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Old 12-10-2013, 12:58 PM   #21
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For us leaving the campground, is waking up moving to the front of the van, opening the front curtain and leaving. Of course that is is we do not have power plugged in such as when we are dry camping. Before bed, we rotate the front seats back and are ready to go upon waking.

If we are at a campground, we do have the added task of disconnecting and storing the power cord.

All told well less than 10 minutes to break camp.
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Old 12-28-2013, 12:49 AM   #22
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We've learned that it is best to do a "walkaround" before taking off. This not only makes sure we are not still connected to something, but also that we don't leave anything that might be laying about, like a lawn chair, hose, or power cord. We are always a bit prissy about stuff, making sure to wipe down the power cord and hose before stowing them away. Any black or grey dumping is always performed with disposable nitrile gloves on.

We have a hard time getting out of a store parking lot in 10 minutes let alone when breaking camp.

Again, we're still fairly new at all this.

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For us leaving the campground, is waking up moving to the front of the van, opening the front curtain and leaving. Of course that is is we do not have power plugged in such as when we are dry camping. Before bed, we rotate the front seats back and are ready to go upon waking.

If we are at a campground, we do have the added task of disconnecting and storing the power cord.

All told well less than 10 minutes to break camp.
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Old 12-28-2013, 06:35 AM   #23
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It is wise to run around and check things before heading off anyway. Usually the damage from being a few minutes late (barring a true life and death emergency) is quite less than what would result if a hose or power cord remained attached and it tore part of the fixture off.

I like using a checklist on my iPhone that repeats, so I tick the boxes, clear them, doublecheck, then consider things ready to go. Things like making sure any vent lids are down (assuming no MaxxAir fixture), putting the refrigerator onto battery, and so on.
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Old 01-24-2014, 09:55 PM   #24
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As with some other posters comments our van is ready to go at all times (it is also my wife's DD). Now we do things a couple ways; 1) for a spur of the moment trip in van alone we just get in and go and will have any of the 3 to 4 week supply of Mountain House freeze dried meals and other FD food stuffs that are always in the rig. or 2) if on a planned (preferred) 5-day mini adventure (one taken about each month) we will spend an hour loading up the food/beverages into the van & trailer and we are off to a remote off-grind camp site.

Breaking camp usually takes ~20 minutes with trailer in scenario #2 above.

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