I always carry a small selection of tools and spare electrical and plumbing parts. The DW cooks up some meals and freezes them and we carry the frig full. That gets us by for close to a week. We only carry a few days worth of canned goods and other foods, those are easily restocked anywhere and I see no point in dragging things cross country that I can get anyplace I stop. Clothes wise, we carry enough for about a week and wash them when we’re near someplace with a laundromat.
The exception is when out two teenage granddaughters are with us, they require so much gear the TT can become uninhabitable. Fortunately, for the most part its light, like clothes, and can go in the TV. I pull a small TT and have to be selective on what I take so I only pack quantities of what I need and can’t pick up on the trip.
For those of you who've done the big trips, how do you pack your TT? What items do you bring as much of as possible? What do you prefer to pick up at grocery stores along the way? Dry goods? What do you try to carry the least of (heavy items)?
It's real easy.
Know your CCC weight of your TT.
Weigh your trailer before leaving.
Place a scale at the door and weigh everything you bring in to it.
You'll find that after about the 4 trip into the TT while packing you will be overweight, then you know how much to take with and what needs to be left behind!
And don't forget to bring lots and lots of quarters with for the washer and dryers to clean your clothes.
"We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us".
We tell the kids pack clothes for 5 days, we can always do laundry, and we pack enough food for 3 days. When travelling our routine was after checking in at the CG Mom would drive to the local Walmart and buy whatever we needed as the kids helped me set up camp. No need to overload the TT.
Joe,Joyce 4 kids & 3 dogs
2004 Ford Excursion LTD 4x4 V-10 3.73 Gears, Hellwig Swaybar, Bilstein Shocks & Steering Stabilizer, Roadmaster Active Suspension, Super Duty Tow Mirrors
Reese Dual Cam & Prodigy Brake Controller
2010 Jayco G2 32BHDS.
I haven't done it yet but we are planning on a 7 week trip this summer. So far are longist trip has been two weeks.
I intend to take 12 days of underwear/socks , hat, 5 shorts, 2 pair long pants, swim suit, tennis shoes, hiking boots, water shoes, rain jacket, fleece jacket, lightweight hooded parka with removable liner/knit hat and leather gloves. Thinking now of just 3 or 4 t-shirts (my current supply is very low) and buying more at gift shops along the way.
2 towels for everyone, lots of TP and Paper towels, laundry soap/ dish soap.
I am planning on doing laundry every 10 to 12 days and shopping for food at that time. I will pack the fridge with meat, dairy and produce before we leave. Plan a menue and insure I have enough ceral, pasta, canned goods for 14 days.
I usuallly do not spend a lot of time cooking while camping- lots of one pot meals, sandwiches and soups. I use a lot of rice in a box or dry noodles and sauce in a bag. Stuff I would never use at home. I never buy anything in the freezer section but canned juice and ice cream. Don't get anything in the cookie aisle or anything in a box except cereal. When camping that all changes no plans to bake cookies while on the road.
I carry my fishing gear, bikes, box of games (chess/checkers/cards/dice) , a couple of paperback books and CD's. My daughter brings movies but we seldom watch any. We may bring a few more CD/movies on this long trip.
I plan to carry an extra propane bottle and gasoline for my generators. Planning on staying at National Parks most of the time.
My biggest headache in getting ready to go is my wifes inability to stock the camper. She is always forgetting something. Shampo, tooth paste. I cannot get her to understand put a bottle of shampo in the trailer and leave it. She thinks you can only have one botttle at a time and it must be carried back and forth between the TT and house. My thought purchase three. One in the suitcase, one in the TT and one in the house.
For me packing the TT for this summer isn't so much putting things in but taking some of my winter stuff out. I do not think I will need the long underwear and so many long pairs of pants. When I got the TT I just put clothes in it and leave them there. The wife was planning on taking sheets/cooking gear from the house and bring it in and out every trip. Not the way to do it. Stock the TT and leave it. Now if i could get her to get that other bottle of shampo for the TT.
US Army Retired X 2 (Both wife and I)
2012 North Trail TT 30QOK
2005 Dodge deisel 2500 HD, shortbed, 6 speed manual, Equalizer Hitch, Warn Winch, highlift jack, Honda Gen Set, Winona Canoe