We have tried to make everything very easy to pack and go, except for the screenhouse if it is up. Grill, stove, chairs, table, cord, leveling blocks, bike, etc can all be put away in less than 10 minutes, and resetup just as quickly. Now if we could just get the folks to quit taking the firewood!
We have a collapsible cone marked occupied, and some caution tape to mark our site.
We've haven't lost anything in five years of B camping. Mostly drycamping in state and national lands. Almost always leave a quickshelter up and folding chairs and outdoor kitchen. Occasionally leave bikes chained and usually covered.
It would be a rare day that we'd stay in a campground that was in any way sketchy. The overwhelming percentage of campers are fine folks.
Of course, I also believe in "trail magic" and will give hitchhiking backpackers a lift when it's clear they're really hikers.
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Are you sure that you will be wanting to take that much stuff?
As "tourers", we don't carry anything to setup outside. Nothing. We plan on being out everyday. The campground is a place to park and plug in to the grid (if available). I only attach the water and waste hoses every three or four days.
We use orange cones to mark our spot. That has always worked.
We did have an issue last week at the city campground in Fredricksburg, TX, last week. When we went to our assigned spot, we discovered that our "neighbor", was using our site to park his truck. When we asked him to move it he went off on a rant that there were other vacant sites and that the campground should never have put anyone next to him. I told him to take that up with the campground management.
In nine years that is the only problem I have had with camp sites.
Been B camping for 6 years; never totally pack up to sightsee, but do lock bicycles together and to a tree, etc. Always carry two hoses and two lengths of tv cable, so don't pack them up either. So far haven't lost anything, inclding campsite. Maybe just lucky, time will tell.
We are awaiting delivery of our new Pleasureway Excel class B camper. One of the discussion my DW and I are having is what do we do if we are going to stay in a campground for a few days yet use the camper to visit the area....Thanks, Ed
Your question will draw many comments, but it is not unique to Class B campers. Many have already expressed their thoughts and they camp using 5th wheels or bumper pull trailers. The same would apply to Class C campers whether they pulled a TOAD or not. What happens when you leave the campsite?
Possibly, the Class B and the short Class C are unique as they are easy to just start the motorhome and leave. The Big rigs with TOADs and trailers leave living quarters behind to mark the spot as taken.
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You may not always be taking that much stuff. The excel seems larger than my RT RS, but we pack lighter than if we had an A or C (we have to).
Our usual style is 2 days at one site- weekends until retirement time. Given that, the only thing outside is the electric cord and some leveler blocks if needed. If we were staying a week somewhere I would get a small light tent and chain the bikes and chairs together in the tent when not needed.
A few weeks ago we were in Charlottesville VA. and drove to Waynesboro, maybe 30 miles west. When we were done there and having lunch nearby, we decided we had seen everything we wanted to see and do in the Charlottesville area. During the previous night a large pop up with several cars moved in right next to us in the nearly empty campground. Leaving for the day I packed the cord and blocks in the van, telling my wife we may pick another spot when we return if it looks like they could be noisy.
We decided instead that we could be at Montpelier by 3:30, giving us two and a half hours if needed to see it. Montpelier is about 45 minutes from Charlottesville and on our way home. Since we had everything we needed we skipped the last night at camp and got home by 8:30. If we had to return to our campsite to pick up items the time would have been too tight.
The beauty of a B is the flexibility to do what you want. If you don't like a campsite or your neighbors (rare) it's easy to move to another. We're learning to throw away schedules and do what we want, and it's been fun. If you know for sure that you're returning to your campsite, then leave your stuff there. Any chance of change of plans, take your stuff with you. Most B owners say the more they travel the less they take. There is a learning curve, and I'm near the bottom.
We only leave 2 chairs and 2 small Red Cones that I use for guiding me when I backup, so that I stop at the same spot. Cones are on the drivers side.
Photo was taken as we were camping at the Tall Sycamore Campground in Rose's home town of Logansport, IN, along the Wabash River.
Here is our Home Made Sign I made several years ago.
Ron & Rose Cabral
New Bedford, MA
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We too are tourers - we try to travel light, and usually just set up only a pair of folding chairs only when we use them, and bring them in when we're done. We only hook up to water when we are filling the tank, so we just plug in the power(and maybe the TV cable overnight) when on the site. The macerator is quick to use a couple of times a week. As far as saving the site - we usually stay in private CGs and on arrival inform the office that we will be in and out frequently. Never had a problem with site stealers! BTW 40 years ago when we were tent camping in the White Mountains we went out in our MG roadster, leaving our site all set up. On our return we were OK but the folks in the next site had everything stolen except their tent! So its' not a new problem.
We're starting our 7th season in the RT next week!!!!!
Steve & Bev
2005 Roadtrek 210
Tess, our new Sheltie Pup!
Babe the Calico Cat
I trust nobody. I don't put out a lot and therefore don't have to pack up a lot. 2 chairs and a fold up bbq grill, I also have a fold up table. Takes about 5 minutes to go anywhere. I think it takes longer to unhook and roll up hoses and cables. I haven't carried bicycles or a motorized 2 wheeler ( I have both scooter and motorcycle), but I wouldn't leave them unless I had a log chain.... no probably not even then.
I trust nobody. I'm just a firm believer that it's my job to make it hard for someone to steal from me. Most people are honest, the ones that aren't don't carry signs to tell you they aren't.