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Old 04-05-2015, 08:49 PM   #11
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...that comes with a manual that I have to read...
When I was in the IT business I was frequently told to read the fine manual. Well, that's sorta what they said.
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Old 04-05-2015, 08:54 PM   #12
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The most telling difference in how our "wants" exceed our "needs" is the size and growth of private storage facilities across the landscape. IMHO, it's a pretty embarrassing commentary on our society as a whole. But I have to admit, I'm a participant; we store our 19' at such a facility .
Sometimes this collection of stuff is a sign of something else, though. I'm sure many if not most of us had parents who grew up during the Great Depression. As a result of that experience my mom in particular saved every little thing, a habit ingrained during that time.
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Old 04-05-2015, 08:59 PM   #13
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I bought a pair of sunglasses once that came with a 28 page manual. The frame was made of some sort of rubbery plastic and they came with interchangeable lenses.
I had a digital watch that was smaller than the manual.
Bought a cooler and read the manual. I learned that you should NOT drain the water from the cooler while it's in use. The water is almost ice and you are just draining away cold. Who knew?
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Old 04-05-2015, 09:00 PM   #14
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All you folks with cell phones, it wasn't all that long ago that was a "gizmo." Can you live without it now? Maybe the gizmo you really want is ahead of the curve.
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Old 04-05-2015, 09:07 PM   #15
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All you folks with cell phones, it wasn't all that long ago that was a "gizmo." Can you live without it now? Maybe the gizmo you really want is ahead of the curve.
And when they first came out you could even buy a "fake" cell phone so you would look like you were with the program. Loren
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Old 04-06-2015, 10:56 AM   #16
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I don't even mind the manuals -- but too many things I buy these days have the manual only on line -- and THAT is a pain. I spent my teenage years telling my mother that as an adult I would not be a slave to my material possessions and now I have two houses filled with possessions and a trailer. And a husband who can't bear to let anything go. But we both love the trailer with the bare minimum. Last summer I took very few clothes for our two month trip and ended up thinking I'd brought too much. After spending two months in the trailer, the houses seemed ridiculous with duplicates of things we really didn't need.
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Old 04-06-2015, 12:56 PM   #17
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I read a great article when we were preparing for our first trip in our 19'. It said that as you load up your trailer, put a small piece of painters tape on each item. Then, as you use each item, take off the piece of tape and throw it away. When your trip is over, see how many items still had tape on them. Easy way to differentiate "needs" from "wants."
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I read a great article when we were preparing for our first trip in our 19'. It said that as you load up your trailer, put a small piece of painters tape on each item. Then, as you use each item, take off the piece of tape and throw it away. When your trip is over, see how many items still had tape on them. Easy way to differentiate "needs" from "wants."
Wouldn't work for me. I'd end up with a ton of tape marked pieces. I "want" to have spare parts etc. in case I "need" them.

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Old 04-06-2015, 02:13 PM   #19
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We don't use the tape trick, but every year we go through things, and if it never got used in the last year, we critically decide whether it stays or goes. We are both good at purging if needed.

What it comes down to, is you really don't need very much gear to have a great camping experience. For instance, nobody really remembers how a meal was cooked, but the sure might remember where they ate it. The experience is more about what you do, and has much less to do with the items you bring. This even includes our Escape trailers. They are just a piece of equipment that brings with it varying conveniences. None of these things are necessary, but they sure do add to comfort and efficiency.

I could jump in a canoe, or tent camp out of my trunk, bring nothing from my trailer (other than my coffee maker, I gotsta have that), and have an experience that will bring great memories for the rest of my life.

It also comes down to the individuals comfort level, something that is different for every one of us. For instance, I am comfortable cooking with just a stove and BBQ, with the odd meal cooked on the fire. I could eat a dozen lifetimes of great, easy meals cooked on these appliances. For others, it could be cooking more like they do at home to enjoy things.

Just look at how many could not do without the storage box on the tongue. We still have lots of storage space left without it, and don't feel shorted at all. This attitude might change once we retire, and spend way more time on the road.
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I have to admit I have a "Gismo" addiction. It was a major part of my job before retiring designing electronic solutions to theatrical problems, props, and effects. That said, I can live without any of them, but one of the advantages of a trailer over my previous tent camping is I can haul them along.

My other problem is I can't stand not to have the tools & parts to fix anything. I carry far too many spare parts & tools than necessary, many of which I have never had to use, but if I needed them, the idea of not having them just isn't acceptable. I only have 3 tool boxes & three parts bins...
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