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Old 06-11-2013, 10:00 AM   #1
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Longer campground stays

What do you do differently when you are going to stay in one place for more than two or three days? (1-2 weeks?) About to head out on my longest stay in one place and I'm just curious as to whether others take different things, or set up more, or what, when they aren't packing up and leaving again in a few days.
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Old 06-11-2013, 10:17 AM   #2
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Definitely bring more beer!
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Definitely bring more beer!
I know that's tongue-in-cheek, but that's the kind of thing I'd plan on NOT doing if there were nearby stores and I could restock. (Beer being ubiquitously available.)

But that does bring up another question- with our small fridges and iceboxes, do you usually plan to stock up midway or do you take a week's worth of groceries?
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Bobbie, Talking about the size of the ice box ect. I am right now putting meals in a Food Saver. Take our breakfast for this weekend. I already sliced up taters add the spice onion and butter then used the FS. So now it is about half the size and all I have to do is open the bag and put it in a skillet. I didn't mix the eggs in there. Mountain man breakfast. For lunch I already mixed and add my spice and ect and put hamburgers patties in a bag and used the food saver. All meals are about half the size and ready to be cooked. I freeze about everything at home so the "icebox" will have a easy time cooling fast!
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We're spending a week at a nearby lake campground.
What we did that we haven't done is set up our awnings.
I also carried two extra canopies. We'll see if we use them.
We haven't begin to do any real cooking. We like sandwichs
and also "eating out." (when possible).

We did set up a folding table and extra chairs.

Still a learn as we go. What to remember next time. What to
forget next time.
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Nothing different than the rare 3 or 4 day stay. A trip to the grocery store about every 10 days. Lug a couple jugs of water to put in the fresh water tank. That's about it for 3 to 4 week stay, very normal for us.
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Bobbie, Talking about the size of the ice box ect. I am right now putting meals in a Food Saver. Take our breakfast for this weekend. I already sliced up taters add the spice onion and butter then used the FS. So now it is about half the size and all I have to do is open the bag and put it in a skillet. I didn't mix the eggs in there. Mountain man breakfast. For lunch I already mixed and add my spice and ect and put hamburgers patties in a bag and used the food saver. All meals are about half the size and ready to be cooked. I freeze about everything at home so the "icebox" will have a easy time cooling fast!
A friend of mine had a great idea related to that- she was going to fix shrimp one night, so her plan is to freeze the bag of shrimp INTO one of her ice blocks for the icebox. By the time she needs it the block will have thawed but in the meantime the shrimp will be frozen. I just need to find something to use to freeze blocks if I want to do something like that.

I don't think my Mom still has the FoodSaver she used to have but I'll check. Ziploc bags should work if she doesn't.
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On a serious note, when we go off to northwest Nevada for about 10 days to dig opals in the Virgin Valley, we are over 100 miles either way between the two nearest towns, (Lakeview, OR and Winnemucca, NV) so we usually freeze whatever we can ahead of time and we also pack it in an extra highly insulated cooler (we take a Yeti Cooler...expensive, but built like a tank and it really holds cold for an incredibly long time.) We still usually take the truck and make the 135 mi (one way) run into Winnemucca about half way through the trip just to pick up a few incidentals, (that is to say, I drop my DW off at a casino for a few hours while I go shop, lol) We also stock a lot of non-perishable items for these kind of trips.
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How does one budget for a long trip when the costs are unknown ? For example camping in our area is about $20 /night but it was $56 /night + TAX in Orlando , Wine that is $10 at home was $18 in Florida , pork ribs which are $1.09/Lb at home were $3.89/lb in Georgia , Beer is $15/case at home and $42/case in Canada ETC ETC So my question is how does one know what to bring to keep costs inline with what you budget. I admit I am Frugal but paying what I think are inflated prices goes against the grain yet I know I can't take everything with us

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We have two different types of camping. Sometimes we travel light and move around every 1-4 nights. For example, we did 6000 miles from MI to CA and back last summer.

The other type of camping we do is to go somewhere (usually within 8 hours driving of home) for 5-14 days and stay in one campground. We even have a campground that is a closer to work than home we stay at for a while in the summer so I can go into work while we "vacation". Then we bring a 11'x11' gazebo in addition to the awning, another small fridge, tent for the kids, more cooking options (bigger grill, dutch oven...), outdoor carpet to put on the ground, kayaks, bikes, badminton, and a variety of games.

If you have specific questions feel free to ask.
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We stayed in one campground for 3 months last winter. Set up a 12 X 12 screen house that has sides to close it in, dorm fridge, heater, TV, chairs, lights, picnic table, patio rug, coffee pot, toaster, toaster oven, camp table with underneath storage, all in it. Another canopy for grill & bikes. Dorm fridge in the camper too, plus electric heater, 110 lights, another TV. Trips to grocery stores as needed, small one a mile away, larger stores & mall 15 minutes away.
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How does one budget for a long trip when the costs are unknown ? For example camping in our area is about $20 /night but it was $56 /night + TAX in Orlando , Wine that is $10 at home was $18 in Florida , pork ribs which are $1.09/Lb at home were $3.89/lb in Georgia , Beer is $15/case at home and $42/case in Canada ETC ETC So my question is how does one know what to bring to keep costs inline with what you budget. I admit I am Frugal but paying what I think are inflated prices goes against the grain yet I know I can't take everything with us

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Mostly in the west we stay in National Parks or National Forests. Food costs may vary, but not much. We don't purchase the stuff you're talking about at home or on the road.
Our average per night camping fees earlier this year (90+ day) was $7.28 per night. Our food costs were actually less on the road than at home, not by much, but less. The biggest increase was for gasoline, but that was offset by not heating a the house at home.

FYI. We don't stay in RV parks with electricity, etc.
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Eric, that's what I'm thinking- canopy, maybe also set up the Kelty awning, bring the extra ice chest for more food. No real elevation changes so weight is less important than when I'm traveling. Maybe an extra x-pen for the dogs.

Food costs- I know from living on an island that some things are just more expensive because you are more remote, but prices also get inflated on others.
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Since I travel alone and my mobility and endurance is somewhat limited, what I do can be limited by what I think I can “recover” from.

Short trip: (1-3 day stay)
5 gallon grey water dump tank.
Don’t hook grill to front propane tanks; Use the 1 lb cylinders. Or, just cook every meal inside.
Don’t put up the awning lights.
No patio rug. Just the wipe-your-feet rug at the step into the trailer.
No bumper clothesline.
No gazebo.


Long trip: (5+ day stay)
15 gallon wheeled grey water dump tank.
Hook grill to front propane tanks (w/ 12’ quick connect propane hose extension).
Awning lights w/light sensor. Helps when returning to trailer at night and potentially less annoying than the entrance light.
Patio rug, generally staked out (alum awing nails and stainless fender washer through corner grommets).
Put the bumper clothesline up for drying towels/washcloths, etc.
May set up gazebo or use the “hamster ball” popup gazebo.
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