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post #251 of 325 (permalink) Old 08-28-2013, 04:41 AM
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We started off M/C camping with a tent..years ago. Graduated to a H/F trailer to carry our gear and then found a nice Bunkhouse trailer on EBay for $600. Bought it and haven't looked back. Best purchase I made! I have looked the newer campers and love the bell and whistles..but what I currently have fits the bill. Off the ground, good storage and pulls nice! We did a 24 day (19 days camping) 6600 mile trip in '09 from GA to CA and back. Great memories!
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Originally Posted by wingpilot96 View Post
We did a 24 day (19 days camping) 6600 mile trip in '09 from GA to CA and back. Great memories!
Thats what it's all about right there !!

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Yes sir livin the goodlife.Someday i might have to check out a bunkhouse.I was concerned about having enough storage but it looks like you got everything you need there.
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I camp often off of my bike with an 8' x 7' dome tent that I purchased at Big 5 on sale for around $35. I like it because I am 6'3" and need the space. It easily fits a queen size inflatable mattress inside with side room to spare and the folded unit including poles will fit in the trunk or saddle bag.
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We generally have elec lots. We take elec skillet,small crocpot and coffee pot. And yes I pull a trailer.

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Originally Posted by Dusty Boots View Post
Welcome, Firefly.

The tarp you see posted in some of my camp shots, is a high quality Silicone impregnated affair, with lots of quality'details' incorporated into it's design to make for a long lasting tarp, that happens to be very compact, making it perfect for 'Moto Camping'. Because of the material, unlike tents, it can be put away wet/damp without fear of mold quickly growing

I'll warn you up front that these types of tarps are not cheap, because of the material and workmanship involved.

Most of the photos will show my larger 2.9m x 3.9m (roughly 9.5'x 13') tarp, which covers your usual sized picnic table quite nicely, so it protects your kitchen/eating and sitting area during inclement weather (or provides relief from the blazing sun)and ther therefore expanding your 'living area' during those times, so you won't be 'tent bound'. They are very versatile and can be erected/used in all sorts of manner, limited only by your imagination

It is made by Mountain Equipment Co-Op, a Canadian store. which is much like your REI in the USA.Yes, they ship to the US

The tarp itself is called the MEC Silicone Guides TarpandI guarantee you wont find another manufacturer who makes a tarp like it, with the same features that are listed below.

There was a fella who made Silicone tarps which I advised IdahoRaider to buy from (MEC had ceased production of the Silicone version of the Guide tarp at that time), but the fella no longer makes them and the cost of him adding the 'extras' that come standard on the MEC tarp, added significantly to the overall cost of his tarp, but again, it is a quality tarp as well.

Winger77 bought this tarp, and although 'adequate', I think he will be the first to tell you that it is not of the same quality, nor have the 'features' of the MEC line of Silicone tarps.

Here it is in use this past weekend, when I was in the Watkins Glen, NY. area.

Here are a few shots , detailing some of the important features of the build quality of their line of tarps, that make them so durable for constant use like how I use them.

It is very important that a tarp packs very small, yet is of sufficient sizefor Moto Camping, as we have very limited storage space when you pack all the other camping items necessary for sustained touring. MEC's line of tarps include their own stuff sac.

Packed (stuffed) size comparison:

In order to set a tarp effectively, you have to pitch it good and taught. I use a modified truckers hitch, to tension my tarps. Doing so will pull/rip the grommets out of lesser quality tarps and leave it flapping in the wind, useless.

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MEC adds lots of reinforcement to their tie out points. On the ends, the bar tack some nylon webbing on to the folded seam, spreading the stress along the seams of the tarp, making for exceptionally strong guy out points.

At both ends along the 'centre-line', or main seam of the tarp and along both sides of the tarp, they use grommets. On the centre-line seam, the grommets are installed in not one, but two reinforcing pieces of material. One is a triangular piece of 1000 Denier Cordura and then another piece of nylon webbing is sewn to the under side of thecentre-line seam and bar tacked, before a high quality grommet is installed. On the sides, they go with just the Cordura patch.

About the middle of the centre-line, thereis a large, roundreinforcement patch of Cordura attached to the underside of the tarp, with a loop of nylon webbing sewn in. It's purpose is so you can prop up the centre of the tarp with a pole/paddle/branch, or what ever you have at hand, without damaging the tarp material, itself. I use the loop to hang my candle lantern from. On the reverse, or topside, is another loop of nylon webbing, so you can attach a cord/rope to it and attach that to an overhead branch, etc. All very well thought out and executed, I think.

Just like with a tent, you need to seam seal all the stitching to prevent leaks. With the Silicone material used in this line of tarps, you need to use a special seam sealer made for silicone materials. I highly recommend using McNettSilNet to do the job.You can also make your own seam sealer for Silicone material, if you have the proper materials in your hardware store. A bit messier that using a tube, or two of the McNett, but it does the job just as well.

AS far as tent stakes to keep your tarp/tent anchored, the best stakes I have used are the MSR Groundhog stakes. There are a few 'look-a-likes' out there, but they are nowhere near the same quality and will bendfairly easy, compared to the MSR ones. Accept no substitutions!!

As for cord used in guying out the tarp, just some inexpensive nylon braided cord is sufficient to do the job> I will buy 150' - 200' of the stuff and cut it up so I have 1 -50'length, a couple of 25' lengths and the rest in 10' lengths. That allows me to set the tarp for any variety of pitching conditions/options, depending on what is available to tie off to, at each new campsite

Hope this answers your question. If not, then just PM and I'll address any further questions you may have.

Wow! Your post was definitely the most informative. i was reading on here thinking... " Does anyone go camping without a camper anymore? "
hahahah... I'll message you if I have any questions! Thanks!
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Tent and cot is how I go. Nothing against camping trailers, but they are not for me. Here is my newest piece of "gear." A propane portable camp fire. It is my answer for the burn bans that happen all summer long here in the Northwest. They are legal during the burn bans. I don't miss the wood smoke and it goes on in an instant and off just as quick. I have a converter to use the 1 lb propane tanks and one tank will burn 2+ hours on high and of course, longer when on lower.

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Love the looks and the appeals of pulling a trailer, but have not had one or a hitch fall into my lap yet So I am looking at another tent. Currently I use a Eureka Timberline 4, plenty of room in it and while there is nothing wrong with it at all, it is only 58 inches center height and I cannot stand up in it.
A friend pointed me in the direction of a Kelty Palisade 4 which has a center height of 72 inches, and only packs up 2 inches longer than the Eureka.

I am seriously contemplating on getting this one and was wondering if anyone has any experience with this tent?
Ease of set up, packing on a bike and that sort of thing.

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I am still a tent camper and likely always will be! I LOVE it even tho I have not mastered the comfort issue and waking up sore thing...1 of my dogs is a hoot when he wakes up! He bumps the tent walls looking for the door I suspect.. gives peeps something to talk about in the campground I am sure! HAHA!! BUT I have it down when it comes to packing....
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