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Old 08-10-2016, 04:59 PM   #43
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Here's a post of mine. We have the visiting parents, the pups, coleman grill, small table we use for all the eating and cooking necessities, nice awning lights, 9x12 outdoor rug, picnic table cover and nice screen tent that we don't have up (used it maybe twice ever). I like the idea of step ladder someone said and the long squeegee, definitely needed.
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Old 08-11-2016, 11:50 AM   #45
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A list of what we set up after we are leveled and hooked up:

Propane Weber grill on a small grill stand
8' x 20' mat if we aren't on a concrete site
4 chairs and two folding drink tables
Stake in the ground to hook the dogs to
Blue tooth speaker
Table cloth clipped on picnic table(assuming there is one)

Things we take but don't set up:
All the usual tools, broom, bikes, extra oil, coolant, AquaHot fluid, bulbs, fuses, hose clamps, silicone, gorilla tape, step ladder...the list goes on!

We also carry a small cordless blower. It is quiet and perfect for blowing the hair and dirt off the mat. Two golden retrievers can make a mess quickly! I just make sure I do it when no neighbors are out :-)
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Old 08-11-2016, 12:30 PM   #46
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Every campsite is different ... the physical layout (i.e., space between you and your neighbors), the "shade situation", the nature of the "patio" surface (are you on grass, concrete, gravel, mud, etc.), the amenities (i.e., is there a firepit that's conducive to campfire cooking?, is there a picnic table - and if there is, is it in good enough condition that you're will to use it?) etc. ... are unique to each campsite. That's part of the fun of RV ... figuring out how to make the space available to you - work for you.

We don't count our campsites coming with anything (i.e., fire pits, grills, picnic tables, etc.) If we pull in somewhere and find any of that stuff ... BONUS! ... but we're prepared to be 100% self sufficient in that regard. Here's the list of what we carry:
  • 2 "good" folding chairs (our primary patio seating)
  • 2 cheap "bag" chair (just in case we have guests)
  • 9 x 16 patio mat
  • 6 x 8 mat (placed under the entry steps
  • Homemade "landing/step" (18" x 24") placed under entry steps
  • Weber Q2200 Grill (converted to use coach propane)
  • Campfire Grill
  • Folding Grill Table
  • Cheap plastic table
  • Fabric "End Table" (similar to "bag chair")

We don't pull out everything - everywhere we go. However, it's all in the basement so that we have it if/when we need it.

As others have suggested - I wouldn't go crazy buying stuff right away. You'll figure out what you need as you go along. You'll get a chance to see what other folks are using too - and not find yourself having those "I really wish we had one of those instead of this thing we bought!" moments.
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I'm still rearranging, but I try to pack the basement so I can go simple, or serious. We have the 8x20 rug which is nice when there is no landscape or pad, and we have bug rooms, zillions of chairs, ice makers, yard art, etc, but just make sure you can go simple when you want to without having to unpack everything.
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I'm still rearranging, but I try to pack the basement so I can go simple, or serious. We have the 8x20 rug which is nice when there is no landscape or pad, and we have bug rooms, zillions of chairs, ice makers, yard art, etc, but just make sure you can go simple when you want to without having to unpack everything.
Slight hi-jack of the thread...I see you have a boat. Do you tow it separately or with the RV? And if you tow with the RV, how do you put it in the water? Thanks!
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I'm still rearranging, but I try to pack the basement so I can go simple, or serious. We have the 8x20 rug which is nice when there is no landscape or pad, and we have bug rooms, zillions of chairs, ice makers, yard art, etc, but just make sure you can go simple when you want to without having to unpack everything.
Is that a 1994 Sea Ray?
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Slight hi-jack of the thread...I see you have a boat. Do you tow it separately or with the RV? And if you tow with the RV, how do you put it in the water? Thanks!
We just got the MH this spring and so far I haven't tried to tow the boat because I also wanted to bring the Jeep to the lake. Dory tows it with our Expedition. Ideally the plan will be to have me tow the boat behind the MH, and we will either have someone with us that can launch, or Dory will drive the Expedition without towing anything, which she would prefer over towing.
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Is that a 1994 Sea Ray?
Sharp Eye! Its a 95 SeaRay 200BR.
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We just got the MH this spring and so far I haven't tried to tow the boat because I also wanted to bring the Jeep to the lake. Dory tows it with our Expedition. Ideally the plan will be to have me tow the boat behind the MH, and we will either have someone with us that can launch, or Dory will drive the Expedition without towing anything, which she would prefer over towing.
That is our situation. Unfortunately it means that we drive separately, however. Fine for more local trips but not as fun for longer hauls.
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That is our situation. Unfortunately it means that we drive separately, however. Fine for more local trips but not as fun for longer hauls.
Its been my haunt for 21 years. About the only thing that works is a small Class C or Truck Camper. I've even considered putting the boat in storage at the lake, but we can't make up our mind which one. There are a few we like to go to - all reasonably local.
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Sharp Eye! Its a 95 SeaRay 200BR.
well I kinda cheated...(sorry OP, didn't mean to hijack)
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Slight hi-jack of the thread...I see you have a boat. Do you tow it separately or with the RV? And if you tow with the RV, how do you put it in the water? Thanks!
I know you didn't ask, but we pull our bass rig with the MH about 95% of the time. Haven't had any problems backing, unloading, or loading.

The boat trailer is almost the width of the MH so i'm able to use the mirrors for launching. I get lined up, start backing, when the trailer protrudes from one side, i turn to make it go the other way. The rear camera would work ok if i had it pointed higher but i like where it is now and don't want to change it. It didn't take long to get used to backing this way.
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If you look at our camp one would think we started RVing yesterday but it's been 20 years. We travel with fold up chairs, bikes, inflatable kayak, and gold clubs. However no rugs or any kind of useless yard art that I have to pack up etc. I'm kind of a minimalist in that department.
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