JR -- Some things I've done to conserve weight
-- Since we don't drink water out of the tank, we don't travel with water in the tank. I fill the tank when I arrive and empty it when I leave. We use it only for washing. This works just fine unless we are so boondocked that there is no water available near the campsite.
We bring a limited amount of bottled water to drink and cook with (with which to cook?...)(with is not a word to end a phrase with...), and we carry it in the tow vehicle. We used to bring 10 gallons or more with us, but one day made the brilliant discovery that even in other places, they sell the stuff in stores! So, we carry about a 2 day supply, unless we will be away from any stores for longer.
By cleaning up after each meal, we need to carry fewer cups, plates, silverware, and cookware. Keeps the camper more pleasant, too.
We've discovered that a 20 lb propane
tank holds several years worth of propane
. If you don't run a furnace
, you can cook and run a fridge
for several days on one or two little 1 lb bottles. Run on electric when it's available.
As much as I love cast iron cookware, porcelain coated steel is much lighter (aluminum can be very light
, too, but food sticks and burns, and there are the health questions).
Frequently survey the cabinets for things you aren't using. Leave 'em behind. Don't carry more extension cords than you need.
Also, if you tend to camp at places with electricity, and can either run the fridge
on propane or leave it off while on the road, you can forego having a battery
. This will save 50 lbs or so. You can occasionally run lights
off the car battery
if you are careful, in case you get stuck every now and then without shore power.