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I uesed to camp a lot when I was younger in something like this: https://www.recreationid.com/rab/rab-ridge-raider-sleeping-bag-1604520967.html it's basically a sleeping bag combined with a regular tent. It saved space, because you only need one item instead of two separate bag and a tent...it was pretty cozy and wild but cold mornings on the ground make it a less attractive type of adventure for me.

Now I use a regular coleman tent and I never go on a trip without a nice and comfortable lawn chair hehe
 

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I'll be doing a 7 day camping trip this summer in July. Probably OR and ID. Haven't tent camped in many years and question the wisdom of it (for me) this time. My riding bud wants to tent camp rather than taking the RVs. I'm willing to give it a go.

Thoughts:

Cons:
Our trip will consist of "one night stands"...and THAT is a pain in the behind. Always setting up and then breaking camp. And I'm lazy.
In the past I've had a few trips where I was delighted to have a motel room in wet weather. A hot shower and a way to dry out some riding gear as needed.
No way now I could carry enough gear on a bike (even a 'Wing) to be happy. BUT, I do have a small cargo trailer and we'll be using that.
Weather, insects, personal safety, comfort, etc: YIKES!
Cost of say, KOA campsites cost each rider about as much as sharing an inexpensive motel.

Pros:
Makes for more of an "adventure".
Can be good for the soul, getting back to basics.
Save lodging money at free and/or cheap campgrounds.
Save money by doing most of your own cooking.
More options for overnighting, being able to pitch a tent in the middle of nowhere if desired.
You'll likely meet folks you otherwise wouldn't have. That is usually a good thing.

Tips:

If never before...do it at least once to say you did, and to see if you like it.
The younger you are (fewer aches and pains) the more likely you are to have a good experience (just generally speaking)
Personally I would (legally) carry a handgun.
As stated much earlier in this thread...take the biggest tent that is practical for your needs.
Don't over pack, but don't leave any necessities you'll need to camp in the style you have in mind.
Be open and able to motel it if a situation calls for it.
I think mental preparedness is even more of an issue on a camping trip than when using motels.
Have fun.
Have fun.
AND Have fun!
 

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after I passed 60, camping ended...
it just simply is not comfortable, and as you said, is a super PITA to setup, and then break it all down.


I want a/c, hot water, and a nice clean bed w/o the mosquitoes buzzing my head.


Cost wise, there is not much difference, especially if two are sharing the room costs.
Also, the motels that I choose always have a Continental Breakfast which takes care of me quickly and amortizes the cost of the room... in fact, it makes the room cheaper than camping.


Last year, the game plan changed for us ( my daughter and myself: wife passed )


Because of my medical condition, I cannot ride in hot weather anymore, 85°F is where I have to find a/c comfort.


So, my daughter looked and found us a nice Toy Hauler with lots of features, the owners just quit using it... it sat for 10 years. And, it allows me to take our scooter, a Piaggio MP3.... it is a hoot to ride.


I can't begin to get people to understand how much more comfortable that is for me, I sit in A/C comfort in our Suburban and it tows the trailer quite well... plus, we have two BIG dogs that require all of the 2nd and 3rd seat space in the Suburban....


Animals live with you, you just cannot leave them by themselves, nor can you trust anyone to properly care for them....


March 1st, we leave for Florida via stop overs at rest areas, KOAs, my son's home for a week, friends for another day or 3..... then after the Southeast Meet 'n Greet March 15, 16, 17 we plan on looking at Florida and other places we have never been to...


I figure we will be gone for 5 to 6 weeks.....
hope we get to see you.
 

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Whoah, the man carrying a hand gun puts it right up me. We cannot access handguns in NZ, not legally anyway. Don't need em. Understand your circumstances in the US may be a little different, What with wild animals and the like, two and four legged types I guess. We just camp.

We have what we call DOC campsites dotted all over the country side. Camps with an assortment of facilities that can be basic or slightly more lavish depending on location. Prices range from around $7.00 through to about $20.00 depending on said facilities. Most provide solar crappers and basic running water usually piped to a tank from a bore or a nearby stream. Some have cold showers but mostly she's a bucket and a flannel, soap optional. Carry your own cooking facilities and an esky (cooler bag) for foodstuffs. Lighting of fires not usually an option unless you have a site with proper fire pits (unusual)
This time of year its pretty warm with temperatures around the mid twenties(Celsius) occasional rain but if you're geared up right its not usually a major problem. Quite cooling actually. I'll be setting off from Auckland (north of the north island and heading south to the capital (Wellington) then across cook strait his ferry to the south island. Doing a circuit of the south island via Kaikoura where I'll be dining on crayfish and paua (abalone) dropping down towards Invercargill to the national motorcycle museum and into Bluff where the worlds best oysters come from.
Returning via the west coast roads past fjiords and glaciers (can get a wee bit rainy here), back over to Wellington and up the north islands east coast.

About eleven days in total, maybe twelve. Visiting with friends and relatives throughout the trip it'll be magic. Only four days leave required as the period covers both Easter and ANZAC day holidays. ANZAC is a day memorialising our war dead so we'll stopping off as appropriate for the dawn service somewhere along the way.

If you're in the neighbourhood..............

Departing around April 18th.

Bring your tent

Lol

Mark
 
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