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    Camping Stuff

    Last night I dragged out the old tent from the storage area. A 4 man Hillary from Sears nearly 20 years old. Needless to say, not much left at this point. At my ripe old age I don't see myself doing a lot of camping (can you say mini-bar?) but I am thinking about going to my first National this summer. I'm looking for recomendations for both a 2 person tent and a sleeping bag. I don't want to spend tons of money. Hopefully fairly easy to fit on a bike. No, I won't be using it in the Himalayas or in a hurricane. If it can be bought in a discount store, all the better. Summer weight, keeps me dry, enough room to throw my bags in with me and be able to sit upright. Thanks

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    maybe use the tent camping service?

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    sMiling Voni's Avatar
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    Paul and I are very please with our 60 second set up tent:
    Sixty Second Set-Up Dome 2-3 Person Tent
    Item Number: 24450

    And Campmor has a great deal on a light goose down sleeping bag:
    Campmor 45?? Down Lite Tapered Sleeping Bag
    Item Number: 40064

    Then all you'll need is a sleep pad:
    Slumberjack Family Camper Self-Inflating Camping Mat
    Item Number: 64401

    Or you can wait till you get there, go to a local store that sells camping gear and get stuff not designed for packing small. Don't forget a camp chair.

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    You could take a short trip to Prairie du Chien and check out the Cabela's that is there. Plus I believe there is a Gander Mountain in LaCrosse. Neither of these places is too far from you.
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    Long Gone
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    [QUOTE=Geoff Miller]If it can be bought in a discount store, all the better./QUOTE]

    Here's what I got...

    ...but I got it at Wal-Mart ($74.97), along with an air mattress and pump. My $25 sleeping bag was from Gander Mountain. The tent is available in a 2-person size, but I like the extra room. I can't make any claims for these items, since I've only camped at one rally (dry, 50-75 degrees) since I got them last year. There won't be any rain at the National this year, anyway - right?

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    Rally Rat YB in IN's Avatar
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    Go to your local Wal-Mart and check out their Coleman tents. I've had mine now for three years or so and it does a great job. It should be pretty cheap. At Charleston when all of the North Face and Eureka tents were busting their poles in the tornado, the only damage I had was a wet sleeping bag because I hadn't zipped my flap up. Wal-Mart should also have the other stuff that you need as well at reasonable prices. If you find that you enjoy the whole camping thing, then you can start to spend some of the big bucks on stuff.

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    Tent Preference

    I have been using Coleman tents for many years.

    They are a good cross between the expensive well made tent and a $29 throw away.

    I prefer a 7 x 7 Sundome and have been in some rotten weather and survived quite well.

    I just bought the new 7 x 7 Sundome with 4 sides of windows and many other upgrades for $35 at the local Sport Chalet. WOW what a nice tent, especially for the money.

    BTW- I heard but have not verified that Coleman makes a lesser tent for Walmart...

    For a slightly bigger tent I highly recomment the 10 x 10 or 12 x 12 Sundome. I spent a night in one (10 x 10) at about 9,000' in a high wind and surprisingly the tent held up.

    I paid $49 for my frst 7 x 7 and have had it for 6 years now.

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    A Good Rule of Thumb

    If the tent info says, its a two person tent, then it will sleep one comfortably, if it says it sleeps four consider it a three person tent and so on and so forth.

    And remember to make sure it has the bath tub style bottom.

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    Slowpoke & Proud of It! BRADFORDBENN's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff Miller
    (can you say mini-bar?)
    Yes, I can and I usually set mine up before I set up the tent, that way other people will help with setting up the tent.

    Actually a visit to REI or Cabela's or any sporting goods store is a good start. The one plus I will give you about getting "backpacking" or "hiking" tents is that they pack well. I know that I can fit my three person tent in the left saddlebag of my RT with the ground cloth, and a stove and coffee pot.

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    I just went today and bought my first round of camping gear at Popular Outdoor Outfitters. Got a Coleman 5x7 Sundome tent for $32, a Slumberjack Superguide 30 degree sleeping bag, a 40 degree Coleman sleeping bag for my son for back yard camping, a small battery-operated lantern, and an eclipse 2 clip-on led light. We're going to give the tent a dry-run in the back yard tonight, but it's small enough when packed that I can bungee it to the back of my bike. I think I'll be set for the road runner rally in May. I still want to get a therma-rest matress, a stool, a back-packing stove and mess kit. I don't think I need to buy a stove and mess kit before the rally because the $35 I paid for the rally includes dinner for two nights and I think they'll be selling breakfast and lunch there as well. If not I know a good little restaurant in Pine Top......


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    Cool Camping

    After trying and failing at motorcycle camping I did a little research online and found many articles from others who have faced similiar problems. I found an Alpine tent from SportsMart that folds up in a 6X12 in., square and comes with its own storm case. Since space is always a premium for us this worked out quite well. Vonnie is right, you will need a pad, a tarp and a decent sleeping bag. I used to carry around a 40 degree bag until I camped in the Tetons on the way to the 04 rally in Spokane. Being from California I thought its summer and won't need more than that....WRONG!!! I froze in Yellowstone even with my Firstgear riding pants and Kilamanjaro coat on. I then purchased a 20 degree bag and all my cold problems are solved. If its too hot I merely sleep on top which is nice because the 20 deg bags are thicker and add more padding underneath. Personally I think if you spend a bit more you get a bit more....kinda like the bikes we choose to ride.

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    Rally Rat RTRandy's Avatar
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    The thing you get at places like REI besides quality stuff, is real good advice. Buying a $32 tent to travel in the back of your SUV is one thing,traveling with them on the back of your bike is another. There's plenty of good tents out there, but not all pack up real small and real light.

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    Geoff there is a REI store off of 494 by bloomington, may be worth a stop just to see if they have any bargains.

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    Guest, they are located in new jersey, but they do mail order. they have a great assortment of camping equipt (one of my favorite catalogs ) they have all the demensions and weights for you to make a knowledgable decision. their prices are very good. i tend to get backpacking stuff, they are lighter, pack smaller and more durable. they also tend to cover a wider range of temps. they sell a great cot that packs nicely, these ol bones appreciates being raised 6" off the ground. i will use a thermarest pad, if i am going from one camp site to another, but the cot gets used for those weekend rally's


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    Rally Rat MarkF's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Sibek
    I have been using Coleman tents for many years.

    They are a good cross between the expensive well made tent and a $29 throw away.

    I prefer a 7 x 7 Sundome and have been in some rotten weather and survived quite well. .
    They also make a copy of a Eureka Timberline. One of the best long-term tents.

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Sibek
    BTW- I heard but have not verified that Coleman makes a lesser tent for Walmart...
    I've heard that about Walmart, Home Depot and a few others. That what looks like the same product is actually made cheaper. Might be true, might be urban legend and could also be becuae the big chains buy in bulk at huge discounts. Maybe the manufactures dump their sub-par products in bulk.

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