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Old 04-05-2015, 09:14 AM   #1
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Do we need or want more gizmos for our trailer

There is a difference between need and want !
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Old 04-05-2015, 09:23 AM   #2
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Want? yes. Need, no. I thought we were supposed to be sort of minimalists with these little trailers. 3 coffee makers, 2 or 3 choices of chairs, 2 televisions, toaster, crock pot, 3 stoves, dehumidifier, 2 heaters, yup, we're minimalist.
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Old 04-05-2015, 10:39 AM   #3
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Distinguishing between wants and needs is rather artificial. We don't "need" any of this stuff. It's all about being able to do things we enjoy doing. "Want" is good enough.

And "minimalist" isn't quite the right word. If we were minimalists, we'd be sleeping on the ground. Rather, it's about precision in fullfilling our wants. Be clear on what you'll use and focus your money and effort in that direction, rather than buying lots of "stuff".

So "wants" are fine, as long as the reason for the desire is a positive one. If you want something -- because you'll use it, you'll enjoy it, it'll enhance your experience -- then great! Go for it. If you want something because the advertising has grabbed you by your striatum and led you around, then maybe you need to think about it a little more.

And, of course, YMMV... Some people enjoy fussing about with gizmos and dodads, while others don't. The burden of possessions is higher for some people than for others. Know yourself, know what you value and enjoy, know how to fullfill your desires, and spend your time and money appropriately.
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Old 04-05-2015, 12:10 PM   #4
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I find I don't want more stuff that I have to find space for, that comes with a manual that I have to read, that I have to learn how to use and that I have to re charge.
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Old 04-05-2015, 12:57 PM   #5
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The burden of possessions is higher for some people than for others.
No kidding, my inside storage room is overflowing with stuff as is my large garden storage shed, my wood shed and my motorcycle garage, not to mention the garage itself But is's all stuff that I'll find a use for someday

Friends that live on a boat have it simpler. No new object comes on the boat unless one leaves.

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Old 04-05-2015, 01:19 PM   #6
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I forgot to mention the small parts that break or go missing.
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Old 04-05-2015, 04:42 PM   #7
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Good post.

We picked up our 17b late in the season last year. And went on a 11 day run. The months preceding getting the trailer were spent worrying about the build sheet and picking up other items we considered essential.

Here At the start of our first full year of trailering (during my vacation times and the odd wknd) we find ourselves still accumulating - ordering outside mat coupler lock. A few days ago we were looking into those sleeping bags (I forget what they are called) that people rave about.... And I want a new camera .... It seems the gizmo list of want/need can get pretty long. We do want to become somewhat minimalistic ... But don't want to be inconvenienced

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Old 04-05-2015, 06:57 PM   #8
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Larry and Liz---we also have a 17B and picked up a travasak from Camping World last year---makes us putting the bed up and down MUCH easier--so we now have a big table and use the front table down as a couch--did a 2 weektrip like that in the fall and found it great.
I sewed a pillow slip onto the bottom edge of the travasak and it stays tucked in just fine--does not move all around and feel uncomfortable like I found sleeping bags to be..
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Old 04-05-2015, 07:14 PM   #9
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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 .
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Hmm, I had a dog named Gizmo due to her big wide ears...........
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