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Old 06-19-2016, 09:48 AM   #15
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SeaLevel... Congrats on the upcoming trip!

We tend to leave full and restock as needed. If you have favorite foods for camping, or homemade stuff you like then shop or cook ahead and freeze it. We leave with extra beans and rice, frozen soft food our old dog needs and other goodies we can't cook or might not find in far off places.

I keep a spreadsheet with each day's itinerary, campground names, reservation confirmation number, etc. I also make sure I have the site numbers for each campground since some of them don't have that info when we arrive or are unattended.

During a month on the road your trailer will need a cleaning or two. We travel with interior and exterior cleaning supplies whether we are headed out for weekend or a cross country trip. We may not wash the outside (20 states worth of road dust is a badge of honor in some circles).

If you plan to stay in one place for an extended period you may want a "blue boy". I have a 32 gallon model that I have literally never used except for a test dump of my gray tank in the driveway and transport of the contents to my main drain cleanout. I find that with the two of us in place for more than three nights I have to shift water from the gray tank to the black. I do that using a bucket, but I know the day will come when the blue boy saves me.

Also, for long term in place situations, a fresh water jug with spout is needed if you do not have a spigot at your site.

Have fun!

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Old 06-24-2016, 10:18 PM   #16
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Can't speak to the RV-specific stuff since we haven't made our maiden voyage yet (waiting to take possession!), but I have gone on long trips up to 3 months (and 3 continents) with suitcases, rental cars and motels.

My tips would be:

Weather changes over a month. Pack clothes, shoes or supplies for either possible extreme during the time/place. Also one fancy outfit just in case you end up wanting to go somewhere where your normal clothes would be out of place.

Look into how to launder undies etc. in the sink to stretch out your need to visit the laundromat. Or just bring extra of those items. (Though I'm a huge fan of wash & fold, where you drop off and they do the work. Not every place has them.)

I second the prescription stuff. Also OTC stuff you need at least once a month. Even in a motel with a little zippy car, it's annoying to have to make multiple stops to pick up Tums or a refill. Trailer/TV seems like a much bigger annoyance. It's much better to have the basics, like bandaids, Neosporin, allergy meds, Imodium, clippers, ibuprofen, earplugs, sunscreen, bug spray.

Look at the other little conveniences you use. On long trips, I pack a nice Bose travel speaker - it adds a couple pounds but makes everything much nicer. Your AS probably doesn't need it, but that kind of thing that makes a trip feel homey and enhances your enjoyment. Your cozy PJs? Scented candle? Favorite book? Little piece of art? USB charger cables for both the lounge AND bedroom? That.

My traveling companions are always jealous when I pull on my favorite yoga pants and fluffy socks to lounge in and they are stuck only with jeans.

For your home: You'll feel better if you know somebody will check in once a week just to be sure there are no surprise leaks or anything. A trusted person should DEFINITELY have a key, even if they aren't going to check weekly. We leave a list of our usual contractors etc. for our friend just in case. Personally, I leave a signed blank check with my house sitter to be extra prepared. (Granted, our house is old and persnickety.) We also have webcams so we can sneak a peek just to be sure things look fine.

(Note: We've never actually had a problem with the house while traveling, so I don't mean to scare you. But one month while at home we had both a roof and radiator leak. Don't worry, prepare! is my motto.)

USPS hold mail, or get a neighbor to pick it up for you.

The most important accessory for a long trip though... is embracing the nature of long-term travel. It's very different at first! You'll find your routine but it'll probably take a few days.

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Old 06-25-2016, 07:44 AM   #17
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I was thinking of adding this same information.

Our/my basic rule of thumb, tho, is that if heat or AC are required...find a campground. It's just so much easier.

Always good to keep plenty of water and propane in your tanks, too, so that if your fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants travel fails to find you a campground, you are still able to meet basic needs wherever you happen to land.

If heat is needed, I use my blue-flame heater. I generally don't need AC for at night, but I do have a 3K genset in the back of the truck. I start out with a full fresh water tank, and top it up using a 5-gal container, which I perch on a small stepladder and let gravity drain into my fresh water tank. I'm set up for boondocking with 365 watts of solar, two monster AGM batteries and a 3KW charger/converter/inverter.

When I first started RV'ing (back in 1981) I went ballistic if I couldn't find a C/G, and used the KOA guide extensively. Now, 36 years later, I camp on BLM land and ferret out freebie places to stay at. One of my sources is "Days End" which has over 850 pages of listings. See:

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