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Old 07-29-2015, 11:40 AM   #1
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Quick Pack up methods

We just went on our first trip in our 2009 jayco 1207 and we had a great time. We noticed that packing up can be a bit troublesome so I was thinking about fast pack up techniques. Specially i was thinking about buying big plastic bins for each type of item (Food, clothes, etc) which would sit in the middle isle.

How do you folks get packed up fast?
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Old 07-29-2015, 12:18 PM   #2
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"Fast" and "Pop-Up" generally do not go together. When I had my pop-up it was a long, patience-trying experience to try different ways to pack things. I do know that each pop-up will have different layouts and considerations to be made. Trial and error is the only way. You will eventually figure out what works and does not work in your case.
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"Fast" and "Pop-Up" generally do not go together.
Even hard-sided campers.

Our packing-up process starts the evening before we leave. Anything not needed next morning gets packed. It's still over an hour from 'breaking camp' to 'rolling out'.
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Old 07-29-2015, 12:27 PM   #4
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I use sterilite bins that fit perfectly in the aisles... one holds a weber smokey joe grill, bag of charcoal, lighter fluid, fire starter bricks, and newspaper. That one comes out of the camper, and sits under the rear bunk end until I am done camping. I use two more bins for food, dishes and whatever else I bring each time. Those bins sit on the counter above the water heater when popped up, and in the aisle when towing. Bedding goes in the storage compartments under the side dinette. Pillows tend to go under the U-dinette.

To save time the morning we leave, most everything is packed the night before except what we need for breakfast... and breakfast that day is kept fairly light to avoid excessive dish washing and additional packing.
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Old 07-29-2015, 01:12 PM   #5
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Each traveler has a 'laundry basket' (6 for $33) in which to stow their stuff - depending on how long the trip, you may want to place them in each bedroom in advance. We have 2 more for food, one for pre-cooled fridge/freezer goods (to unpack into the rig's fridge/freezer) and one for all other eats. Once camping and when emptied, they easily nest-and-store under the TT and they can be hosed-down when grubby or dirty. Check-lists help but if somebody forgot something? Either pick it up locally or "tough" and remember next time! BTW, this is the same process we used with the tent-trailer ... and even when making a trip with multiple stops along the way. As noted above, tubs fit will in aisles and keep things from sliding and damaging the rig.

Apply a version of the rule "if you don't wear it/use it - then don't keep it/bring it/waste space". Everything else has a place in the TT so when packing to go - it's just a matter of minutes to load the "for this trip" stuff ... it takes less time for me than DH's time filling the water tank and hooking-up the (pre-fueled) TV to the TT!
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Old 07-29-2015, 01:36 PM   #6
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I like to leave as much in the trailer as I possibly can to minimize loading/unloading. So when we are getting ready, we have most things covered except our clothes and food. I even leave a complete set of clothes in the trailer, from socks and shoes all the way to a hat, rain gear and a sweatshirt. Technically, I could be ready for a weekend outing in the time it takes to hook up the trailer; we'd just buy the food at our destination.

Of course, it was easier before the baby came; it only took about 1/2 hour for me and DW to load up and be ready to go for a weekend outing. Now if we did it all at once, it would take at least an hour, maybe even 2 ...

I like the plastic bin idea, and I like the laundry basket idea even better. Especially if you have space issues like in a PUP. If you pack the bins just right, you can only throw the ones you need in. With my way, I'm hauling a full compliment whether I need it or not. Try out a few different options, take notes, and then tweak it to work for you.
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We also use bins, one for food and the other for essentials that support the popup itself, we also utilize a Sterilite 3-drawer unit that stores kitchen utensils along with other kitchen-type items. We store necessities in the three storage areas in the popup, we've really streamlined those necessities too, we try not to store anything in the camper that isn't regularly used. One the day of our departure, we place our clothes and the food bin in the camper, we place the cooler/10x10 canopy/camp chairs/table/etc. in the TV.
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[QUOTE=Camper_bob;326556]I like to leave as much in the trailer as I possibly can to minimize loading/unloading. I even leave a complete set of clothes in the trailer, from socks and shoes all the way to a hat, rain gear and a sweatshirt. Technically, I could be ready for a weekend outing in the time it takes to hook up the trailer; we'd just buy the food at our destination.

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How do you folks get packed up fast?
Packing up fast isn't an option for us.

We just went from a Heritage pop-up to a Jay Feather Hybrid.

I would say we still spend about the same amount of time breaking camp as we did in the past. But the ease of breaking camp has been much less of a hassle then it was with the pop-up. We still use bins to store items in. And we still have bunk ends to fold up plus an awning to roll up.
Rather that storing items in the cabinets and draws in the Hybird the use of bins is mainly for the items we need to set up. We also will keep any bins we use outside under the back bunk end.
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I can be ready to hit the road in under an hour...and most of that is hooking up the Pup, doing my walk around inspection and loading supplies in the back of the TV. Chairs, generators (boondocking only), cooler, small barrel grill, and fishing gear go in the TV...everything else (2 sleeping bags, rain gear, eating /cooking utensils, coffee maker and dry goods) is stored already in the Pup in self sealing plastic storage bins. I buy my food products the night before and chill everything needed over night, that goes in the cooler and I hit the "ice machine" on the way out. I wait to buy fuel for generator and fill my water reservoir when I get to my destination or the first night on the road. Clothes for the trip only, go in a knapsack and tossed in the backseat of the TV........the key with the Pup is keeping a minimalist mindset. Having a set of dedicated items strictly for the camper and ready to go is a huge time saver.
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