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Old 06-18-2016, 03:22 PM   #1
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Tips & Tricks to speed up arrival & departure?

Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions on ways to reduce time it takes to set up upon arrival and to pack up for departure. As a hybrid owner and having to deal with the bed set up, sometimes I get frustrated with how long it takes.


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Old 06-18-2016, 03:44 PM   #2
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Everyone has the same job for every trip. This way everyone knows what to do.

Now the tip for making the beds; I am outside the DW is inside. I unzip the screen and canvas, and make the outer edge of the beds, DW is inside doing her part. For the rear bed, the DW tips up the inner mattress half and I place the fitted sheet on the corner by the shower as she struggles being on the mattress and making the bed.
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Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions on ways to reduce time it takes to set up upon arrival and to pack up for departure. As a hybrid owner and having to deal with the bed set up, sometimes I get frustrated with how long it takes.


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We tent camped for years before we got our hybrid trailer. I always look at it like this- it's not much different from setting up a tent and when you are done, you have a nice bed to sleep in that's not on the ground. I admit take down takes almost as much time as breaking down a tent but we wouldn't trade it!
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Not knocking anyone here, but with my fifth wheel sitting in my driveway I can depart as fast as I can hook it up to my truck.
Everything is in the trailer. Nothing goes in my truck. There are still empty cupboards inside, because there is so much room. The only thought that needs to go into leaving is if I locked the house.
We can decide if we want to go somewhere and be gone in minutes.
When I get home...unhook and park the truck.
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Not knocking anyone here, but with my fifth wheel sitting in my driveway I can depart as fast as I can hook it up to my truck.
Everything is in the trailer. Nothing goes in my truck. There are still empty cupboards inside, because there is so much room. The only thought that needs to go into leaving is if I locked the house.
We can decide if we want to go somewhere and be gone in minutes.
When I get home...unhook and park the truck.
Yeah you guys with the 5'fers, TTs, and MHs' have it made in the shade. While us hybrid owners have to "rough it"!!

But it is what it is......
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Yeah you guys with the 5'fers, TTs, and MHs' have it made in the shade. While us hybrid owners have to "rough it"!!

But it is what it is......
We can be ready to go in minutes. When we get home from a trip we cleanup, wash and repack our bedding and camp cloths. Before leaving toss in food, hookup and we are out of here.

This past week I was traveling for work. I got home and within two hours we where gone.
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Making the beds is a job for hybrids and one of the things we don't miss since went from a 19H to a 28DSBH. But compared to a PUP is less work, which compared to a tent is less work, ...

Been through the all the phases.

One tip for hybrids is leaving the mattress cover or fitted sheet on when you fold in.
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Everyone has the same job for every trip. This way everyone knows what to do.
Exactly then it can get quick. The Anderson levelers cut my time way down.
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We went from a PuP to a TT due to the simplicity factor.

We did leave our bed pre-made before/after the trip. Unless you have to pull the mattress. Then that is a whole 'nother gig. More than likely, it is just part of the the way of the Hybrid life.

We do save time, the more often we set up. Perhaps that will help you out.
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Establish a specific set of tasks and execute them in the exact order each time. Pack and unpack loose items the same way each time, that way you can almost close your eyes and reach for the tool, support, etc AND FIND IT without yelling at the wife about where did you put the (*%%(^$%##%] poles. We also used the wife inside and me outside plan. While I was getting the PU ready to open, my wife was helping with the stuff in the back of the truck and watching the young kids and dog. Once raised and leveled, she went inside and started setting up the counters, beds, and what not. By that time I had the power plugged in. A hybrid I suspect is similar except that once parked and disconnected there is immediate access to the interior for the wife to begin the set up. The tear down s/b done in exact reverse order with everything put where it belongs rather than just piled on the picnic table. I have found countless tent stakes, braces, electric adapters, etc in empty sites where we camp.

Plastic totes are a great way to pack and organize your stuff. Get several of the same size that fit in the isles and can be stacked. Easy to open and unpack and quick to prepare for tear down. We always end up with dirty clothes and towels etc that get washed when we get home, and we make sure they are returned to the RV immediately so we don't have to look all over the house to find the camping stuff.

You do your thing and she does her's. If kids are in the equation, they should also have assigned tasks. Otherwise they need to be distracted and kept out of the way so the adults can stay on task. Usually about 30 minutes is all it takes to complete most of the tasks. I don't ask the wife ??'s and she leaves me alone during the process unless something comes up that is important to the opening or closing process. Asking me if I packed the kids frisbie or me asking if she wanted to take a hike when we finished are things that need to wait until an all clear is given and we are ready to CAMP.
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