in the trailer.
My suggestion was to copy the desgn of how they assembled the pots together in this link. (Thanks Donna)

Then use that on your stove the same as your single clay pot. The greater mass would retain and radiate heat longer. No candles needed because you have the stove.

A large pot of hot water would work the same fashion.
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OK Roy. I see what you are referring to. The extra mass would help. I seem to remember that a good part of the heat came out thru the hole in the bottom of the pot which you would lose with them bolted together. But I could be wrong on that. I wouldn't think a pot of water would give on anywheres near the same heat factor.
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Hi: All... We used to find that on the few occasions there was a chill in the Boler, just heating a kettle full of water to the boiling point also had the trailer warm too!!! I always found a dual purpose, hot water for wash up+heat in the am. helped when camping in a small trailer!!!
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I boondock most of the time. As a matter of fact, I camphosted every weekend last summer at a Forest Service campground with no hook ups. I was more comfortable and had more time than the head host who had a generator.. she depended on it. I did not need to. (She had sewer hook ups tho.. she wins! LOL!)

I did a simple website on boondocking without all the pain and grit. It deals partially with inexpensive (relative) solar powered battery charging, but there are a few pages of items in there I use without power at all.

Roughing it for the spoiled.

I really need to facelift this site.. I don't even have that trailer anymore, but I STILL have all the stuff you see in there.
I enjoyed reading your website just as is, very entertaining as well as enlightening. When do you get another camper
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