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Old 06-12-2019, 01:46 PM   #1
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Things to take and things to leave

We just got back from meeting some great people at the Bourbon and Eggs rally (thanks again everyone!) and getting some great advice on trailers. We plan on retiring and full timing in about 1-2 years so we’re still in the planning stages.

In looking at trailers, we found we don’t have a clear idea of how much storage space we need because we don’t have a list yet of what we need to take. Many things like clothes and cooking gear are obvious but I’d like to ask those of you who have gone full time or long duration what you took that you never needed and what you didn’t take and found you couldn’t do without?
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We just got back from meeting some great people at the Bourbon and Eggs rally (thanks again everyone!) and getting some great advice on trailers. We plan on retiring and full timing in about 1-2 years so we’re still in the planning stages.

In looking at trailers, we found we don’t have a clear idea of how much storage space we need because we don’t have a list yet of what we need to take. Many things like clothes and cooking gear are obvious but I’d like to ask those of you who have gone full time or long duration what you took that you never needed and what you didn’t take and found you couldn’t do without?
Hi: RobertW... It's simple. Take pictures, leave foot prints!!! Everyones supply list is different!!!
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Old 06-12-2019, 05:19 PM   #3
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Categorize what you need by tasks and activities.



For instance here is one for on the road repairs


a basic set of tools that has screwdrivers, sockets, adjustable wrench etc.


some repair tape that is exterior rated just in case you get a hole or a leak.

a good LED headlamp


A set of replacement fuses for the tow vehicle and the trailer


extra bulbs for tail lights if you don't have LEDs



Make sure you have the right jacks along for flat tire changes



a length of rope is handy even if just for a temporary clothes line to dry towels or clothing articles


A small tarp can double as an emergency repair patch for a broken window or be used for picnics or hung up with the rope for a temporary shade shelter.


But don't go overboard on repair items, keep them simple, versatile, compact and light weight.
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Robert, we have found that having storage available in your tow vehicle works best. We keep cold weather clothing in plastic storage containers in the back of the covered truck bed, and switch out with summer clothes when needed from the trailer. Some use a van as a tow vehicle, but just don’t go to small.
Best of luck with your personalized set-up.
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Old 06-12-2019, 09:57 PM   #5
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Honestly, Robert, find the trailer with the layout you like best. Purchase it. Make a list of all the things you think you might need, and purchase what you don’t have. Try to organize it efficiently in the storage space available in the trailer. If you cannot fit it all in, try to fit it into the tow vehicle. Once it is all organized, pat yourself on the back. But make it a small pat, because you will find what you think you need and what you actually need will evolve for some time. But eventually, with perseverance and some trial and error, you will figure out what works for YOU, because you are unique and what might work for someone else might not work for you. Four years into my current trailer and it pretty much meets my wants and needs. But upon reaching that point, you will still make the occasional tweak, because wants, needs, and priorities change. For example, the slow cooker you love to use might be replaced with an more versatile InstaPot. Sooner or later, the end result will be close to perfect but it is doubtful it will ever be absolute perfection. You will likely continue to make changes, improve efficiency, etc. as long as you are RVing.
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+ 10 on Carl's comments.
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Today, I just unloaded 6-8 carry bags of my wife's clothes and stuff that spent the entire 3 weeks of our recent Utah trip jammed in the back seat of our extended cab F250.

just sayin'
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Today, I just unloaded 6-8 carry bags of my wife's clothes and stuff that spent the entire 3 weeks of our recent Utah trip jammed in the back seat of our extended cab F250. just sayin'
OK John, I've just got to ask....were any of those bags used or did they just take a trip .
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afaik, they just took the ride. but I too brought several jackets I never wore, as we tried to prepare for everything from freezing rain to baking sun.

we ended up doing laundry twice on our trip, first at our son's house in Reno where we overnighted after the Strawberry Music Festival, then again in Kodachrome Basin SP. that left us with plenty of clothes for the last leg and return. We had full hookups at Strawberry, were dry but there was a full dump station at KC Basin SP, ,and Dead Horse Point SP had electrical without water/sewer hookups but had a dump on the way out, without water refill. We refilled our water tank at a Love's on I40 to cover til we got home.
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Coming from a backcountry adventure life to trailer camping, I bring along very little clothes but have never had and issue with this, after all I am camping and that great pair of shorts pants can work for many days. Even my wife is getting better, realizing just a couple jackets is good enough.

We need to leave room for the fun stuff.
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Once you have found the right trailer (you may not have infinite choices), take a short shake down trip, or a stay in your driveway, and make a list. Pencil and paper may be your best tools to start with.


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My trailer has a lot of storage, plus the bed of my truck, so I can fit a lot. I make all sorts of compromises, but basically I take it all! I just try to buy only compact stuff.

The above responses are great. Start out with what you think you need and will fit, then adapt as you learn what you really need vs what fits.

I think it depends on the person, but in general I agree that buying the trailer that feels most comfortable to you, then fitting what you can is a better approach than figuring out how much crap you think you need and buying a trailer that has enough storage for that crap. You'll end up with one of those ginormous 5th wheels, with another full storage trailer behind it! Or this:


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Whatever space I have, within reason, I seem to expand or contract to fit.
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Take half as many clothes than you think you will need,
And twice as much money.
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Once you have found the right trailer (you may not have infinite choices), take a short shake down trip, or a stay in your driveway, and make a list. Pencil and paper may be your best tools to start with.


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This is good advice as everyone camps differently, and other than absolutely needed items, they tend to vary in activities and desires.

After each trip reevaluate what you have brought, you may find items you really don't need and others you feel would be nice.

At least once a year go through every item in your trailer and reevaluate. You will likely find a fair few items that you really don't need that you thought you did. I certainly have a few times now.

Bringing a credit card or the cash to buy the odd item you had not brought and possibly never even thought about would be good.

At first using a good setup and tear down to do list is a great thing to follow. We never do this ourselves now that we are very adept at the process and know what to look for. We actually each do a walk around and in the trailer before leaving to be sure.
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