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Unread 04-02-2012, 07:31 PM   #1
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Default Keeping your gear organized, HOW?

How do you keep your equipment, supplies and gear organized? I just completed my first competition a week and a half ago and I was really challenged in the organizing area. After unpacking and wanting to keep the stuff ready for the next event, how to avoid piles and minimize trips in and out of the truck loading and unloading.

Short of a dedicated trailer, how are you keeping your gear organized for storage, travel and at the cook site? Any pictures of links to drawers, bits, Chuck boxes etc. would be very helpful!


I'd love to not be the last one packed up and leaving the event.



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Unread 04-02-2012, 07:37 PM   #2
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OK other than our new trailer has a place for everything...I have found that if you get 4 tackle boxes for each meat and have what you need in there it really helps. (even if there is duplication)
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Learned the hard way... unloading a team's equipment by the armload.
Took too long to unload and way too long to repack.

To simplfy and quicken the process pointed me to mobile carts on wheels.
Currently use (2) laundry carts on wheels as my pantry carts; each having 3 shelves.

Can roll out and place as desired... or leave and work inside the trailer with same layout.



Have greatly reduced the set-up/tear down time significantly.
Roll two carts and one smoker is 80 percent done .
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Minimize, cull out unused equipment.
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Plastic tubs and those drawer units of various sizes are very helpful in keeping things straight, especially if you label the outsides.
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This is a good question I have been thinking about too. I just bought a big tub with wheels from Walmart for $20. I'm putting things in it in individual boxes....spices,utensils, etc. looks like it'll work pretty efficiently.
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I am orginazationally challeged as well, ask anyone that knows me!!! I like the laundry cart idea.

All I have right now is a 5 x 8 flatbed trailer and the back of my SUV so I do a lot of packing, loading, then unloading unpacking then the same in reverse. I know I need a bigger trailer and I am looking for one now.
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As a tent guy my goal this year is to reduce the clutter! Carry less is the mantra for 2012. I'm also trying to containerize the essentials so I don't have a bunch of loose stuff floating around in the truck.
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I keep all necessary tools and rubs in two separate tackle boxes. Then use two plastic totes for the remainder. Whatever is left goes in the Cambro. Got it down to 12 necessary items to carry, plus the smoker. Tent, two tackle boxes, two totes, two coolers, two tables, cambro, two chairs.
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I use a series of plastic tote tubs labeled A-F. I then keep a spreadsheet of the contents of each tub. The contents of the tubs are seperated based on use (one has utensils, one has cleaning supplies, one has food prep, etc...). The spreadsheet makes it a snap to inventory each tub, and check it off as it gets loaded in the van/trailer.
On site, I have a small plastic shelf system that disassembles easily, and the most frequently used tubs are placed on the shelves near the tables for quick access.
"A place for everything, and everything in it's place."
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As a tent guy my goal this year is to reduce the clutter! Carry less is the mantra for 2012. I'm also trying to containerize the essentials so I don't have a bunch of loose stuff floating around in the truck.
Ditto! Less is more. After our first handful of events, we were able to get a handle on what we did and didn't need. We've gone with 2-3 big tubs with lids, divvied up by prep, cook, tent etc. They stack easily in the back of my Pathfinder and are water tight when those May showers make an unannounced visit.

After the event when unloading, I make a quick run thru each tub to clean and resort as needed. It takes a little time on the back end, but you will make it up when you are loading up for the next event!
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One thing I would add to the great posts above me is when you are done with something put it away.

An example is I run an extension cord and light in my ez-up for Friday night but when the sun comes up Saturday morning I take it down and pack it away. This helps reduce a lot of the clutter and work after turn ins.
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This is what I use....
http://www.homedepot.com/buy/strong-...te-298528.html
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storage tubs work good..also use coolers for storage as you need them while competing then store on the way home..but get a trailer and leave it stocked..
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OK other than our new trailer has a place for everything...I have found that if you get 4 tackle boxes for each meat and have what you need in there it really helps. (even if there is duplication)
isn't lugging around 16 tackle boxes a pain also?
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