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Old 06-19-2016, 10:15 PM   #11
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Cordless Drill

This is a timesaver and it makes setting up and tear down easier, especially on hot days. Just bring a cordless drill with a bit that fits your jack stands! Sure beats cranking by hand!
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Old 06-20-2016, 03:54 PM   #12
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This is a timesaver and it makes setting up and tear down easier, especially on hot days. Just bring a cordless drill with a bit that fits your jack stands! Sure beats cranking by hand!
X2 on that one. My 17a came with two crank handles so I cut the crank off one and now use it in the drill to run the jacks up/down and the other one to snug them up.
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Old 06-20-2016, 04:22 PM   #13
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I used to have a pop-up and it used to take forever and a day to get packed up to go. Even longer on departure. Now that we have this beautiful travel trailer, it only takes forever.


My wife needs the entire house clean as well as every thread of laundry done before going away for some reason. If she could, she'd have me paint the house, mulch the gardens, powerwash the cars, scrub the floors, remodel the basement, build a deck, shampoo the carpets, refinance the house, install a pool, adopt 3 kittens, climb Everest, and then...and only THEN..we can leave for vacation. Never seen anything to beat it in my life. She's a straight up fanatic.
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Well, I have questions and suggestions. Before I start, know that setup and breakdown are as hard as you want to make it. I've seen people with 5vers take 10 minutes, and I've seen them take 2 hours. Same for every other kind of camping unit. It takes us about an hour with our hybrid, that's with setting up a bunch of whirly-gigs and awning lights, putting the table outside, and other things that go outside. When we had our pup, it was 2 hours and back then we didn't do whirly-gigs and lights.

If we stick to the basics, we can be setup and ready to camp in 30 minutes.

Question, how old is your hybrid? Older ones have bars that hold the beds up. Our '03 Kiwi 17a had a setup like that. Our 2013 has cables. Simply drop the bed down and insert the shepherds pole. Done. It takes me longer to hook up the water connection that it takes to drop both beds.

1) We don't "make" beds. We like the KISS principle. We came from a tent, then pop-ups. An unzipped sleeping bag gets laid out flat in the bunk, throw the pillows and a couple of comforters on top. Done. For packing, just drag everything off and fold. Minutes for setup on the beds, minutes to "break" the beds. Personally I've never understood why some folks feel the need to struggle with a fitted sheet on a hybrid or pop-up mattress.

2) As bassdogs said, "you do your thing and she does her's". I do all the outside stuff, she does the inside stuff. We've been camping for over 30 years. We've got this down to a science.

3) As said above, use a cordless drill to raise and lower the stabilizers. I got mine for $16 from a sidewalk sale at Harbor Freight. It stays in the trailer and has been very reliable.
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I'll throw exactly 1 suggestion out there:


Segregate the stuff needed for "landing":
The wheel chocks, leveling blocks, tool for the stabilizers, tool for the WDH, etc.
Keep them where they can be reached quickly. [I build a front stoop out of Trex to limit the amount of dirt and leaves entering the TT. It gets turned upside-down on a chunk of rug just inside the door with the immediate need items placed in the structure.]

Doing that turned a 45 minute process into under 20.






It also allows for packing all of the Outdoor Living stuff without worrying about the "landing" gear.
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It takes us about 15-20 minutes, but we try to keep the extraneous stuff to a minimum: the lawn chairs only come out when we need them, the barbecue stays stowed until it's time to use it, etc. That way, if we don't use something during the weekend, we won't have to worry about putting it away later. Coming from a hybrid which took us half an hour or more to get it all set up, now when we're done, DW and I look at each other wondering what we've forgotten to do.
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One trick I have for quick arrival is swapping the order of the bins in the external storage bay. When arriving, our fresh water bin is at door so I can stop and fill the tank in a jiffy (we dry camp a lot, no water at the site). But when departing, the sewer hose bin is the last one in usually. Swap them before you leave so things are packed away in the order you need them.

I also start planning for departure day the day before we go to cut down on chores. If it's the last time you'll use it, put it away. Examples would be to give the BBQ a good clean after the last dinner, or pull down the clothes line as you take the last things off on the final afternoon. Fold up and put away the extra guest chairs. Being prepared always makes the pack up go quicker.

Compared to the "old days" in our pup, the HTT setup and breakdown are blazingly fast.
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I also start planning for departure day the day before we go to cut down on chores. If it's the last time you'll use it, put it away. Examples would be to give the BBQ a good clean after the last dinner, or pull down the clothes line as you take the last things off on the final afternoon. Fold up and put away the extra guest chairs. Being prepared always makes the pack up go quicker.
Ah! This is one of the items I forgot. We do the same, including taking down the whirly-gigs the night before. It saves a lot of time the next morning.
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Ah! This is one of the items I forgot. We do the same, including taking down the whirly-gigs the night before. It saves a lot of time the next morning.
X2!

Spend the time the evening before, to grieve for the departure, while packing the tokens of the time spent enjoying the event.
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My wife's job is to back me in and then take our 7-year old somewhere to play. I can set up or tear down in about an hour by myself. That includes backing up and hooking up to the camper.
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