Great thread, wonderful suggestions. Rick, super idea about the portable potable water pump! We're in fourth year full-timing in CCD 25 rear bed. Generally can go two weeks without laundering or grocery shopping. If we start running out of clean we switch to fast-dry underwear-- wear one, wash one, dry one, three pair go forever.
What have we added that we didn't start with?
Hatchet. We really wanted an axe all last 2009 traveling through a bunch of provincial parks between Winnipeg and Vancouver. Free firewood in many of them and an axe would have been so great. Settled instead, last summer, for an old 20 oz hatchet. Works fine.
Five pound propane tank for gas grill. Saves us a lot compared to the one pounders, and reduces waste.
Three tennis racquets and a few pairs of court shoes. Whatta deal compared to golf, both in costs and exercise.
LED lights for ensuite, galley, and dinette. Lots of light and very small draw on battery when we're dry camping.
More ham radios. Like tools, easy to find space for them -- right, Rick?
XM radio receiver in Airstream. Originally intended for ACC March Madness and hearing UNC mens basketball games. We like the tunes too, so get a lot of use from it.
Food sealer. Ours is Food Saver brand, compact and fast. Use it a lot to repackage food for freezer, removes the air, food stores better.
What did we stop carrying?
Golf clubs. Used them a lot in FL for two winters and started adding costs for greens and carts fees. We have saved sooo much money in the past year and gained a bunch of space too.
Dress shoes. I'm increasingly comfortable wearing mine to church. where else do we need dressy shoes? Not so much, so they are in the storage unit with golf clubs. Save hard shoes for weddings and funerals.
Beer. 80 to 100 proof stuff takes much less space, weighs a fraction, and tastes so good.
1/2 the backpacking gear, and we'll drop the other half when we're next by the storage unit. Takes right much space and we aren't getting enough use. We'll go backpacking, but apparently not soon. Why haul this stuff around?
Coffee table books. Had thought we'd want to peruse them. Didn't happen.
AAA Tour books. Same thing.
Extra dishes, breakable double old fashioned glasses. We use a pair of Tervis highballs and a pair of Tervis old fashions. But did keep a pair of crystal wine goblets.
Clothes we weren't using. I'm down to four pairs long pants, eight pairs shorts, for example.
You can see some of the things we tried and gave up on also at our home improvements page at http://dreamstreamr.com
Headin east from Mesa AZ to Orlando FL