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Old 02-15-2011, 01:39 AM   #1
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Unhappy Why Do We Need To Take That?

I have a huge problem. DW likes to take three months of supplies for a one week camping trip. How do i convince her that we don't need all the stuff she takes for 'just in case' scenarios. I cannot convince her that we do not need to stuff every cupboard and closet full of things just because she can. Help!
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Old 02-15-2011, 03:43 AM   #2
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Old 02-15-2011, 04:23 AM   #3
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Go to EBAY and start looking at small utility trailers. When she asks "what are you doing?",
Hit her with it. You will either be buying a trailer or she will scale back. 50/50 chance. I bring a lot of stuff also, but of course my stuff is truly needed.
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Old 02-15-2011, 05:41 AM   #4
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Sounds like something my DW would say. " I got it on Sale". hmmmm, I belive the last time I checked-----------everything is on sale otherwise it wouldn't be there. But I do have to admit, that when it comes to food, no matter what she will usually have it. Or on the other hand, maybe I'm just easy to please.
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Old 02-15-2011, 06:59 AM   #5
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Here is what I do. Every year at the end of the rv season for us I clean everything out of the motorhome before storage. All the stuff she didnt use goes in totes by themselfs except for cloths and the 50 pairs of shoes. If I dont think we need to have whats in the totes the next year, guess what? I dont load them. Most of the time she never knows the difference cause she didn't use the stuff. If I get caught I just say, I must have forgotten to load it. Now the cloths and shoes, well each year she has to start over loading that up and she will never load all of it at once. Little at a time.
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Old 02-15-2011, 07:24 AM   #6
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Been Full Timing for 5 years and finely DW agrees there are super markets all over the country, but she still loads up with food before we leave each year from our 1 month home for DR's-grand kids-kids-visit. Last August had 1 of the Grand kids with us for 2 weeks and she decided to look at all the labels on the dry goods. Must have unloaded 100 lbs of out of date food DW had hid all over the place. Only 1 or 2 new items went back on.
Now guys you are going to like this. When it comes to clothing we agreed that once we were packed and had what we would need we would only add clothing if another piece was removed. DW is very happy with this system. Sad news I am down to 2 sets of underwear, 2 T shirts-2 pair of pants-1 pair of sneakers.
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Hi Possum,
I agree with Midniteoyl.

However, I had the coach four corners weighed. To her surprise we are at GAWR for the rear axle. Soooo, if anything is to be added to the back 1/2 of the coach something must come out of the coach. The one and only thing that peaks her interest more than "stuffing" every horizontal surface is safety. And if any of you mention, to her, the over engineered safety factor built into our chassis' I will not be happy.
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Every year in the spring we do a ''cleaning'' of the coach of un needed stuff that we hauled all last year and didnt use. We will sometimes remove several pounds of just ''paper''. Flyers, info, maps of all sorts and a bunch of camp ground maps with a circle around a camp spot. We carry out the extra five jackets each and about half the shoes, sneakers, flip flops, ''sand shoes'' for surf fishing that are never used and a host of other ''stuff'' that is not used over a years travel. Willa is very good about this because she says by doing this, we make room for ''stuff'' that she will really need ''next year''. As we have evolved thru this over the years I have noticed that my ''stuff'' is getting less and less and her ''stuff'' is getting more and more and it is in the places where my ''stuff'' use to be. (go figure)...... Like our med cabinet. We started with her ''stuff'' on top shelf and my ''stuff'' on the bottom shelf. In five years her ''stuff'' has taken over the complete cabinet and my ''stuff'' is crammed into a plastic cup in one corner of the cabinet. The closet is the same way. We each had half of the big closet in the bed room. Now I have a ''Nail'' with a tote bag hanging on it and she has the rest of the closet. She has graciously reserved a compartment in the basement for me..... As to food stuffs carried she says that ''You cant find ''this out'' on the road so I must carry a lifetime supply of ''it'' when we leave home'' I gave up on that argument a long time ago.

The overall easiest resolution to the problem is to put ''helper springs'' on your coach or get another wife. The ''helper springs'' are cheaper and she already knows how to cook.

Lots of luck ......

I am ready for our troops to come home N O W .......
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Be careful. As she slowly overtakes the space you may find all your stuff in one small box sitting just outside the door.
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I do not know if I can help you or not but try this

Go to youtube,, enter "jeff dainels rectional vehicle" in the search window (Skip the quotes) and you should find

YouTube - Recreational Vehicle - Jeff Daniels, Live

Empty your mouth (Swallow) Set down your drink or sandwich, SIT DOWN, and click on the link.

You were warned
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Old 02-15-2011, 11:05 AM   #12
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Somehow, someplace I know that has happened to someone, someone most of us know but a different someone in each case.

What a funny presentation and it sure explains all the empty Doritos bags.
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I would rather have a full Motorhome rather than a cranky wife. She loves finding and arranging all the nooks and crannies and I must say she does a good job of it. Alot of the food onboard has many frequent flier miles even though we try to rotate the stock. A happy DW makes life worthwhile.
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