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Old 10-11-2016, 01:07 PM   #1
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What do you use to clean out after trip

So we went on our last trip for the season this past weekend. Well as usual the wife really stocked us with food. When we get back from our trip and its time to empty the fridge, cabinets etc. I grab one of my wife's laundry baskets and empty the fridge first, one trip in then the cabinets and so forth right down to the clothes. How do others empty the camper.


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Old 10-11-2016, 01:15 PM   #2
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We use crates from home depot, in various sizes. My wife gets a 'reward' when she over stocks the camper lol. I love knowing we won't run out of food, we usually pack 3 times more than we need and eat better when were camping than we do here. Honestly though, 90% of the stuff in our camper stays in there permanently, other than food of course.

We're currently buying clothes for the camper too. The goal for us is for it to be a fully stocked home. One of my requirements is to be able to pull it out of storage, and into service within an hour. It's part of our larger 'disaster management' planning. i.e. prepping. For the fridge / freezer - 2 decent sized crates usually takes care of it. We leave both doors cracked and have some baking soda packs in there to absorb anything potentially smelly.

I guess laundry baskets would work, but the ones we own aren't strong enough to hold 50 lbs of 'stuff' so that would add time to our process.

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Old 10-11-2016, 01:36 PM   #3
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31 bags. If you don't know what they are ask your wife. If she doesn't know consider yourself lucky!
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Old 10-11-2016, 01:43 PM   #4
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We only empty the fridge and any perishables usually in simple grocery bags.. Everything else stays.
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Old 10-11-2016, 02:26 PM   #5
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We don't camp enough to keep any perishable food stocked, so winterizing consists of removing some spices, oil etc. We removed most fabric items like towels etc. Removed anything paper that might get damaged by cold/moisture (books, cards, Kleenex, PT and TP). I remove the fire extinguisher and water filter cartridge as well. All this gets packed away into our large cooler and stored in the basement until spring. FWIW, that is the only thing we still use our large cooler for now that we're no longer in a pup.
The other 90% of the gear remains ready for next year. I also pack extras back INTO the TT for the winter. Our kayaks and associated gear are nestled inside the camper. I also store the propane tanks inside the TT for the winter (less exposure and rust). The battery comes home after final parking to stay on a trickle charger for the winter (turn it on about monthly).
We will generally spend a pleasant Sunday afternoon in the spring getting everything ready again for the next outing.
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Old 10-11-2016, 02:35 PM   #6
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31 bags. If you don't know what they are ask your wife. If she doesn't know consider yourself lucky!
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Old 10-11-2016, 02:45 PM   #7
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We use re-useable grocery bags mostly for our groceries. DW also has some of those organizer bins she uses to transport our normal fridge stuff. Our dirty laundry goes in a hanging hamper throughout the trip, so that just comes in as-is. Our leftover clean clothes and whatnot get thrown over an arm or go back in the duffle they came from. Our linens get tossed in a laundry basket for washing. 3 or 4 trips at most and we've got the trailer completely empty. If we make more trips, it's usually because we forgot something, and that goes both ways (packing and unpacking)

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Old 10-11-2016, 03:55 PM   #8
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I am a bag lady so watch it guys! How we unpack depends on where we are camping and the time of the year. We usually leave the RV at the beach all summer, full hookup and use it like a beach house so nothing comes home during the week except laundry and clothes we use. When do we bring the camper home, a laundry basket to empty the refrigerator. Clothes - depending on what it is, some stays in the camper. DH could leave town without ever packing. His side is ready to go at a moments notice and has a camping/beach wardrobe he leaves in the camper. Food items like spices, flour, sugar, staples we just leave in the camper and I buy new or refill at the beginning of the summer each year. But they always stay in the camper all year. After beach season, we go camping in NC in the fall and maybe a couple of weekends in FL in the winter. So we unload the refrigerator in between trips. We do have full hookup in our backyard and since we are Florida we leave the AC set high to keep the moisture out. We have a second kitchen and linen closet totally equipped in the camper so these items are never removed. If it is a long period of time between trips, I put the clean towels, sheets and blankets etc back in the camper and store in those jumbo ziplock bags with a dryer cloth inside. It keeps them nice and fresh when ready to use again. We leave chairs, tables, grill, rug etc in the camper year round. Since it is a trailer we use it like a trailer when traveling or storage when not in use. We just put these items inside the living area and drape a sheet over the bed and pile on top.
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Old 10-11-2016, 05:25 PM   #9
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We also use laundry baskets to load and unload. We keep the tt fully stocked as well except for clothing and perishables. On the last load out the laundry basket goes into the bathtub and becomes the first load in full of dirty clothing when we get home.
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Old 10-11-2016, 06:41 PM   #10
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Are Pringles considered perishable? I heard they have a 500,000 year half-life.

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