what goes where?

Submitted: Wednesday, Oct 05, 2011 at 19:19
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Just started packing our goldstream for a long weekend, and got wondering where you pack everything. We have the inside fairly well worked out for food, clothes, games and stuff that I'm bound to need this time. But always seem to struggle with the external lockers. Will get round to fitting a tube for poles now that daylight saving allows e few more hours in the day, but what to do with all the rest. We have an annexe, camp oven, fry pan, jockey wheel, jack, hand tools and battery to try to squeeze into lockers.
Perhaps I could redesign the A frame to include more gas bottles and jerry cans and also a tool box?

So Guru's any tips or ideas?

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Reply By: Motherhen - Wednesday, Oct 05, 2011 at 23:22

Wednesday, Oct 05, 2011 at 23:22
Hi Richard

Weight wise you would be better to carry the heavier items like tools and campfire cookware in the tow vehicle, not in the van. Putting extra weight on the exterior can be a recipe for disaster if the camper has not been designed for it. You may also overload the gross weight for your camper. Unfortunately when we start trying to shed weight (off our vans) we can dispense with items that weigh little, but still need those tools and spares.

No further comment about how you have achieved extra hours in the day LOL


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Follow Up By: Member - Richard L (VIC) - Thursday, Oct 06, 2011 at 07:07

Thursday, Oct 06, 2011 at 07:07
Hi Motherhen,

At the moment we put firewood and our dog in the back of the car, he can reduce it to kindling after some journeys!!

Our next car will be bought with more consideration to our new found love of camping and will be kitted out with drawers maybe? Or perhaps a ute with a roof rack? So many questions, all I want to do is turn off the phone, light a fire and read a book!!

Our last purchase was a spun steel camp oven much lighter than the cast one we originally bought so we are already replacing gear with an eye on weight. Hey I've even started a diet!!

Thanks for your reply
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Reply By: Dave B ( BHQ NSW) - Thursday, Oct 06, 2011 at 07:45

Thursday, Oct 06, 2011 at 07:45
Just a little hint about your jockey wheel Richard
Just turn it upside down and put it back in the bracket on the drawbar with the handle up close to the chassis and the wheel sticking up into the air.
That way you don't have to find a spot in the car for it and just tighten the bracket again and you won't lose your wheel.


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Reply By: wendy H - Thursday, Oct 06, 2011 at 16:33

Thursday, Oct 06, 2011 at 16:33
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Reply By: disco driver - Thursday, Oct 06, 2011 at 19:01

Thursday, Oct 06, 2011 at 19:01
Hi Richard,
Many years ago my old man told me this tip.
As you are packing the caravan/ute/campertrailer put a red sticker on everything as you pack. As you use each item take the red sticker off.
When you get back home and unpacked, anything with a red sticker still on it was not needed. Leave it home next time.

this, of course, does NOT apply to First Aid kits, tools, spare parts or Beer.

The biggest problem with this idea is that some items are vetoed as absoloutely necessary by the "significant other" in your life.

It's amazing how much you take and never use Using this method, at least, helps limit the overload.

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Reply By: Member - Robert R1 (SA) - Thursday, Oct 06, 2011 at 23:52

Thursday, Oct 06, 2011 at 23:52

I am going to be no help at all with your query except to maybe act as a bad example. I spend weeks with lists working out what I need and what I don't. At the absolute last minute, when everything is packed and I don't need anything else, I walk around the house and find all sorts of things that I just have to bring. There is probably a Latin name for my condition.

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Reply By: Member - Richard L (VIC) - Monday, Oct 10, 2011 at 15:02

Monday, Oct 10, 2011 at 15:02
Thanks for all your tips and ideas, just got back from sheepyard flat from a long weekend will put your ideas into practice next time

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