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Old 03-21-2015, 02:17 PM   #1
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Fulltiming Question Part 1

Part 1,
I received this request and decided to post the result under fulltiming knowing others will add to it.

“I have gone twice now on trips for a month at a time and I just feel like I am so disorganized and frazzled by trips end. I guess I don’t have the correct routine down yet in a timed structure if that makes sense. If you don’t do things when arising or going to bed and do them in the right sequence.

I am using my Odyssey and a rear carrier for optionals and that helps but my storage spaces seems inadequate yet you guys are doing it full time. Would love to know what your essential appliances functional tools area.”

Our first rule of long term travel is to have a place for everything. For us this means two things, first not taking stuff we don’t use (except for tools we hope not to use). Second, creating a place for everything, no piling things up. The following link is to everything we’ve done in our trailer to make it easy. It’s long but it has a lot of information nuggets.

Preparing a 1991 Scamp 16

I look to use every corner and spot for permanent storage of something. You’ll see we’ve added five drawers to our trailer, drawers are primarily for easy access or to use space the manufacturer ignored.

For canned goods we added two pull out drawers. We have shelved our closet. We carry nothing on hangers. Our pots and pans are on shelves and we carry only 3 pots and a couple of frying pans (we cook usually inside). Recently we bought two frying pans that have white ceramic surfaces. They are absolutely great and always look brand new.

We have outside storage. A large rear bumper box with two plastic fence posts underneath. The box contains hoses, blocks, a power cord and a few common tools. One fence post contains a long sewer hose, the other a clothes line that mounts on the rear of the bumper.

Attached to the bottom of the floor under the trailer are 5 plastic boxes for rarely accessed items. Some tools, a workers orange extension cord and so on. Two of the boxes are large and on drawer slides, 3 are small and must be removed manually. (If you’re interested I can provide more details.)

I have added extra storage in the trailer. We have a storage unit above the dinette and small ones above the side windows. We keep jeans and bedding above the dinette. We make our bed up every night and store it during the day. We have turned our dinette into a folding table. It makes it easy to sit there during the day and makes the trailer look bigger.
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Old 03-21-2015, 02:19 PM   #2
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Fulltiming Question Part 2

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We have a couch (useable as bunks) at the front of our trailer. We unhinged the back of the couch to allow us to store memory foam behind it or ground air mattresses.

Above one end of the couch we have a 27” deep closet to store folded clothes. (The normal closet is shelved and used for food stuffs. In the same food stuff closet we have a separate storage volume for dirty laundry. Attached to the end of this closet is a location for our two ebooks (showing how everything has a place).

Of course we’ve added misc storage containers all over, there must be 30 little storage boxes scattered about.

Under the center of the couch are two slide out plastic boxes for Ginny’s Clothes plus a drawer for her shorts. I have two similar drawers built into the dinette. Under that same dinette we have room for a crock pot, an electric heater, 3 bottles of wine, an electric drill and a lantern.

We also consider everything we haven’t used at the end of a trip and don’t take what we didn’t use. This means the last week of the trip Ginny’s breaking outfits I haven’t seen on the whole trip, just to protect them from a ‘throwout’. Me I wear what’s on top. The T shirt on the bottom usually gets left home on the next trip.

I don’t take a lot. I have two pairs of shoes, both Keens and she has three. We usually wear Keens for hiking and dressup, though Ginny brings a pair of ‘dancing shoes’.

We vary our clothing with travel. WE never carry winter clothing, we just layer depending on the weather. We each carry 3 pairs of jeans, no matter the climate. Shorts for FL and only one pair for NL.

Our rig has a small fridge, so we carry a quart of milk and a quart of half and half, a couple of pounds of bacon, a dozen eggs, a lb of butter, two pounds of Tillamock Cheddar, yougart, and some thing for a main meal. We always carry 3 pounds of smoked salmon because it doesn’t need the fridge. Our fridge is small but loaded with shelves. Though some are opposed our fridge is packed and works just fine. We have nesting storage containers and a single holder for all of them.

We have also added a storage volume under our fridge, more manufacturer wasted space. It holds 12 cans of beverages and about 8 cans.
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Old 03-21-2015, 02:21 PM   #3
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Fulltiming question Part 3

Part 3.
Tools.
We have a tool shelves that holds two plastic shoe boxes of tools under our couch behind the slide out plastic bins for Ginny’s clothes. These are the most used tools, screwdrivers, pliers, adjustable wrench tywraps,...

As I’ve described under one dinette bench is two drawers and…. The other dinettte bench has the water tank (always half full) and pump. There is room for additional tools here and a collapsible water tank.

Odyssey Storage.
The biggest things in the Odyssey, behind the third row is four light aluminum chairs. We carry 2 for us and 2 for guests along with a case of water for when we get dirt road lost. We also carry a large plastic bin with fluids like wd-40, silicone spray, a quart of oil, a bottle of distilled water and cleaning supplies. We also carry a small 12 volt compressor and a 6 ton bottle jack.

We carry a plastic shoe box under each seat. One contains our Jump starter, one snacks, one dvds, one local maps, one first aid supplies, ….

We also carry two multi use small blankets, 2 collapsible hiking sticks, a small back pack, our rain jackets, a hat and a sweater or sweatshirt. We also carry a watch cap and a scarf. Most in a plastic bin. We have a bin with every map and a couple of books.

We also have a rear view camera on the back of our trailer and tire pressure sensors on the trailer tires.

Routine,
We wake early usually at 6:00 AM. I usually grab my phone and computer (a very light Chromebook) and check the weather and news. Eventually I turn on the TV and we watch the sports news until 7 AM. Ginny has come to know sports and it is part of her routine as well. We get out of bed at 7, I dress first..my clothes are on the couch from the night before. Ginny gets up and I take the bed apart and store the bedding (less than 5 minutes). Ginny dresses and starts the coffee and i set the table for breakfast. We have the same thing most days ‘ one egg, one piece of bacon and a slice of toast, usually with honey and a cup of coffee.

Ginny reads her phone for a while and I clear the table. SHe does the dishes. I usually retire to the couch and back on the computer. I usually read a couple of dozen sites before we leave.

If we’re hitting the road, I get the trailer ready, literally a ten minute job. We don’t carry screen rooms or coolers. It consists of disconnecting the hose, the power cord and storring in the bumper box, closing the front window and raising the jacks. Ginny’s usually done by then after locking all our cabinets and the fridge. She backs me in though the Odyssey has a rear camera and I can do it alone. WE check all our lights and all the little things and are off on the road. Always by 9 AM but sometimes at 8 AM. We usually drive for 150 miles and that’s it. We like to stop early and check the new area out. We don’t make reservations except at national parks, though Ginny will call ahead as we’re driving if she thinks there may be an issue, sometime just to be friendly.

As we drive Ginny is responsible for the right side of the drive. I don’t pull over without her say so. As well she’s now a map person and always know where we are on the map. As well she uses the mountain directory and knows about every severe grade before we get there. She also has responsibility for the trailer tire pressure gauge.

You may know we don’t have pets. We decided that for extended travel it’s unfair to pets and fellow travels and they limit what’s possible. We decided against them for these and other reasons. We had planned ahead not to have pets during this phase of our life. I know they provide unconditional love and barking protection. Honestly Ginny does both well.

I know I missed a lot but I am always happy to answer questions.

All the answers so far have been very mechanical in a sense. There’s another part that really makes it work. It consists of showing interest in each other, sharing knowledge, looking for adventure, working to bring each other along, compromising regularly and considering what can make the other happy.
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Old 03-21-2015, 02:23 PM   #4
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AS I sit here I recognize I've left out a lot. If there are questions I'd be glad to respond.
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Old 03-21-2015, 02:39 PM   #5
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I made a list of where everything was packed and then couldn't find the list. My excuse this time was that we bought the trailer and truck just a couple weeks before we left home and didn't have time to get organized. I do feel at times being disorganized and taking too much stuff. Hopefully next winter we will remember what we did need, and what we didn't, and pack accordingly.
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Bob, Because we're on the road we generally don't unpack most stuff, mostly the fridge and some of Ginny's clothes.
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Old 04-10-2015, 06:22 PM   #7
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Thank you for the well-thought-out post! You have given me numerous ideas for storage (like boxes on sliders under the trailer). I know you probably have a picture posted of the folding table you mentioned, but your postings are so voluminous that I don't know that I could find it. I really dislike the heavy table on a post that came with my trailer and I'm trying to think up a good folding arrangement. Could you point me to or further describe the table? That seems like it would be key to the quick set-up / break-down of the bed.

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Old 04-10-2015, 07:10 PM   #8
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I too have meant to say thanks for these insightful posts. You guys are amazing and inspiring. Your last paragraph from part 3 could be the answer to "How to have a happy marriage and life." You to are blessed.
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Thank you for the well-thought-out post! You have given me numerous ideas for storage (like boxes on sliders under the trailer). I know you probably have a picture posted of the folding table you mentioned, but your postings are so voluminous that I don't know that I could find it. I really dislike the heavy table on a post that came with my trailer and I'm trying to think up a good folding arrangement. Could you point me to or further describe the table? That seems like it would be key to the quick set-up / break-down of the bed.

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Here's a link to where the table begins. Starts in post 31.

Preparing a 1991 Scamp 16

I began by building a table that is half the length as a standard table. I used Scamp's standard folding leg for the center support and their wall brackets.

I followed this by making a second table top, just a 1/4 inch or so shorter. I placed one piece on top of the other an took a couple of small brass hinges and hinged the two halves together.

When I want to make up the bed I drop the folding leg at it's hinge and drop the table down to bench level and unfold it. I use a couple of short legs to support the front edge. (I believe there's a picture if not i'd be happy to send you one.

If we want to use it as a four person table I have a front supporting leg that holds the front up.
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Thank you for the kind words.
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Thank you so much Norm! What a gem you are! (A double gem, since you always give Ginny top billing). That post was in my subscribed list, but so long I hadn't read it yet. This is exactly what I want, but have to think how to mod for my U shaped dinette.
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"Top Billing"

[QUOTE=Fire-N-Ice;515124]Thank you so much Norm! What a gem you are! (A double gem, since you always give Ginny top billing). [/

Anne,

Ginny certainly deserves top billing' there is absolutely no doubt in my mind, it's not even a contest. Those who know us both would agree. Though if you asked her she would say the same about me but an unbiased group would choose her.

In meeting people I find it interesting that the really good do not understand they stand out among us all. As well they see the goodness in others, goodness often missed by most. There some magic in being able to not see the thorns but to see the rose.

In the same vain, when I'm bad, maybe having written an aggressive post, I later feel sad about having written it. Really bad people seem to be able to walk away from evil acts with out feeling.

With reference to Fire and Ice. Are you referring to Frost or ...

Some say the world will end in fire, / Some say in ice. / From what I've tasted of desire / I hold with those who favor fire.
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Old 04-11-2015, 12:05 PM   #13
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Hi Norm & Ginny,


Thanks for the details, part 1, 2, and 3! We are not fulltiming, but just camping for 60 days in the winter, and your descriptions really help.


One thing I have (re)learned is that one can be very, very satisfied with a lot LESS stuff. It was fun preparing for a 2 month outing with a goal of fewer items and less weight. Those facts and experiences are a help in everyday life when we are back at home for the other 10 months a year.


We had a very nice time in our Eggcamper this Feb. & March, and God-willing , we will be on another trip next winter.


Thank-You
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Mark, Sixty days pf camping is very much like full timing. The only real difference is the amount of time you are away from family, friends or gardens,,,,,
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