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Old 02-01-2014, 10:07 PM   #11
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We don't shop until we get close to our destination when we're going more than 100 miles. No reason to lug food/ice for 5 across the country. In the words of Will Smith, "Dey got food dere".
We also don't fill the fresh tank until we're close. 2x one gallon jugs allow us to flush the toilet in transit. Same goes for the generator gas cans.
We ditched physical media a long time ago, a WDTV Live with a 256GB SSD allows us to take a good portion of our movie/tv library with us in a portable, light-weight, power friendly package.
I went from a large plastic do-everything toolbox to small purpose-built pouch.
I ditched the lego style leveling blocks for plain old wood. It's much lighter.
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Old 02-02-2014, 07:32 AM   #12
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Another area I've tried to focus on is "dual purpose" items to avoid / reduce extra weight. If you own a bigger rig - you probably throw a bottle jack and a four-way lug wrench in the TT for emergencies. That's upwards of 8-10# of payload I'd rather have for other things...

My TV scissor jack and TT Camco Aluminum stabilizer jacks are abundantly adequate to lift and secure the TT if I need to change a tire. My lug nuts for the TT now match my TV so I don't need two different lug wrenches.
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Old 02-02-2014, 07:13 PM   #13
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When I changed from my popup to my 184BH, almost everything carried over. Since then, I have added way more to my camper than I thought i would. I am probably carrying around 100 bounds of extra stuff. I need to re-access my needs. Ill probably start with toolbox, and work my way down.

I only travel with minimum water for toilet and hand washing on the road.

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Old 02-02-2014, 08:27 PM   #14
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My wife and I spent years camping with what fit in the trunk of a Buick SkyHawk. After that there's not much I can do to make my 4400lb trailer light. Mostly I try to bring less stuff.
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Old 02-05-2014, 05:23 PM   #15
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Along the vane of "multi-purpose - multi-use" I carry (2) 5 gallon buckets with snap-on lids. One I keep my water products in (regulator, hoses, filter system, etc.)...the other bucket holds the "nasties" (charcoal, fire starters, muddy boots, sewer gloves, whatever). The buckets are lightweight and stand-up perfectly underneath my bunks for storage, the lids seal airtight, and at the campsite you can use them for firewood, campfire dousing, step stools, trash cans, rinsing, footstools........
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That's a good idea about the buckets. I like the stool aspect of them. I have Rubbermaid bins but its not quite the same !
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If I'm travelling far and in the mtns I usually fill my propane tanks closer to the destination. We don't watch tv but have kids movies on an iPad for my son if it's really bad weather and he gets bored of the games. And no water in the tanks till near destination.
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For outside and breakfast cooking - we use an electric griddle with a power cord home run to the pedestal (so I don't overload the TT electric service) ...If I'm grilling - it's over a campfire. This setup saved us about 20-25# over a gas grill...

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How much does this folding table unit weigh???
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How much does this folding table unit weigh???
It weighs 25lbs....the griddle weighs 1lb....(yes - I've weighed the entire trailer contents - lol)
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For this year I purchased Swagmans (2) Bike Rack which we will use as a lightweight and versatile platform for Bikes (or) Tote (or) Wet Outdoor Mats....etc. By removing the spare tire from the bumper and going "minimalistic" with the rack and (2) aluminum bikes - the net add was only 35# on the bumper....except now the weight is distributed across the length of the bumper.

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Having the option to carry bikes (without adding a lot of weight) this camping season is a big victory for us....
Wish I could use that rack on my TT, I hate putting bikes inside. Also, you you still carry your spare else where or leave it at home?
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