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For 3-4 years our whole family camped in a travel trailer exclusively. It was fun to prepare an entire meal of home-made lasagne perhaps, complete with china and silverware, and watch the other campers enviously eat hot dogs over campfires.
On Monday morning, the kids and I would search the empty campground for fires still burning and any other detritus left behind. We hiked all over the place and I would incorporate what we found into our lessons which I was teaching them.
By Susan from Baltimore, MD
I learned this tip from friends who not only camped, but owned a campground. It works wonderfully! When traveling with a travel trailer, always crack open a front window on the left side of the camper, and a right window on the back side of the camper. This allows air to flow through easily and prevents the camper from whipping back and forth as you pass large trucks by. Your trip will be SO much smoother! It works on the same principle as does cracking windows when a tornado or hurricane is coming through - preventing so much pressure inside.
By Jacketbacker from Greer, SC
I love camping but I will be honest, I do not "rough it" very well. No tent and sleeping bag for me, I prefer a camper. But camping in a camper can be very expensive. I work hard to keep it frugal. Several years ago we purchased a used camper that a fellow lived in for a bit. We knew it would take a lot of work and good old elbow grease to get it the way we wanted it but the price was low enough to make it worth our while.
The probes in the dirty tanks did not work and the tanks had a horrible odor. There are several ways to clean these, one of them requiring a visit to a camper dealer. I did some research and decided to try the cheapest ways first. Before we left for a weekend camping trip I filled the tanks, by my estimate, about a little less than 1/2 full of water. I added 1 cup of Calgon water softener and 1 cup of laundry detergent. Then, I poured 1 ten pound bag of ice cubes down the camper toilet. My hubby thought I was off my rocker. It took two camping trips, then a miracle happened, the probes started working and there was no odors from the tank!
I don't like paper plates so I hit up a yard sale to find a complete set of dishes for only $2. To make sure they traveled well during towing times I went to the Dollar Tree and purchased several rolls of non skid shelf liner. I cut them into squares and put them between each plate, saucer, and bowl. It works like a charm, no broken dishes!
I keep the camper stocked with personal hygiene and cleaning items. During tow times I place a clothing basket in the bathtub and store the items there. They are not flying around the camper in transit, and if by accident a lid came off, the mess is contained.
The camper, for some odd reason, did not have a light switch in the bedroom area. I purchased a cheap lamp to use in there and became tired of having to removed it during tow times. So I placed self stick Velcro on the lamp and the laminated built in night stand. It worked. The lamp stayed put.
I hit up yard sales and thrift stores for linens, towels, flatware, everything I would need and stored them in the camper, too. When we planned a camping trip all I needed to add was food. :-) After every camper trip, upon our return home, we would wash and repack linens and clean the camper, ready for our next getaway!
If you have a camper, you know about the refrigerator odor that can occur after a camping trip. I have found that after emptying the refrigerator, if I leave the door open, all of the condensation will evaporate from the unit. No mold from the moisture and no odor from the unit being closed up tight!
By Gwen from Columbus, MS
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Here are questions related to Traveling With a Camper or Trailer.
I live in New York, and am planning to go south in late February; I am new to camper travel. I am going to the Keys. How do I get out of the northeast and still be able to use my 23ft Hornet? How far south do I have to go before I will be able to live out of the camper the rest of the way? What suggestions do you have for me to prepare for the trip in regard to the trailer? Any and all will be helpful.
By Tom P. from Clifton Park, NY
By Wanda 09/11/2013
Question: I live in New York, and am planning to go south in late February; I am new to camper travel. I am going to the Keys. How do I get out of the northeast and still be able to use my 23ft Hornet? How far south do I have to go before I will be able to live out of the camper the rest of the way?
What suggestions do you have for me to prepare for the trip in regard to the trailer? Any and all will be helpful.
Answer: Preplanning is a necessity! The trip will be a long one, for sure, along the way are many, many RV/camper parks. These are where you spend the night/few days whatever your schedule allows. You can find these parks on the internet. Easy.
You can travel as far south as the road extends! Its these parks you need to find along the way. You really need to decide where you are staying in the Keys and reserve a site just as you would a hotel room. Preplanning is the key to this lengthly trip. The internet is all you need. Hope this helps.
When booking an RV spot to use with a travel trailer, do we reserve a spot that is big enough for both the truck and trailer, or just the trailer length?
By Lewis from Port Orchard, WA
By abrupt_silence 07/01/2010
Truck and trailer would be best if you are towing a vehicle or hauling a trailer. The trailer length spots are usually for actual RV's. Most spots provide room for your to park your vehicle as well as set up your trailer though so I wouldn't worry too much if you find a spot that is trailer only. Happy Camping!
We have a camper that needs storage space. Any ideas as to how we could make more room? We will be traveling and selling our product "on the road".
By Louise B. 07/28/2009
It is possible to find storage space in a camper that may not have been thought of. If you have steps up, like in a fifth wheel, you can open those up, put a hinge on the step, and use that for storage. If you do not already have storage under the bench seats by the table, you can put drawers or doors there. Check out above cupboards, above the built in couches and so on. There may be unused space that can have a door built in, and then you have extra space. If you have open decorative shelving in the bedroom, perhaps you can make that into a cupboard, or find some sort of special containers that would fit there.
There are often storage spaces accessible from the outside for things like BBQ's and lawn chairs. Be sure you are taking advantage of all that sort of space, and again, check to make sure all empty spaces have doors built into them, so you can use that space. If you have a large area for a TV, and you do not intend to install one, make that into a cupboard. Look around and you will likely find a number of areas that you can convert to cupboards.
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This is an idea for getting use out of your shower in a trailer. We have a trailer that we live in 6 months of the year. I am sure there are lots of others like us doing the same thing. I love house plants and came up with an idea to allow them in my trailer home. Our shower has a skylight in it. I put my plants in it when we are not using the shower. It's like a mini solarium and looks great in the bathroom. My plants seem to love it and have grown tremendously.
By pennypacer from Ontario, Canada
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My husband and I just purchased a small camper. I would love to hear your space-saving and organizing ideas for in a camper or RV. Also any camping tips in general that you might have.
April from Knoxville, TN
We use a large plastic tote and keep it in the camper to store paper towels, popcorn, aluminum foil, cooking spray, etc. We store our towels in a smaller tote which we also leave in the camper. Sheets (which we bought at the thrift store) are left on the bunks until they need cleaning. We have bought all our camping cookware, flatware, etc at yard sales and so we leave those in the camper so that we don't have to stock up before each trip.
Have a great time with your new camper! (07/01/2006)
We have camped for over 30 years and I use lots of Ziploc bags and plastic tubs of all sizes to hold items. Our trailer has an under the bed compartment that I store a lot of things in tubs - label everything. I store all my decorative items together (party lights, wind chimes, or anything decorative for the outside), all the cooking items are stored together and labeled. I found a hanging laundry bag that is mesh and has a hanger on it; it can hang outside or inside (if space is available).
Check at your local Dollar stores and Walmart stores for plastic tubs and storage units that might suit your needs. The RV section of some stores are expensive on items for camping so I improvise or create an item that will work for our camping experience. Plans for a portable picnic table can be found at http://www.Familyfun.Com, we have two of these tables and they are very handy at the campsite.
Have fun! (07/01/2006)
Those mesh bags produce come in are great to hang onions and potatoes on a hook inside or out. They are also good for a bar of soap to hang in the shower. That way they are a combination scrubby and soap, or just a place to keep the soap dry when not in use. Laundry detergent boxes are good to store stuff too. Ziploc bags and plastic boxes are great but this stuff has been paid for already, use it till it can't be used any more! (07/06/2006)
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By Donna Z.
This storage method is certainly not decorative or "cool", but is incredibly useful and serves our needs very well. (01/06/2008)