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retro195man
Roccosamore wrote:
I don't want to be the spoiler here but I personally would be concerned about how much weight you will be adding to your Retro. Remember you have xxx amount of weight you can safely add and that will include your fresh water at 8.8 lbs per gallon, propane, ect.... before you start putting in personal items. Just saying. Good luck.


Very well said. Most people forget about the weight limits. 
Fortunately the 195 has a high weight limit. I know the others don't. 
The biggest thing is to minimalize. Prepare cooking stuff before leaving on your adventure. You can prep a lot ahead of time. 
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TravelerGirl
Thanks for your concern, retro 195man.  TravelerGuy is my husband.  He is very conscious of all the weight limitations and has educated me.  All the stuff I want to put in the TT is lightweight, no cast iron frying pans.  In fact the only weighty items might be paperback books and I can put those in the truck.  We do not plan to travel with fresh water in the tank.  The heaviest single item I can think of is an instapot and that only goes if we have hookups and it is needed to put prepare something in the menu plan.  We have a set of aluminum pans we have used camping for years.  I see no reason why we can't use them in the TT.  I may like my stuff but I am conscious of the weight restrictions.  Thanks again for looking out for us.
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TravelerGirl
I forgot....re preparing food ahead.  I always try to prepare as much ahead as possible.  Esp. if I don't have a full kitchen.  I see no sense in spending a lot of time trying to cook in a teeny tiny space. It would be an exercise in frustration for me.   I have prepared food for camping ahead of time for years.  Has worked well for me.  I'm already making lists of possible menu items!
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Doreen
I am a big fan of my slow cooker too!
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TravelerGirl
Just a big thank you to all the helpful hints provided to me as I puzzled over where to stash my belongings in our 177SE.  TravelerGuy and I are about set to head across the State for our first adventure with our Retro.  We plan to be gone for 5 nights and will have hookups for sewer, electric and water.  I have found places for most everything.  This is how I chose to store items.  Sweatshirts and a jacket behind one cupboard door over my side of the bed.  Phone charger and a very small but bright enough adjustable reading light (mounted on the side wall by the head of the  bed), a flashlight and misc. small items on the shelf next to the bed.  I was happy to find I can hang eight summer weight shirts and three pairs of slacks on the  rod in my closet.  On the closet floor I put three plastic boxes that look like they are meant to store magazines.  In them I put underwear and socks.  Under the bed I have a plastic tote with cleaning supplies, a canvas container with bath towels, and a couple more plastic totes  with miscellaneous items in them.  In the little cabinet next to the refrigerator I have toiletries on one shelf, umbrellas and maps on the middle shelf and embroidery projects on the lowest shelf.  For now the floor of the toilet area has a space heater, the toilet bowl brush (not yet been used), a fabric grocery bag containing three pairs of shoes (it's still chilly in the mornings here now, so will have to wear socks in the a.m.'s).  TravelerGuy made a box that fits under the dining seat that has all our dry foods in it.  In the kitchen area I have flatware in the top drawer, kitchen linens in the middle drawer and a few odds and ends in the bottom drawer.  Under the sink I have a set of pans with lids I picked up at Walmart, some storage containers, a roll of paper towels and misc other food prep tools. Above the sink I have a set of kid size dishes I picked up at Walmart last year and a lot of paper products for when we boondock and also drinking glasses and plastic wine glasses I got at a garage sale.  So everything pretty much fits.  I have a backpack full of my current projects that will ride with me in the truck and I'll put on the seat beside me at the dinette once we arrive at our campground.  So that's pretty much how it all worked out.  TravelerGuy and I will let you know how this first adventure goes.  Happy Camping Everyone!😎
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TravelerGirl
Wanted to report back re our maiden voyage with our 177SE.  All my "stuff" fit very well.  We actually have three empty plastic tubs under the bed.  I had room for all my hanging clothes and could have brought a few more shirts.  The drawer TravelerGuy made for under a bench seat worked for our dry food.  I always bring "projects with me on a trip.  I put all my file folders in my "travel" backpack and placed it next to me on "my" bench seat which worked well.  We stored the 5 cup coffeemaker in the microwave on the way to Frankenmuth and in the sink on the way back.  I had three small vases of beautiful floral arrangements we put in the TV and placed around the TT once we were parked. Had more than enough space in the refrigerator.  We ate out a lot on this trip which will not always be the case so are happy to know there will be plenty of fridge space for times when we don't eat out. We stayed at the Jellystone Campground in Frankenmuth, Michigan, using full hookups.  The campground was developed before BIG RVs were popular and sites are mostly quite small.  But there is so much to do in Frankenmuth that wasn't a problem.  We were one of three small RVs in the whole campground which was nearly full last weekend.  We had no problems towing with just a plain hitch, seemed quite stable.  We averaged 11 mpg, driving 55-65 mph towing with a Chevy Avalanche.  Had a strong wind on the way back home, first cross wind, then head wind that changed back to a crosswind.  TravelerGuy says he does not believe the TT was overloaded.

One mistake was not hooking up sewer right away.  When the black tank showed full after 4 days, we had to reposition trailer to reach the sewer hookup.  Another mistake was not retracting awning while we were gone to dinner one day as some wind came up. Fortunately, the awning was not harmed.

All-in-all an excellent first trip with no major glitches!
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TStrouts
I bought three large plastic totes and store extra blankets in one and the other two have my pots, pans and kitchen appliances. I keep them three across in front under the bed. I actually hang my jeans in the closet with shirts on top. We have never used our shower. I bought a small shelf for the cupboard above the sink and have a set of 4 real dishes (I found smaller square plates at Target that are white with red polka dots). Paper plates site on top, real coffee mugs fit on the side. It seems to work.
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TravelerGirl
Hi TStrouts!  Thanks for you message.  I bet those polka dot plates really add to the retro look. I'll have to remember to hang my shirts on top my jeans.  Good idea.  This week I came across some small plastic coated wire racks of various sizes including one that should work on the cupboard above the sink but haven't taken them out to the TT yet.  I'll be interested to see where the other sizes will work.  We will be heading out again next Wednesday for five nights so want to get them placed before then.  We have found that the bedspread that came with the TT does not hang over the mattress far enough for both of us to use it. On our first trip a couple weeks ago, one night TravelerGuy had enough to warm him and the next night I did. It went that way the whole trip.  We have an extra comforter for our bed in the house that we plan to use next week.  It's king size so we are hoping it doesn't hang over the edge too far.  Happy camping!
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TStrouts
We have the same issue with the bedspread, I replaced it this weekend with a gray and black buffalo plaid comforter. It’s not quite as fun as the red striped one but I’m tired of my backside being cold, lol!
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TravelerGirl
We returned from our 2nd camping adventure on Monday.  The king-size comforter does hang down too far on the sides.  However, we both had enough comforter to cover our backsides and we were warm enough.  So, despite the extra length on the sides of the bed, the king-size comforter is worth it.  It's a plain brown comforter, so I will be on the lookout for a more decorative retro-look comforter for the future.  So far I haven't seen anything that I absolutely love.  Our next adventure is to be a 10 or so day trip where we likely will not have hook-ups of any kind.  And camping in dirt.  So the brown comforter will work fine in a dusty, dirty and/or muddy environment where the extra dust won't matter to me (as much).  Happy Camping!
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