Originally Posted by Alf S.
Hi: All... We just started reversing the "Winterizing" process. Time to stroke off the list of things done last fall
What are your "Must haves" in the trailer for the camping season??? We're going to try leaving stuff in there for the whole season. Maybe even in the fridge
as we will be home and gone several times over the summer. That way I'll know I can find a cold beer when out doing my yard work
Alf S. North shore of Lake Erie
Hmm ... I also have a multi season life with my Bigfoot
. I do Winter training in Northern California while night time temps are not necessarily freezing, but in the 30's and the rain is hard and frequent.
I travel to the Pacific NW and/or into the Rockies in the spring where I often experience freezing temps and icy/snowy conditions while towing over mountain passes. I usually experience temps in the 20s and 30s while dry camping
. During the late spring and/or early Fall
, I encounter summer like conditions. The weather usually turns on a dime!
My "must haves" for summer camping changes slightly: I pack a portable, Ryobl fan and an extra battery
(I do not have a ceiling vent fan). This is great when I need to cool down the cabin, but it is not yet hot enough for an AC.
We got this fan at Home Depot, and purchased a 2nd fan to stay in the trailer year round. (I use our original purchase for my home office and stationary bike!).
This Ryobi fan/battery serves double duty because, if need be, I can also use the batteries for our Ryobi power drill. I need to get a 12 volt (cigarette lighter) recharger so that I can use my car to recharge the Ryobi batteries.
Obviously, I will need different clothing. But because I find myself in transitional climates, I usually pack for cold, rainy, muddy conditions, and also have tee shirts, and light
outerwear for late spring.
Since I frequently dry camp, I always bring my generator
oven. Food changes: I don't need soup and stews in the late Spring and early Fall (I often cook soup and stews at home and place them in the trailer's freezer). But I do appreciate my outdoor Coleman stove and camp fire grill. I have a cast iron griddle/grill which I put on top of the Coleman stove. And I pack a picnic table cloth.
One thing that I want to research: volt candles. We were at a fairly nice (expensive) Italian restaurant that had these candles at every table. Instead of a live flame, the candles had flickering LED light
bulb that looked very realistic. I think this would add a romantic aura inside the cabin and at any picnic table. Plus you don't have to worry about the trailer catching on fire or the candle going out!
I'm still trying to figure out my bedding needs.
I usually use a sleeping bag (or two
) during the winter. But for hotter weather, I need a light
blanket that can be easily rolled up and packed away. ANY SUGGESTIONS?
Regarding beverages ... I am a cold water and nonfat milk person. If my husband is not with me, I rarely drink alcohol. I do pack a couple of bottles of wine to share with other campers when attending camp-fire dinners (organized in conjunction with hunt tests or field trials). But if camping alone with the dogs ...
I have observed my friends with giant stick TTs have cases of beer and boxed wine stowed in the basement Cargo holds of their trailers. But not a lot of room in our trailers. I have a large refrigerator/freezer that would easily fit boxed wine. But I imagine we would frequent local markets and liquor stores to replenish our beer/wine supply.
Good posting ALF!