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Old 05-31-2017, 12:03 PM   #1
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About to embark on my first road trip with the fam. Since I am new to this, I was wondering if you guys had any tips I should consider?
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Meals for a week - fridge won't hold that much so I am thinking we have to take an extra cooler. Separate box for dry foods.

We will be plugged in a different RV sites through out the trip and plan on using their showers and toilets, but should I carry a little water while traveling to use the restroom?

Just wondering about different things to consider.

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Old 05-31-2017, 02:45 PM   #2
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#1 Rule (esp for families) -- use the Loo for #1 only.


Save the important stuff for McD or wherever.


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If you are within 1 hour of civilization,
you don't have to stock up too much on food.
Maybe 2 days' worth max.

Save the space for drinks.


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#1 Rule (esp for families) -- use the Loo for #1 only.


Save the important stuff for McD or wherever.
I couldn't disagree more. Use all the technology at your disposal to keep everybody happy. That is what it is for. At least in our case, the proposed "Rule #1" would be death to family harmony.

And, if people prefer the on-board shower to those..."other" facilities, they should be praised for their personal hygiene and totally supported.
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good mechanical condition?- tires!

smoke/co/lp gas detectors?

do not overpack...space is tight -agree how many days before laundry
carry water- after dinner do dishes right away and store everything

figure out menus in advance- we have found that pasta dishes are super easy.
I am a coffee snob and we have a perc- but instant coffee is pretty good and the clean up and time is easier.
If someone is in the galley- everybody else out!- space is tight.
we carry a cassette feu- a $20 single burner that takes butane tanks- allows cooking our doors and keeps odors and moisture out


test the power at campground before plugging in- I have never found an error- but I have heard stories.
you can buy a tester cheap or a meter - harbor freight has free

we don;t put solids in the toilet- paper goes in the trash.

I wear flip flops in the showers


clean freshwater tank ( I use pool shock- look online) carry enough water for flushing etc.
be SURE you are going to have a water supply where you are going.
we also carry a couple of 1 gal jugs in the van with us with known good water.
our water tanks get over 100 this time of year.

campgrounds- look for those which cater to vacationers- not those who are "home" to people

we are you going?

we had one good night at mustang state park at padre- but the national seashore was nicer ( no power though) & $8 a night

figure out where you are going to dump- not all camps have then and there are sometimes free public facilities ( TX mm415 rest stop on I-10 for one)- OR state parks you don;t have to camp to dump

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I just took my 2nd trip on my 2000 Roadtrek this Memorial day weekend. Cooper Lake, Sulphur Springs, Texas. I still consider myself in the "shakedown" phase of the rig.

There is only my wife and myself, we are in our 60-s
We poo in the loo
We shower at shower
I cook mainly outdoors on a tiny coleman Fold N Go grill
Brought some DVD movies, had 1 1/2 days of rain! (no TV reception)
Unsure about the small fridge reliability, we put food in a small cooler, and bottled water in the fridge for now.
Pack light. 1 pair of shoes each. I change clothes daily EXCEPT for my cargo shorts (which I wear for about 3 days unless they get soiled)
I travel with about 10 gallons of fresh water maximum.
coach has a co detector and a propane detector, but I purchased another co detector for safety.
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"SHOWER AT THE SHOWER" means at a bath house, NOT inside the rig.
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when using the burners, open the roof vent and the window by the cooker- afterwards close the window if your fridge vent is under like mine is- other wise you draw heat into the van

for comfort at night open windows by the bed and the roof vent- close other windows- that'll keep air moving by you
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All great tips. Thank you!
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How many in your family?
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