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Old 06-18-2015, 03:34 PM   #29
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"When running the water to get it hot, run it into a 1 gallon pitcher and save the water for washing or flushing."

We use cut off gallon milk jugs, only we use them at home! We pour them into 5 gallon pails in the bathtub and use that for toilet flushing!

DO NOT use aluminum pots. Aluminum oxide is black and gets on everything nearby.

We use anything handy to pack in between things, towels, paper towel rolls, plastic shopping bags which later are used for trash.

We have two large Tupperware containers which fit under our permanent bed in the back. The one in back has two straps pop-riveted to it for pulling out. We keep our clothes in these.

We don't buy for the entire trip because we aren't going to the moon. We buy as needed. We also don't have refrigeration/ice box. A small container of vegetables makes a good lunch for both of us. Supermarket Deli's are our best friends. Cheaper than restaurants.

Our Trillium has shelves all around which was a problem because of the curved corner until we discovered plastic baskets at a dollar store. They are a nice size, are not solid, and handy to take to the campground bathroom with shaving or showering or tooth brushing supplies in them.


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We don't use anything made of glass! I wash out plastic peanut butter jars with the screw lids and use them for instant coffee, sugar, tea, powdered milk, hot chocolate powder. Being all the same size and shape, they store easily and compactly, being plastic, they don't break, and having screw lids they don't open accidentally.

Medicine bottles of a size work perfectly for quarters, they hold ~35 quarters, which isn't a full roll, but it does keep them contained.
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Old 06-18-2015, 03:53 PM   #30
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Ok, so this is something most people wouldn't talk about! But we find that if we use American innotek portable toilets it saves the black tank from filling up. That way we can stay longer at a campsite. They are a toilet in a bag, made to use and then throw away. A lot of out door jobs use them as their porta potty on the worksite. We use them over our trailers toilet.
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Old 06-18-2015, 04:52 PM   #31
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Red face bagged black water

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Ok, so this is something most people wouldn't talk about! But we find that if we use American innotek portable toilets it saves the black tank from filling up. That way we can stay longer at a campsite. They are a toilet in a bag, made to use and then throw away. A lot of out door jobs use them as their porta potty on the worksite. We use them over our trailers toilet.
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Careful, some places it is illegal to dump toilet waste in the regular trash.


http://www.blm.gov/or/resources/recr...bletoilets.pdf
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Old 06-18-2015, 05:11 PM   #32
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I think they are talking about urine. Once gelled ( like in baby diapers) it is legal to dispose of in trash. That is what the stuff in the bags is for.


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Old 06-18-2015, 05:19 PM   #33
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Yep. The popular brand is Travel John and they contain a polymer substance that turns sewage into odorless gel that is safe for disposal. They work for 'all bathroom emergencies' (quote from company) not just urine. They're over a buck a bag, so it's an expensive way to go, depending on how many you might need but, then again, you may be saving on overall campground costs by camping without sewer.
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Old 06-18-2015, 05:32 PM   #34
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I bought a bag of sodium polyacrylate diaper polymer from Amazon. Appears that it will be less expensive than the commercially sold, prepared plastic bags. We'll see.
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Old 06-18-2015, 05:58 PM   #35
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We use biodegradable bags and powder which converts liquid to gel. Very convenient and acceptable in most Forest Service campgrounds: http://www.amazon.com/Cleanwaste-Min...rds=poo+powder

Another tip for organizing clothes -- I found this on Fiberglassrv (Gilda, maybe?) -- use laundry bags to store like clothing, wherever you decide to stow them. I also found that different sources (eg Walmart, Target) offer different mesh sizes in their laundry bags which makes it very easy to differentiate between his and hers. Really works well.

When we camped in our Boler and Scamp, we also found that Container Store hanging shelves were perfect for the closet. They come in sizes to fit both the narrow and standard closets. Trim the length to fit (or not!) Just crimp the hanging hooks so everything doesn't end up on the bottom.

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Old 06-18-2015, 06:01 PM   #36
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We keep coats, boots and hats in the tow vehicle in a bin.

As you are traveling with children it is useful to keep 4 liter jugs of water in the vehicle. They will heat during the day and be very useful for cleaning feet, faces etc, and for cleaning up after a day at the beach.
We found a child's broom in the dollar store and shortened the handle a bit more. Fits in most of the cupboards in the trailer.

We have a hook on the outside of the trailer under the awning where we hang dripping wet coats. No puddles in the trailer

We use a bungee to hold our paper towel. Run it through the tube and hand it anywhere - off the awning on nice days, from a shelf, over a cupboard door...

We do not like an outdoor carpet, but we do have to 2 by 2.5 foot pieces of outdoor carpet that get put on the ground outside the door to help keep the mess outside.

We also use the towel of the backseat of the car to dry method. Works well.
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Old 06-18-2015, 06:36 PM   #37
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Tow vehicle stuff

We carry a bunch of things in the car. Much of it is for when we're not towing.

We carry a case of bottle water. We do a lot of driving where safe water may not be available.

Two walking sticks and a small back pack for our hikes and geocaching.

A roll of quarters in the glove compartment for laundry or loonies.

Passports in the car and $20 in cash for when we forget our wallets.

A wooden block, tire pressure gauge, air compressor, tire repair kit and a small bottle jack.

A plastic bin with a sweater, rain coat and cap for each of us.

A bin with fluids, oil, distilled water, bearing grease, spare bearings and a few tools.

A small bin, fits under the seat, with snacks, nuts and twizzlers.

A small bin with a jump starter and a meter.

A small bin with first aid supplies.

A small bin with a handle of maps for the travel area.

A bottle of aspirin and ibuprofen.

A wireless tire pressure/temperature monitor for trailer tires.

A wireless LCD monitor for the trailer's rear camera.

A picnic blanket.

Two phone chargers, a 150 watt 12 to 110 volt AC inverter.

And a bunch of things I forgot....
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Old 06-18-2015, 07:59 PM   #38
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We use the back of our SUV for some storage, especially dirty clothes and infrequently used items or items to be used days later.
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Stash a roll of quarters in the trailer for the laundrymat.
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Like Eddie, I have quarters for laundry. Mine are in a small ziplock stored in small tupperware container that has the laundry soap. I use the Tide that comes with fabric softener in it.

Then don't forget the showers.
I have a small tote bag that I keep my bath items in: towel, wash cloth, 2 small bottles of shampoo and 2 small bottles of rinse (you have to have a variety), a soap box with soap, zorries (I never stand on the floor of any CG bath in my bare feet and wash the zorries good after each use and put them in their own plastic grocery bag) and then a small purse with usually $10 of quarters. These are for coin operated showers.
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We like to use bags for consumables like cereal or dog food then as we consume the contents the container gets smaller and takes up less space.
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Why do they call it 'poo powder' if it's meant for pee? Strange!
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What do I take along every trip? A sense of humor! Oh my stars. My soon-to-be-91-y/o mother has told me numerous times, you'll remember the memories of trips that didn't work out perfectly far longer than the ones that everything worked as expected. I've found that to be true. As long as a camping trip doesn't include a visit to the Emergency Room, I really do remember the ones that didn't turn out perfect... like the time I forgot my toothbrush.

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