Camper trailer set up

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Having just sold the on-road Jayco Eagle for a true off road camper trailer, I am interested in hearing suggestions for carrying clothes, food etc. Do I just go the standard Bunnings plastic tubs or has anyone found a better solution?
The camper has access from under the bed once set up and the top can also be lifted on gas struts for access when packed up.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Reply By: escapesilv - Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 19:51

Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 19:51
Hi Vic Heals

We have got the Bunnings plastic boxes, and they are holding up very well, ( 3 years).

Our camper dopes not have access lifting the complete bed, so we have purchased the ones with wheels.

Cheers and enjoy.
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Reply By: Member - Tezza Qld - Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 20:05

Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 20:05
If you go for plastic tubs look for a flat bottom. Many have a ridge around the perimeter which keeps the main tub area just off the floor and the bottom will split. If you are forced to to use a tub that doesn't sit flat put a piece of 3 mm mdf or similar in the bottom.

Cheers Teza
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Reply By: Member - Mark (Tamworth NSW) - Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 20:57

Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 20:57
Bunnings ones are cheap enough to buy many replacement ones many, many times over compared to the expensive space crate. We used the ones with wheels for years, perhaps they may have lasted longer if we had used ones which sat flat on the trailer floor.
Real problem though is when they break and you are days away from getting a replacement. real PIA

Ultimately, we bought a space crate about 1x0.5m and it has been fantastic, particularly for the heavier items, and you can sit on them. We largely used it as our Food pantry and continued to use the cheaper Bunnings ones for clothes, towels and lighter items.
In conclusion, a mixture works for us.
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Follow Up By: CSeaJay - Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 21:22

Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 21:22
Yes true but ours broke on the CSR, there was no Bunnings around for 1,000's of km to get the replacement one

I suggest to shop around for a good quality crate that a) fits your trailer well, b) has a lid that closes well so you can stack them at camp and c) is strong enough not to let you down.

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Follow Up By: Isuzumu - Friday, May 27, 2011 at 06:22

Friday, May 27, 2011 at 06:22
To stop the bottom of the box getting damaged get some 3mm ply wood and cut to size and place in the bottom. This will stop the bottom cracking when you have stuff bouncing around.
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Reply By: Off-track - Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 22:47

Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 22:47
For clothing we just use a luggage bag with wheels and extendable handle as it fits (jams in) perfectly and easily pulled around when we have stays in motels etc.
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Reply By: oz doc - Friday, May 27, 2011 at 08:25

Friday, May 27, 2011 at 08:25
Hi VH, we use a combination of plastic tubs and blue food bags from coles. Our camper fits three tubs across perfectly, leaving enough space on top to slide in the camping table. We use the bue thermal bags for 1- linen- all the towells, tea towels, flannels etc, 2 - the bathers/swimming bag- has bathers, beach towells, sunscreen, hats, repellant.These blue bags double up as convenient esky/carryalls when you want to do a day trip to the beach/picnic.We usually slide the tubs out from the tailgate. We slide folding chairs,dilly bags, folded tent(for kids) and smaller items out of the drivers side 'hatch' at the front of the camper. The hardest to reach area is the passengers side front corner. This area we unload when the top of the camper is lifted on struts- we usually have items here that only need to be handled once- the blow up mattress,fishing bucket,etc.There is usually enough space to fit some pillows on top of the loaded items and this helps stop things bouncing around and getting damaged when going over heavy terrain.Clothes are in soft bags and jammed into the back of the car(ute). Bags which zip right open for easy access work best for us and soft bags mean they can be jammed/squashed in around rigid items and take up small/irregular spaces to maximise packing efficiency.cheers, doc.
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Reply By: brushmarx - Friday, May 27, 2011 at 09:17

Friday, May 27, 2011 at 09:17
It may depend on how dust proof your trailer is, but we find milk crates strong enough to handle pretty much any conditions, make emergency chairs readily available, and they can stack together for roof rack access
We don't have a lift up top, and made short rope and clip joiners so you can pull the crates out hitched together from the tailgate.
We have one black plastic tub that was purchased from Supercheap that was about 1200 long 400 wide and 200 deep that we use for a pantry. It has a strong ridged base, but the lid doesn't have the best clip system and requires a couple of occy straps.
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Reply By: Dede1 - Friday, May 27, 2011 at 09:35

Friday, May 27, 2011 at 09:35
Hi Vic Heals
We had a camper trailer and we used the black plastic boxes with lids from supercheap auto. I found this large enough to hold all our food. We made a kichchen on the tailgate by drilling a workmans metal toolbox on its side under the bench of our tailgate. My husband put a mdf shelf in the box and we used smaller plastic containers to hold all cooking utensils, crockery, breakfast and coffee making implements, etc. One of these containers was used as a kitchen sink when camp was set up. For the clothes. We bought 2 hanging shelves from "The reject shop" which I attached with a piece of dowell and rope to the centre bar of the camper when set up. I could lengthen the rope so the children's shelf hung lower than the adults. One at each end of the bar. This worked a treat. We could even put this on the bed (with clothes in it) if needed to pack up from one camp to the other. I usually took the clothes to the camp in overnight bags and then put them in the hanging shelves once we arrived. Much easier to locate clothing at night etc.
I hope this suggestion helps.
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Reply By: Vic Heals - Friday, May 27, 2011 at 15:51

Friday, May 27, 2011 at 15:51
Thankyou very much to everyone that has replied. It's off to Bunnings and Supercheap auto to check the sizes. I also liked the Coles blue bag idea for the bathers etc.

Once again this forum is a fantastic resource!
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Reply By: sjp - Friday, May 27, 2011 at 19:10

Friday, May 27, 2011 at 19:10
hope u guys take your broken plastic home with you , but anyway being in the industry have a look at nally tubs from commercial catering supplies, they take heaps of abuse and constant use in that area and last for years
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