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Old 11-25-2020, 04:54 PM   #1
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Organized The Basement And Now

Iíve been working on organizing the basement for our trip and I thinks itís as much as I can put in it and ride down the road. We have 12 medium totes and 3 small totes that have detail goodies, mechanic stuff, all kinds of screws, bolts sealants, My wires hobby stuff, pots, pans, holiday stuff, etc... cordless skill saw, jig saw, orbital sander, weed eater, blower, compressor, cordless drills, aluminum low profile 5ton floor Jack, out doors carper rug, ammo, gun cleaning and so on.

Anyways itís full but yet accessible to what I need.

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Old 11-25-2020, 08:24 PM   #2
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Won’t know until December 1, it’s not going to be that much more. I’ve thrown stuff out and just reorganized for the most part. I may have to throw the beer out
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Wonít know until December 1, itís not going to be that much more. Iíve thrown stuff out and just reorganized for the most part. I may have throw the beer out
What!! Say it ain't so!! Back home Coors Light is one of the go to brands (mine). On the E coast it's sort of maybe, maybe not if it's even available. Hold on to that box!!
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It's Coors Light!!! It shouldn't weigh anything 'cause it is so light!
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Dan, can I ask you why you are carrying a weed eater? I can see the other equipment but if you are staying a campgrounds their staff will be doing the lawns and trimming any weeds that might be around. I'm assuming you are also planning on working and living in your unit. While moving around the country be sure to scout out where and if the locals sell your Coors Light. Let us know and we'll join up for a few then. LOL
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Dan, can I ask you why you are carrying a weed eater? I can see the other equipment but if you are staying a campgrounds their staff will be doing the lawns and trimming any weeds that might be around. I'm assuming you are also planning on working and living in your unit. While moving around the country be sure to scout out where and if the locals sell your Coors Light. Let us know and we'll join up for a few then. LOL
I bought a Craftmans cordless combo weed eater and blower while I stay here in Ca, I just like to tidy up what they missed and edge around the concrete slab. I bought these silver bullets at Costco to help minimize stopping at local stores while traveling home.
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Most storage compartments look like a stop action photo of an explosion.
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It's Coors Light!!! It shouldn't weigh anything 'cause it is so light!
Ok you talked me into keeping the beer �� lol


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What!! Say it ain't so!! Back home Coors Light is one of the go to brands (mine). On the E coast it's sort of maybe, maybe not if it's even available. Hold on to that box!!
When The Silver bullets are not available I grab Budweiser, I know the east coast likes those yuengling beers.
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Most storage compartments look like a stop action photo of an explosion.
Hahaha 😂, I try and keep the most use stuff on the outter side but sometimes it get messy depending on how deep I need to go.
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Dan, can I ask you why you are carrying a weed eater? I can see the other equipment but if you are staying a campgrounds their staff will be doing the lawns and trimming any weeds that might be around. I'm assuming you are also planning on working and living in your unit. While moving around the country be sure to scout out where and if the locals sell your Coors Light. Let us know and we'll join up for a few then. LOL

Rondo my wife makes me lug around a leaf blower. Happy wife, happy life.
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Rondo my wife makes me lug around a leaf blower. Happy wife, happy life.
I could see where that might be handy to blow off slides.
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I could see where that might be handy to blow off slides.

While that would provide me some cover I have to admit we have toppers.
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Rondo my wife makes me lug around a leaf blower. Happy wife, happy life.
Don't take offense, but maybe your wife is a messy housekeeper and she uses a blower just to clean the house??
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We carry a cordless leaf blower and you'd be surprised how often and what it gets used for.
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Knowing my OCD wife I find humor in that.
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I'm taking an electric weedeater to Florida with me this year since we're staying 5 months.
I'm taking it in the box trailer on the 2nd trip though, with the golf cart.
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In our younger days, we use to pack like that, in anticipation of any disaster. We were often so loaded with stuff in anticipation of the inevitable happening, we barely had room to lay down on the bed.

After a few years we down-sized, and down-sized, and down-sized more and more to just the bare essentials.

I think it takes time to reach that point, but what it boils down to now is, we carry only the things we know we will use for "this" specific trip. So, sometimes there is a little bit of rotation going on. Case in point, we have a free standing, fire pit with a screen covered lid for those campgrounds or campsites we know do not have a fire ring. When we know we will be in one of these, we'll bring the fire pit. When not, we leave it at home.

Tool: It all fits comfortably into a medium size tool box. And other than a Philips and flat screw driver, a pair of plyers, a wire cutter, and my Robertson Head screw driver (the square head screw driver), and small set of socket wrenches, the other tools I carry are specific for the camper only. Like, the blow out plug for winterizing, and the weird aluminum socket for removing the electric heating coil in the water heater. A very few other miscellaneous hand tool I've actually used on the camper for one reason or another and that's it.

I have no intention of doing oil changes on my vehicle, repacking wheel bearings on the camper, or remodeling the interior either. In the event of problems along the "journey" I'll deal with that then. If it takes more than a screw driver, a pair of plyers, a tap with a hammer, or duct tape, the repair is too large and I probably can't and won't have the space or time to fix it myself anyway.

As far as leaf blowers an stuff like that, I see an advantage for bringing one along. Even an air compressor if you have bicycles or a golf cart is understandable. But in over 25 years of RV ownership, and a life time of being around RV's, I've never had to use an air compressor on any of my trailer or automobile tires when traveling. I have had tires replaced when traveling. But if they start loosing air, I'm not farting around with the tires, I'm getting new tires immediately! I quit dragging along the air compressor when the kids quit camping with us and the bicycles stayed home.

It takes time to slim down the items you actually use and end up removing the items you never use. Overkill is OK, if it works for you and you have the space. But here's my suggestion, if you are planning a long term trip, take several small ones first and keep track of those items you actually use, and seriously consider removing the items you don't use. You'll be surprised at how much "junk" you eventually leave behind.

You see this the most when you purchase your second trailer and you have to remove everything from the old one. You realize you've been dragging just around for years and never used it. Of course, if you actually use it, keep it.

I carry over 200 feet of garden hose. Sounds stupid I know. But I have use all 200 feet at least 4 times this last Summer. I carry a large amount of lumber for under the tires and jacks. I've used it all a couple times this last year on campsites that were tremendously not level. I carried an extra gallon of antifreeze for the truck because I had an engine repair earlier this year and after the repair the check coolant light kept coming on. I eventually used that entire gallon and then all of a sudden, the light quit coming one. I don't carry any extra with me any more.

We carry two quick shades, a shade for the picnic table, and a screened in tent to keep mosquitoes out. Sounds silly doesn't it. But, we've found occasion to use them all this last Summer, so they travel with us. However, the last two camps of this year, we did not use any of them. But they are still in the trailer.

We got rid of extra folding chairs and collapsible umbrella type chairs. We anticipated for years we might have guests sitting around the campfire with us. Well, the VERY few times that actually happened, our guests simply brought over their own chairs. So, we were dragging around 6 extra chairs that never got used. When we finally realized this, guess what ended up at the Goodwill store?

What I'm suggesting is, before hitting the road on your primary trip, you really should take a few week-end jaunts and chart what you REALLY need to bring along and what you can REALLY leave behind.

Having "stuff" does not make you a better camper and showing it off impresses no one. So we learned!!!! We were so "proud" of all our "junk", but eventually realized we were just fooling ourselves. No one cared.
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In our younger days, we use to pack like that, in anticipation of any disaster. We were often so loaded with stuff in anticipation of the inevitable happening, we barely had room to lay down on the bed.

After a few years we down-sized, and down-sized, and down-sized more and more to just the bare essentials.

I think it takes time to reach that point, but what it boils down to now is, we carry only the things we know we will use for "this" specific trip. So, sometimes there is a little bit of rotation going on. Case in point, we have a free standing, fire pit with a screen covered lid for those campgrounds or campsites we know do not have a fire ring. When we know we will be in one of these, we'll bring the fire pit. When not, we leave it at home.

Tool: It all fits comfortably into a medium size tool box. And other than a Philips and flat screw driver, a pair of plyers, a wire cutter, and my Robertson Head screw driver (the square head screw driver), and small set of socket wrenches, the other tools I carry are specific for the camper only. Like, the blow out plug for winterizing, and the weird aluminum socket for removing the electric heating coil in the water heater. A very few other miscellaneous hand tool I've actually used on the camper for one reason or another and that's it.

I have no intention of doing oil changes on my vehicle, repacking wheel bearings on the camper, or remodeling the interior either. In the event of problems along the "journey" I'll deal with that then. If it takes more than a screw driver, a pair of plyers, a tap with a hammer, or duct tape, the repair is too large and I probably can't and won't have the space or time to fix it myself anyway.

As far as leaf blowers an stuff like that, I see an advantage for bringing one along. Even an air compressor if you have bicycles or a golf cart is understandable. But in over 25 years of RV ownership, and a life time of being around RV's, I've never had to use an air compressor on any of my trailer or automobile tires when traveling. I have had tires replaced when traveling. But if they start loosing air, I'm not farting around with the tires, I'm getting new tires immediately! I quit dragging along the air compressor when the kids quit camping with us and the bicycles stayed home.

It takes time to slim down the items you actually use and end up removing the items you never use. Overkill is OK, if it works for you and you have the space. But here's my suggestion, if you are planning a long term trip, take several small ones first and keep track of those items you actually use, and seriously consider removing the items you don't use. You'll be surprised at how much "junk" you eventually leave behind.

You see this the most when you purchase your second trailer and you have to remove everything from the old one. You realize you've been dragging just around for years and never used it. Of course, if you actually use it, keep it.

I carry over 200 feet of garden hose. Sounds stupid I know. But I have use all 200 feet at least 4 times this last Summer. I carry a large amount of lumber for under the tires and jacks. I've used it all a couple times this last year on campsites that were tremendously not level. I carried an extra gallon of antifreeze for the truck because I had an engine repair earlier this year and after the repair the check coolant light kept coming on. I eventually used that entire gallon and then all of a sudden, the light quit coming one. I don't carry any extra with me any more.

We carry two quick shades, a shade for the picnic table, and a screened in tent to keep mosquitoes out. Sounds silly doesn't it. But, we've found occasion to use them all this last Summer, so they travel with us. However, the last two camps of this year, we did not use any of them. But they are still in the trailer.

We got rid of extra folding chairs and collapsible umbrella type chairs. We anticipated for years we might have guests sitting around the campfire with us. Well, the VERY few times that actually happened, our guests simply brought over their own chairs. So, we were dragging around 6 extra chairs that never got used. When we finally realized this, guess what ended up at the Goodwill store?

What I'm suggesting is, before hitting the road on your primary trip, you really should take a few week-end jaunts and chart what you REALLY need to bring along and what you can REALLY leave behind.

Having "stuff" does not make you a better camper and showing it off impresses no one. So we learned!!!! We were so "proud" of all our "junk", but eventually realized we were just fooling ourselves. No one cared.
Everyone has there deal, I still do all my own service to everything... as far as extra stuff the only thing I have never use is that out doors rug. Being we travel for the work I do there are items we buy that are disposable and give away or toss out before we go home to our house.

When we do just vacations we donít have but half the stuff in the basement, when weíre gone on a job assignments I bring what ever the wife wants and I need to repair/replace/ service that one reason we bought this model, the carry capability.
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