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Old 07-02-2013, 11:05 PM   #1
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How long does it take you to "get packed" and ready to ship out?

Despite our best efforts have separate items for the house and the RV (kitcheware, towels, etc), I find that we still keep "cross-contanimating" our RV and house gear, and this inevitabley leads to longer pack/preparation time for getting on the road in our RV.

I'm not talking about checking out mechanical gear and prepping your camper/motorhome for the road, but just the time to get your "stuff" in your "motorhome" and ready to go.

For us, it seems to take the better part of a day. In and out of the house to RV, going over our checklists, before finally pulling out of the driveway ... and of course it always seems that when we're 1/2 hour or more from the house, we remember something that we forgot.
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Old 07-02-2013, 11:14 PM   #2
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How log does it take you to "get packed" and ready to ship out?

TOO LONG!
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Old 07-02-2013, 11:17 PM   #3
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Been RV'ing since 1957 so have everything we need in the MH. Just bring some of the food since we leave the refer and freezer on, our clothes, the 6 cats and their food, hook up the towed and go. Maybe an hour at the most, although with my wife's health problems, it could be two hours since I end up doing almost everything myself now.
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Old 07-02-2013, 11:35 PM   #4
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I/we try to have 'one for the house/one for the motorhome' - small appliances, non-perishables (re-stocked as needed before next trip), clean laundry goes right back out after (adjusted for seasons, as needed.) We keep a tote type bag near the door, so I/we can accumulate new stuff, or last minute things - chargers for phones, laptops and camera. We grab it, a bag for meds/cosmetics, our electronic toys, coffee mugs, the dog. It is a work in progress between outings, so the final lock and leave may take an hour, worst case.

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I/we try to have 'one for the house/one for the motorhome' - small appliances, non-perishables (re-stocked as needed before next trip), clean laundry goes right back out after (adjusted for seasons, as needed.) We keep a tote type bag near the door, so I/we can accumulate new stuff, or last minute things - chargers for phones, laptops and camera. We grab it, a bag for meds/cosmetics, our electronic toys, coffee mugs, the dog. It is a work in progress between outings, so the final lock and leave may take an hour, worst case.

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Yup .... it's a work in progress .... I probably spend more time trying to get the clothing "right" than anything else. Always had the same problem when we went on a cruise. You just can't take everything and you can't outguess the weather report.
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The Goodwill store, garage sales and craigslist are your friends. I think we have nicer 2nd hand appliances, utensils etc in our 5th wheel than in our stick house, many bargains to be had if you spend a little time looking.
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Old 07-03-2013, 01:08 AM   #7
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About the only items that need to go into the MH are rifles and ammo. Most everything else gets put in when the MH comes out of winter storage and stays in there untilit gets put away in the winter. MH is awlays plugged in so food items in the frig are ready to go. We keep a supply of food for the 'four legged' kids. Being that we never know what the weather is going to do, we have a little of every type of cloths in there. About the only things that takes a little extra time is hooking up the trailer for the four wheelers, which includes the four wheelers and extra fuel.
Now come hunting season, that is a different story.
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Old 07-03-2013, 01:42 AM   #8
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All we have to pack is clothes and a small amount of food. We've learned never to "borrow items" from the coach.
It has everything needed for traveling and it stays in there.

So, on average, about an hour to load stuff and hook up the toad.

As far as remembering things a half hour down the road....there are Walmarts everywhere.
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Despite our best efforts have separate items for the house and the RV (kitcheware, towels, etc), I find that we still keep "cross-contanimating" our RV and house gear, and this inevitabley leads to longer pack/preparation time for getting on the road in our RV.
This happens with us too at times. But now my DH knows what goes out to the RVs and what belongs in the house. I load the washer and he removes the wet laundry, puts it in the dryer and folds it. So a day or two before we're to leave one or both of us run the large totes of clean sheets and blankets etc out to the RV. Beds are made and ready to sleep in. Clothes, books and any food is loaded the day before. By breaking up the "getting ready to roll" work it's not such a hassle. Then the morning we're to leave we take the last minute stuff such as milk, the mifi gear and laptops, the 4 cats and load them... and we're off. The RV we're using now has all it's own stuff such as crock pot, toaster oven etc. None of that needs to be moved. What takes time is hitching up the TT what with the anti-sway bars and WDH, remove and pack the chocks...

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I'm not talking about checking out mechanical gear and prepping your camper/motorhome for the road, but just the time to get your "stuff" in your "motorhome" and ready to go.
If it was all timed, a few hours spread over several days. Now when we head out for FL for 3 months... it can take longer. We have to turn the water off, the timers on....

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For us, it seems to take the better part of a day. In and out of the house to RV, going over our checklists, before finally pulling out of the driveway ... and of course it always seems that when we're 1/2 hour or more from the house, we remember something that we forgot.
We're getting pretty good about no forgetting things. You can try doing what we do and starting "loading up" a few days before. You'll have a lot less hassle and aggravation the day of heading out.
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The Goodwill store, garage sales and craigslist are your friends. I think we have nicer 2nd hand appliances, utensils etc in our 5th wheel than in our stick house, many bargains to be had if you spend a little time looking.
Us too! We got a lot of good stuff there over the years we've been camping. New stuff is almost always bought on sale. Also, almost all our reading literature comes from Goodwill. With paperbacks now running from $6 to $9 each, we buy from GW at $1.19 to $2.99 a book. After we read them we donate them back to the store. Let me add that some of the GW stores are much better than others for some reason.
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The coach has it's own gear and is always full of fuel, so food. Some clothes, on the road in short order. In less than two hours.
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We just have to re-load food as everything else stays in the Coach, We do not take clothes back and forth....... the washer & dryer are the greatest! (The wife changes some of her clothing from time to time of course) We pack food during the week and on the day we are leaving after work we are going down the road 1/2 hour after I get home from work.
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The original question is one of those "how high is up?" type.... Doubt seriously those that pack in an hour or so are going for a month or more..
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We are new to MH'ing so haven't got everything down as of yet. We made a snap decision to take the rig out cuz it was new to us. This was going to be our 2nd trip out in the MH. You get the picture.

We store our MH about 8 miles away and were going to head out from the storage yard. DW raided the home freezer while I grabbed some clothes, (we have MH clothes we keep in the rig) computers, etc. We left the house within 30 minutes. We left the car at the storage yard as we had no tow setup.

A couple of things we noted:
No toad = no fun (fixed)
W / D is great (got to learn how to use it)
Actually got to learn quite a bit about the MH as we weren't distracted by golf courses, wineries or local attractions.
I don't like a dirty MH!

We had a great time as it was just us!
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