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Old 11-05-2014, 04:58 PM   #15
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Part of the program is to cut down from the 7 dirty words to maybe 4. Or maybe 5. 6 tops!


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Old 11-05-2014, 06:04 PM   #16
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I have never personally downsized but am considering it as retirement approaches. Nor do I have much to offer in the way of trailer specific advice. But I have witnessed first-hand a massive downsizing, my Mother’s. She went from a 5 bedroom 3 ˝ bath home to a two bedroom apartment a year ago. It took her five months, working hard seven days a week, to sort through a lifetime’s accumulation and decide on what to do with it all. I just shake my head when I think what it would have been like if she had gone on and left me to deal with all her stuff. It literally would have taken me at least a year working part time to do what she did, and she knew about all the stuff! At first the plan was to move her to ˝ a duplex with a garage, so she would have room to store her excess stuff that she could not part with (right then).

The more we thought about it we decided she could store the excess stuff at my house in my unused spare bedroom. That would allow her to move to the much more inexpensive apartment (both the apartment and duplex are in the same retirement community). As mentioned above in another post about putting it in storage and sorting it over time, at first the bedroom was full and stacked deep. Over the succeeding months she would come over on weekends and sort and take some home with her and give some away. Right now there is a little in one corner and the closet is still about full. It is a fraction of what was in there right after the move and she lives comfortably in the apartment. She did have to replace some fans and space heaters she prematurely gave away, but she likes having nice new stuff anyway.


Sorry if this ramble is off topic and not directly on point but my experience with Mom’s downsizing certainly gave me pause about my accumulation, and possibly sticking my daughter with having to sort and dispose of MY crap someday. I hope to give the same gift to my daughter that Mom gave to me, I will take care of my own crap so she does not have to deal with it. As I heard a long time ago from an old timer “I hope to live long enough to go to my sale”. That is my plan, sell this excess and live happy, and simply, on the road.

Timber Wolf, I wish we could get rid of a house full so quickly. We have spent quite a few years cutting down, a huge amount given away and another huge amount dumped.

What we have found is that downsizing has two distinct parts: getting rid of "stuff" and getting rid of papers. Volumes of papers kept over many years, well, we feel we have to go through just about every one, and that is incredibly time-consuming. So if you want to prepare in advance, cutting down on the papers would be one good way.
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Old 11-05-2014, 06:58 PM   #17
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We have 8 outside storage compartments.

Is your floor carpeted?

On occasion we have carried a short ladder

We learned to live without ice, the English do it.
Wow, you have a lot of outside storage!

I ordered my trailer with linoleum. So between a fold-up broom or a swiffer, it should be easy cleanup. I'll have a welcome matt for the feet wiping at the door.

I have a great folding ladder. Amazon stopped carrying it, but here is a link. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I hope it fits in the bumper compartment!

Ice is a struggle. A scotch is not very nice without a few cubes. My fridge will have a small freezer compartment, so a small tray or two is possible. I do own an ice machine - it's as big as a bread maker, so it may not be a practical thing to carry. If I had room under one of the beds, I'd like to carry my cube freezer, but I doubt there is the depth.

I don't mind carrying stuff for the truck (like a cleaning kit, supplies, etc) in the truck, but I don't want to store anything else in it. I could mount my honda generator in the bed of the truck - I'm considering that - as I have a bed cover to hide it. At 169 lbs, it's not something you want to load and unload all the time.
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Old 11-05-2014, 08:33 PM   #18
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+I have a great folding ladder. Amazon stopped carrying it, but here is a link. Xtend & Climb 770 Aluminum Telescoping Ladder Type II with Aluminum Coupling, 12-1/2-Foot - Xtend And Climb - Amazon.com I hope it fits in the bumper compartment!
I have a slightly shorter version of that very ladder and I had the same idea for storage. I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, but it won't fit in that area no way, no how. However, I can show you where it can be stored far more easily.
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Old 11-05-2014, 08:34 PM   #19
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I have a slightly shorter version of that very ladder and I had the same idea for storage. I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, but it won't fit in that area no way, no how. However, I can show you where it can be stored far more easily.
Do tell!
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Old 11-05-2014, 09:37 PM   #20
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Do tell!
I'll take some photos tomorrow and post them here, the suspense will do you good. It is a better place, out of the way, easy to get to, you'll have it figured out by tomorrow.
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Old 11-07-2014, 07:42 AM   #21
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Ladders,

A significant percentage of travelers carry a ladder. Since we've had a fiberglass trailer we have not. The one step entrance stool is more than enough to wipe down the trailer. Certainly I miss the very top of the roof. When I feel guilty I just borrow one, RV owners do share.

I used to have a brush with the motorhome, particularly for the front window of the motorhome, a virtual bug magnet. Now if I have a persistent spot I use my chamois with a little Dawn or a rough sink sponge. I just don't find a brush necessary to clean the outside surface. A damp chamois is usually enough to clean it.

The question I always have is do 'I really need it?". My first approach is to try to live without 'it', adding it only if I can't live without it. It's sort of a backwards approach from our normal life where we all the time we add things we really don't need, every one has a cellar or attic of stuff that never or rarely see the light of day.

Before our first RV adventure I went thru my dresser to take some T-shirts. I had some ridiculous number, shirts I had not seen in years. Really how many do you need in a trailer?

I think fulltiming in an RV suggests the possibility of a new mind set. It's not that you have to change but you can. The bigger the RV you have, the less likely you are to change your old views and possibly part of the reason I see people needing larger and larger fiberglass trailers.

My niece, a wonderful 3 outfit a day young woman, took a 2 month trip backpacking trip and quickly learned how little clothing she needed. The trip made less necessary, the smaller trailers also make less necessary. Interestingly nothing is really sacrificed.
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Old 11-07-2014, 08:30 AM   #22
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Timber Wolf, I wish we could get rid of a house full so quickly. We have spent quite a few years cutting down, a huge amount given away and another huge amount dumped.

What we have found is that downsizing has two distinct parts: getting rid of "stuff" and getting rid of papers. Volumes of papers kept over many years, well, we feel we have to go through just about every one, and that is incredibly time-consuming. So if you want to prepare in advance, cutting down on the papers would be one good way.

You can get rid of it as quickly as you are motivated to do so. As to the papers, Mom made several trips to my house to burn box after box of "classified documents" archived over the years. I would think we were done and she would show up with another load to torch.

I have to tell the following story about my family, or at least my Mom and Grandmother. Years ago I read a bit in a Reader’s Digest about an older woman who had a box in her garage labeled “String too short to use”, filled with of course, really short pieces of string. I shared this story with my Mom and we thought it could have as well described her Mother (my Grandmother). In the course of events Grandmother went on to the better place and Mom went out to clean out her small house and wrap up the affairs. Mom soon called to tell me that she had found, I swear, a small box in Grandmother’s cellar filled with little bitty pieces of string. We had a good laugh about that I assure you.

A few years later I went by Mom’s house to find her pounding nails in the garage. When I asked what she was doing she said she was straightening them for reuse. Now we have nails, I am a Carpenter by trade and I assure you my Mother has never suffered the want of a brand new nail of any size and description. But here this Phd College Professor was spending time attempting to straighten nails enough to use and throwing them in a coffee can. Funny I don’t know what happened to that coffee can in her downsizing…….
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We store our ladder standing on the floor in the closet under the vent pipe. It absolutely takes none of the usable closet space and it's easy to get to.
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We store our ladder standing on the floor in the closet under the vent pipe. It absolutely takes none of the usable closet space and it's easy to get to.
What brand ladder is that? I don't think I could live without one.
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What brand ladder is that? I don't think I could live without one.
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That is an Extend and Climb. There are a bunch of different lengths and grades. I ordered it from Wal-Mart. They had the best price I could find with free shipping to the store.

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Old 11-13-2014, 07:48 AM   #26
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Old 11-13-2014, 08:03 AM   #27
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Boy, Norm & Ginny, I sure wish I could check out your rig and visualize all these storage areas you have verbally relayed here.

We continue to downsize our house. I have got rid of a number of boats, a huge pile of bricks, a wide variety of pressure treated lumber I had stacked up in the back, and a hot tub that had fallen into disrepair and just wasn't used anymore.

I have a well equipped shop that I am hoping to transfer to one (or more) of my boys as they own their own places and have room. Welder, engine hoist, three large rolling tool boxes (overpacked!), 110V and 12V wiring "stuff", plumbing stuff, two table saws, big electric sliding miter saw, extensive nuts, bolts and screws assortment, and all sorts of building materials (including steel) for just that thing that might come up. It's all gonna go.

I just need to bring along one good kilt for Scottish events, and my leather working stuff to have something to do. I'm considering taking up knitting.

We're a few years away from this full timer stuff, but we will have a place to come home to. I like the idea of a garage to pull the rig into with an efficiency apartment!

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Love the ladders, Ron and Steve. Really light and small. A painter friend taught me a trick to protect freshly painted walls, should work on trailer gel coat. He wraps the ends of the ladder with clean white nonskid shelf liner and tape to keep imbedded dirt in his ladder from marking up the walls. Cheap insurance.
We just got home from our last camping trip of the season, and I've pulled everything out of the trailer to clean it and put it away for a few months. Everything (except the bedding, which is in the laundry) fits in three totes, an IKEA bag, and a couple duffles for clothes. The same clothes, with a few extra pair of shorts, would get us through several months of all-season camping if we did laundry on the road, as we do when on extended trips. I took extra jackets this time, as temps were predicted in the 20s (and got there), but still didn't use them. Layering works well, and I should have left the extras at home. I do know better....
Still, it seems like a lot when I'm packing it up and dragging it back and forth. Going to keep working on whittling it down. Whatever I didn't use this season isn't going back in the camper, is my intent, as usual. And, do I really need to carry six books when I have a kindle? I just love the tactile sense of turning pages, and can't seem to fall in love the same way with turning an electronic tab.
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