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.
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
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.