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Old 03-13-2015, 06:33 AM   #15
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Bob.

I was gifted with 1500 books, a very eclectic set. I just pick one to read every now and then. I always carry a couple on my phone and when I'm waiting for ... I read.

Also while waiting I'm likely to select a TED talk to watch.

Thanks for the book tip. We own Nooks and have Kindle ability. Nook offers free books weekly than Ginny does download.
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Old 03-21-2015, 12:50 PM   #16
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My advice...anything that comes in a box that you can transfer to a bag (ziploc) do it. Saves a LOT of space. Happy traveling!
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Old 03-21-2015, 02:37 PM   #17
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Monica,
Thinking about the box versus bag suggestion. I guess I like boxes. I'm an anti-pile person and like the independence of boxes. I admit to being a box consolidator. When a box of cereal gets low, I'll open a full one and pour the almost empty one into the full one.
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Old 03-21-2015, 02:50 PM   #18
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I gotten about all the tupperware/ food storage containers out of my life. Much prefer to use ziplock bags - either quart or gallon with the easy pull closers. Makes stuffing the refrigerator with left overs alot easier, and if something ends up looking gross, you can just toss it without emptying anything out, or needing cleanup.
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Old 03-21-2015, 03:40 PM   #19
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We carry a single set of plastic containers. There are 3 sizes in the set. Each size is twice the previous in volume. They all have the same size opening and they slide into each other, each just deeper than the next. As a result they all have the same size top. They take up little space. Nothing is ever jumbled.

Ron, With an Oliver you have a much larger fridge. Bags would not work in our little Scamp fridge.
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Old 03-22-2015, 03:08 PM   #20
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We each have our own way, for sure. I also got rid of my tupperware for the same reason. Less cleanup after finishing off left overs. Saves on water when I boondock for months at a time. Also things like q-tips, sugar, coffee, etc. go in ziploc bags. For cereal, I ditch the box immediately and just use the bag it came in with a clip for closure. You can do the same with cake mixed and such. Heck! I even put the ziploc bags in ziploc bags and ditch the box they came in. Much less wasted space in the parts of my cabinets where the curvature of the trailer itself does not fit the squareness of boxed goods.
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Old 03-22-2015, 03:13 PM   #21
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Oh, and the one thing I do make room for are actual books. I read for hours every evening. I prefer turning pages, so I learned all of the ways to get free or really cheap books (cost a quarter or ten cents). Thrift stores are really cheap. Most places where snowbirds congregate have book swaps also. Library book sales are also cheap. When I am done with the books, I donate them back to one of these places and just keep the cycle going.
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Old 03-22-2015, 05:52 PM   #22
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I even put the ziploc bags in ziploc bags and ditch the box they came in.
That right there is thinking "outside the box" (pun intended)!
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Old 03-23-2015, 06:53 AM   #23
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I love ziploc bags. We can definitely cram more stuff in the fridge that way. However, I do hate the waste as you can reuse plastic containers. With ziploc bags I'll wash and reuse sometimes, but I do end up throwing a lot away.
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Old 03-23-2015, 07:38 AM   #24
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I go along with those that appreciate organization (although if you look in my storage cabinets you might not believe it). In any case, making the bed each morning, doing the dishes after a meal, and keeping the floor clean is important to me. For anyone that saw my desk or electronics bench back when I was working, it would be hard to believe I've become a "neatnik", but keeping things in order does make life in a small trailer better.

As to reading, I do real, paper books. Tried electronic, but just can't get comfortable with them. It's not that I'm a technophobe - I post a daily journal on my web page while traveling & read many RV & photo related forums, but somehow a book on a tablet doesn't work. I usually carry 15 - 20 books & exchange them at laundries, library & used book sales, etc. I trade or give away books after I read them, but usually end up with more by the end of a trip than I started with. I keep a list of authors/book titles on a database on my iPhone - at my age I can't remember every one I read (1593 over the last 6 years) so the database keeps me from buying/exchanging books I've already read. Of course, again at my age, if it had been more than a couple of years I can read it like a new book!

Lastly, I need to explore. If I'm in a campground, I always stop & talk with the campground host to find interesting places, happenings, etc in the area. How else would I have discovered concrete canoe races on a lake in California?

Like Norm & Ginny, I don't full time, but travel for long trips and try to find new & different places, things to do, etc although I'm perfectly content to sit around a campsite and spend the day reading. I rarely stay in one location for more than a couple of days before I get the "itch" to find something new. Having the hobby of landscape photography gives me an excuse to explore.
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Old 04-01-2015, 11:47 AM   #25
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Reality Check

Been full timing for almost 8 years and living next to your neighbors in an RV park is awful. You are packed in like sardines in a can. Rights?...you have hardly any as you are a renter. They tell you, "if you don't like it, there's the road, you got wheels under your home". But where do you go when you leave that park? The one down the road is just as bad, maybe worse? Your only hope is Boondocking. Find a friend to camp with you and you got it made. This way there is always someone at camp looking after things when one is in town buying supplies. What things you might say? George Carlin said it best..."your stuff". Living this life is all about being as free as possible, but don't forget about your stuff. With out our stuff we are lost. Once you have Boondocked for awhile you will begin to look at other rigs with a gleem in your eye. You will want to 'trade up' (get a bigger rig) because the one you have doesn't have enough room for...you guessed it... "all your stuff". Now instead of a one axle rig you have got to get a two axle rig. Now you must trade up your tow vehicle too so you can pull...you guessed it...all your stuff. Now Boondocking places are harder to find because you are pulling a 5th wheel with a one ton four wheel drive gas guzzeling truck. Are you beginning to see the trend here? My advice is to just stay home. When you graduate from high school just stay home, like so many youngsters are doing now days. They realize it is a hopeless cause...parents and grandparents listen to the youth of this country, its not worth it... just stay home
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As to reading, I do real, paper books. Tried electronic, but just can't get comfortable with them. It's not that I'm a technophobe - I post a daily journal on my web page while traveling & read many RV & photo related forums, but somehow a book on a tablet doesn't work.
I understand completely, but have been trying to read more off my computer lately. I bought a huge (17") laptop as I was more interested in having a portable computer than a really handy one. I like it as it is a touch screen and I can expand things out until I can actually read them without my "cheaters". After a long day of eye strain it is nice and comfortable in the evening to be able to read without wearing glasses. All I need now is to figure out how to change the background color to something less harsh than white. I bet my 11 year old knows how to do it.
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Been full timing for almost 8 years and living next to your neighbors in an RV park is awful. You are packed in like sardines in a can. Rights?...you have hardly any as you are a renter. They tell you, "if you don't like it, there's the road, you got wheels under your home". But where do you go when you leave that park? The one down the road is just as bad, maybe worse? Your only hope is Boondocking. Find a friend to camp with you and you got it made. This way there is always someone at camp looking after things when one is in town buying supplies. What things you might say? George Carlin said it best..."your stuff". Living this life is all about being as free as possible, but don't forget about your stuff. With out our stuff we are lost. Once you have Boondocked for awhile you will begin to look at other rigs with a gleem in your eye. You will want to 'trade up' (get a bigger rig) because the one you have doesn't have enough room for...you guessed it... "all your stuff". Now instead of a one axle rig you have got to get a two axle rig. Now you must trade up your tow vehicle too so you can pull...you guessed it...all your stuff. Now Boondocking places are harder to find because you are pulling a 5th wheel with a one ton four wheel drive gas guzzeling truck. Are you beginning to see the trend here? My advice is to just stay home. When you graduate from high school just stay home, like so many youngsters are doing now days. They realize it is a hopeless cause...parents and grandparents listen to the youth of this country, its not worth it... just stay home

I read your post and felt bad. There are numerous ways to deal with this situation. One thing we do is to travel a lot during the off season for most people. We are often camping alone. In May and June in Newfoundland we are often the only ones and always one of a few campers in the camp ground. The only time we find crowds any where is when we travel during the summer camping season, since we're not full timers, only 8 months a year, we travel during the season when fewer are camping.

Over our 14 years we have also found a number of campgrounds with huge sites, like Rusty's RV Ranch near Rodeo and the Chirachua mountains. Also both sides of the Chirachuas have campgrounds that are rarely full and sometimes empty.

Another large site park is McDowell Mountain County Park outside of Fountain Hills, AZ.

There are also tons of great boondocking places.

I could go on and on about empty campgrounds, part of it is choosing the less traveled time and route.

Another thing we do is travel as Escapees. They have 10 coop parks all with huge sites and friendly people and reasonable prices.

I could go through our travel logs and I'm sure point to places you would love like Cape Blanco State Park in Oregon, mostly private sties near one of Oregon's most beautiful spots, or Henderson Beach State Park in FL panhandle,,,, all back ins among Florida vegetation just behind the dunes. (one of the advantages of being a member of Escapees is the large membership know about these kinds of places and shares.

Hoping this helps you
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This way there is always someone at camp looking after things when one is in town buying supplies. What things you might say? George Carlin said it best..."your stuff". Living this life is all about being as free as possible, but don't forget about your stuff. With out our stuff we are lost. Once you have Boondocked for awhile you will begin to look at other rigs with a gleem in your eye. You will want to 'trade up' (get a bigger rig) because the one you have doesn't have enough room for...you guessed it... "all your stuff". Now instead of a one axle rig you have got to get a two axle rig. Now you must trade up your tow vehicle too so you can pull...you guessed it...all your stuff.
Stuff is a state of mind. I believe fulltiming requires a change of state particularly if you've chosen a small trailer. We downsized from a motor home to a small trailer and have never felt we wanted to go back.

We reduced our stuff in going small and are happier than ever. We have never developed two foot-itis. We fit just fine in our Scamp 16 and given the will to change could even go smaller. After a year of traveling in our first small trailer we knew it was the way on every level.

I know I very fortunate to have Ginny, but we're absolutely happy together. Neither of us needs more space, more clothes, more privacy...more stuff. Even in a crowded camp ground it's really about our fun together. When we have neighbors we are interested in them, wondering about their lives and ways. We tend not to be intrusive but definitely friendly.

We still have a home, but I'm never anxious to return and ready to go again in a few weeks. Our primary purpose with our home is to see (mostly) family and old friends. The stuff is a burden. We're selling it this summer and all the accumulated stuff must go (wondering what to do with all those oil paintings).

If you seriously seek solitude of RVing their are more places to go than you can imagine. We drive 1000s of miles of roads where you can just pull over, many by pristine lakes that never see a single fishing boat.

I'm sure the real travelers on this site can tell you many. AS well you can go to the Escapee Forum and ask the full timers there.

Really most of the world is very empty if that's what you seek.
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