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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2012 6:20 am    Post subject: clutter Reply with quote

Hey Bill,

Maybe that's the answer! How do you pack to reduce clutter? Camp next to Tim!

I plan on camping next to him at some point! While he set's up, I'll have time for at least 3 beer! Then I'll just borrow stuff.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:34 am    Post subject: Re: clutter Reply with quote

bjrogers86auto wrote:

Maybe that's the answer! How do you pack to reduce clutter? Camp next to Tim!

And get chojinchef on the other side to eat well. Trust me on that one - lobster bisque at Transporterfest was fantastic.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 4:53 am    Post subject: Re: clutter Reply with quote

bjrogers86auto wrote:
Hey Bill,

Maybe that's the answer! How do you pack to reduce clutter? Camp next to Tim!

I plan on camping next to him at some point! While he set's up, I'll have time for at least 3 beer! Then I'll just borrow stuff.

Brian


Spent the day uncluttering my Westy a bit. I guess BillM is right, I carry way too much crap that I'll never
use. So through the closet and compartments I went, in addition to my tote and milk crates.
Got rid of a lot of food that I didn't need 4 or 5 of, I kept it to two of everything and it freed up alot
of space to store other food items that were tucked here and there. Also got rid of stuff that I have just
never used the whole time they were in my Westy, tea kettle and the 3 sets of LED string lights. Thought I needed
those! Of the five lighter sticks that were in there I took out one and kept four, saftey in numbers with these
things. They don't always light and I don't want to be stuck without a functioning one. I did take out a lot
of stuff but still have probably more than others carry, that's ok I'll not want for something that I don't
already have.

Brian, set up time has gone down to less than an hour. 3 beers in an hour consitutes a drinking problem.
At that rate you'll have finished that 12 pack by 2:00pm!
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 6:04 am    Post subject: Re: clutter Reply with quote

Timwhy wrote:

Brian, set up time has gone down to less than an hour. 3 beers in an hour consitutes a drinking problem.
At that rate you'll have finished that 12 pack by 2:00pm!


Well that depends. It's only a problem if your drinking your
own beer. If its someone else's that's just being polite so
you won't hurt their feelings...
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We travel light. Wetsuits and beach gear in plastic rubbermaid boxes. Propane stove, easy up, sleeping bags, pillows, and campfire wood in rocket box on roof. Food and beer inside. Van is empty as if we arent even on a surf trip... Rocket box rules!

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 6:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tim, i always say better be looking at it than for it.....well maybe not always. Thats why i pack 2 MSR stoves and 4 fuel bottles....Along with my propane stove. Usually we puke stuff out of the van for at least 1/2 hour. Kinda like a clown car but with gear.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:00 am    Post subject: clutter Reply with quote

Tim, the only problem with the drinking will be if you only brought 12!

I managed to adjust the rear seat thingy and the smarter half of this relationship organized it. Very Happy It's all good.

The roof box makes a huge difference and now that I have the ladder, super easy.

We are heading out here in a few to test this weeks improvements. Hopefully there will be well stocked people around us. Very Happy

Oh and Tim, I'm only taking 6. No problem.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

reduce clutter in a westy?
im not sure thats possible Very Happy

thats why we built our camper from scratch...
less bed, more storage!

oh, and we also threw out all of our belongings...that didnt hurt
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We use pop-up tents now, something similar to this, works awesome even can fit a port-o-potty in one of these. Great for car seats if you have kids, dry goods, cases of beer, dirty clothes, whatever. Keeps your campsite looking clean too.

http://www.amazon.com/Pop-Up-Tent-size-inner/dp/B0...op+up+tent

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check out these duffel bags and luggage inserts:
http://www.riseandhang.com/
Saw this on Dragons Den. The shelves pull straight out of the bag with all your clothes nicely folded and packed and you can just hang it on your poptop bar. The empty bottom of the duffel is your dirty laundry hamper!

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

photogdave wrote:
Check out these duffel bags and luggage inserts:
http://www.riseandhang.com/
Saw this on Dragons Den. The shelves pull straight out of the bag with all your clothes nicely folded and packed and you can just hang it on your poptop bar. The empty bottom of the duffel is your dirty laundry hamper!

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Brilliant!!! Thanks Dave.

Just ordered the set.

Cheers,

John
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm a big fan of milk-crates—pack'em conservatively, and they can be configured in any stacking or side-by-side cluster you need. Nice to be able to stack and not have the 2nd/3rd crates in the stack slide around due to the lip on the bottom. We use those thin rubber non-slip sheets under the bottom ones so that they don't scuttle around the van when it's in motion.
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PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2013 6:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have a little trailer thats made from a 4X4 trailer from Harbor Freight and a Big Sears X-Cargo roof top box. Bottom of the box is bolted to the trailer base. Haul bins in it with charcoal and coats and dirty laundry and chairs and all the stuff that I don't want to move to go to bed. Also holds your first come first served campsite very well. Carrys my floor jack and spares that we need for camping. Thought it would change my mileage, but not one bit.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 15, 2013 3:57 pm    Post subject: packing to reduce clutter Reply with quote

In my tintop Syncro I have a wooden crate behind the drivers seat that contains a fat .50 ammo box with a fairly complete set of tools. Also a tow strap, jumper cables, hatchet, saw, oil, first aid kit, tarp, paracord etc. And a tool roll with the commonly needed stuff for quick repairs. This rides in the van at all times.

For camping, I use 3 milk crates: One contains a CampChef butane stove, plastic dish pan, and a 2 1/2 gal. water jug.
Another carries non perishable food-coffee, nuts raisins jerky etc. Also condiments, and utensils, thermos, coffee pot, skillet etc.
The last contains misc. camping gear, fishing tackle, spare fuel, led lantern, and a small rollup table from GSI.
These ride on the floor against the D.S. wall in front of the Z bed.

Clothing is stored in two 24" duffels that ride on top of the milk crates.
One has everyday clothes, jeans, socks t shirts etc, and the other for foul weather clothing.
Jacket, Parka, etc on hangers, on peg at driver's side wall.
Clothes hamper is a pillowcase, fits under the Z bed.
Shoes fit aft of the milk crates, in front of the kick panel.
I travel with the bed extended, and sleeping bag/pillow on the bed. This to minimize setup time at camp.

Ice chest rides behind pass. seat. The drain is near the sliding door, and I find that is a good supply of water for a quick washup.
I do some food prep at home: fried chicken, boiled eggs and such. Indiv. string cheese travels well. Milk travels well in a 2 liter soda bottle.
There is room for a folding beach chair along the side wall.
A daypack with the usual gear rounds out my equipment.

Stowed thusly, there is adequate open floor space . the gear is mostly at floor level, and doesn't slide around on the carpeted floor. Packing goes quickly, simply a matter of moving crates and duffels to the van.
A bit of planning and practice will optimize accessibility. I try to keep the most-used items nearest to hand. (Even so, it seems the item I need is always buried!)

I have been using variations of this method on many vehicles over the last 30 years or so. Seems to work fine- versatile, modular, and I can easily tailor the gear I pack for the type/duration of the trip.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 15, 2013 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shoe organizer (thanks Shaun!) It fits big shoes!

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2014 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This does it for us, but it also just gives me an excuse to bring more along.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2014 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was asked via PM to post pics of my bin setup, mentioned in this http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=597694 topic (that thread is specifically about the Modular Hauler, hence posting here).

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Three Rubbermaid-type bins behind the rear seat that hold:
Window blankets
Memory foam pad (if more bin space is needed, this gets moved to the rear on top of personal gear bag)
O2 Cool fan (may get moved to under rear seat, where its battery packs are)
Portable toilet and bags
Lynx Levelers
Mat for sliding door
Mr. Heater (winter trips)
Shower curtain (summer trips)
5-pound propane tank (if the Little Red Campfire goes)
Bike gear (if bike goes)

Behind the bins:
Personal gear bag
Zodi shower (summer)
Little Red Campfire (depends on trip)

The right-most bin is never overfilled. If I'm sleeping downstairs: The right bin goes under the rear bench; the other two bins line up against the cabinets and the gear bag usually goes on the driver's seat (but can be turned parallel to the cabinet; all three fit no problem). All three bins can be put on the ground (wet or dry), in a tent, or on a table.

When not on the road, the left bin is emptied (pad and window blankets float around the back of the van) and the center bin goes inside the left bin; both then get put on a shelf in the garage next to the right bin. Time for a trip? Pull the pre-packed (for the most part) bins off the shelf and put 'em in the van.

I don't have kids, nor a dog, so I don't haul as much as some of you guys do. Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2014 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

madspaniard wrote:
Shoe organizer (thanks Shaun!) It fits big shoes!

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OK "Mad guy" Where did you get this ?...I like it Very Happy
I have something similar in the same position
....but yours looks much more useful
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2014 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

VWOCD wrote:
This does it for us, but it also just gives me an excuse to bring more along.

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I have a very similar set up, built on a HF frame.
We have been using it for a few years, and its been great
... every year I break it down and tweak it.
I like your side kitchen setup...thats my mod for this year...also added a Columbus tent on racks on top..the last kid wants her own bed Rolling Eyes

Yours looks really good. I see a lot of thought went into making it work right.
Nice work Very Happy ...a coat of epoxy and that unit would pop.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2014 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="goffoz"]
madspaniard wrote:

OK "Mad guy" Where did you get this ?...I like it Very Happy


Here
http://www.fiamma.com/EN/products/comfort/organizer/organizer/

Mine was brought from Europe, I have not seen it on the Fiamma.usa website.
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