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Unnecessary goodies

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22 Jul 2004
Anonymous
I recently sold my old caravan and bought a new one. What a shock when I started unpacking my old van! The amount of "goodies" that came out of there was shocking. Most of it never even used on our weekends and holidays. No wonder my caravan was so heavy!
This is why I want to advise all new caravan owners and some of the others - please do not take any unnecessary goodies that you think you "might" use.
I have since re-packed my new caravan and half the goodies is left at home!
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22 Jul 2004
Mark
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Hi Walter,
I use my van often, so tend to repack most items immediately after cleaning the van on returning from a weekend trip etc.
My saving grace as far as clutter and unnecessary equipment is concerned is that I keep a printed list of everything imaginable from the side tent to the smallest maglite. This list has tick columns that I can mark off the packed equipment as required.
If I am spending a week in the bush, then I know not to pack in the beach chairs etc.
The list also ensures that I don't forget anything, and as I am solely responsible for kitting out the van right down to the food and clothes, I  have to make sure I am on top of my game.
Regards
Mark Lowe
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22 Jul 2004
Anonymous
Hi Walter,
Ek doen presies dieselfde, na so 'n kamp trippie word die karavaan in die motorhuis gebêre en dan begin die groot afpak, en skoonmaak. Ek los net die basiese dinge soos wat sy ingehad het toe ek haar nuut gekoop het. Dit vergemaklik net die takie om die karavaan binne skoon te hou. Wanneer ek gaan kamp haal ek maar my lyste uit en verseker dat die belangrikste dinge weer gepak word, dit verseker my dat ek nie leë houers saam sleep nie.

Mooi sleep en lekker kamp
Chris
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22 Jul 2004
ELU
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As with frequent mechanical/electrical/gas services on a caravan, I have a regular "clean-out" for my caravan. Usually this is done prior to a long trip, but at least once a year. The whole van is unpacked, to the point of empty shell status. Amazingly, the stuff removed, inclusive of curtains and cushions/matresses etc, fills up one half of my double lock-up garage!! The curtains are washed and cushions etc. vacuumed. You'll be amazed at the amount of dirt collected over a period of 12 months!!
The shell is then also cleaned thoroughly, even inside all cupboards. Before this cleaning, it is worthwile to 'inspect' all corners & crevices for any mould build-up, signs of water leaks, unwanted ants or "gogga" activities. While removing last year's sand from the coast, you automatically recall the nice holiday!  As ants/'goggas' nesting in a caravan present problems, I fumigate the caravan before packing everything back in its place. You'll be surprised at the unnecessary stuff that you cart along. Store it in a cupboard and should you require it for a specific trip, take it along, and remove when returning. 
This whole operation is a family exercise (kids get into the corners of the cupboards easier than I do!) and a whole day is set apart for this. Thereafter you have a caravan that is cleaner and neater than a new one or one purchased from a dealer!!
Give it a try and see the pleasant results. It also wets the apetite to go camping again!! Regards
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24 Jul 2004
Anonymous
Ja

Mens kom nie agter hoe jy opgaar nie.  Het selwers my karavaan uitgepak en gesorteer vir ons Weskus trip in net 4 weke se tyd.  Jy dink jy gaan dit nodig kry maar op die ou einde nie.  Manlief is nie lekker vir my daaroor nie maar ek het behoorlik uitgegooi.  Dit is onnodige vrag op die wiele.
Lekker kamp.
Groete
Luanda
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