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Old 04-02-2009, 01:56 PM   #1
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Initial Trailer Outfitting

Since many people on this list will be picking up their new trailers and going directly from the factory to camping (like us in a few months), I'd like to see in this section of the website a document listing the basic initial outfitting needs. I think the list ought to be fairly inclusive, which would allow folks to scan it and determine what they individually need or want to start trailer camping. This would be especially helpful for first-time owners, like us. I know that most owners will have had camping experience, but first-timer trailer owners are in the "We don't know what we don't know" zone. Am I getting too anal by suggesting that the list be broken into sections, like Bedding, Kitchen, Cleaning, etc.? In our case, we'll be off from the factory for 10-12 days of camping, and I don't want to have to repeatedly run to a store because of the "Oh yeah, we need 'X'. " scenario. Another thing I don't know (but I bet Jeff does ) is how various suggestions get formed into a master list. I'm lazy enough to not want to re-invent the wheel, and figure there's a wealth of information you more experienced hands can share with us newbies.

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Old 04-02-2009, 05:50 PM   #2
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Hi Bruce

My spare bedroom is loaded with all the things we think we'll need when we pick up our new 19 footer on the 8th. We will be camping for a week and hope to only purchase needed food items. Here's my list:

Bedding - mattress cover, pillows, duvet, queen set of sheets, extra quilt, 2 sets of towels, washcloths.

Kitchen - 4 Corell plates, bowls, muggs. Cutlery, wine glasses, steak knives. Kettle (don't use hot water heater). Melitta coffee cone. Frypan, small and medium saucepans. Hot mat. Tea twoels, dish cloths, J cloths, scrubbies. Small dish soap, small kitchen garbage bags. Paper napkins. Plastic cutting board. Plastic table cloth (for outdoor use). Wooden matches and propane lighter. Foil and plastic wrap. Hand sanitzer. Toaster. Dust pan and brush. Small bottles of favourite spices and sauces. Can opener and wine opener. Spatula, wooden spoon, large plastic spoon, paring knife, potato peeler, large knife. Disinfectant wipes. Corel serving bowl. Large plastic measuring cup (subs as mixing bowl). Floor mats. Coleman stove with grill. Small plastic garbage bucket.

Food items - Boil-in-a-bag rice. Small plastic containers with brown sugar, quick oats, tea. Salt and pepper grinders from Costco (great). Coffee filters.

I try not to have any open boxes eg crackers, cereal, pancake mix. Everything in plastic containers.

Do not leave aluminum cans in the fridge when travelling. They leave terrible marks. Put in a container or inside old socks.

Misc. items - RV TP and toilet chemicals. Television, couple of DVDs. Plastic mat for shower floor. Crib board and playing cards. Radio. Travel journal - have kept one since June 04. Plastic coat hangers. Cube heater (why use furnace if paying for electricity). Pressure reducer valve. Hydraulic jack in case of a flat. Small air compressor. 4 pieces of wood to put under stabilizer jacks. Wheel chocks. Can of WD 40. First aid kit. Small tool kit (I don't know what my husband puts in this). Extension chord.
Water hose. Cablevision chord. Roll of duct tape.

All of this will stay with the trailer until we put it away for the winter. Hope this helps with your planning.


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Old 04-02-2009, 06:52 PM   #3
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Re: Initial Trailer Outfitting

I had an Excel spreadsheet that I used before and have only just started adapting it for use with our new Escape. I would highly recommend using a spreadsheet for your list, and include absolutely everything you think you may need too take at some time. I do separate lists for all my camera gear (and I have lots), trips to the tropics, canoeing and backpacking too. Before you print out a list for your trip, go through it and delete the items you won't need for that particular trip. Then print, but don't save when you close the file. It is also assumed that you have backed up all the files on your computer anyway, so if you screw it up somehow you can replace it with the original.

I have attached my list as it is now. I still have to clean it up (you know, the OCD thing) so it is more organized, and possibly add some things. It is a work in progress.


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Old 04-04-2009, 09:31 AM   #4
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Thanks for starting this thread Bruce. Perfect timing as we are heading to Chilliwack next month to pick up our 17B; can't wait. Only concern is actually how much can we fit in our Jeep Liberty when making the trip from Manitoba.

Jim, I love your spreadsheet idea; only printing what is required for each trip. I too am a bit of an organizational nut.

'tis the season for camping!

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Don't forget latex or vinyl disposable gloves and a bottle of Purell.

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Old 04-04-2009, 06:43 PM   #6
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We like the "shop towels"..they're a tad beefier than paper towels and you can re-use them.. We use the paper towels that are 1/2 sheet/selectable ..use them for napkins & stuff..
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I was referring to emptying the gray and black water tanks. Not keen on paper towels for that.
It's just nice to get the job done and then slip off the gloves and be on your way.

In any event, it is a pleasure compared to emptying a porta-potti. I'd describe my experiences, but I don't want to gross you out.

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I was referring to emptying the gray and black water tanks. Not keen on paper towels for that.
It's just nice to get the job done and then slip off the gloves and be on your way.

In any event, it is a pleasure compared to emptying a porta-potti. I'd describe my experiences, but I don't want to gross you out.

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oooo.. you mean we're supposed to wear gloves?!!

I was just adding my 2 cents to the thread.. We get out gloves from costco they are pretty beefy as well not like the "Walgreen" stuff..
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I got a box of 100 gloves for under $10 at the hardware store. Like surgical gloves. One time use.

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