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flashya2 wrote:
WOW.....what a wealth of information, thanks to all!!

 

Looking forward to getting into this....I expect to be riding 2up, so guess in order to keep that person happy, will have to see what their basic requests are....may need a basic trailer to help.

 

Many thanks again, friends!
Wing and a trailer are made for each other :) I didn't seem to be able to get as much stuff on the Wing, two up, as I could on the FJ. :?

But with a trailer we had about everything we could need, going round France last year; cool bag trolley thing, two big folding chairs, camping table, decent sized tent, airbed, books, small sketching kit, cooking gear (plates, chopping board, KFS, 'erbs etc.) food, mobile phones (+ chargers), netbook, and etc. some more :cheesygrin:

Pack carefully, choose your kit and there ain't much you can't fit :cool:
 

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Dusty Boots, You Are the Camping Guru. The advice that you gave me last year was what I utilized for my camping trip and I was extremely comfortable every night spent out camping.

Thanks again,

Kai
 

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Hey, NO PROBLEM, Kai !! :blushing:

Glad that it went well for you both and that hopefully, I turned another one on to the 'Wonderful World of Camping/Outdoors'. :thumbsup:
 

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Dusty is the camping guru, and has more time under a tent fly than just about anyone I know...take his advice to the bank.

One little addition from me: today's gear is so good, so compact, so versatile, that you can two-up camp on just about any bike.... We ride an ST1300, and with a few simple additions, we can stay out 6-8 weeks, and did so this summer. We added some waterproof "canoe" bags to our bike, as you can see below. The bags above the hard cases carry a Wiggy synthetic bag and a Big Agnes blow-up mattress each, and the bag on the small rack behind carries our 4-person Eureka tent (just right for two people!), our ground cloth, and an auxiliary tarp. A small Coleman 533 backpacking stove goes in one of the bags, a pot and utensils in the other, and our clothing, etc...... If you are willing to make some compromises on clothing (mostly cosmetic), I believe you can camp off any bike. Wear synthetic clothing, and wash them out often....

I've considered a trailer, and there are good arguments for them, but deep down in my little primitive biker's brain, I just don't like them. So we go with less.
 

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I have found that cooking is WAY too much hassle! I either buy pre cooked grub or just eat at a restaurant and have something to munch on.
My woman picked up a 12v. powered french press which is nice for hot coffee in the morning.
 

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I really can't add anything here,,,,,, Both Guru's (Dusty & CJ)have covered it all. I would only repeat what they have already recommended. I guess you could say I have been one of their students in learning how to camp/tour on the bike. And still learning from them.

Advice I will give ,,,,,,,,,

1. Go light on the amount of clothing you pack,,, my first tour, I had twice too much. There is always a laundrymat along the way.

2. Don't be too cheap,,,,,, when your caught in a down pour or even hail the size of golf balls (happen to me at Mount Rushmore) you'll be glad you spent the money on a good tent.

Same goes with a sleep pad,,,,,, after a long day riding,,,, your body will thank you for the nice soft pad. I use the Big Agnes blow up also, and love it. And I use the small portable pump like this one Coleman Quick Pump : Target,,,,,, they are available at Wal Mart and one set of batteries last a 2 week trip easy.

3. I find this very useful,,,,,,, ChecklistsI print it, and I check off each item as I pack the bike.

Ok,,,,,,,,, so I did add my $.02 ;)
 

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I love this place, I wqant ot quit work and ride and camp and see this great land on 2 wheels. Thanks for all the great info, I can't wait. :action::action:
 

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I didn't read all the replies but the wife and I went on our first camping trip last summer. We went with another couple up through the U.P. of Michigan and down through Wisconsin. Spent a couple days at the Dells the headed down to see the son in Iowa then back home. We took a six man tent with a double thickness air mattress, worked good. A couple of blankets and pillows and either sweats or p.j.'s. You'll want to take some quarters too for the showers. I took a pair of sneakers instead of flip flops. They were just the canvas type so they would dry quickly. Other than that we took our usual camping stuffcook stove, coffee pot, a cooler that attached to the front of the trailer. Whatever you end up taking theres plenty of time and opportunity to stop and pick up what you forgot.
 

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From a guy that camps at the Holiday Inn, this was a great thread. The pictures are great and "almost" gives me the camping bug. But most definitely gives me the touring bug. The highway 41 pic was great too. Don't know what everyone was waiting on, but I would happily wait with them right now.
 

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Marv: Is this the bridge in Hancock/Houghton



 

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I was just in contact with a good backpacking friend of mine, Jason Klassand he has turned me onto a simple, cheap way to inflate your non-inflatingsleeping pad. No more getting dizzy, or out of breath while inflating your pad. No need to waste room on a 12v, or battery operatedair compressor.

Pretty good idea/deal, for $3.95



[flash=425,344]http://www.youtube.com/v/yJLVYfg88TE&hl=en&fs=1[/flash]

The website where you can order one from is not that great, but it will get you to where you can order one. - The Instaflator

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Way cool :thumbsup:gotta get one,,,,,,,,,,,,, or 2 :smiler:
 

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We've got a coleman camping kit... It includes a fairly spacious tent, a couple of folding chairs, a coleman propane "stove" and a couple of sleeping bags. We gave the sleeping bags to the Girl Scouts (my wife is the scout leader), and we pack one of those inflatable beds, sheets and blankets in the trailer. Since most parks have fire pits or something similar, we also pack a small frying pan and a small coffee pot and fire-starting stuff.



We don't pack charcoal (it makes a mess), but we do buy it in small quantities if we think we're ready to cook.



You can check out pictures here:

http://picasaweb.google.com/ralphwwilliams/2009Vacation?authkey=Gv1sRgCKv957bPzbO7qgE&feat=directlink
 

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I will tell you what I have learned from many years of tent camping on a bike.

whne you think you have everything you are going to need to go.

lay it out in the middle of the room.

See how many times you have doubled up on something. take those things out.

look at everything again. then remmember what you did not use last time and take those items out.

3rd look. what food are you taking? will you eat it? will you cook it? do you really like it? take those items out.

Now you are getting down to reality.

Last thing, when you go to buy equipment. buy the best you can afford at the time. If not you will buy the same stuff next year and the next year and next year, you get my drift. Also the cheap stuff will fail you when the rain is coming in on you at 2 am and at that time you will be cussing yourself.
 

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Winger77:

Hail the size of golf balls, at Mt. Rushmore? You must have been there the same time I was! I was there in May '09, and had to hit a KOA because of hail.
 

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Philcott wrote:
Winger77:

Hail the size of golf balls, at Mt. Rushmore? You must have been there the same time I was! I was there in May '09, and had to hit a KOA because of hail.
Looks likewe missed each other by a year. Here is a pick of a hail stone next to a souvenir coin that measures 1 1/2 inches across

 

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I agree with waltharper. Buy the best you can, and pack as light as possible. I keep whittling down the pile and I still have yet to use everything I bring. Clothing is something I always over-pack and under-use.
 

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I finally found it Dusty. Here is the post I was looking for.
 

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My wife, Renee and I are heading out at the end of this month to the Great Smokey Mnts. This will be our first long trip on our Wing. I found a Napper II pop-up to pull behind which we will use while down in TN. We will post pictures when we get back. Thanks for all the great info on this thread.
 
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