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Old 06-14-2016, 11:17 AM   #1
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First extended trip

We are getting ready to leave on our first extended trip - meaning a month instead of our longest of 3 nights that we've done a few times. We planned it this way so that we could get familiar with how everything works before taking a longer trip. We have 28 nights under our belt at this point and we're very comfortable with things like towing, stopping for gas, and backing into camp sites. Even though the trip will be for a month, we are on a schedule so that we can be at family gatherings and a wedding during this time, so all of our stays are already reserved.

So my question is, other than the obvious things like bring more clothes and food, what else should we be considering? How is a long trip different than a short one?

Thanks in advance for any insight that you can provide.
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Old 06-14-2016, 11:29 AM   #2
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Adequate prescription medicine, if that is an issue.

Be sure you have enough for your trip, or have them set up at one of the big drug stores so you can pick them up along the way.

If you have a pet, take a copy of their immunization record.

Extra batteries, light bulbs, a small tool bag, etc.

Altho I have names, email addresses, etc., stored electronically, I carry a zip around, refillable planner which I call my "home book"....hard copies of names, addresses, phone numbers, etc. are in there, plus this is where I keep printouts of shot records for the dog, reservation confirmations, stamps, envelopes, address labels, etc.

A small home office tucked away.


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Old 06-14-2016, 11:58 AM   #3
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In the beginning, I used to pack extra stuff but low and behold, I discovered that there were stores every where. Now my Airstream is loaded with the same stuff regardless of trip length. The bigger issue is on the home front ensuring that all the daily necessities are taken care of. Jim
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Adequate prescription medicine, if that is an issue.
Spare eyeglasses/contact lenses, or at least a copy of your latest prescription so you can buy replacements without getting a new eye exam. When people think about prescriptions, this is one they often forget.
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Old 06-14-2016, 01:05 PM   #5
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Secure your home, let neighbors and police knoe, arrange for mail and papers, arrange lawn cutting. I always like to leave my home like we r living there, lights on etc. a little hardto do when they notice trailer is gone!
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So my question is, other than the obvious things like bring more clothes and food, what else should we be considering? How is a long trip different than a short one?
One difference is laundry. If you're going to be gone a month, you might need to do some while you're gone. A roll of quarters and a couple of Tide Pods and dryer sheets in a Ziploc bag, plus a duffle bag to schlep the clothes around is all you need for that (though you could stuff the dirty clothes in a spare pillowcase if you don't have a duffle). And simple laundry supplies like this— together with one week's worth of clothes— take up a lot less room than a whole month's worth of clothes.

You'll also likely have a few rainy days where getting out of the trailer to do things won't be desirable. So books, DVDs, or whatever you can do indoors to amuse yourself will help while away the hours. But for those times when you do need to get outside in the rain, a good raincoat is useful, along with some way to hang-dry it in the shower (ever try hitching up while holding an umbrella? not terribly practical). Maybe you already bring raingear on short trips, so that's not a change, but just in case you have only done your short trips in good weather, I figured a reminder wouldn't hurt.
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One difference is laundry. If you're going to be gone a month, you might need to do some while you're gone. A roll of quarters and a couple of Tide Pods and dryer sheets in a Ziploc bag, plus a duffle bag to schlep the clothes around is all you need for that (though you could stuff the dirty clothes in a spare pillowcase if you don't have a duffle). And simple laundry supplies like this— together with one week's worth of clothes— take up a lot less room than a whole month's worth of clothes.

You'll also likely have a few rainy days where getting out of the trailer to do things won't be desirable. So books, DVDs, or whatever you can do indoors to amuse yourself will help while away the hours. But for those times when you do need to get outside in the rain, a good raincoat is useful, along with some way to hang-dry it in the shower (ever try hitching up while holding an umbrella? not terribly practical). Maybe you already bring raingear on short trips, so that's not a change, but just in case you have only done your short trips in good weather, I figured a reminder wouldn't hurt.
I meant to ask about laundry. I just robbed my coin jar for quarters and I will bring a duffel bag. Thanks!
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Just remember that there is always a Walmart where you can buy what you need or run out of.
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We are just getting ready to do the same thing! We are going on our first trip, to Colorado and back. We have a few places reserved on the way there, we're staying at an Airbnb in Boulder... but then we have nine unplanned days on the road on our return. Am I crazy to not reserve a spot for each night? I was hoping to just sort of see where each day takes us but... I'm interested to hear from other, more experienced people if that is even possible in the summertime. ?
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We normally stopped between 2 and 3 pm and found no problem getting a space for the night. We preferred the "Mom & Pop" CGs over the more popular parks, friendlier, cheaper and nearly everywhere you want to stop for the night. For destination resorts reservations are a must.
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We found early on in our retirement travels that making a slew of reservations in advance was restricting and limiting, and rarely found difficulty finding a site day by day.

In all of the lower 48 states, this has been working well for 9 years.

Really hating "cold calls". we look for campgrounds in the direction we intend to travel that day, call ahead and get a site.

The only exception to that may be weekends, and especially holiday weekends.

We found it generally easiest to find a spot to sit at these times, weekends often filling up everywhere, and holiday weekends speaking for themselves.

Weekends were for laundry, putting something in the crock pot, giving the unit a good clean, etc., and just being still for a couple of days.

Make an extra pot of coffee or tea, and sip it outside, under the awning.


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Keep in mind that your AS is totally self-contained, so you don't need to overnight in a campground. I frequently overnight at rest areas, historical markers, Walmarts, etc. There area number of Android apps that provide this information, such as: "RV Parky", "RV Camps Locator", "Overnight Parking" and "Allstays" (well worth the $10). I'm sure that there are similar ones for Apple. As well, hmdb.org will provide you with a list of nearby historical markers - interesting tidbits of local history to make you travel a bit meaningful, as well as a place to overnight.
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In addition to what Maggie said about dog shots etc. We carry a certified letter from our Vet as to the breed of our dogs. With insurance companies changing their rules all the time on breed acceptance we simply plan this ahead. Especially one of our Labs has a large block head and some unknowing people have asked if she was part PIT. I work with an love PITS, but they are banned from most campgrounds now.

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Keep in mind that your AS is totally self-contained, so you don't need to overnight in a campground. I frequently overnight at rest areas, historical markers, Walmarts, etc. There area number of Android apps that provide this information, such as: "RV Parky", "RV Camps Locator", "Overnight Parking" and "Allstays" (well worth the $10). I'm sure that there are similar ones for Apple. As well, hmdb.org will provide you with a list of nearby historical markers - interesting tidbits of local history to make you travel a bit meaningful, as well as a place to overnight.
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.


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