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Old 02-01-2014, 11:49 AM   #1
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Question Lightweight RV'ing: ideas and things you've discovered

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Forum has been pretty quiet so I thought I'd toss this out there and see what we get. Some of us have to be more mindful of our CCC's than others. Some of us have plenty of CCC but need to worry about the combo load on the tow vehicle. Maybe some of us just like to pack light. At any rate, if you've been mindful of your gear what types of things have you used or substituted in the interest of packing lighter?

For instance, just because I have the full amenities of kitchen in my unit doesn't necessarily mean that I need to pack a Corelle place setting for 8 when a stack of paper plates and red solo cups will do just fine. I don't necessarily need a full compliment of pots when my camp cookware still works just as well on the stove as it did the Coleman camp stove.

Here is mine so far:

Aforementioned paper plates and red solo cups
Big Agnes Chair One camp chairs (2lbs each !): https://www.bigagnes.com/Products/De.../chaironeblack
Big Agnes 3 Forks Shelter (7lbs 11oz):
https://www.bigagnes.com/Products/De...eeforksshelter
Keeping only the 18oz jar of Happy Camper in the trailer instead of a huge bucket of it. Use only the huge bucket to refill the 18oz jar as needed:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=A4O7Q1XKDUHQV
Microfiber Towels instead of the big bulky ones:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

So lets have at it. What are you using that is functional and weight conscious?
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Old 02-01-2014, 12:20 PM   #2
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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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Old 02-01-2014, 12:23 PM   #3
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We got the microfiber towels for a trip to Haiti but did not think of them for our camper. When we had our popup we were space conscious so we bought some smaller stuff. For our new camper we might take some more but since we have not gotten everything weighed yet we don't know how efficient we need to be.

We still have some stuff from our tent camping days so we will probably use them. I did get so e advice on things from th long long honey moon (have to google it)
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We use a lightweight screen tent vs an "EZ-Up" Canopy....that shaves about 40-50# off the payload....

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Old 02-01-2014, 12:44 PM   #5
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Upgrading to aluminum rims shaved about 15# off my dead weight....

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Changing out my WDH to a proper set-up shaved off a whopping 50#!!!!

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Old 02-01-2014, 12:59 PM   #6
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Instead of installing additional frame mounted stabilizers - I purchased Camco's Aluminum Jacks. This saved about 8-10# and I'm really happy with how rock solid the TT is now...

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I don't travel with anything in the fresh water, black water, gray water or hot water tanks whenever possible....that's up to 350# weight savings for my rig.
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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....
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I leave my teenagers at home… this gets rid of a lot of dead weight and attitude too ..lol.. Seriously though, when we are on the road and want to keep the weight down, I switch out to ultralight lawn chairs, and leave the screen tent at home. If I need to I could dump half my dishes.. (I have dishes for 12,) a bunch f dvd's, decorative accessories and extra bedding, and I could try to shop for just one day of groceries at a time. We have been guilty of buying cases of pop "on sale" but then not considering the weight involved as we haul them all over the USA. The barb Q is heavy, but I havn't sacrificed it yet. I do go through my trailer each spring and unload anything we havn't used for a while, so it is an ongoing process.
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I'm with Lady Wendolyn. I take what I want but aggressively pare the things that don't get used. Also have a pack for just me vs. when I have the kids. Reduces blankets, towels, etc.
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