Thanks for the kind words, guys. I think Barb was surprised at how much useless stuff was in it. I was. Jack accurately described how a lot of that stuff got there.
I've really tried to keep things small and light, with the 4-cup vs 10-cup Mr. Coffee, 1 quart vs 3 quart crock pot, mini vs full-size food processor, hand vs big Kitchen Aid mixer, manual hand vs electric can opener, Dirt Devil vs larger vacuum, tiny folding travel iron vs full-size, and the nesting pots and pans set
on top of the cast iron frying pan (gotta have) on top of the Air Bake cookie sheet in the oven, along with a couple of can pans, a pie pan, pie crust protector, and pizza stone.
We bought an iPod to keep from having to carry CDs, and a tiny battery-powered Canon i70 printer (they're up to the i90
now). I try to get "books" on CD versus printed, where possible, for example the Service Manual for our F250, campground guides, etc.
A rack (actually two) for Pendaflex hanging folders fit perfectly sideways in the sofa drawer, but we could drastically reduce the amount of paper carried along by following one of the suggestions here by someone else to scan them and put them on CD-ROM.
I too like having a full tank of good freshwater should we come across a campground that would otherwise be suitable but have funny tasting/smelling water. It also helps keep the center of gravity low.
Speaking of that, storage should consist of light items high, heavy items low to help keep CG low. That especially goes for the bedroom overhead where weight would have the most influence on sway. It's a perfect place for down coats (highly compressible). Keeping the weight in overhead cabinets down also reduces their chance of pulling out of the wall should you hit a big bump. Canned goods and drinks, as well as flour, sugar, etc goes low.
Boxes are real space hogs, and certainly don't fit well in Airstream overheads. Even at home, we take crackers, cereal, etc out of their boxes. Pasta goes in zip lock bags. Heck, lots of stuff does. We hate boxes.
As much as I love beer
, it's a real space and weight hog compared to hard liqour, especially considering the room it takes up in the RV refrigerator. Developing a taste for the hard stuff neat, with no ice, can save some storage and weight. Barb still has to have ice in mixed drinks though.
Having to bring along bottled water, in addition to that in the tank, is also a space and weight problem. That's where a good sanitizing routine and filtering system is important. Having to use bottled water for cooking, brushing teeth, etc adds to these problems. Having a large supply of good drinking water will also let you make Kool-Aid and tea. The packets and tea bags are also lighter and easier to store (the latter in a zip lock bag, LOL).
Anyway... full-timing in an Airstream versus the 3,500 lb NCC white boxes can certainly be done. You just have to be a bit more minimalist and flexible.