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Women Only: Feeling frustrated; need to vent.
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I'm feeling a little frustrated. I've been going out here and there for a few weeks to a month on the road (usually by myself). Now I'm planning and prepping to head out to the RTR and have a better idea of some of the conditions that are out there on the road. I'm in an SUV, but space is still limited. I've been trying and trying to cut back on the stuff that ends up in the vehicle (I can go a little too far with "Always be prepared!" sometimes). While pairing down on what tags along I also am noticing a lot of things that *should* come along and things that make life bearable on the road. It feels as though my vehicle is just getting more and more crowded and more and more money is hemorrhaging from the coffers (even with money saving hacks). 
It is also very frustrating to have a serious lack of knowledge about vehicles, maintenance, electrical (to include solar), along with not having a majority of the tools to manage the minor construction, maintenance, & repairs needed on the road. 
Thanks for reading. It helps just to say that things are feeling a bit overwhelming as a newbie. Smile
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#2
I hear ya on that one. It is hard to pare it down. Hopefully the trips out thus far have given you an idea of maybe what you don't want, or won't use? I would say that the best mechanical shape you can get your vehicle into would be a good focus. At some point it just has to be good enough.
I myself, will leave in a month. I am kinda living half in my empty house, and half in my rig. I have put a moratorium  on obtaining anything else. I figure that if I need things/repairs/whatever, then I will deal with it at the time.  To me, having some cash is more important than trying to estimate what I might need. I would guess that 
what you have so far is probably enough to get out the driveway!  Keep us posted
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#3
Would a rooftop carrier help?
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I hear ya. I know I'm taking more than I need, but will figure it out as I go along. Still packing up the house and trying to get everything finished. We're now down to crunch time!
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SaadowGorl (12-17-2017)
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(12-16-2017, 09:31 PM)CautionToTheWind Wrote: Would a rooftop carrier help?

I have one, but it is difficult to get into. I carry a small step ladder to get to it. Mostly I end up keeping the stuff that *might* be needed (like Bob mentioned in a video that some sites require you to have a tent set up even if you don't use it). 

(General response to other replies) The stuff I'm ending up looking at picking up, or more likely building from scratch with the help of a neighbors borrowed tools - these too are expensive!, are things like shade from tarps and a way to rig them up, a camp light stand, a hammock stand. All in all they are not too expensive, but they are still a cost and lately I'm lucky to be bringing in $400 a month in income.  I'm stuck between going without and choosing to spend the money on them as these are things that leave me feeling comfortable rather than miserable on the road which means that they are valuable to me. The rigging for the above should be able to be lashed to the roof of the SUV or stored in the roof top box. 

It is just super difficult to balance all the small comforts/wants with the lack of money & know how. So many of the others (seems like mostly men) seem to have 'parts laying around', a stash of tools to use, and quite a lot more know how than I do. It makes it so much more difficult to be going at this without the exposure to the "how to" and "DIY" aspects of things. Argh. 

Thanks for listening (reading) & commiserating.
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(12-16-2017, 09:07 PM)gallica Wrote: It is hard to pare it down. Hopefully the trips out thus far have given you an idea of maybe what you don't want, or won't use? I would say that the best mechanical shape you can get your vehicle into would be a good focus. At some point it just has to be good enough.
I myself, will leave in a month. I am kinda living half in my empty house, and half in my rig. I have put a moratorium  on obtaining anything else. I figure that if I need things/repairs/whatever, then I will deal with it at the time.  To me, having some cash is more important than trying to estimate what I might need. I would guess that 
what you have so far is probably enough to get out the driveway!  Keep us posted

Hard to pare down, yes. It has been slow going, but I'm figuring out what I actually use vs. what I think I'll use (and even do). The hardest part has been the variety of situations I've ended up in. I'll leave things at home because leaving with a stuffed to the brim rig leaves me just as helpless as being with out when digging around in a mountain of stuff for that thing I *just* saw comes up with nothing. But, at the same time, not having something or ending up with an unexpected need is madness inducing at times. 

I'm trying to keep up with the maintenance on the vehicle as much as possible - never been my strong suit. More important, to me, is learning how to do some of it myself because it saves me so much money and leaves me with such a sense of accomplishment. Smile

Are you heading out full time? If so, it makes a lot of sense to stop the acquisitions for a while. I'm still half in and half out, so there is a bit more leeway on my end as far as finding out what does and does not work (and what has multiple uses - the best!). The cash on hand (or in the bank) is super important for those emergency situation. Good luck to you and hope to see you out on the road! Smile
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I have found that no matter how far or how long a trip is or even it's purpose that I always need something I didn't bring, and brought too much that often isn't needed or used.

  Last week I found a small square suitcase in a closet.  I hadn't used it since my last AL to KY and back trip. That was July 2012.   IT STILL HAD CLOTHES AND COSTUME JEWELRY IN IT.  WHEN I START CLEARING OUT STUFF IT'S LIKE CHRITMAS! Smile

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I understand how so many of you feel as I am in the very same boat. With regard to building anything, I wish I had I had hired some one to help a little. Yes I have been stubborn thinking I can do it, but I have spent too much on tools and all the other things you need and could have had a better product. Truth be told for me, I got very frustrated! So now I'm still not done.... With regard to paring down, I have gone through most of my things, finally decided to rent a small storage unit ($29 per month) for those family sentimental things. As I loan up the van I'm sure I will have to make more decisions about cutting back, but the important things get priority. I agree that using the storage topper is a good idea, that way you can take more of the items that will make you more comfortable (mentally).

I'm sure once we get there we will get so much knowledge and help that our confidence level will soar.  I'm sure you will make the right choices, take a deep breath and watch more videos about others traveling in a vehicle like yours. I'll be happy to loan you my tools when we get there.

See you at RTR!
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SaadowGorl (12-17-2017)
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(12-17-2017, 12:00 AM)SaadowGorl Wrote: (General response to other replies) The stuff I'm ending up looking at picking up, or more likely building from scratch with the help of a neighbors borrowed tools - these too are expensive!, are things like shade from tarps and a way to rig them up, a camp light stand, a hammock stand. All in all they are not too expensive, but they are still a cost and lately I'm lucky to be bringing in $400 a month in income.  I'm stuck between going without and choosing to spend the money on them as these are things that leave me feeling comfortable rather than miserable on the road which means that they are valuable to me. 

As some one who uses hammocks for backpacking you really don't need a hammock stand...those are mostly just for yards and bedrooms without trees. Get some Atlas tree straps and use fence posts, trees etc when you want to use your hammock.
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Not a lot of trees in the desert suitable for using as a hammock stand. When at RTR look around for me (shadowmoss) and the friend who will be with me designed and will have with her a nice traveling hammock stand.
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