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Old 06-06-2019, 05:33 PM   #11
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Thanks guys!

I have a prepacked "boat bag", "fishing bag" and a "beach bag" with everything I need. Guess I need an "rv bag" as well to keep my dry goods in since many have mentioned bugs. I have narrow stackable bins that should be the exact width of my pantry so I can quickly unload the bins. I am also planning on taking advantage of those wide mouth jars, so thank you for the link.

Thanks for the tip on the channel locks as well! I have already started collecting tools to keep in the RV, but did not think about adding those.

As for the aerosols and liquid products: I have a hanging makeup bag that I was hoping to get away from using since it doesn't hold all my beauty products and first aid items. I can keep makeup powders, toothbrushes, cotton pads, band-aids, gauze, etc. in the van. I think all my liquids and aerosols will then fit in the hanging bag and I can keep that in the tote. Thanks for all the suggestions!
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Old 06-06-2019, 08:36 PM   #12
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We remove all food items including condiments. We do keep soap and cleaning supplies on board when stored during the in season months. Winter storage everything is removed.

To help organize our packing we use LL Bean canvas bags (zip top version) in different colors (and embroidered initials). My wife has a green bag, I have blue, and the "van" has red. we also have a "fishing" bag that is light blue with vest, waders, boots, etc. The red bag is for anything supplies we brought home and need to bring back to the van. Makes it super easy... "toss it in the red bag" during the week or couple days before so everything is ready to go. Also, the LL Bean bags are very easy to stow when unpacked and we can use them for shopping, day trips, etc. when traveling.

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Old 06-13-2019, 08:46 PM   #13
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Leaving food in your RV is inviting mice and other rodents to camp with you. Once they move in they are like a lazy no good brother in law. Tough to get out.
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Old 06-14-2019, 03:14 AM   #14
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We live in Pacific N.W and we leave some food in RV year round (it is our earthquake back up).

At the beginning of each season we add more non refrigerated food (and check expiry dates). We often store it in old, metal, cookie boxes.

Each RV season we create a basket in home fridge with refrigerated staples like mayo, butter, salad dressing etc (write expiry dates on small containers).

Usually we have to bring milk, fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, proteins, cold drinks. We have a food list. It works well for short trips.
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Thanks Lou! Iím really not sure why some people keep saying that you canít leave any food in the RV. In what way is it different from my house or my car? I donít have bugs or mice in my house because I keep it CLEAN and I keep my food in airtight containers. And I have always left snacks in my vehicle like granola bars, etc. to eat on my work breaks. Never had bugs in my vehicle because I keep food in containers. I will be using the RV as my primary vehicle and I will be spending as much time in it as I do my house (Thursday night - Sunday night). So, whatís the difference? Iím assuming that those negative experiences have to do with people who let their RVs set up for long periods, but thatís not the case with my particular situation. I am very blessed to be able to teach online and I have a lot of free time on my hands. This camper will be getting a lot of use.
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I kind of agree that the "remove all traces of food" advice is a bit overblown. We remove all significant foodstuffs between trips (doesn't take long). But, we leave spices, toothpaste and other staples in the van for the season. Never had an issue.
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I don't have an RV yet but I had a cabin for many years. I would keep some staples up there in secure containers like glass or tin.

On top of the bedding mentioned already, we kept a few items of clothing like pants, shorts/swimsuit, socks, underwear, a sweatshirt and a shell. Just enough for a few days.

We also had a cooler and a Rubbermaid bin on standby to quickly load up and go. The time between "Hey, lets go..." and "Honey, did you lock the door?" was about 30 minutes. Maybe we should have made a list.
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Thanks Lou! Iím really not sure why some people keep saying that you canít leave any food in the RV. In what way is it different from my house or my car? I donít have bugs or mice in my house because I keep it CLEAN and I keep my food in airtight containers. And I have always left snacks in my vehicle like granola bars, etc. to eat on my work breaks. Never had bugs in my vehicle because I keep food in containers. I will be using the RV as my primary vehicle and I will be spending as much time in it as I do my house (Thursday night - Sunday night). So, whatís the difference? Iím assuming that those negative experiences have to do with people who let their RVs set up for long periods, but thatís not the case with my particular situation. I am very blessed to be able to teach online and I have a lot of free time on my hands. This camper will be getting a lot of use.
Since you question why people say you can't leave food in an RV why then did you ask? I will not offer my opinion from direct experience, I let you find out from your experience. My only advice is don't think that is coarse ground black pepper in your cabinets.
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