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Old 06-10-2012, 05:51 PM   #15
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I pretty much take everything out, clean inside and out so it is sparkling clean and ready for the next adventure!
My husband commented that he wished I did the same to our house!

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Old 06-11-2012, 05:21 AM   #16
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I usually do a trailer interior wipe-down as part of the packing up to leave the campground procedure. The Burro lives at a storage lot (I live in a city rowhouse sans driveway) so on the way home we stop in there to park it, take out all the bedding if it was a long trip and the stuff needs washing, take out perishable food (the olive oil and random spices, etc can stay behind), and do a final floor sweep. Then we give it a pat and a good-night and head home to unload the car.

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Old 06-11-2012, 05:38 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by Kevin K View Post
Empty frig.
I hope that was a typo rather than a Freudian slip.
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Old 06-11-2012, 05:52 AM   #18
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take anything out thats gonna get stinkier then it already is,,,food, dirty sock,,,me....everything else can wait a bit, then during the week i spend a little time for one or two evenings and clean it inside and out.usually do the inside one evening, outside the next.
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Old 06-11-2012, 05:52 AM   #19
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You said,
"I really like camping in Mouse, but in a trailer this size it is camping not living and I am really happy to be home!"

No matter what the trip, the time involved or the things that we do while we are away, it is always good to get home.
At least that is the way I feel about it.

I usually take out what has to be taken out [laundry, foods, etc.], tidy things up and wait for the next run. Then I do my preps.....
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Old 06-11-2012, 06:23 AM   #20
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I always do most of my housekeeping before I leave camp.
It usually isn't much - the trailer gets used as a base camp most of the time. My truck is what ends up getting dirty.

The old popup was a different story. Putting it away in the rain was not fun. It gaurenteed more work when you got home.
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Old 06-11-2012, 06:40 AM   #21
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logan...i couldn't agree more with your comment about your old pop-up! that is precisely why we got rid of ours and bought our outback. there was nothing fun at all about setting up or taking down our old tent trailer in the rain...and the dreaded repeat performance when back at home......oh my goodness, i do NOT miss that one little bit!
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Old 06-11-2012, 08:57 AM   #22
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When we get back, I disconnect, usually hook up to power, shut down propane, take out perishable foods, and dirty laundry.

Cleanup usually come much later for use too.
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Old 06-11-2012, 11:07 AM   #23
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I hand the keys to the chauffeur, he has the maids and the butler give it a once over, then it is parked in the front yard on cement blocks.
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Old 06-11-2012, 11:22 AM   #24
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I like Pam clean and put away what I can while packing up at the last campsite. Once home I take out all the dirty laundry, sheets and towels, rugs and perishable foods & wipe down the inside of the fridge and **leave it open**. Vacuum the floor. If the awning and outdoor mats where put away wet I pull them out to dry. Once all the laundry is done I put the sheets & towels and rugs right back into the trailer - keep the bedding & towels in the trailer until needed in heavy plastic zip bags that bedding is sold in - that why I dont forget anything on the next trip. Nothing like arriving at a campsite to find you forgot the towels or pillows :-((

If I have time I will wash the trailer, clean inside windows if needed and fix anything that needed attention - otherwise I will do my best to deal with all that within a couple of days - otherwise I forget about it! That way it is ready to roll again on very short notice with little effort - just add clothing and food..... oh & a little wine.
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Old 06-11-2012, 12:04 PM   #25
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It's humid here. I plug in, and remove perishable food, laundry and clothing and anything wet, open up all the compartments, put in a small electric dehumidifier and a couple of tubs of DampRid in the closets. After last weekend I also put in some boric acid ant bait <_<
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Old 06-11-2012, 01:18 PM   #26
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From past experience we tend to do "fixes" before trip. I am best motivated to finish a project that will add something to an upcoming trip, rather than after finishing a trip.

Whole point of camper was to trim load/unload process down to food and clothes. So that is our goal. However still going through process of elimination and refinement on items and their storage in the scamp.

Started an "if needed" bin for camping items that would only be needed for specific situations. Camping gear for grand kids, boondocking gear etc. Goal is to have scamp set up for us to use with least fuss but the extra stuff we sometimes need to pack in one place.

We mostly sleep in the camper not live in it. Even with a 38ft motor home we spent most of our time outside, that was and is where we cook too.

At the end of a trip we really don't want to clean, try to maintain clean"ish" while using and give it a once over before leaving with a vacuum, windows and wipe down.

Deep cleaning like a hillbilly bath is a spring and fall affair if needed or not :-)
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Old 06-11-2012, 04:45 PM   #27
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It all depends. A couple things are standard. The stabilizers deployed and trailer leveled. Then power is plugged and the fridge turned on the 120Volt operation. The battery minder is plugged in. If we didn't fill the fresh water tank upon leaving our last camp site, that's done so it's full and ready to go.

If we're returning from a 3 month trip, then a through cleaning is needed, both inside and out. Repairs need to be done. After that a fresh supply of dry and canned food is stored inside. Anything that lives in the trailer that was taken out to clean is put back in. Now we're ready to put close and whatever needs to go into the fridge.

If we're just coming back from a 2 to 4 day trip, not much is done except replenish the food supply and clean clothes.

The trailer is ready to go most of the time. We can generally be on the road within an hour.
Byron & Anne enjoying the everyday Saturday thing.
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Old 06-11-2012, 05:28 PM   #28
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Our trailer is also kept in a RV storage lot so that entails bringing her home a day before an outting. Remove and or add anything specific for this outting. Usually just food. When we return its usually removing dirty laundry, perishable foods, clean porta pottie if not done before leaving camp. Everything is usually wiped down and stored away as part of breaking camp. Try to go thru a do it yourself car wash every other trip B 4 putting her away.

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