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PostPosted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 7:38 pm    Post subject: Re: How do you pack to reduce clutter? (packing accessories) Reply with quote

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I loop a head lamp head band around the shifter stick, always handy to have the light near by, and it wont roll off when looped over the shifter stick.


That's a great idea.

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Hope you have a great trip!
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Thanks Tom! It's going to be good to be afield. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 3:07 pm    Post subject: Re: How do you pack to reduce clutter? (packing accessories) Reply with quote

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Does anybody use this space under the rear cabinet for anything useful? I have put my jumper cables back there.
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I keep a frisbee and rear hatch bug screen in there. I've seen a great post from someone who fit his Propex in there.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 2:43 pm    Post subject: Re: How do you pack to reduce clutter? (packing accessories) Reply with quote

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Our trip is still a couple of weeks out, but as I enter old fart-hood, I'm finding that the sooner I start planning space, the better things turn out. This method is in contrast to my old way, which was throwing everything into (or on top of) the van the night before...One thing I found (and this might be common sense) is that if I take my spare filters, CV joint, fuel pump, electrical connectors, wire, zip ties, etc. out of their original boxes and put them in zip lock bags, I save a ton of space. I was able to fit all of that stuff in the battery box under the drivers seat (batteries are in the back now.) Very Happy


"Old fart-hood"…I represent that statement; looking at 68 coming round the mountain but still raring to go. Like your idea about emergency repair part storage. Love to see how you've got your batteries set-up as I'm looking to add a spare battery soon. Hope you have a great trip!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 11:57 am    Post subject: Re: How do you pack to reduce clutter? (packing accessories) Reply with quote

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Does anybody use this space under the rear cabinet for anything useful? I have put my jumper cables back there.

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I've managed to fit 2-3 quarts of oil, a funnel, rags, mini air compressor and a pair of work gloves in that space. There's also a long space on top of that cabinet too.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 11:34 am    Post subject: Re: How do you pack to reduce clutter? (packing accessories) Reply with quote

Does anybody use this space under the rear cabinet for anything useful? I have put my jumper cables back there.



also - to free up space in the cabin - has anybody moved the starting battery to the engine compartment with a stock 2.1? I've looked at it, but never really that long. Don't know if it could lay on it's side behind the rear light in that big vacant spot.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 8:38 am    Post subject: Re: How do you pack to reduce clutter? (packing accessories) Reply with quote

roll your clothes, that way they pack tight, and wrinkles is minimized. I can squeeze two rifles and two hand guns in a midium sized rifle case, but I wrap the guns in soft towels to prevent them from being marred by the other(s). Of course the ammo must be stored sperate per california law, no ammo in the gun case allowed, even that forgotten .22 round that rolled under the foam padding can get you in trouble, so make sure the case is neat and clean no stray shells.

my insurance forms and registration are kept togther in a zip lock bag, easy to find them in the glove box all nice and neat.

I loop a head lamp head band around the shifter stick, always handy to have the light near by, and it wont roll off when looped over the shifter stick.

spare oil, funnel towels are in a plastic milk crate on the floor behind driver seat, also location for fire extingusher, use care to not bury the extingusher under luggage, when you need it, you need it fast.

for my get out of dodge quick kit, I have a back pack with gas mask, exposure suit, water, survival food, light, radio, knife, all together, ready to toss into the van at moment notice. also keep about six gallons of drinking water in van for emergency use.
I dont premix my spare antifreeze, I carry seperate full strength antifreeze and water. I will mix the two as needed for the cooling system, this way I have the option of drinking the water if need be.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:57 am    Post subject: Re: How do you pack to reduce clutter? (packing accessories) Reply with quote

In preparation for our upcoming Baja trip, I took every single item out of the van and asked myself whether it was necessary for this trip or not, backpacker style. I've been able to gain a lot of space.

One thing I found (and this might be common sense) is that if I take my spare filters, CV joint, fuel pump, electrical connectors, wire, zip ties, etc. out of their original boxes and put them in zip lock bags, I save a ton of space. I was able to fit all of that stuff in the battery box under the drivers seat (batteries are in the back now.)

I also decided to splurge on some lightweight sleeping bags that compress to a far smaller size than our regular cold weather mountain bags.

Our trip is still a couple of weeks out, but as I enter old fart-hood, I'm finding that the sooner I start planning space, the better things turn out. This method is in contrast to my old way, which was throwing everything into (or on top of) the van the night before. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 2015 9:58 am    Post subject: Re: How do you pack to reduce clutter? (packing accessories) Reply with quote

I have a "weekender" thus no kitchen or storage drawers.
I use the jump seat as kitchen storage.
The silverware, bottle/can openers, cutlery, condiments, etc have been floating around in ZipLok baggies...... Not ideal at all.

I discovered Husky waterproof storage containers at Home Depot in the tool box aisle.
They have two sizes, the larger ones are great! Can be divided inside, latch securely, have a padded bottom to eliminate rattles and sliding about.
About $15 each, not cheap but is quality.

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Ready for camping! .........

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2015 3:37 pm    Post subject: Re: great subject Reply with quote

aswah wrote:
I echo a lot of Climber John's sentiments...

Food, I usually pre-prepare as much as possible at home, i.e. make an Asian stir fry base that is shelf stable, precook and smoke ribs then put in vacuum pack bags that I can reheat in a pot of water then use water for cleaning and/or coffee/tea etc. I use a lot of vacuum pack bags that require low space in fridge and take up low space in garbage (pack in/pack out). The rest of my food storage is usually in recycle glass jars. Pretty much they go from y shelves at home to the shelves below the sink (flour, sugar, rice, beans)...

I use a Thule box on week long trip and have a dry bag that we fill with dirty clothes. I generally wear clothes two days when camping. The thule box is filled with the bulk of our stuff as I HATE having too much crap in the bus while camping. I put a twelve bottle wine storage in the bottom of the closet that holds, guess what, wine/beer. Books go on the shelf in closet. I usually have a backpack full of cameras, lenses, computer, etc.

Things like large boules of bread end up in a cargo net that stretches behind the stove top. Back up water/gas go on our cargo carrier that attaches to our bumper (thanx gw) and tables and chairs get stuck in the luggage rack on top... next to our grey water tank.

My laptop has twenty or thirty movies loaded on it for evening entertainment... though I have to be honest it is hard to watch a movie/documentary when the stars are shining bright.


After years of camping/backpacking I learned I am happiest with less stuff and less clutter.

Hope this helps

Here's our packing list:

ELECTRONICS:

o 3 prong thingy
o Batteries
o Camera
o CDs
o Extension Cord
o Laptop
o Macro lens
o Movies
o MP3 Player
o Phone
o Speakers
o Tripod
o Video Camera
o Power Cords for Devices

KITCHEN:

o Bowls
o Bread
o Butter
o Chai
o Cheese Grater/Microplane
o Chef knife
o Coffee
o Coffee pot
o Collapsible bowl
o Cups
o Cutting Board
o Dry Rub
o Egg cups
o Eggs
o Garlic
o Griddle
o Milk
o Mustard
o Napkins
o Nutmeg
o Olive Oil
o Pancake Batter
o Paring Knife
o Parmesan Cheese
o Pasta
o Pasta sauce
o Pepper
o Plates
o Popsicles
o Salt
o Sauté Pan
o Serrated Knife
o Silverware
o Snacks
o Spatula
o Strainer
o Sugar
o Syrup
o Toaster
o Tongs
o Towels
o Vinegar
o Vitamins
o Water
o Water canteens
o Whisk
o Wine opener
o Wood Bowl/Tongs
o Wood spoon

DISPOSABLES:

o Garbage Bags
o Paper Towels
o Poop Bags
o Toilet Paper
o Zippies


OTHER:
o Bedding
o Beer Glasses
o Books
o Candle
o Chairs
o Change for showers/parking
o Clothing
o Games
o Gas Can
o GPS
o Grey Water Tank
o Hat/Gloves
o Hose
o Incense Box
o Jackets
o Lighters
o Maps
o Raincoats
o Shoes
o Table
o Thule Box
o Toiletries
o Water Can
o Wine Glasses
o Wine/Beer

LUCY (doggie):

o Lucy Bed
o Lucy Collar/Barker
o Lucy Food
o Lucy Food/Water Bowls
o Lucy Towel
o Lucy Treats


Thanks for these lists - I'd suggest the following to help collapse it a bit if anyone so desires (disclaimer - I've just started camping in the Westy, but plenty of backpack time, etc.).

Beer glass = Wine glass = Coffee mug - I have a small brown plastic mug that I like from backpacking. Better is a typical thermo mug for coffee in the AM - beer can be had from the can or bottle or poured into this container once rinsed. Wine - same deal. Of course anniversaries or spouse birthday might require nicer glassware. Just saying
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2015 3:09 pm    Post subject: Re: How do you pack to reduce clutter? (packing accessories) Reply with quote

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Any surfers got any shots of interior board storage?



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2015 1:57 pm    Post subject: Re: How do you pack to reduce clutter? (packing accessories) Reply with quote

Any surfers got any shots of interior board storage?

I roll in a tintop and often slide the boards in on the z-bed, but would love to find a way to be able to have teh boards inside and still be able to put the bed back into a seat.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2015 1:08 pm    Post subject: Re: How do you pack to reduce clutter? (packing accessories) Reply with quote

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We put stuff in duffels and move it up top (when popped), but after awhile entropy takes over…..


Yes, yes it does.... Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2015 12:48 pm    Post subject: Re: How do you pack to reduce clutter? (packing accessories) Reply with quote

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Up top - front and rear

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That was my first thought too! I had a hightop for awhile, and yes it was MUCH easier to hide the clutter.

We put stuff in duffels and move it up top (when popped), but after awhile entropy takes over…..
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2015 12:34 pm    Post subject: Re: How do you pack to reduce clutter? (packing accessories) Reply with quote

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I think that was an ad

cool storage though


Very cleverly done ad...... Topic appropriate, adds yet another space option ......

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2015 10:03 am    Post subject: Re: How do you pack to reduce clutter? (packing accessories) Reply with quote

I think that was an ad

cool storage though
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2015 6:34 am    Post subject: Re: How do you pack to reduce clutter? (packing accessories) Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2015 5:24 am    Post subject: Re: How do you pack to reduce clutter? (packing accessories) Reply with quote

If this has been mentioned then just delete. I've been usung a handy item 4 storage, the lg sq clear peanut jars, lg lids & u can get a lot of stuff inside like rolled socks t shirts etc & see what's in each, they pack tightly too. I hate having to label bags boxes as contents change.
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Back to front:

Storage tray at top of rear hatch: small shovel, spare hats and gloves.

Rear closet: solar shower, 1st aid kit, toiletries, some books, pack hammock, parachord, Frisbee.

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Big closet: bedding, curtains, extra fleece jacket.

Rear bin: paper towels, tin foil, Tupperware, trash bags, maybe a cook book and paper plates.

Front bin: food that doesn't need refridgerated, spices.

Floor cabinet: tea/coffee/sports drink mix, wine/whiskey, maybe paperplates or more non-perishable food.

Fridge: pulled it out now it carries bike helmets/shoes/Camelbacks or fishing gear other misc "toys". Leveling blocks and collapsible trash cans.

Drawer: silverware, napkins, potholders, dish soap.

Big cabinet: pots, pans, etc.

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Under bench space: spare parts, Bentley and Digifant Pro-manual, shoes, bike lube etc. tool box.

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Add a cooler behind the passenger seat, two duffle bags in the back, and chairs/camptable/welcome mat/grey water bucket to luggage rack and we're all set. Simple, really.
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I just toss everything into a big pile. When I get to a campsite I open the slider and go for a hike. When I get back I check the pile to see if bears chased away the thieves who were picking thru it. Then I grab anything I need and toss the other stuff into a Goodwill box.
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