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Old 04-10-2011, 04:15 PM   #15
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once our trailer is packed, everything "lives" in the trailer and doesn't come out. when we get home, the towels/linens are washed and returned to the trailer..so at time of departure, it is simply food and a few clothing items to pack.

in my experience, taking things out and re-packing with each trip only ever set me up to forget something..or a number of "somethings". that's why nothing comes out.

and we DEFINITELY take lawn chairs! picnic tables are fine....but not as our sole spot to sit. i need a back to lean on.
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Old 04-10-2011, 07:15 PM   #16
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Lafuma or Lafonda?

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EXCEPT my LAFUMA!! "Don't leave home without it." I sit in an office chair five days a week. I'm not about to sit on a piece of wood without a back when I camp YMMV
Reading this incorrectly made me laugh.
I had no idea what a lafuma was, and at first glance read Lafonda, otherwise known as Kip's new girlfriend Lafawnduh from the Napolean Dynamite movie.

Anyhow, google gave me the correct information, so now I can tell them apart.

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Old 04-10-2011, 07:38 PM   #17
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I DEFINITELY meant the chair Bridget!
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Old 04-12-2011, 12:51 AM   #18
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Work out a list. What do you need for breakfast, lunch and supper. Do you want sheets and blankets to sleep or will sleeping bags be more convenient? Towels and toiletries. We furnished our trailer with things bought in garage sales. Utensils don't have to be pretty to function. After all you are going camping.

We have stayed at a number of campgrounds that did not have tables and benches, as recently as 3 days ago.
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Old 04-12-2011, 01:06 AM   #19
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Then no matter what we tell you, you'll find items that you took and didn't need and then conversely didn't take and did need.

I agree with Teresa. Leave all you can in the trailer as trailer items. Other wise, you'll drive yourself crazy packing and unpacking. It's kind of like having two homes. Well, Duh....I guess I do. One movable and one not.

I 2nd, 3rd, and 4th the lawn chair. Get the most comfy one you can. Lounging out in the woods is wonderful. A cup of coffee, beer or whatever you like and a pair of binoculars to watch the wild life whether 2 legged or 4 legged and whether it walks, flies or swims.

Oh yes, don't forget the munchies to go with the liquid.
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Old 04-12-2011, 04:20 PM   #20
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looking in our camper I cannot for the life of me remember how we ever were able to camp using tents...Im amazed at whats actually in our camper that we "just hafta have".
Gonna wire for and install a small flatscreen this spring too
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Old 04-12-2011, 08:35 PM   #21
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I'm getting my first travel trailer and i am wondering what to stock in the trailer. I want to carry the least amount (weight) i can ,but i don't want to run to the store constantly.
What items are necessities and which are luxuries ??
I,e. I know people who tell me they always bring lawn chairs, others say don't bother , camp sites have picnic tables to sit at. We will be doing camping trips of 4 days or less and mostly within 300 miles of home

thanks steve d
If you have a birthday coming up, ask for Cabelas gift cards.

I see that you have decided on the Scamp 16 side. Will you be getting a "Marine Bath" or will you need an outside shower?

You will have a galley which you will want to stock. Go through your kitchen and put aside all the duplicate utensils. Pack stuff that has dual uses: i.e. a measuring cup that can also be a mixing bowl. Think about the utensils, pots cleaning aids that you use most days.

Regarding chairs and table: we have a small roll top table very similar to the one that Cabelas sells:

Cabela's: Cabela's Deluxe Roll-Top Tables

It folds up and stands upright in the closet taking very little space. It is so great when sitting around the camp fire. We put it between our chairs and have a place for our plates and drinks. I also use it as a cooking platform when BBQ ing. Our friends have the larger table for their BBQ.

Will you be dry camping or hooking up? If dry camping, what will you do for power? Fresh water vessels?

If you will be using showers & bathrooms provided at the campsite, how will you be carrying your toilet items? You'll still need toothpaste, shampoo, soap, etc.

At nite, will you be reading in the trailer? Do you have pets that you will need to take for walks after dark? You;ll need at least one flashlight and a headlamp. Headlamps can be used for reading in bed, and setting up the trailer after dark.

You'll need hardware for your trailer to level it. Where will you stow these items?

If you use picnic tables, you still need table covers (they do get filthy). We use bingee cords to keep the cover on when the wind comes up.

Paper plates is a great idea. You can get bamboo paper plate holders.
Mr Bar-b-q Inc - Bamboo Plate Holders, Set of 4 - Picnic - Camping World
These will add a little class to your table. I prefer disposable party cups for my wine.

Don't forget napkins, dish towels, paper towels to wipe up spills.

Will you be cooking outside? You'll need to bring outdoor camp cookware and grilling accessories.

Spices, seasonings & marinades.

For spices, get a 7-day pill organizer from the pharmacy. Put your dry spices in each "hole" and make labels for each "top". Pill boxes and pill cases by HealthAccessories.com

This will save space.

Microwave oven? If you plan to hook up take one. If you know in advance you'll be roughing it, leave it at home.

Bedding and towels (for your body, hands and dishes).

Plastic bags ... 13 gallon and those huge lawn bags. They don't take much space and you'll be glad you have them on hand.

I'll keep on thinking of stuff.
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Old 04-12-2011, 09:53 PM   #22
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You might want to take a 1 night trip very close to home -- it can be amazing what one forgets or discovers is a personal necessity!
We camped out in our trailer in the back yard the night we brought her home, then took her on her maiden voyage picking a campground close to shopping facilities so that we could buy things we forgot, such as matches for the propane stove. We read the lists on this forum and as time went on learned what we needed and did not need. Lighter is better! We keep most non-perishable things in the trailer all the time, but take the cushions and bedding into the house when we were not going to be camping for a while. Don't worry if you forget a few things -- using a trailer is supposed to be fun!

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Old 04-13-2011, 09:16 AM   #23
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wow... this is a great... I'll be going through my checklist soon...

The pie iron's look great... a definite purchase for the future.
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Old 04-13-2011, 12:19 PM   #24
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I love my pie irons, when I have a campfire.

Just be sure to purchase the real ones, cast iron, not the cheap flimsy ones. I have the square one for sandwiches etc. and the hot dog one for brats.

I actually put one brat on one side and some sauer kraut on the other. A bun quickly over the fire toasted and bingo a wonderful supper.
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Old 04-13-2011, 09:28 PM   #25
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if you have a birthday coming up, ask for cabelas gift cards.

i see that you have decided on the scamp 16 side. Will you be getting a "marine bath" or will you need an outside shower?

You will have a galley which you will want to stock. Go through your kitchen and put aside all the duplicate utensils. Pack stuff that has dual uses: I.e. A measuring cup that can also be a mixing bowl. Think about the utensils, pots cleaning aids that you use most days.

Regarding chairs and table: We have a small roll top table very similar to the one that cabelas sells:

cabela's: Cabela's deluxe roll-top tables

it folds up and stands upright in the closet taking very little space. It is so great when sitting around the camp fire. We put it between our chairs and have a place for our plates and drinks. I also use it as a cooking platform when bbq ing. Our friends have the larger table for their bbq.

Will you be dry camping or hooking up? If dry camping, what will you do for power? Fresh water vessels?

If you will be using showers & bathrooms provided at the campsite, how will you be carrying your toilet items? You'll still need toothpaste, shampoo, soap, etc.

At nite, will you be reading in the trailer? Do you have pets that you will need to take for walks after dark? You;ll need at least one flashlight and a headlamp. Headlamps can be used for reading in bed, and setting up the trailer after dark.

You'll need hardware for your trailer to level it. Where will you stow these items?

If you use picnic tables, you still need table covers (they do get filthy). We use bingee cords to keep the cover on when the wind comes up.

Paper plates is a great idea. You can get bamboo paper plate holders.
mr bar-b-q inc - bamboo plate holders, set of 4 - picnic - camping world
these will add a little class to your table. I prefer disposable party cups for my wine.

Don't forget napkins, dish towels, paper towels to wipe up spills.

Will you be cooking outside? You'll need to bring outdoor camp cookware and grilling accessories.

Spices, seasonings & marinades.

For spices, get a 7-day pill organizer from the pharmacy. Put your dry spices in each "hole" and make labels for each "top". pill boxes and pill cases by healthaccessories.com

this will save space.

Microwave oven? If you plan to hook up take one. If you know in advance you'll be roughing it, leave it at home.

Bedding and towels (for your body, hands and dishes).

Plastic bags ... 13 gallon and those huge lawn bags. They don't take much space and you'll be glad you have them on hand.

I'll keep on thinking of stuff.
i found a used 16 ft. Scamp sd with bath , air cond and all the options we wanted. ( real good condition) i pick it up this weekend and will be stocking it next week.

Thanks for all your help
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Old 04-13-2011, 09:33 PM   #26
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Great ideas! Jane P.----I bought the pill organizer today----GREAT idea!
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Old 04-17-2011, 12:43 PM   #27
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Steve, over time you'll find yourself saying these words while shopping: "this would be nice in the trailer" so after a few years you'll have it sorted out like the rest of us!
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looking in our camper i cannot for the life of me remember how we ever were able to camp using tents...im amazed at whats actually in our camper that we "just hafta have".
Gonna wire for and install a small flatscreen this spring too
let me know how the tv install goes. I bought my trailer on wed 4-13-2011 , i picked it up on 4-16-2011 ,and wife decided on 4-17-2011 we needed flat screen tv . I'm sure by the time the snow melts here i'll have installed an antenna and tv.

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