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Old 05-04-2015, 12:56 PM   #1
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What didn't you need?

When we bought our trailer last year my wife went hog wild. She set about decorating and stocking it. Don't get me wrong. I am very grateful for all she's done. Not have ever owned one of our own before, I really had no idea what was truly a necessity and what wasn't. Needless to say a year later there are still a few items we purchased that are still wrapped in their original packaging and some that we've only used once. For instance, there are three complete rolls of non slip shelf liner in a storage cabinet just waiting for the day we will need them.

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Old 05-04-2015, 01:00 PM   #2
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We always wait to buy things until we discover a need for them. But there are things that we bought that we eventually found we didn't want or need. A complete set of camping dishes for example. It got to be a hassle washing them. We've long since gone to paper plates and now enjoy more of our time in leisure pursuits. We bought the plates at a rummage. We sold them at a rummage.

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Old 05-04-2015, 02:31 PM   #3
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What didn't you need?

Originally Posted by PNWDriver View Post
...snip For instance, there are three complete rolls of non slip shelf liner in a storage cabinet just waiting for the day we will need them.
If that's all you didn't need, give your wife a big hug! She did a fantastic job!
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Old 05-04-2015, 02:55 PM   #4
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A thumbs-up to those who purchase whirly-gigs, banners, pennants, and wind-socks ~ something we didn't need ... so we didn't purchase. Although they set a cheery tone that invites meeting your campground neighbors, we prefer the anonymity and privacy!
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Old 05-04-2015, 04:28 PM   #5
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This is an interesting question that forced me to think a bit. There are lots of things that we don't use every trip, many of which are not needs but nice to have items. We decided when we bought out first TT that we didn't want to pack the same things over an over each trip. We add clothes, food and drinks each time. We leave in place everything else.

Sure 5 bath towels and 5 beach towels aren't needed for each trip -- but its sure nice to know I am not going to forget them if we do need it.

Place settings for 6 + a compliment of paper plates and plastic flatware aren't both needed, but I like my dinner on a real plate and lunch is oftern on paper. So we live with it.

I carry two 5 gallon fresh water totes just in case, only needed them once in Yosemite when they didn't have water running in the CG loop we were in but I was damn glad I had them so they will stay.

We also carry extra 50' of water hose and 25' 30A extension. Not always needed, but certianly happy to have it.

I can go on and on but that is how we manage it.
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Old 05-04-2015, 04:40 PM   #6
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About every year or two I go through the trailer and take a good look at everything and decide that if it hasn't been used in the past year, do we really need it? One year I reduced the amount of stuff by close to a third, and opened up plenty of storage for more stuff. Coleman lantern and fuel, Dutch oven, mostly empty cans of bug spray, three dog leashes (we only have one dog!), stuff that we never used and probably never will. It's a good habit to get into, because space is at a premium, and weight even more so.
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Old 05-04-2015, 04:44 PM   #7
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clubhouse did a good job on his post.. I have probably 50' of sewer hose but 99% of the time only use 10'... I have every possible combination of fuses but have never used one. 3 spare inner tubes for our bicycles.. thick, medium and thin rope (ya never know).. All sorts of kitchen utensil's that we have either on used once or just know that we will someday...
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I always say "I'ld rather be lookin' at it than lookin' for it" But that attitude can quickly get you overloaded. I brought a small 12" chainsaw that I didnt use. But I might bring it again. I figure I can cut my own firewood. I brought a skillsaw, cordless drills and bits ,sheetrock screws some 2x4's and 2x6's. air compresser. I have a generater on the tongue and helped out a guy last trip changing his tire. I bring a floor jack I bring a 5gal. can of diesel. Didnt use that ,but the peace of mind is priceless.
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Old 05-04-2015, 06:55 PM   #9
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Most of the stuff that I feel I am responsible for falls into the "It's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it" category. Unfortunately, that stuff (my stuff) is also usually heavier and bulkier than some extra stuff the DW packs.

When delivering trailers for Jayco, some of the bulkier stuff I had (and transported for over 300,000 miles and never used) tire chains, vehicle antifreeze & water to mix, motor oil, transmission fluid, wrenches, spare WDH parts, fire extinguishers, emergency reflectors... wait! I did use the reflectors once. I plan to stop carrying the liquids around, but will be adding camping axes, saws, block and tackle, and ???

Anyway, I have the stuff I bring and the DW has the stuff she brings. We never look over the others shoulder, except in a good way, and never berate the other for stuff that was needed but forgotten (that's why there are stores ). Our system has worked for us (for 37 years) and we are happy with it.
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Old 05-04-2015, 07:30 PM   #10
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We seem to be pretty good as far as this goes. We don't use everything we have every time, but we do use everything we have sometimes. We're about to go from a PUP to the TT, which means that the almost-too-much stuff we have now won't seem like all that much, because we'll have so much more storage.

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