Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Inclement Weather Camping Options

  1. #1
    BMWTurk
    Guest

    Inclement Weather Camping Options

    Greetings! This will be my first rally of any kind. I will be riding my RT from Arkansas and camping at the site - camping on the grounds is free - right? Here is my real question. Should inclement weather arise to the point that my tent should think of colapsing in high winds and rains, would the "air-conditioned pavilion" be available for someone to seek temporary shelter in? Such a worst-case scenario would be welcome for my peace of mind... Thanks!

  2. #2
    Rally Rat Sue's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Waukesha, WI
    Posts
    2,009
    The air-conditioned pavalion will be open throughout the evening so that people can use the toilets inside. However, we will strongly discourage anyone from sleeping in the hallways, unless the weather turns really bad, in which case we will obviously do what we can to keep everyone safe.

    Also --- there are other outside structures that could accommodate folks if the old tent-poles started bending in the wind.

    But in truth - here in Wisconsin, the summer thunderstorms that might roll through are generally an afternoon phenomenon. I would say you shouldn't worry about the weather.

    Glad to hear this will be your first rally! Be sure to get to the Ambassadors Tent to see what kind of goody they are giving away to the first-time rally goers!

    You are going to have a GREAT TIME!

    Sue
    Sue Rihn #43753
    BMW MOA Director - Ambassador
    Sometimes it's the bend in the road that makes life worth the ride.

  3. #3
    Polarbear Polarbear's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Clovis,CA
    Posts
    4,214

    More bad weather advice!

    Your equipment speaks volumes, when things turn bad, so think not terribly high$$$'s, but reasonably well thought out gear for camping. I've camped under the worst case scenarios and have found a few things worthy of mention to first time campers, etc.. Tents; aircraft grade aluminum poles make for the best strength in tent building, so look for the tents with these. No tent is worth its salt, if not sealed properly with seam sealer and maybe even Scotchguarding the fabric every season for good protection. Whatever tent needs to be secured "well" to the ground, including the fly. This is where most rally goers have failed, that have had bad experience camping. Even the fibre poles can take a fair beating, when the tent is secured proper. Your ground cloth/tarp has to be well tucked under the tent to prevent "catching water" between the tent and the tarp!!! If you know weather is bearing down on you, keep a towel and/or absorbing cloth for those last second leaks that may sneak in and you can wring it out as needed to the outside. I don't like water and have had great success keeping it at bay from the interior of my living quarters, under some near hurricanes! The storm cells move rather quickly, when encountered so don't think the worst as it pounds your tent...Gear; keep it in dry bags, inside or outside the tent for the absolute best protection and peace of mind knowing all is dry when the storm blows past. Nothing worse than wet gear/clothes when you need dry ones! You'll find your sleeping pad will keep you dry from whatever little leaks happen to occur and the towel thing mentioned and you may not have any leaks if preped properly. I hope you all camp well and enjoy the rally,etc in your travels as i have for years and years. A good quiet/dry camp is like the best night at home in bed. Happy Trails, Randy13233

  4. #4
    1flyer
    Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by Sue Rihn-Manke View Post
    But in truth - here in Wisconsin, the summer thunderstorms that might roll through are generally an afternoon phenomenon. I would say you shouldn't worry about the weather.

    You should ask the Oshkosh regulars (EAA Air Venture) about "Summer Thunderstorms". The most violent weather I have ever tried to sleep in has been during the flyin. Even worse than the storm at Lima.

  5. #5
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Brookfied WI
    Posts
    344

    Like this....

    By "Inclement weather" do you mean like this:

    "During Prohibition I survived on nothing but food and water." - W.C. Fields

  6. #6
    Registered User redclfco's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    3,014

    Another Newby Needs Rally Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by MTursky View Post
    Greetings! This will be my first rally of any kind. I will be riding my RT from Arkansas and camping at the site - camping on the grounds is free - right? Here is my real question. Should inclement weather arise to the point that my tent should think of colapsing in high winds and rains, would the "air-conditioned pavilion" be available for someone to seek temporary shelter in? Such a worst-case scenario would be welcome for my peace of mind... Thanks!
    A few questions...no camping reservations needed? Where can I lay my hands on more EXACT info of who, what and where things will be at the Rally? A map showing reference to the Ralley?

    This country boy has a few "goin to da big city" questions!

    Red aka Jethro Bodean riding his GS!


    Which reminds me....

    When I first got a real job many many years ago, I worked as a park ranger, and learned a few things like never never undress or make whoopie in a sheer tent at night WITH THE LIGHT ON

    Or never attempt to ride a motorcycle to a cliff edge 60 ft above a lake and then jump off just before she launched, thinking you would land on the ground and NOT go sailing off the cliff because the momentum will take you off..

    Or never tear out railroad ties used to landscape the park to burn in your campfire, then stand around the fire getting drunk for half the night because the preservitive in the railroad ties makes sooo much soot you wake up the next morning coated in black oily soot looking like Al Jolsen!
    (all true things nutty campers do!)

    and then that reminds me of the song for those of you who take the time to read it! I was a park ranger looking for a poor guy who drowned after his old wood fishing boat got harpooned by a jet boat late at night...he had no lights....

    sung to the tune of the beverly hillbillies..

    One day ol Jed's a fishin in his boat
    boat went down, jed found out he can't float.
    Down to the bottom down to the sea...
    now jeds wife is collectin the fee...

    dead mans gold
    insurance money that is!


    Jed really did die that summer in a boat, and me and my buddy ken made it up while netting for his body! We finally found him after a long summer waiting for him to pop!

    Have a good one, and somebody please let me know about camping and info!

    Have a good day!

    Red..

  7. #7
    Braz J Brase's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Central Indiana
    Posts
    669
    Quote Originally Posted by redclfco View Post
    A few questions...no camping reservations needed? Where can I lay my hands on more EXACT info of who, what and where things will be at the Rally? A map showing reference to the Ralley?
    Red..
    Click here: http://www.bmwmoa.org/rally/rally07/...ly_grounds.pdf

    John

  8. #8
    Rally Rat Mar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    St. Louis
    Posts
    1,117
    Quote Originally Posted by gsmetal View Post
    By "Inclement weather" do you mean like this:

    Oh, my eyes! My eyes! We don't want to see anymore of that stuff for a while.
    Marilyn Roberts
    F800R, R1150R, R100 Mystic
    Add about 1100 to my post count

  9. #9
    Layton layton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Ft. Smith Ar
    Posts
    132
    hey where are you in ark.we are leaving ft. smith on the 9th.we are going to do 300 mile or so days and are going to camp along the way and are looking for others to ride with.thanks Layton

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •