Ok, I admit it, I'm a compulsive wiper.
Pam's job when we're breaking camp is to get everthing ship/shape on the inside of the trailer .... I handle the outside tasks.
And when I'm breaking camp, I wipe down a lot of stuff.
I wipe down the little folding tables and folding chair legs before stowing them in the tow vehicle
I wipe off the dog chain that Maggie's dragged over hill and dale on our usually dusty, dirty campsite ... as well as her outside water dish, before putting them away.
I wipe off the table cloth (if Pam put on one the outside picnic table) as well as the little clip-holdy-on-thingies. And the little bitty propane light
/ disposable propane
cylinder ... not to mention the hummingbird feeder and the BBQ grill, if I left it out.
As I feed the shoreline power cord back into the trailer, I wipe off the wire as I feed it in.
As you can imagine, I go through a lot of rags.
I used to use paper towels, but found even the toughest isn't up to my complusive wiping.
So for the past four years or so, I've been purchasing, from Sam's Warehouse Club, a large bundle of white terrycloth towels ...
And I carry a supply down the road with us when we travel. I use them until Pam tells me they are too gross to use ... then she either washes them or makes me throw them away.
The towels, purchased in bulk, don't cost much ... and do a great job of wiping down all outside equipment in preparation for travel.
I've even pressed an occasional white towel into service for washing the trailer with a bucket of water ... but that's another story.
Am I a neat freak? No, not necessarily ... but since we often hit the road for a month or 6 weeks, I've found that dirt has a habit of building up. Storing a wet electrical
hose can take its toll. And rain will splash up mud in all kinds of places.