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Old 03-07-2014, 09:33 AM   #1
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Have You Cleaned Out Your Coach Recently?

Hoo Boy!

We are emptying our 10 year old, 26', B+ and moving everything over to our newly acquired 34' Winnebago 34' Class A. I can't believe all the"stuff" that is in this poor old RV.

Ten years of putting stuff in there with apparently no effort made to ever remove anything. I think our gas mileage could have been at least 2 mpg better over all of this time.

We bought the new coach because the old one was getting too small. Perhaps the RV actually stayed the same size and the stuff inside grew (yes, including us).

I guess my take-away from this is to do an annual inventory and house-cleaning. Otherwise we may again need something bigger in another 5 years!

Have you cleaned out your coach recently?

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Old 03-07-2014, 09:43 AM   #2
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Since space in an RV is at a premium, my rule is one thing goes out for every one thing that comes in. So far, it's worked.


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Old 03-07-2014, 09:45 AM   #3
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Pretty much keep track of that after every trip. If I see something that's not been used, well, out it comes. Has worked for us so far.
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Old 03-07-2014, 09:53 AM   #4
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Great subject. Thanks
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Old 03-07-2014, 11:30 AM   #5
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We have been full time for 7 years now.

The "One in and one out" rule works well. When you have to consider what you are going to discard in order to have something new, it surely slows down impulsive purchases.

Also, as your needs will change, once per year around each July 4th, we look at everything. If hasn't been used in a year, out it goes. The exceptions are tools and emergency equipment, such as jacks,etc.
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Old 03-07-2014, 04:37 PM   #6
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We just traded our 2005 36' Diplomat in for a new 40' coach. It took three of us 3.5 hours just to unload everything and put it in the garage on the floor and three 6' tables. It then took three weeks to get it all back in the new coach. I only got rid of a couple of boxes of stuff.
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Old 03-07-2014, 05:00 PM   #7
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Since space in an RV is at a premium, my rule is one thing goes out for every one thing that comes in. So far, it's worked.
Same here...So far I have not gotten to the point of feeling "stuffed".

After we bought our currant RV, I purchased two extra cabinet doors and hardware. One was to get to my front exterior pass-thru storage with inside. The other was just inside the entrance door to get access to under the dinette seats without having to move the cushions. This one has proven to be very useful (tarps, life jackets, lanterns, beer, extra stash of beer, back up extra stash just in case we are in a dry county, and a few more my DW will never know I brought.
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Old 03-07-2014, 05:21 PM   #8
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We take EVERYTHING out of the basement every spring, if it wasn't used the previous year.....it goes! Upstairs is a little tougher.
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Old 03-07-2014, 05:45 PM   #9
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LMAO The same thing happened to us last year when we picked up our new RV. Parked the two side by side and said no problem in an hour we will have everything transferred. Well 3 hours later we were finally done!!!
When we were home I pulled out everything and discarded the stuff we didn't use.
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Old 03-07-2014, 06:05 PM   #10
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Here's a hint when moving, just pull a few drawers at a time and carry them into the new digs. It's aready boxed for moving! Go get more and carry the first (empty) drawers back and so on!
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What we did was to take our two teenage grandkids with us to help transfer everything. Worked quite well !!
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We do not have the one in one out rule. However every year after our winter away I remove everything from the basement for cleaning and most of what is in the MH and sort through paring down the "inventory". It is amazing though we start "slim" after five months of travel and living we accumulate a lot. I also weigh annually to keep track, other wise you can gain weight easily.

I like to thin out my wife likes to accumulate so it is a fluid situation.
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I empty my basement every spring...and usually remove stuff that has not been used in years. Of course I may add a thing or two I "might" need.
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You mean people clean out coaches!

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