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Today's the last day of February! I've been away for months due to divorce, haven't even enjoyed lurking. But having made new friends who love to ride, I'm finally looking forward to some real trips, and camping is part of the plan.



I've camped, and I've ridden....but haven't done both together. Are there preferred tents, sleeping bags, cooking etc items out there best purchased for packing on a wing? Would appreciate all good thoughts and advice, and thanks!



Still six inches of snow here in N. MO, melting, we're about to enjoy some highs above freezing this week. It's been a long, snowy, extra cold winter here.....it's time to ride!

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There has been a couple of good threads on here talking about camping gear, what to pack and brands of tents, etc......If I can find the dang post!!



Found it....this should be some good reading for you and give you some good info!





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Does your boat have more horse power than your wing?

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I use a 30 year old 2-man dome tent, a self inflating mattress, and then a 3" memory foam pad. I have a bad back, and need a little extra comfort there. And then, a double polyfil bag, (I am too big for a single bag. Sleep in sweats and a t-shirt, that way when you have to get up in the middle of the night, you don't have to search around for your skivies. Also, a pair of flip-flops work well to protect feet during that 3:00 am break.

I also have a plastic sheet to go below the test to protect the tent from moisture, mud, etc. Also use a small LED flashlight, and a cord to hang it from so you can read yourself to sleep at night.

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LOL....Rabbit, the boat had a 90 HP Johnson, so maybe it should have been pulling the bike! And AZgl, I did all right, got the wing, lost the boat....which would YOU rather have? lol My ex and I are very friendly, helping each other make new starts, her with a new business I bought her, and I'm renovating the apartment completely upstairs for her. She's helping me still when needed in my photography studio.

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And tks 4evermetric for your experience, all is welcome and good for me

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my dad and i got all our gear

he bought a trailer camper for him so we can haul everything in the camper

small tent,sleeping pad, sleeping bag, propane burner stove, propane lantern, propane torch end to start fires he he, cooler i have a 12volt coleman cooler i wired into the parking lights so it keeps everything inside it around 36degrees, first aid kit,

it all depends on your definetion of camping some people go all out and my dad and i camp cheap eating ramen noodles ect maybe eat a good meal every other day or so

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Go to a good backpacking store like REI of A16 ect. and get the kind of equipment that you would carry in a backpack on the trail.

I have been using my backpacking equipment on the bike, and all of my gear for two people for a week fits into one side box, with the two sleeping bags and self inflating pads in the rack bag, ad waterproofs in the other side box. This leaves the top box completely empty for whatever we need it for including all our riding gear and helmets when stopped.

All of my gear for two weighs in at around 25# and the tent has been into minus 35 with 70-80mph winds.

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When camping on a bike(no trailer), having compact gear is mandatory. Think backpacking gear.

Having said that, you don't want anything less than a 2 person tent, as you will be too cramped for changing clothes/gear.

I do a lot of 'moto-camping' and have found out over the years thatyou get what you pay for. Yes, you can buy cheap shelters, but that's what they are - cheap.


If you are unsure of what to look for in a tent, read this to educate yourself.


Here's a review I did on an excellent tent that provides excellent value for a good quality tent - https://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/forum4/70637.html

Replace the tent stakes that come with your tent. They bend easily, making them useless. I use a 'Y' stake, as they are much stronger and hold very well

For mattress, I'd suggest this one, as it is reasonably priced, will keep you warm(unlike the Coleman/Ozark type), is very compactand is 3" thick - http://tinyurl.com/ygevg5q

As for a sleeping bag, my personalchoice isa down bag whichcompacts smaller, weighs less, costs more,lasts longerand will keep you warmer than a synthetic filled bag - but it will loose all insulative properties if it gets wet.

Here's a tutorial on sleeping bags



I also carry a good sized, lightweight tarp, to shelter your cooking area(picnic table)and to increase your 'outdoor living space', during inclement weather. Very important!!

I prefer to use the more expensive Silicon tarps(such as this), as they are lighter, very compact and unlike tents, can be stashed away wet with no worries about mold growing if not dried out within a day or two. (Don't try that with a tent as the mold will destroy the tent's fabric)



















It also provides a sheltered area to set-up/pack-up camp!







Here's a video I did showing a few easy to tie/untie knots I use for quickly setting tarps



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Are you planning on cooking at campas well ... or eating all meals on the road??



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