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Old 05-18-2015, 01:40 PM   #11
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I usually forget STUFF INSIDE my TT. I have a pair of tennis shoes, flip flops and a belt sitting in my TT as we speak.
Oh gawd! Thanks for reminding me of how many times sunglasses, hat, wallet, jacket, cell phone, etc. were left in the trailer parked next to the house. Realized when I am already 1/2 way to the office.
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Old 05-18-2015, 01:43 PM   #12
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It seems that every time we take our bikes camping somebody gets a flat tire. So I started buying extra tubes and sticking them in the camper.. Well... I also keep forgetting that I bought extra tubes.. I think I have like 6 or 7 spare tubes now..
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Old 05-19-2015, 12:44 PM   #13
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We've been tent camping for over 40 years, we'd like to think we have our system down pat, but we've forgotten items that would have been useful. We are just about to enjoy our first outing with our new popup, I find myself still scrambling to gather items to support the PU should something unforeseen occur.
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Old 05-20-2015, 08:50 AM   #14
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It seems that every time we take our bikes camping somebody gets a flat tire. So I started buying extra tubes and sticking them in the camper.. Well... I also keep forgetting that I bought extra tubes.. I think I have like 6 or 7 spare tubes now..
This is a good one, and when we start toting bikes along, I'm going to remember to pack extra tubes! My brother just experienced this a couple weekends ago. One of the kids blew a tire, and he had no spare tubes. Granted, he was borrowing my dad's Class C at the time, but someone from his group was towing a PUP, so they could've taken the truck a few miles down the road to the nearest Wal-Mart if they had been truly motivated to fix it. I bet he carries extra tubes from now on...
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I saw one guy doing a list of all he had on board. Had a spread sheet and was actually counting nuts and bolts he had stowed away haha... He unloaded his whole cache of STUFF and checked it off his spreadsheet list.
Wow, and I thought my mother-in-law had OCD!
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Old 05-20-2015, 11:22 AM   #16
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Most everything stays in the trailer year round except clothing, food, and beverages.

I do checklists, but not as anal as the guy counting nuts and bolts!

My spreadsheet is divided into several sections. One is the annual verifications of what stays in the trailer, which includes consumables like TP, toilet chemicals, rubber gloves, fire starters, etc. One is the stuff we put in at the beginning of the season, things like spices, batteries for various things, DVDs, etc. And one is for the stuff that gets packed the days before the trip, food items, trip specific things like hiking guides, etc.

And the reason I do this is because I want my comforts and don't want to be without something. This is why we have a trailer.

RVing can be as much work as you make it. We take bikes on some trips and that adds some work for me because I have to remove and stow our hard tonneau cover in the trailer. But for us that's worth it. Most trips though we don't take the bikes and loading is easy.
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The bike tubes can easily be patched with a kit FYI. Only after 4-5 patches do I eventually replace it. Also if you get flats consider a "tuffy strip" that goes inside the tire under the tube and they are very effective.
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The bike tubes can easily be patched with a kit FYI. Only after 4-5 patches do I eventually replace it. Also if you get flats consider a "tuffy strip" that goes inside the tire under the tube and they are very effective.
I have a tire patch kit attached to my bike. My brothers' problem was over inflation I believe. I'm pretty sure my niece split the tire tube like a banana peel, no patch for that!
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I love being simple minded. I could get by most trips with a pair of shorts, a pair of pants, a t shirt and a sweatshirt... but at least one pair of underwear and undershirt for each day.


My wife is the list maker and packer... I am the loader. Things were easier before kids (2 year old, 5 month old).
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Well, we just take some stuff. Then buy anything forgotten.
Most of the time it works.

Unless you ask DW about the time I forgot underwear on a 5000 mile trip.

She loves to tell that one around the campfire.
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