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Old 05-13-2019, 08:43 PM   #1
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Not full timing, but longer vacation trip... need packing tips

Hubby and I are headed out this summer on a 4 week adventure, from Georgia to Maine (Acadia for a week), then over to Mt. Washington and Lake Placid, before heading back south. Most of our camping up until now has been 4-7 day adventures. We are realizing that everything we've taken in the past (at various times) won't all fit in the camper and TV (1994 Scamp 16 and 2003 Ford Expedition).
I'd love to hear your ideas on packing light, especially from those of you who already living lite.. (otherwise known to us as 'making it all fit').
We're now discussing what needs to be considered essential, and what we might consider a luxury (do the folding bikes need to go? what about the inflatable kayak? and those zero gravity chairs, or the clam shelter to put them in...) Thanks.
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Old 05-13-2019, 08:52 PM   #2
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Part of it depends on the length of the stops. The more you keep moving, the less you need.

Our standard trip is one month, no longer and no shorter. So the further we travel, the shorter the stops and the longer the hours per day of driving. We carry enough clothing for one week, so laundry is part of the plan. Realize if you forget stuff, there are Walmarts everywhere. You can also rent stuff.

We never take a second shelter, we do use our awning quite a bit. Second shelters are incredibly bulky. Generator only goes with on trips where we won't have hookups for an extended period, like our trip to Alaska. Cut our TV storage in half by replacing the pickup camper top with a tonneau cover.

Our next month trip will be the end of this month. No generator, will take two bikes, two chairs, small folding table.

Before we left for Alaska, we completely unloaded the trailer. Its a good exercise to see how stuff has crept in. Then we repacked. Of course, we forgot our electric box heater, so we bought one on the road.
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I'd love to hear your ideas on packing light, especially from those of you who already living lite..
I spent a whole summer on a motorcycle once. Asked a lot of people for advice before hand. The best answer I got Ė take half as many clothes and twice as much money. Spot on.
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Old 05-13-2019, 10:40 PM   #4
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We have done 2 longer trips with the Casita 17 and it is different than short local trips. Last year was 7 weeks camping from Edmonton to Cape Breton NS and almost back, with a lot of stops in between. We reinstalled the awning(left the add-a-room), add 2 50 watt panels and left the genny at home. Really cut down on the clothes and went thru what extras we were carrying. No axe but tools for repairing the truck and trailer if needed (and I did). Spare bearings and seals! Only trouble was a bad hot water heater controller and I lost a brake caliper bolt in Quebec (NAPA had it shipped in for the next morning and I installed it). Also make sure your health insurance will cover you across your trip and watch out for that "preexisting condition clause" (emergency surgery in Timmons Ont. on the way home and the insurance would not cover the airfare or hotel bill). Brother and sister-in-law flew up and took the rig home for us. Don't forget to take the path less traveled and take in some of the small towns along the way. We meet all kinds of great folks along the way, including one guy that chased us down in a gas station just to see the Casita (he owned a Scamp).
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Old 05-14-2019, 12:57 AM   #5
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We are on our second extended trip (first was 45 days) and I would say take what you really plan of using, not "we might do this." I think it works best for us to take less, wash clothes more, buy food more frequently, and live with what we took and enjoy the trip regardless. Just my thoughts.
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Old 05-14-2019, 06:56 AM   #6
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We’ve made several 4 to 8 weeks trips . One thing we’ve learned is that you can’t bring everything you think you might need . You will go crazy trying to think of every possibility , you will forget something , and you don’t have enough storage space to bring what you do remember . Two things to remember , is that cash works everywhere , ( checks & credit cards not necessarily so ) and nothing you have at home can’t be bought on the road .
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Old 05-14-2019, 07:27 AM   #7
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Sheryl; time of year may affect what you take. Maine and northern NY in June can be very buggy. Mosquitos and black flies in the Adirondacks can be horrible. If you have a screen room I would definitely take that. I would not take the kayak as there are places to rent them. Bikes, maybe if you had room for them. Make reservations and decide what services you want in a campground, like water or electric. Why Lake Placid, we usually camp a little to the west of there at a State Park, Fish Creek Pond. Lot of rain here in upstate NY now, and it seems to always rain when we camp in the Adirondacks. You'll need clothing for various temperature ranges, cool to hot. We usually vacation to Georgia in the winter, actually spent several winters on Jekyll Island. You may pass right by us on your trip.
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Old 05-14-2019, 09:23 AM   #8
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Our longest trip in our Scamp 16 was 310 days, an extended loop of the USA. We've been traveling for 19 years averaging over 7 months a year. the last 12 years in Scamp sized trailers, completing 4 loops of the USA in small trailers. In that period we've learned to minimize what we require.

First we extended the ability to store items in the Scamp. We added more storage space, adding four additional drawers. one under the front cabinet , two under the dinette and a third in the sink cabinet. We eliminated the hanging closet, folded clothes only. We expanded the opening of the hanging closet and shelved the entire space. We built an overhead cabinet over the dinette for our bedding and jeans. We also built a deep four shelve cabinet over the bathroom end of the couch.

Outside we added storage space, adding a bumper box to the rear bumper and 4 under the Scamp storage locations, two are large and on slides that attach to the floor under the dinette.

We try to minimize what we carry in our tow vehicle. Of late we have carried a 1000 watt generator and a gallon of gas, but mostly we carry stuff we use when we're out exploring, rain coats, snacks, hiking back packs, sweaters, hats, ....

We do not supplement our 2 cubic foot fridge, we have learned to live with it. Bikes were for the early days of our travels, when we had a motor home, mostly we hike or walk.

We do not carry screen rooms or the like. We travel when the creatures are not around. For example, people talk of mosquitoes and black flies. We used to stop at Assateague NP every year in our trips south, writing about its wonder all the time. Friends stopped and hated it because of the summer mosquitoes. We always stopped in the spring and fall. no or insignificant flying creatures. Of course we always carry Deet.

We carry one mild dress outfit, are not concerned about being fashion plates. We follow the rule that if you don't use it on a trip, outside of potentially necessary tools, it doesn't come on the nest trip.

As a simplification we usually carry only two pairs of foot wear.

My niece took a month long trip to Europe one year, she was a 3 outfit girl when she spent time with us, however she managed t easily and happily live out of the backpack.

Many of our friends, mostly people with really larger rigs can not imagine that we can standup or cook in our Scamp. This is our 19th year on the road and love our Scamp.
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Old 05-14-2019, 10:19 AM   #9
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Hubby and I are headed out this summer on a 4 week adventure, from Georgia to Maine (Acadia for a week), then over to Mt. Washington and Lake Placid, before heading back south. Most of our camping up until now has been 4-7 day adventures. We are realizing that everything we've taken in the past (at various times) won't all fit in the camper and TV (1994 Scamp 16 and 2003 Ford Expedition).
I'd love to hear your ideas on packing light, especially from those of you who already living lite.. (otherwise known to us as 'making it all fit').
We're now discussing what needs to be considered essential, and what we might consider a luxury (do the folding bikes need to go? what about the inflatable kayak? and those zero gravity chairs, or the clam shelter to put them in...) Thanks.
The best advice I ever heard: Make two lists; one list of all the clothes you will need, and a second list of all the money you will need. Then, take half the clothes and twice the money.
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Old 05-14-2019, 10:41 AM   #10
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We recently got back from a 10 week southern trip, 17' Casita and Ford F150 tv with a tonneau cover. Pretty similar to your Expedition. We carry very little in the Casita, mostly bedding and cookware, a few things in the closet. Bikes on a rear rack, every thing else in the back of the truck in labled tupperware containers. Clam (actually a Gazelle) fits in truckbed lengthwise along with clothes, footware, tools, grill etc. You'll have some cold nights so be prepared. No generator, you'll not need ac so unless you have a cpap or watch tv a lot you won't need one either. Few northern campgrounds have power except the private ones. Did not take my kayak but could have, your route will have plenty of kayaking opportunities so take it if you can. I agree that a screenroom of some sort is nice for summer in the north as bugs like it here.

You've planned a nice trip
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Take exactly what you would take on your 7 day trips. Launder on day 7. Repeat.
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Old 05-14-2019, 02:47 PM   #12
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About a weeks worth of clothes sounds good, with the addition of layering pieces for warmth. But I always take two weeks of underwear & socks. Hubby wasn't to thrilled when the campground I thought had a washer didn't, so I hand washed his underwear & socks and they were waving in the wind outside the camper until they dried. (Socks take a long time to dry.)
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Old 05-14-2019, 06:00 PM   #13
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We have done 2 longer trips with the Casita 17 and it is different than short local trips. Last year was 7 weeks camping from Edmonton to Cape Breton NS and almost back, with a lot of stops in between. We reinstalled the awning(left the add-a-room), add 2 50 watt panels and left the genny at home. Really cut down on the clothes and went thru what extras we were carrying. No axe but tools for repairing the truck and trailer if needed (and I did). Spare bearings and seals! Only trouble was a bad hot water heater controller and I lost a brake caliper bolt in Quebec (NAPA had it shipped in for the next morning and I installed it). Also make sure your health insurance will cover you across your trip and watch out for that "preexisting condition clause" (emergency surgery in Timmons Ont. on the way home and the insurance would not cover the airfare or hotel bill). Brother and sister-in-law flew up and took the rig home for us. Don't forget to take the path less traveled and take in some of the small towns along the way. We meet all kinds of great folks along the way, including one guy that chased us down in a gas station just to see the Casita (he owned a Scamp).
For about $100 or less a year you can buy travel interruption insurance that covers flight for life, emergency flight, return of RV to your home, pays for spouse or other person to help you get home or will fly you home. Check it out at Good Sam's and other RV clubs.
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Old 05-14-2019, 07:57 PM   #14
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Thanks for the tips on the black flies and mosquitos. I had forgotten about the black flies, even though my daughter in law mentions them every summer. We will actually be camping at Lake Eaton (NY) for 5 days (with our son and the inlaws), and want to visit Lake Placid. We've been to visit Maine many times (hubby's parents are still living in S. Portland) but we've never camped up there. We've got our reservations for all the nights (except for Vermont)... now to make everything fit. Yesterday, we measured the bigger items going into the vehicle, to see what will fit where, and how it will all work. I'm sure not all of it will go.

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Sheryl; time of year may affect what you take. Maine and northern NY in June can be very buggy. Mosquitos and black flies in the Adirondacks can be horrible. If you have a screen room I would definitely take that. I would not take the kayak as there are places to rent them. Bikes, maybe if you had room for them. Make reservations and decide what services you want in a campground, like water or electric. Why Lake Placid, we usually camp a little to the west of there at a State Park, Fish Creek Pond. Lot of rain here in upstate NY now, and it seems to always rain when we camp in the Adirondacks. You'll need clothing for various temperature ranges, cool to hot. We usually vacation to Georgia in the winter, actually spent several winters on Jekyll Island. You may pass right by us on your trip.
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