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Old 05-10-2014, 10:18 AM   #1
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What Do You Leave In You TT between Trips

Getting ready for the first trip of the season and thinking about everything we need to pack. Dreading all the different standard food items we need to put in the TT. Was thinking of getting TT specific items to leave in, in-between trips.

Was thinking about:

Baking powder
Baking Soda

What else do you leave in in-between trips. I am weary about starchy or sugary foods because of potential mice and bugs.

What do you leave in?



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Old 05-10-2014, 10:50 AM   #2
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We leave everything you listed, except the oil which might not do well in the heat that builds up in our trailer in the Texas heat. We do leave two roof ventilation hatches open - which are covered - when the trailer is stored.

We also leave toiletries and cleaners. We leave absolutely no food.

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Old 05-10-2014, 03:20 PM   #3
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I am looking forward to the responses here. If you are using the trailer say two weekends a month, do any of you leave non perishable food items in there? Like you would have in the pantry at home? Of course canned goods would be fine, but what about others?
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Old 05-10-2014, 03:38 PM   #4
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We leave our refrigerator on all the time. Therefore, we leave quite a bit of food in the freezer and refrigerator. We take out only the food items that we need in the house. Have never had a problem with mice or other invaders. We usually go out every two or three weeks all summer long. Therefore, about the only thing we transfer back-and-forth from the house to the camper are a few food items for that particular weekend and our clothes that are necessary.

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Old 05-10-2014, 03:46 PM   #5
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We leave as much as we can. Specifically, anything that isn't needed inside the house in between trips stays and we keep the trailer plugged in with the fridge on. Of course we only get a few days that are really hot, and always leave a few windows cracked with the roof vent open and on hot days I let the vent fan run.

We try to buy a set of staples that pretty much stays in the trailer for the season: steak spice, canned goods, coffee, ketchup/mustard and other condiments; salad dressings, margarine, etc. So we are usually hauling the fresh produce and other perishable items back and forth that need to get used up fast.

Of course we are using our trailer constantly often a week at a time (home for the weekends) so it might be different than folks who only use theirs 2 weekends per month. In that case I might consider emptying out more stuff.

When we got home this weekend after our first week out with the trailer, the wife and I joked that we should just live in the trailer in the driveway to save the hassle of unloading and reloading (shaving kit/toiletries, kids stuff, food, etc.). Wife's reply is that I had better hurry up and get her a 5er with laundry facilities and other extras and we would do just that!
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Old 05-10-2014, 05:09 PM   #6
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We keep a good supply of canned foods such as soup, sardines, tuna fish, veggies, etc. You never know when you might need them. Several times we have. We call it our "hurricane supply."
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Old 05-10-2014, 05:34 PM   #7
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We have it down to a couple of the ACTION PACKER totes from LOWES for the food and cooking items we want to bring along with us. Everything else stays in the storage cabinets in the trailer.

We are a bit short on storage areas inside our OFF-RoAD POPUP but after you do a couple of camping trips you can figure out what basics you need to have.

We camped out (with no cheating) in CAMP BACKYARD when we first started out. You find out real quick what you need haha...

Also our first camping trips were always close-by to a WALMART and LOWES store or close to home and along with what you find at the CAMP STORE at the campground you can get the basics built-up pretty quick.

On our longer trips we always stop at the last chance WALMART to stock up on a couple of days of food supplies etc... Once at the campground you can figure where the best closeby place for daily supplies will be talking with the other campers. For us the ICE SUPPLY demand is one of the biggest items we use alot of. I have a 5-day ICE CHEST in the back of my truck full of ice when we start out. I then store some food in it and any thing we don't want to get water soaked fits in a small tote with snap lid sitting on top of the ice.

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Old 05-10-2014, 08:05 PM   #8
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Like many, we leave the fridg on all the time, thus we leave the condiments in the fridg. We remove the fresh meats and vegies. We try to leave the rv ready for the next trip. We even have rv clothes and house clothes. The last thing we do before leaving the camp site is to clean, change sheets, pile dirty laundry on a bed then go home. Once home, wash laundry and return it to the camper for next trip.
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Old 05-10-2014, 08:08 PM   #9
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Anything non-perishable stays including canned goods and anything in the refrigerator which stays plugged in while in my driveway. Anything perishable goes back inside the house.

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Old 05-10-2014, 09:43 PM   #10
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Another thought, and forgive me I don't intend this to sound like a smart@$$ statement. If you load and unload at each trip, you may as well own a tent. Keep the RV ready to go makes life so much easier.

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