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#1 OFFLINE   countrycampers3

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 04:35 PM

Hey all,

 

So heres and open discussion.  We all know the saying "Packed everything but the Kitchen Sink."

Well we all can take the kitchen sink, so it got me to thinking, when I was talking a friend of mine the other night, and I asked him if he had his toaster in his T/C,  I was suprised when he said no, I thought everyone took a toaster.  I mean we all have a house on wheels, but we can't take everything, "but we do take the kitchen sink. "   What appliances, conviences, or out of the ordinary things do you pack in you Rigs.   

 

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Coffee maker.

toaster

small crock pot

grill

pots, pans, plates utinsel

extension cord

table games,

small binoculars

tools

vaccum sealer - I know might be strange to you but if saves alot on food for us.  we dehydrate alot of foods, all we do is

                                rehydrate them and make a meal.

laptop computer

we have a convection oven/microwave - instead of a oven and a microwave,  more space for drawers where the oven would have been

 

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 05:26 PM

so i am a bit different as i have a flatbed (as you do) so i have more room than most. we have a ton of things we take, including 2 coffee pots. one electric and one is for times with out power. we also have 2 grills, hey, the cook differently.  we also have an outdoor kitchen set up. we like to cook outside. we did go through everything last fall just to check and make sure we use everything we haul around. we do. i can go on and make a LONG list of everything but i wont. i think there is a word limit on the posts. i just know i dont have a toaster. :tongue0013:

 

 

oh....the most important thing too.....a wine bottle opener.


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Posted 11 January 2013 - 05:43 PM

You guys are giving me ideas. I have an old TC with little to no storage. But now I'm thinking a toaster oven would be a good thing to take. Looking at the list above... hmmm...


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Posted 11 January 2013 - 05:47 PM

so i am a bit different as i have a flatbed (as you do) so i have more room than most. we have a ton of things we take, including 2 coffee pots. one electric and one is for times with out power. we also have 2 grills, hey, the cook differently.  we also have an outdoor kitchen set up. we like to cook outside. we did go through everything last fall just to check and make sure we use everything we haul around. we do. i can go on and make a LONG list of everything but i wont. i think there is a word limit on the posts. i just know i dont have a toaster. :tongue0013:

 

 

oh....the most important thing too.....a wine bottle opener.

 

:D  no toast man!!    

 

Rich, hey got any pics of your outdoor kitchen,  I'm doing that too.  Love to see what you got, gives me ideas to see what others have done.

  I'm working on putting a small back porch, with steps to the door(  pics to post in Thread later when finished) 

I plan to start the outdoor kitchen when I'm finished with the porch.   I was wondering at your rally do you cook scrambled eggs on a big griddle over burners or what?  I'm thinking of doing something like that, then a grill too.


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Posted 11 January 2013 - 06:08 PM

we borrowed a bigger 3 burner grill with a skillet plate for the rally. we dont usually have something that big with us.

 

here is a couple pics of the kitchen set up:

 

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we got the table set up from cabellas and its a cabellas brand. it was on sale and could not pass it up.if you catch the stuff from there on sale its a great deal. very good quality built too.


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Posted 11 January 2013 - 06:19 PM

We carry no toaster.  We sometimes use a skillet and spatula, like making a grilled cheese sandwich.  The skillet doesn't even get dirty usually and can be wiped clean.



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Posted 11 January 2013 - 06:38 PM

You may find, that if you remove the grate from your grill, that a universal griddle will sit over the burners and double the use of the grill.

 

I discovered that the $9.99 cast iron griddle on the right will sit perfectly on the Weber Q100 grill.  I bought it in the camping section of Academy Sports on a hunch it would fit.

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It's best to remove the grate, as it prevents the griddle surface from heating up as much by zapping some of the heat.

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Because of the notches in the cover of the Weber, it even closes with the griddle in place. And, the back side is corrugated as well.

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The griddle shown is rusty because of a deep cleaning.  Normally it stays seasoned and I wrap it in a kitchen garbage bag when not in use.



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Posted 11 January 2013 - 08:03 PM

We dont have a microwave in the house or the TC, thats another story, but we do have a toaster oven. Nothing big, some high quality cookware, and our weber Q grill. That and my Gentleman Jack.......and life is good! :happy0068:


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Posted 11 January 2013 - 08:06 PM

Generator

2' tall work platform (it fits perfectly over the trailer tung)

Mattress warmer for over head bunk.

Three electric blankets.

Coffee Pot.

Skillet

Small Pot (Grits)

Knife

Spatula

Small Ice chest (frig broke)

Small radio

 

Some will laugh at all the electric blankets, but on our first weekend out in the camper we were really cold and said never again. Also the blankets are easier to regulate then the furnace which we can never get just right to sleep comfortably.

 

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Ps. I worry the whole week before a trip about forgetting or not having something, after the trips over with I come to the conclusion I didn't need half the stuff I worried about.  


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Posted 11 January 2013 - 08:23 PM

No toaster, ditto for Doug's griddle.

No coffee maker, we use a Melitta drip into an enamel pot.

No electrical appliances unless we bring a crock pot for a pot luck.  I collected a set of Magnalite pans on ebay and we take turns cooking.

Two different size dutch ovens, one aluminum and one cast iron.  The new camper has an oven, but we haven't used it yet. :sign0007:

No tv.  But we have been seen sitting at the picnic table with a dvd in the computer.  One rainy night, the computer sat on the counter with RedGreen in it until the battery ran out.  The Northstar did not even have a radio.  We bought a battery radio with a weather band, but it never worked good.  Silence sounds good once in a while.

 

Our concession to noisy, power tools is a DeWalt 20volt sawsall for firewood collection.  Actually, we usually have the generator compartment full of battery power tools as it seems like we end up on building projects for a alot of our trips- wedding props, kid's house improvements, sibling's yard cleanups, Passport in Time projects.

 

Don't want to leave home without our folding chairs, swimsuits for a hot spring we might come across, thermal coffee mugs, we actually have a bookshelf of books and travel guides by the bed, coloring books to play with, board games and a journal of where the camper has been.



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Posted 11 January 2013 - 10:47 PM

Holy Campsite Rich,

With all that redundancy, you might need to bring two wives just to run your campsite. :scared0011:

I like to keep it simple and minimal. I do tasters choice coffee with hot water from a pot on the stovetop. I have a stovetop toaster that you set atop a burner then watch it like a hawk because it loves to burn your toast soon as you look away. We keep cocoa powder and sugar on hand just incase one needs a mocha or hot chocolate. Got my nice set of knives and rollup cutting sheets for food prep. Assortment of pots/pans and other utensils. Foil, Cellophane wrap, Ziploc bags, tooth pics and tooth brushes.  Cheese grater, can opener, 400 watt inverter for laptops/printer/scanner, other 120 volt items and rechargeable. Assorted 12 volt plug cords for cell phones, flashlights, cameras. Tripod/monopod/camera and bag of camera goodies. Charlie and cat food plus carrier, litter box, cat related items, and mouse or rodent on a rope. Don’t forget the ice cream, bananas, Kahlua, gin/tonic/lime.

Try as we might to keep it simple, we still have enough crap in the TC that we can't make full use of the dinette. Bring a couple folding chairs for outside and a folding table 2’x4’. Fishing gear, some sports stuff like B-Ball gloves, Frisbee, Instead of bringing suitcases, we load clothing stuff into the closets.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 11:24 PM

All of these pictures are of my former Lance 990.  But we have moved most all this stuff to the new AF990.

We try to stay compact with our pots, pans, etc. No trash can saves space down on the floor.  We toss the plastic shopping bag often  at gas or rest stops and don't develop much waste onboard this way.

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We have available, but don't always carry, about 20 stainless steel bowls of diminishing sizes.  They fit into each other like a set, making a stack no bigger than the single largest bowl.  We have bigger, and smaller bowls than what is shown in the picture.

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For plates, some hard ones for steak or chicken, some reusable plastic throw-aways which we rewash if we can, and small stack of papers for sandwiches, etc.

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Here's everything stored in one cabinet.  Note that we could add a bunch more bowls to the stack with no real increase in size.

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Our main cooking pot is a Wok that rides in the oven.   One can do everything from boil water to deep fry in it.  We make toast in it too.

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Adding these two wire closet shelves (upside down to form a lip) created a spot that will hold 12 plastic 'shoe boxes'.  We separate food in them by category, such as snacks, bread, cans, etc.  They also hold ones wallet, purse, cloth and paper towels and gadgets such as binoculars, etc.  An amazing amount of storage where nothing gets lost.  It's like 12 little drawers added to the camper.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 06:10 AM

Sorry, but in addition to what others have I have to have my coffee bean grinder to make freshly ground coffee...  :happy0045: 



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Posted 12 January 2013 - 06:49 AM

Carry all the above plus an elec drill, hatchet, rope. and a under the cabniet coffee maker. A cats potty the is a small door under the sink area we open to the out side and attach the second bathroom just for the cat.


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Posted 12 January 2013 - 06:02 PM

Toaster for sure. . .Love those BLT sandwiches on toast with a beer.

Spare generator in addition to the on board Onan.

Chain saw.

Four chairs.

Flag & pole

Pizza stone

Kitty & litter

Tool box

Laptop & printer

Probably most of the utility items at most TC'ers carry.



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Posted 12 January 2013 - 06:28 PM

I don't have an elephant gun, yet.
And leave the sawsall at home.
But carry everything else, just in case.
For out side cooking, Weber baby Q, 2 burner gas Coleman converted to propane, a one burner butane stove, and one or two Cobb stoves, propane campfire.
4 - 20lb. Propane tanks, 1 - 5lb. Propane tank, 3 - 1 lb. propane tanks, 3 - 14 oz. butane tanks, 5 gallons premium gas for generator.
A folding aluminum 3 sided wind shield fits what ever we are cooking with.
Please don't smoke near my rig!

And a stove top toaster.


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Posted 12 January 2013 - 07:34 PM

I don't have an elephant gun, yet.
And leave the sawsall at home.
But carry everything else, just in case.
For out side cooking, Weber baby Q, 2 burner gas Coleman converted to propane, a one burner butane stove, and one or two Cobb stoves, propane campfire.
4 - 20lb. Propane tanks, 1 - 5lb. Propane tank, 3 - 1 lb. propane tanks, 3 - 14 oz. butane tanks, 5 gallons premium gas for generator.
A folding aluminum 3 sided wind shield fits what ever we are cooking with.
Please don't smoke near my rig!

And a stove top toaster.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:12 PM

Oh I love this thread...  must haves are:

 

coffee maker - coffee & tea

creamer (hazelnut)

generator (honda 2000) 

1 1/2 qt pot

laptop & dvd set of Deadwood 

2 director chairs

squirt gun

magic bullet & ice crusher - since we're cutting back on fraps will replace with rice cooker.

bottled water

hatchet

hiya hiya's & wool

 

 

We don't have a tv, oven, grill or toaster. 


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Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:48 PM

Safety:

Collapsible cones

Air compressor

Bottle jack

Tool kit with spare lug nuts and hatch locks

Rain coat

Rope and tarp

Flash lights

First aid kit

 

Utilities:

30A to 20A and 50A adapters

Extension cord

20' cable TV line

Leveling blocks

Sewer hose support

Tank treatment

100-pk gloves

10' and 20' fresh water hose

50 PSI city water regulator

Water fill adapter

 

Cleaning:

Towels/rags

Squeegee

Broom and dust pan

Vacuum

 

Exterior:

Folding chairs and table with grass mat

Scissor stairs with rail

Flag

Rope lights

Wind chime

Propane fire

 

Technology:

TV/DVD combo

Laptop

4G hot spot

300w inverter

FRS/GMRS radios

Cell phone chargers

 

Interior:

Space heater

Coffee maker

Pot and fry pan

Pyrex and Corning cooking containers with lids

Plastic storage containers

4 place ceramic dishes and cups (oven safe) and silverware

Juice and wine glasses

Can, jar, bottle and wine openers

Serving spoons and spatula

Steak, pairing, chopping, utility and bread knifes

Scissors and grater

Cutting board

Hot mitts and dish towels

Commuter mugs

1 week of clothing

 

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 07:05 AM

we try to travel light. no toaster oven, no toaster or any electrical appliances. (can make pretty durn-good toast in a frying pan!) we do love to cook and eat, and do almost all of our main meals over our campfire- and do breakfasts and lunches inside. we do have an electric 2-burner hot plate that we use outside if we want to do something smelly, like fish. or maybe bacon. Bought a little cobb grill a couple of seasons back, but dont think we used it once on our last long trip. dont have an oven, but didnt have that option buying a used TC. we do our coffee with a drip Myleta into a thermos- it would be nice to have a coffee bean grinder but so far, have survived without it. lawn chairs are a must, of course- and a good supply of red wine and other libations. two bikes on a swing-away rack on the back of the TC. Have a small electric space heater for cold nites (furnace is way too noisy).  the longest trip we have taken has been 7 weeks- dont think my "take-next-time" list has much on it at this point!


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