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Old 02-06-2015, 02:15 PM   #1
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Keep or Toss Unneeded Items

We will never use the mattress pad that helps convert the dining room table into a small bed; the mattress pad for the overhead bed in our ACE, the queen size bedspread or pillows for the bed. As we get ready for full timing we would like to shed these excess, to our needs, items. However, we will be selling the RV at some time down the road -- do we really need to keep these. I've read a lot of threads on here that indicate no one will really look for these when we trade in for the next "last" RV.
So your opinion -- keep or get rid of?
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Old 02-06-2015, 02:22 PM   #2
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There is one RV consignment place that has a form to fill out to value your rig. It does ask if you have the original bed shams and pillows. Don't know what it does to the value though. Personally that wouldn't matter to us but the missing conversion pad would.
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Old 02-06-2015, 02:25 PM   #3
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No one probably "looks" for them.

But, you will get a better price, and find a buyer faster if they are there.

I personally have never purchased a used RV, so I never "looked" for them. However, every time I went to sell an RV, the more OEM items, and original non-mod it looked, the faster is sold and I always got the highest market price.

And, nearly every newbee always asks if the dinette can be converted into a bed! I'd hate to be the one to tell him, "if you go out and buy an insert to stuff in there it will work", "I threw away the original insert because I never used it"!
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Old 02-06-2015, 03:42 PM   #4
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It can be a tough call. On the one hand, being full time you're going to learn that you just can't carry everything you might want to hang on to. This usually becomes clear when you sell the stick house.

On the other hand, folks above make good points about the importance of these things at resale time. One thing we used were those vacuum sealed storage bags. Maybe the space taken up by the pad could be reduced if it had all of the air sucked out of it for storage?

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If you are full time, with no base camp, storage area, or kids you can "entrust" with them, then by all means dump the stuff.
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Old 02-06-2015, 07:29 PM   #6
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If I was able to get rid of stuff I don't use, my attic and garage would be empty and I would have been a full timer years ago...
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Old 02-07-2015, 06:24 AM   #7
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While we're not full timers we went through the same discussion when we purchased our 2001 motorhome. We decided to keep the items and store them at the house. 12 years later when we traded in the motorhome everything looked brand new. I believe we did get more for the motorhome because of the way it looked both inside and outside.
In your case it would be a tough call. If you're short on space hauling those things around for several years could be a pain. There's also the chance they could be damaged and in the end provide no value at trade in time.


Is there any chance the items could be left with a relative or friend?
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I can only speak for myself, but we recently bought a used coach. If those items had been missing I would have moved on and not bought the coach we have. Understand you wanting to shed items you won't use, but there are likely a people like me who want the original items in the coach at the time of purchase. Some can be expensive to replace. Perhaps that is how you should prioritize what you shed, keep those items that are expensive to replace or are factory only items.
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Old 02-07-2015, 09:08 AM   #9
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If I was able to get rid of stuff I don't use, my attic and garage would be empty and I would have been a full timer years ago...
Boy, do I understand.

I am sure we have boxes labeled "stuff not to keep" and "pieces of string too short to save."

Living in Houston where there are no basements, this means a storage shed to supplement our attic and the 1/2 of our two car garage. So there's a shed rental for the RV; a shed rental for the boat; and another shed rental just for "stuff."
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Old 02-07-2015, 12:36 PM   #10
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Thanks everyone, guess we will hold onto the items. The bedspread isn't that big a deal can be folded and placed in one of the upper cabinets. The overhead bunk can stay on the bunk we will just place stuff on top of it. Now I just need to find a place for that dang little mattress to convert the table to a small bed.
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When using the overhead bunk(above driver/co-pilot seats) be aware of the weight you're adding to the front axle. It's meant for sleeping not carrying stuff while rolling.
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No one probably "looks" for them.
Huh. Well thats what I thought too. Then one day when I was dumping some dead weight into the ginormous trash compactor at thousand trails orlando, I was corrected. And I'm glad I was.

There are a lot, really, a lot of older folks that live full time in their rvs because that's the best they can do (or want to do). Thousand Trails more than anywhere else has shown me that all across the country. What might be dead weight to me could easily be a handy item to one of them.

Anything I think someone can use I put it down next to the trash. It's I guess an unwritten thing because the compactor has a sticker strictly prohibiting it. It would be great to have a place designed for the hand me downs.
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We tossed everything that was "unneeded" ... didn't look back. \ken
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My husband and I did a major lightening-the-load stint about 2 yrs ago. We had 25 years of stuff that collected in the closets, 2-car garage and the storage building. We sold a ton of stuff on Craigslist and donated boxes and bags of stuff to Goodwill and offered it on Freecycle.

We still have "stuff" to go through and sell or give away.
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