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Old 01-15-2011, 01:16 PM   #1
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Can you please tell me... the soon to be rookie.

Can you please tell me... the soon to be rookie.
When you first started longer stays in your Airstream.... what did you bring that you really didn't need to or shouldn't have brought ?
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Old 01-15-2011, 01:22 PM   #3
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Too much food. On longer stays, you always get a handle on the local stores and can buy locally for far less than the cost of transporting and storing all that food.
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Over Christmas I stayed at the in-laws for 2 week..... I understand!!
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I Agee, we pack enough for the first dinner, breakfast and lunch. The rest we buy local. Will will pack our favorite cheese and snacks but the rest we can help the small local stores.
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Old 01-15-2011, 01:30 PM   #6
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How about things like pots and pans...
No more then one be burner?
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Old 01-15-2011, 01:35 PM   #7
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Leave the TV at home but bring all you tools. If you have an older RV, you will always have something to fix and no time for movies.
But the most important thing is to bring your BH so as to have someone to listen and sympathize with you when the sun goes down. (second thought, - maybe she would like the TV?)

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Brought way too many tools (heavy) and too many pots/pans (also heavy). Also had a bad habit of loading up at BJ's with the 48 rolls of tp or 32oz jars of peanut butter...

Actually brought cd's our first year out, now have an MP3 player full.

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Brought way too many tools (heavy) and too many pots/pans (also heavy). Also had a bad habit of loading up at BJ's with the 48 rolls of tp or 32oz jars of peanut butter...

Actually brought cd's our first year out, now have an MP3 player full.

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Old 01-15-2011, 04:12 PM   #10
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Too much food. On longer stays, you always get a handle on the local stores and can buy locally for far less than the cost of transporting and storing all that food.
We have found just the opposite, we seem to be able to buy food and especially soft drinksmuch cheaper around home. Usually try to have a weeks worth of supplies so we can stay away from civilization.

On the other hand it is hard to carry too many tools.

We stopped carrying bikes after hauling them to Alaska and back with out using them.
Also stopped carrying satellite TV equipment.
The kitchen tends to accumulate to much unused stuff and has to be re-evaluated every now and then
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Temptation

You'll be tempted to buy every darned new gizmo and thing for your camper - most of which a year later will never have moved from it's storage place under the bed.

Things that are always good.
  • Something to recharge your batteries . (If boondocking UNPLUG the trailer from the tow vehicle even if you leave it hitched. You CAN recharge your trailer batteries from a running tow vehicle, or if they go flat and the plug is in... you can discharge your car battery too.... 50 miles south of BF Egypt!) Generator? Charger?
  • Air compressor to air up tires. I have a tiny cigarette lighter one, that has always been adequate.
  • 1 extra fleece blanket - can be squashed down to nothing in a space bag, Last night it hit 20 and turned my chilly bedroom warm and comfy. I bought 2.5 yards of fleece on sale, serged the top and bottom - cost $11.
  • Long wool sox (I paid $15 for a pair of cotton lined hiker's sox mainly because I couldn't believe they'd be that good. Now I have three pairs.) When boondocking I can keep the camper at 50 F, and with a good sweater and my woolie sox be totally comfy. If your footsies are cold, you are cold.
  • Pots and pans. Start with a small nesting set or better yet, one skillet (lodge cast iron, buy at WalMart cheap) and One biggish pot, and something to make coffee/tea in. Add what you find you constantly need.
  • two good sharp knives - paring and meat cutting
  • decent paper plates and used silverware, coffee mugs - again let experience tell you what to buy after you've made 2/3 trips. Hot beverage paper cups are good too, take less space than styrofoam & can be used for cold drinks too.
  • Grey Poupon Mustard - just to keep up the "Airstream Millionaire" image... though it is good mustard.
  • No more than one spare set of sheets and pillowcases. You have to store them! I often do laundry and put the same set right back on.
  • cheap work gloves - so you can throw them out after a bad "black tank" incident.
  • First aid kit.
  • overdo only on tools - you'll need more than you expect.
  • on clothing, bring plenty of underwear - the rest is reusable.
  • If boondocking a plastic bucket is good to limit water use in shower. One small bucket of hot to wash in, one to rinse with.
  • 1 spare propane tank - the 20lb size. Murphy's law says you only run out at 3:00 am. A spare that you can swap out at gas stations, hardware stores, etc. will get you through til morning. I put it on the ground at the hitch, and padlock it to a safety chain.
If you fulltime and it gets cold, count on the campground losing power for six/seven hours too. My little Honda 1000 generator has saved the night more than once. (the damned furnace fan eats the batteries). I run a cord through the bottom of a window which sealed pretty well in spite of that, then plug in a space heater. Pipes fine. Me? Not toasty, but OK.

Don't be in a hurry to buy a generator. It's a big dollar purchase. If you boondock a lot in extreme weather you'll probably want a pair of Honda 2000's or similar, if you spend most of the time in full hookups a 1000 is fine. Actually have desperately needed mine only about 3 times, but it's been a nice to have thing a dozen more.

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Paula's list is excellent.
The only thing I would add is, with the cost of laundromats, near the end of the trip it may be cheaper to buy more underwear and T shirts instead of the trip to the laundromat
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Tools

I have progressed from this standard, but starting out I would advise the following.
I was raised on the farm and it is amazing what you can do in the back 40 with minimum tools.
Basic --
Water pump (channel lock) pliers, Vice Grips (large and small), wire cutter, basic socket set that includes srewdriver bits, set of combi wrenches, pocket knive, large srewdriver/pry bar, heavy hammer, black tape, and a small role of bailing wire.
If you can't get back to civilization with those tools, then buy a membership in AAA and a cell phone.

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Old 01-15-2011, 05:29 PM   #14
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Paula.... excellent
very useful list! I just printed out.
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