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Old 02-19-2018, 09:58 AM   #1
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Things you don't need

I've seen lots of posts and read online articles about things you need for camping or for your travel trailer.

What are some things you don't need or want?
I know everyone's ideas will differ since we all camp differently and want different experiences.
But I'm curious about what you don't think is necessary or helpful.


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A television. I'm ripping the one that came with my new trailer out before our first trip.
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The basics expanded it in to the things we don't need, the expansion is more complicated, the basics is simple. Hey I'm more than guilty...
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Old 02-19-2018, 12:47 PM   #6
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Donít need anything on the trailer or the trailer itself. Needs are relative. Only really need a sleeping bag and water with an mre or two.


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Donít need anything on the trailer or the trailer itself. Needs are relative. Only really need a sleeping bag and water with an mre or two.


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I realize I'm a newbie, but I thought there were certain items you really need if you have a TT for the sake of safety and to keep the TT from being damaged.

I guess I was thinking some would say they don't need a grill because they cook over a fire.
Or they don't bring soap and shampoo because they don't bathe and like to smell all gamey.
That sort of thing.

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Things we don't need? The list to too long for this forum.

DW thinks we need to be glamping so we when bought the Pup and again when we bought the Travel Trailer, she had to go buy matching dishes, silverware, towels, bedding etc. And of course she has to pack two bags for a weekend at the lake.

Are you starting to get the idea?
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This is going to vary from person to person depending on how you camp. What we "needed" 10 years ago is different from what we "need" now. Every so often we purge things we no longer use. Conversely every so often we add something we think we can't live without.
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I know it will vary from person to person. That's what I was hoping for.
It's interesting to see how everyone does things differently and still can say they had fun.


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The basics expanded it in to the things we don't need, the expansion is more complicated, the basics is simple. Hey I'm more than guilty...
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Ill take a stab at what I think your looking for:

I donít need twigs to light a fire and use the Weber parafin cubes. They start the fire perfect every time.

You donít need solar as a better converter and generator work just as well and cheaper.

You donít need silverware and dishes. Just use paper and throw it away. Less grey water and your camping so less work afterwards.

You donít need a coffee maker. Just get a pour over type filter setup and boil water then pour over your coffee into your cup.

You donít need two spares. If your luck is that bad better to turn around and go home before it gets worse.

You donít need a TV. Your camping. Rough it.

You donít need beer. Drink whiskey instead.

You donít need cookware. Place all meals inside a vaccine sealed bag and heat it up in boiling water. For everything.

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Ill take a stab at what I think your looking for:

I donít need twigs to light a fire and use the Weber parafin cubes. They start the fire perfect every time.

You donít need solar as a better converter and generator work just as well and cheaper.

You donít need silverware and dishes. Just use paper and throw it away. Less grey water and your camping so less work afterwards.

You donít need a coffee maker. Just get a pour over type filter setup and boil water then pour over your coffee into your cup.

You donít need two spares. If your luck is that bad better to turn around and go home before it gets worse.

You donít need a TV. Your camping. Rough it.

You donít need beer. Drink whiskey instead.

You donít need cookware. Place all meals inside a vaccine sealed bag and heat it up in boiling water. For everything.

How am I doing?


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We used to take way too many changes of clothes.
I used to take tools for just about any repair. Never needed them.
I used to carry RV maintenance stuff, like slideout lube, etc. Now I do that at home.
My wife used to load up the frig and pantry at home. Now we do that at the nearest store to our campsite.
TV stays at home if camping local. Usually can't get a decent signal in NH.
For us camping has become a "less is more" thing.
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You'll end up missing things you really need and bringing things you really don't every trip. I've been doing the trailer thing for five or six years with my family and I still don't know why I don't have all the "essentials" or why I bring so much extra crap.

Don't stress too much about it. Bring a comfortable chair, refreshments of your choice, and a hat that keep the sun off. Everything else is optional.
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Boil it down to the very basic and differentiate between a “want” and a “need”. I don’t need glass plates and silverware but they are always in my camper. I don’t need a Weber Q cause I am perfectly capable of cowboy cooking. I don’t need 2 zero gravity recliners but I want one to nap in. It’s all relative. We carry plastic ware and paper plates, instant coffee and yes a 10 cup drip coffeemaker and the list goes on. I don’t need a Glock but I always “want” it with me.
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The bocce ball set. Been in the trailer for 10 years now, and nobody's played it yet.
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