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Old 03-23-2016, 07:07 PM   #11
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Sam, we had a couple of totes full of items leftover from our old Travel Trailer and went through all of the items this last week and decided what we REALLY used before. Did we really use 24 towels on a 3 or 4 day trip? Did we need dinnerware service for 8? Blankets and sheets for a Boy Scout troop? No, we really cut back on what we loaded in the trailer. With our storage space cut in half of what we were used to, pot and pans, bowls and plates were unnecessary stuff. Coffee maker and small electric skillet are necessary items we used every day. We can't wait to hit the road......
Hi Redcatcher, I'm new as well.

Exactly, paper plates, paper cups and plastic cutlery is the way we go. Save space and water by not having to carry dish soap. Nobody has to do the dishes what can be better than that? Although we do have a couple of real wine glasses.
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Old 03-24-2016, 10:12 AM   #12
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Pat, exactly why I did not stock a China Store into this trailer. We learned over the years that paper plates and cups work fine for 90% of our dining needs. Sometimes she and me like a more sturdy plate for those inch thick T-bones and a few other items. Nothing like cutting into a steak and slicing your plate in half . We also like a big ceramic mug for coffee, 16 oz. at least. I discovered over the years that most of what went into a travel trailer, stayed in the trailer, so if it ain't put in there we don't haul it and waste storage space. The same goes for packing clothes, bedding, towels, pots and pans, everything seems to grow or multiply in a travel trailer. I told my wife, "its back to the basics" as far as what was stocked in the trailer. We will see after the first trip how well my system works, of course she has not packed her blow dryer, curling iron and other necessities she thinks she needs........
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Agreed. My motto is "less is more." Less stuff (weight) is more gas mileage!
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Pat, exactly why I did not stock a China Store into this trailer. We learned over the years that paper plates and cups work fine for 90% of our dining needs. Sometimes she and me like a more sturdy plate for those inch thick T-bones and a few other items. Nothing like cutting into a steak and slicing your plate in half . We also like a big ceramic mug for coffee, 16 oz. at least. I discovered over the years that most of what went into a travel trailer, stayed in the trailer, so if it ain't put in there we don't haul it and waste storage space. The same goes for packing clothes, bedding, towels, pots and pans, everything seems to grow or multiply in a travel trailer. I told my wife, "its back to the basics" as far as what was stocked in the trailer. We will see after the first trip how well my system works, of course she has not packed her blow dryer, curling iron and other necessities she thinks she needs........
Yes easy to fall into the pack rat mentality, especially as one gets older if you aren't careful you start preparing for every eventuality possible, it may rain, it may be hot, it might get windy... When I was a teen I would go away for the weekend just with a toothbrush, comb, bar of soap, towel, pillow and the clothes on my back. Planning ahead was bringing the case of beer with me.

Bought a zodiac, with a 5 hp motor, the motor had a small self contained gas tank, you could get about an hour of running time at full throttle. I used to take a single rod and wear a fishing vest that contained all my tackle. Eventually it lead to buying a spare 1 gallon jerry can, then a regular 5 gallon gas tank (crap I could fish for a week on that.) then a spare rod then 2. Then a tackle box, then 2, then a cooler. Pretty soon there was nowhere to sit
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