So this year for obvious reasons, we (not just me) are going camping more this year. At least once a month, although sometimes every couple weeks. Frequency varies and is random, it is however, frequent.
So I've complained about trailers in the past. Example annoyances include:
- ongoing Maintenance, something always
- lugging around a big loud ass generator. It occupies it's own rack behind the trailer and is loaded up when we go, put down on the ground when we get there, put back on its rack when we leave, then offloaded again and into the garage.
- Getting the fridge ready. Turning it on, shoving in ice blocks so it cools faster.
- Loading the trailer with food, clothes, etc. (we originally thought we could leave everything in the trailer. That isn't really the case, things eventually find their way out and need to be loaded again.)
- Trailer "preflight". Kingpin lock, tire covers, rear stabilizers, battery water and charge, check propane tank, dilute some bleach in the fresh water tank to prevent that sulfuric funk, and anything else I'm forgetting, you get the idea.
- Black tank, and everything associated with dumping, and flushing.
etc, etc, list is probably longer then what I'm writing.
So.. tenting it, I think it can be made A LOT more effeicient, then a trailer.
First things first, you gotta make the wife happy. My wife needed four things:
1. A comfortable bed
2. A place to sit and do her business and not squat.
3. A heater
4. Neat and tidy storage.
We already had a little buddy heater. I think of it as a placebo. The rest should be obvious:
Outhouse: (I've an old ameristep outhouse blind im using with this)
So I'm now digging a hole instead of dumping tanks. -1 on efficiency there. However, I don't have to dump and flush when I get back. So +1 on efficiency there. So poop is a wash on trailer vs tent. However, "Mamma" has been made happy, AND she gets a "room with a view", which she has grown to enjoy much more then 4 cramped walls.
That out of the way, this leads me to all the stuff.
I remembered a rapid mobility concept called "increments". Which is basically keeping things into ready to go kits by type. For my purposes:
- Kitchen, box, assorted, 1 each.
- Food, box, 3 man, 3 days, 1 each
- Field, Utility, box, 1 each.
- Personal bag, 3 day, 3 each.
The idea being, "Grab and go". Tupperware boxes from wallyworld work great for this. Had some I bought last year. Things go quickly, if you load your truck bed the same way every time. Increment boxes, sleeping pads, bags, cots, etc. Tetris it all in the same way every time, make it standardized, and put the things you'll need immediately (such as the tent) towards the tailgate.
Then there's the tent itself, now this is key. GET A FREAKING SPRINGBAR DESIGNED TENT. Either Springbar, or Kodiak canvas, doesnt matter, it's the tent design that is what is important. Right now we are rolling one of those Cabel's outfitter type tents and it is the most inefficient tent to put up. While I'm on this subject, I think with certain tents you can camp in places you can't put a trailer. The larger the tent footprint the less options you have available to you. Ive come to think that a 10X10 tent, is perfect for 3 people on cots.
I feel I've almost got this nailed down. Just need to iron out a smooth system. I'm also bored, and tired of "E scouting" which I do for a couple hours every freaking morning.