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Old 06-21-2018, 12:51 PM   #1
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Where keep outside kept stuff dry?

So...on our vacation last week down in Gulf Shores....I found myself shoving things under the AS when we would leave...there was always rain threatening last week off and on...so I would shove my chairs under if we went to the beach...my couple fans....etc...

I have one of those pop up tents, but have grown to not enjoy dealing with that thing...but I realize that is one solution...although in a bad storm, it concerns me greatly even if I stake it down (which just ads more logistical pains).

So for the purposes of this post...leave that alone.

Putting stuff under my trailer with limited clearance is kind of a small pain...so I got to scratching my head:

Why can I not buy some kind of sheet of material that is like tough but light enough plastic with handles....put stuff on the big square and kinda shove it under the AS....Or like something floating on wheels?

I like shoving some things under there to keep them dry, but worry it wears at the best rv chairs out there - so I thought like a sacrificial piece of plastic that can sit under there. and as needed also could just pull it out with all contents with it?

Anyone ever try something like that?

OMG, the typo in the title...meant: "Where [do you] keep outside stuff dry?"
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Old 06-21-2018, 01:04 PM   #2
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I have a cap on the truck for much of the stuff. I try to limit how much stuff is brought. I also bring a tarp if it looks like high probability of rain.
Watch the weather forecast and plan appropriately.
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Old 06-21-2018, 02:14 PM   #3
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I have a cap on the truck for much of the stuff. I try to limit how much stuff is brought. I also bring a tarp if it looks like high probability of rain.
Watch the weather forecast and plan appropriately.


I ditched the cover on my truck a while ago for several reasons some of which have nothing to do with AS use - miss that for sure sometimes - mostly not though for my various uses
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Old 06-21-2018, 02:27 PM   #5
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I suppose you could buy a blue (or any color) tarp and tie 10' cords on two corners. Tie a weight of some sort at the end of the cords. put the tarp on the ground at the side of the trailer. Toss the weights under the trailer to the other side. Put your stuff on the tarp. Go to the other side and pull the tarp under the trailer with the cords.
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Old 06-21-2018, 02:38 PM   #6
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I just use a small brown tarp with bungee straps to cover our bikes and chairs. I store them against the rear bumper. Not pretty, but the brown looks better than a blue tarp. If we don't have the bikes, I just set the folded camp chairs in the truck cab at night to keep rain or dew off of them. I tried putting the chairs under the trailer for a while but they always got wet in a big rain.
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What about a small 1 or 2 person tent? (Not the easy-up type you alluded to, but an actual tent.) That should provide sufficient room to store stuff you don't' want to get wet. And you'd only need to put it up if you needed it. That seems easier than coming up with a way to slide stuff under the trailer on a tarp ... and also the relative low clearance you'd have with that set-up. Good luck with it.
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Old 06-21-2018, 03:23 PM   #8
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What about a small 1 or 2 person tent? (Not the easy-up type you alluded to, but an actual tent.) That should provide sufficient room to store stuff you don't' want to get wet. And you'd only need to put it up if you needed it. That seems easier than coming up with a way to slide stuff under the trailer on a tarp ... and also the relative low clearance you'd have with that set-up. Good luck with it.
hmm...that sounds absurdly pragmatic.
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nice SWISS CAP, will take care of everything.......
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Old 06-21-2018, 03:27 PM   #10
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it would need the tent to be however very easy to deploy and store easily without being all nasty....hmmm...my backpacking tent that I rarely use (cause I mostly hammock camp when backpacking) is quite a project to put together with all the ground tie outs...but a very standard one perhaps?

Actually, nice tarp pitched as a ground tarp would not be bad...few stakes, tarp, hiking poles to hold up one side......that could work too...not as rain tight as the tent, but usually just want it "doable"...

I realize this is camping minutia....unapologetically.
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What about a small 1 or 2 person tent? (Not the easy-up type you alluded to, but an actual tent.) That should provide sufficient room to store stuff you don't' want to get wet. And you'd only need to put it up if you needed it. That seems easier than coming up with a way to slide stuff under the trailer on a tarp ... and also the relative low clearance you'd have with that set-up. Good luck with it.
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I believe that that (as the only sensible option) was ruled out in the original post. The whole "toss it under the trailer" thing works very poorly with a low slung AS and a typical uneven campsite ...

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Old 06-21-2018, 05:40 PM   #12
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Protection from rain?
It's hard to beat the Rubbermaid Action Packers.
They seem to be going away from production, but you can still buy the 35 gallon size. Water doesn't puddle on top and they don't leak.
I fold up my chair and put it inside the door when leaving.

Theft is a separate issue.

Don't discount a plastic tarp draped over your boxes and tied with a piece of rope.
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I second the Roll-n-lock tonneau cover. Third truck, third cover. Only negative I have is they do tend to freeze in Chicago winters. Just park in the sun, and they thaw.
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Old 06-21-2018, 05:56 PM   #14
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