I had some of my camping gear (from tenting), plus I added all the stuff that was in my mom's 19 ft. TT (enough for 8 people) when I inherited it. Then when I bought my new 28 foot TT, it came fully loaded with stuff from the previous owner. At that point, I did a purge, but I still have a LOT of stuff to move into the RV.
I'm the type that will buy multiples of everything because I've always found that, when I like something, they stop making it. This might explain why I own 6 folding chairs.
Yeah, yeah, yeah....
If you were to look in our MH basement, and in our house closets/garage/attic you would agree that I could qualify to be on the Hoarders TV show. The way I see it, most of the problem comes from buying and buying stuff, and NOT getting rid of the same amount of old stuff. We can't seem to have it in us to part with any of our junk. Yep, it's a sickness.
As we speak, my wife is out shopping. I've been telling her, for several years, to NOT buy me anything for Christmas, NNNOOOOOOOO, she insists on having lots of presents under the big Christmas tree. Therefore, I have to buy presents for her. She has everything, like I do. But, I have to somehow come up with more stuff, to add to our other stuff,.....for Christmas.
I do NOT want hurt her feelings, and she does NOT believe me when I say it won't hurt mine. Sick, sick, sick....
Willie & Betty Sue
Miko & Sparky
2003 41 ft Dutch Star Diesel Pusher/Spartan
Blazer toad & Ranger bassboat
I keep my "stuff" to a minimum with the thought that a Walmart or auto parts store is always not that far away. About the only item I carry that I don't use is that fancy ladder I just had to have years ago. With extension poles and climbing on the rood I've never had to use it!
Needed a ladder yesterday, went to Rental place, $6 later, job is done, and ladder is returned ... In September we will need a ladder again, and guess what our plan will be again ....
Full-Time RV'rs - Grandma, Grandpa, & Petunia, 9 yr old Chi
2008 Suburban / Alpenlite Travel Trailer
"> I've picked up on a few good ideas reading your responses on this thread. I'm actually making progress on reducing the "Stuff". I've kept asking myself how did I end up so much in the RV. After a while, it finally dawned on me that when I set up the Tiffin and moved everything from the Class C we traded, we for the most part were weekend campers and even though I carried quite alot' it was not anything like what I pulled out of the Tiffin. The problems seems to have come from our adding to it for the long haul as we had recently sold the house and we were not sure where we wanted to retire and/or if we wanted to be full timers or buy another stick house. Anyway, back to the reduction. Within weeks of living in the larger RV I bought a bunch of the Sterilite 12X18X6 and 12X18x12 locking lid containers for storage in the bins. I was using the 3 of the larger and 12 of the smaller containers. By consolidation and reduction of things that I really felt like we no longer needed to keep in the RV, I have reduced it by six containers. The next step is to go through it again later this week and remove the stuff that I carry when we makeing road trips and/or extended out of state trips like when we drive to Texas to visit family. I carry a lot of extra tools and supplies that I really don't need for the weekend trips.