We keep a shelf of non perishable foods in the camper. Cans of soups and stews, chili, oatmeal, dry cereal, etc. A few days of clothes and all bathroom supplies. Everything else we have a duplicate in the camper. We don't take laptops and I have a camera that I keep on my
shelf next to the bag
Basically all we need to load is pershiable food and drinks, a few more days of clothes depending on how long we are staying and we are ready to rock.
Usually our last minutes decision to go camping is made while I'm at work or on the way home. A quick stop at the grocery store to get the perishables and pull in the driveway. 10 minutes in the house to grab a clothes bag while the wife loads the groceries in the camper. another 10 for my daughter and I to hitch and unchock and we are gone.
I'll pulled in the driveway and been backed into a campsite at the local state park 30 minutes away about 1 hour later before.
2011 Silverado Crewcab 4x4
2012 Passport 238ML
Hope your travels are safe and the friendships made camping are lasting.
We keep dried food like soups, uncle bens rice , etc and some canned stuff in the trailer all season,as well as toiletries . The night before we leave I usually load the beer, wine,fire wood,get the vehicle ready etc, morning of take off we load it with our clothes, and some parishibles, hook up and go.
Then we are half way and we just realised we for got something.
2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee with 3.0L diesel.
2005 Chevy Silverado 1500 4x4
2010 195wbs Shadow cruiser travel trailer.
My wife still works, I'm retired so I do all the loading the day we leave. Takes me a few hrs to load up. We take things in the truck as well as the TT, so by the time I load up the bikes, firewood, lawn chairs, water jugs in the truck, it's time to start loading the food and clothes in the TT. I figure about 4hrs to load by myself. We don't leave any clothes in the TT except for a heavy coat. I too thought it would be easier, but being retired it's like "what else do I have to do"? I actualy enjoy it.
We just grab clothes specific to what we're going to be doing (hiking, mountain biking or kayaking) that trip, linen, and food. Throw the bikes in the back, kayaks on the rack , and we're gone. We do simple food usually, steaks/grill food, sandwiches, cereal for breakfast, and for sides, we usually get those preface sides from the fridge aisle, like mashed taters, Mac n cheese, etc.
As for linens and stuff we use a clothes basket, when we leave the camper, it all goes in the basket into the house, gets washed, and back into the basket ready to grab on the way out the door. So, we're typically just needing to grab that basket, a duffle of clothes, and pick up the groceries on the way out of town. Piece of cake. While we're camping the dirty laundry goes into the basket, and is ready to come out when we get back. Simple system but it works!
2011 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab, 5.7L Hemi 4x4. 2010 KZ Coyote CL232SS. Perfect for our Mountain Bike and Kayak adventures!
My work tow vehicle is a group of 16 cylinder General Motors diesels rated to tow around 14,000 TONS. I don't need no weight police!
Like many others I keep Mobi stocked with food, pet food and dishes, clothing, linen, toiletries, first aid kit, and more all season.
It does not have to be expensive to stock your RV with kitchen supplies or linens. We first brought in our old tenting stuff, bought utensils and BBQ tools at Thrift Shops etc.
Over the 5 years we have had Mobi we have upgraded some of the items we put in originally. A great deal on linens=matching linens for all the beds.
For 2 years we did move our pillows each trip, but now Mobi has pillows for all too.
We travel with a full water tank, as the Provincial Parks do not have hook-ups.
We are lucky though that we can park Mobi in the driveway and keep plugged in. So we can keep condiments in the fridge and some food in the freezer too.
Safeway is on the route out of town, so we stop there on the way for perishables.
Having said that, because Mobi is in the driveway I tend to putter inside and out most the season, checking oil and tire pressure, cleaning out the storage compartments etc.
Having dedicated camping clothes and Crocs really helps. After each trip the clothes get washed then put back in. I keep about 3 days each worth of clothes for short trips. Longer trips get a few more items.
We find it extremely easy to get out the door. With the exception of refrigerated food, bread, snacks & water, we're ready to go. Everything else is already in the camper. When we come home from a camping weekend, clothes are washed & put back in the camper. We have older jackets that live in the camper as well, so getting ready is easy. I load up the truck with the other necessary items (grill, firewood & chairs the night before.The entire process of loading up the truck, & filling the camper with fresh water the night before takes less than an hour. Kids are grown, so no worries there, but if you happen to have kids, better start early in the week, lol....
Ron & BJ
2008 Dutchmen Freedom Spirit FS180 (24 FT) w/full factory dark tinted glass & front window
2007 Dodge Ram 4 WD, Quad Cab, Big Horn Edition, 5.7L Hemi w/tow pkg, 3.92 LSD, Prodigy
We have duplicates of everything in our TT. The things we do pack for each trip are clothing for the season/weather, our medication, our wireless stuff and laptop and all food items. If we're staying any length of time, we also take the Satellite dish. Hubby has to have his TV. We don't leave non-perishables in the TT because it gets hot and humid in warm weather sitting in our driveway. Food of all kind (canned, boxed) should be kept in a cool dry place. So it takes us awhile to get packed up and out the door.....
We usually pack the TT the night before we leave for a camping trip, or to leave on a long trip such as when we go to FL for the winter. This was in the morning it's just some last minute stuff and we're off.
Getting it loaded at the begining of each season took some time. Once it was loaded, it was just clothing and food. I also kept my truck loaded with all the stuff I would need. We could be ready and loaded in less then one hour.