New (to me) camping accessory review

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New (to me) camping accessory review

Postby working on it » Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:56 pm

* As is my usual custom, I try new equipment, modifications, and set-ups on each and every trip. I added several items and made a change in my towing gear this time out.

* 1) LED porch light: a 10-watt IP66 light that I mounted on a camera stand above my main door. $15 light + $8 mount gave the right amount of illumination right where I needed it.
* 2) waterproof SOCKiTBOX (electrical connections inside): I used it to run four branching lines from one extension cord, all from the parkpower pedestal. One line in, four out, waterproof. I used a 3-ft GFCI cord & a splitter tap inside the large box, and had plenty of space to store other stuff inside, too. $22 (+ $24 GFCI +$3 splitter tap).
* 3) IKEA stepstool ("Bolmen"): the right height and firmly-planted, despite wind & rain, this stepstool helped this old guy in/out of the trailer. Best one I've tried. $6
* 4) West Bend electric skillet (with glass cover): easiest to use and clean cooking system I've tried at camp, this 26 year-old (but fresh out of the unopened box, after discovery in a closet) skillet was all-around easier to use in a rainy camp than my Coleman fuel stove or IKEA charcoal grill. $42 (latest model equivalent)
* 5) IGLOO IMX 24 quart cooler: this injection-molded item will be my new go-to cooler for camping and travel use, supplementing older, less capable blow-molded coolers. Not as high-end as Yetis, Orca's, R-tic's, it still has 90% of their features & cooling ability, but at a friendlier price. $80 (at Sam's Club)
* 6) Husky 13.5" rise/8.25" drop ball mount shank: though I used this on a previous trip, I tried it without using a weight distributing bar attached (for the first time in over 20 years). Since it made my trailer level, instead of nose-up, I hoped it would track straight % true without sway or shimmy. It did, perfectly. Now I can travel and back up, without having to remove the WD spring bar. Worth every cent. $65

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except for vintage skillet, Sam's Club for the cooler, and IKEA for the step stool, all other items came from AMAZON
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* I've already made a shopping list of new items I'll add to my trailer prior to my next outing. Amazon, Home Depot, Academy Sports, and IKEA love to see me go camping!
Last edited by working on it on Wed Apr 10, 2019 2:09 pm, edited 1 time in total.
2013 HHRv "squareback/squaredrop", rugged, 4x8 TTT, 2150+ lbs
  • *3500 lb Dexter EZ-Lube braked axle, 3000 lb.springs, active-progressive bumpstop suspension
  • *27 x 8.5-14LT AT tires (x 3) *Weight Distribution system for single-beam tongue
  • *100% LED's & GFCI outlets, 3x fans, AM/FM/CD/Aux. *A/C & heat, Optima AGM, inverter & charger(s)
  • *extended-run, on-board, 2500w generator *Coleman dual-fuel stove & lantern, Ikea grill, vintage skillet
  • *zinc/stainless front & side racks *98"L x 6" diameter rod & reel carrier tube on roof
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Re: New (to me) camping accessory review

Postby John61CT » Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:58 am

nice, thanks
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Re: New (to me) camping accessory review

Postby Tioga passer » Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:52 pm

Perfecting your camp kit is a great hobby I share with you. I'm forever tweaking mine too.
The three virtuesof camping are
1. Good comfort
2.Good eating
3. Good activities
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