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Old 01-21-2014, 01:45 PM   #1
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Confessions of a hoarder!

We camped at Shasta Lake this weekend. Northern Ca has seen no rain and 78 degree days for weeks. I needed to get out and enjoy the outdoors, perhaps sit by a camp fire at night, you know to take the 65 degree chill off! *We packed the fridge, *and ventured deep into the wilds of the Shasta National Forrest! *A total of nearly 9 miles from our home we traveled! *On Saturday afternoon, *I decided to see what had accumulated in my RV basements. *Oh my gosh, I found treasures, trinkets, gadgets, beyond my wildest dreams. *Like a child going through his toy box, I explored at a furious pace, checking out one thing after another! *Most items still in the package, sometimes the shopping bag! * *I remember this, when did I buy that? *Oh, that's where I put that? *Batteries of every shape and size, *flash lights purchased at check out aisles, (one could never have enough cool LED flash lights)? *Sewer hoses in the box "spares" in case of sewer hose failure! *Camping fire pit, in the box, *I swear I did not buy. *Oh and even a cool tool set I got for Christmas one year. *I can't tell you, how many times I looked for it! *Not to mention all the duplicate things I purchase for the Montana, forgetting I owned it already. *Extra BBQ I purchased on sale, an electric table waterfall, I purchased to add to my outdoor experience. Screws, water hoses, calking, sealants, assorted clamps, plumbing components, replacement bulbs, tarps.... *Last, enough duct tape in various colors, to secure an entire "slide" in place after a tornado disaster. *Yes, *it was very cathartic exercise for me. The problem was my, DW found absolutely no pleasure, *in my "boy like wonderment and delight"! *No she was disturbed by the things I found. *Phrases like, "you need to make an inventory", "I am canceling your Amazon Prime account" came flowing freely.... *So that's what you do with your money? *Oh well, I look at it this way, when somebody at a campground needs "quick release 3/4 brass" water hose fittings, glue that can support 10,000 lbs, or a left handed chrome "Svensen valve" I can come to the rescue.

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Old 01-21-2014, 02:35 PM   #2
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You're like me, you must have been a Boy Scout when younger and still believe in being prepared. Every summer when we return to the "home base" my shed gets another 40# of stuff or more that I've found I never used or just acquired along the way and don't want the weight going out in the new year.
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We camped at Shasta Lake this weekend. Northern Ca has seen no rain and 78 degree days for weeks. I needed to get out and enjoy the outdoors, perhaps sit by a camp fire at night, you know to take the 65 degree chill off! *We packed the fridge, *and ventured deep into the wilds of the Shasta National Forrest! *A total of nearly 9 miles from our home we traveled! *On Saturday afternoon, *I decided to see what had accumulated in my RV basements. *Oh my gosh, I found treasures, trinkets, gadgets, beyond my wildest dreams. *Like a child going through his toy box, I explored at a furious pace, checking out one thing after another! *Most items still in the package, sometimes the shopping bag! * *I remember this, when did I buy that? *Oh, that's where I put that? *Batteries of every shape and size, *flash lights purchased at check out aisles, (one could never have enough cool LED flash lights)? *Sewer hoses in the box "spares" in case of sewer hose failure! *Camping fire pit, in the box, *I swear I did not buy. *Oh and even a cool tool set I got for Christmas one year. *I can't tell you, how many times I looked for it! *Not to mention all the duplicate things I purchase for the Montana, forgetting I owned it already. *Extra BBQ I purchased on sale, an electric table waterfall, I purchased to add to my outdoor experience. Screws, water hoses, calking, sealants, assorted clamps, plumbing components, replacement bulbs, tarps.... *Last, enough duct tape in various colors, to secure an entire "slide" in place after a tornado disaster. *Yes, *it was very cathartic exercise for me. The problem was my, DW found absolutely no pleasure, *in my "boy like wonderment and delight"! *No she was disturbed by the things I found. *Phrases like, "you need to make an inventory", "I am canceling your Amazon Prime account" came flowing freely.... *So that's what you do with your money? *Oh well, I look at it this way, when somebody at a campground needs "quick release 3/4 brass" water hose fittings, glue that can support 10,000 lbs, or a left handed chrome "Svensen valve" I can come to the rescue.

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Old 01-21-2014, 03:32 PM   #4
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LOL LOL yeah I do the same thing. We go to a huge flea market several times a year and I am forever finding stuff we bought there that I never unloaded lol lol. Either that or it is a whole lot easier just buying a new roll of Teflon tape or some new light bulbs instead of trying to find the ones you know you already have. We're saving time cause time is valuable lol lol We've just recently gone to several RV shows and I find myself looking at the basement first and declaring this one is out, the basement is way too small. But I did find a Cedar Creek that has a huuuuuuuge basement. I mean I have had apartments smaller then this 5th wheels basement. So big you would have to crawl inside it to reach some stuff...lol lol lol
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Stuff begets stuff. The more room you have, the more stuff you get
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Emptied out SOB trailer last week in preparation for the Monty's arrival. We had the same issue. Where the heck did all this stuff come from???
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Emptied out SOB trailer last week in preparation for the Monty's arrival. We had the same issue. Where the heck did all this stuff come from???
I went through the same thing yesterday. Hauling 3400 up to Tampa next Tuesday and picking up new Monte. Bought several new clear tubs and re-organized my basement. It is really cool to find all that stuff you forgot you had but couldn't live without!
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About that camping fire pit you didn't buy, I think that's mine. I wondered where I put it. You must have picked it up and stowed it by accident.

btw - I would imagine Shasta Lake solved your duldrums. Beatiful place. So sad to see the water level withering away, though. Has the new I-5 contruction finished yet?
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About that camping fire pit you didn't buy, I think that's mine. I wondered where I put it. You must have picked it up and stowed it by accident.

btw - I would imagine Shasta Lake solved your duldrums. Beatiful place. So sad to see the water level withering away, though. Has the new I-5 contruction finished yet?
So it's yours? Lol. The water level is lowest since 1976. Lots of old bridges and roads are uncovered from the circa 1930s. As far as construction, it will be at least two more years on bridges and ramps. Then perhaps they can resurface the terrible South Bound sections. It's better than it was but areas still need repair!
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Emptied out SOB trailer last week in preparation for the Monty's arrival. We had the same issue. Where the heck did all this stuff come from???
I went through the same thing yesterday. Hauling 3400 up to Tampa next Tuesday and picking up new Monte. Bought several new clear tubs and re-organized my basement. It is really cool to find all that stuff you forgot you had but couldn't live without!
Which bins did you end up with? Getting everything sorted that's taking up 1/2 the garage stall is the next chore! You're way ahead of me, Joe!
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What I found to organize mine I got at Wallmart. Took measurements of what space I had and what I wanted in them and then went shopping.
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What I found to organize mine I got at Wallmart. Took measurements of what space I had and what I wanted in them and then went shopping.
Mine were in bins!!!!
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Ok, now that you are all cleaned out you got room to go shopping......think of all the cool stuff you can get now.....my basement never stays cleaned out for very long.
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Which bins did you end up with? Getting everything sorted that's taking up 1/2 the garage stall is the next chore! You're way ahead of me, Joe!
Mark, I use this without the wheels in the very front compartment to store tools, cleaning supplies, spare fittings, light bulbs, water pressure regulators etc.. I use a couple of these clear totes in the main basement area to hold my water hoses, electric cords, extension cords, leveling blocks etc. makes things much neater and like others, with them being clear I'm able to see what's in each one without guessing. Tim
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