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    My Kermit chair is 13 years old and I weight in above the posted weight limit....

    Well this past weekend at the Fingerlakes Rally my kermit chair broke! Busted curved cross over and busted Backrest upright! It was ugly!

    Well the chair has provided me with a comfortable seat for many rallies,
    there are many pictures of me asleep, with Beer can in hand..........

    It's no shame for the chair, just shame for me that I've put a few pounds on over the years!

    Well I've emailed Kermit and asked if I could buy replacement parts.

    Guess what, can't buy replacement parts!!!!!!!!

    But, if I mail the chair to them they will fit it and ship it back. All for NO CHARGE!!!!Not even return shipping! I offered!

    That's one of many reasons to buy a Kermit Chair.

    gsjay
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    $129 for a "camping" chair?? Are you crazy? Well, that's what I thought until I spent $129 + shipping on that Kermit chair I heard so much about. Guess what... worth every penny in my opinion! I just wish I was quicker in realizing that maybe I'm crazy too and bought it sooner!!!
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    On my first three week trip, I took a small three legged fold up stool with me. I might have used it twice; haven't taken one with me since. I don't understand the need for a chair when travelling. Sitting crossed legged on the ground works for me. I am not dissing the Kermit chair; I might even buy a couple for my wife and me to take to our granddaughter's soccer games, but why is a chair necessary when camping?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_F View Post
    ....but why is a chair necessary when camping?
    To keep a person upright when sleeping

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    Anybody else here wish that they made a bigger/taller Kermit chair?

    Let me explain my logic:
    -I'm larger than the average bear. So are one or two other riders I've seen...
    -I wish the Kermit chair were a few inches wider (see above )
    -I can't get my large arse out of the Kermit w/o leg extensions. However, the leg extensions kind of ruin the "one nice little bundle" feature of the packed chair.
    -I pack stuff (in a large pile...) on the back of my GS, so it doesn't matter to me that the Kermit will fit in a saddlebag. I see many folks at rallies on RTs, LTs, etc. with luggage piled on a top rack, pillion seat, etc.- I suspect a lot of folks don't care whether their chair fits in a saddlebag.

    I spoke with Tom Sherrill ("new" owner of the Kermit chair company) at the RA rally in Houghton this year. He said that he has built a couple of larger chairs, and has them "in the field" for testing. He also said that he would consider building them in the future, if there was a demand.

    A slightly wider chair would necessitate a slightly longer package. HOWEVER, the legs could then be made slightly longer, eliminating the need for leg extensions...

    I appreciate the Kermit chair for what it is- a classy piece of kit that's functional, repairable, and not made in China. I have no problem paying the asking price for the chair, EXCEPT that it's a little snug. I don't want to pay that kind of money for an item that's "almost" what I'm after...

    Anyway, if anyone else is interested, PLEASE join my email campaign, and periodically remind Tom that there are some of us out there who would LOVE a Kermit chair, if only it were a little bit larger... You can email Tom at info@kermitchair.com

    -Howie

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    I've accumulated a few things over the years that I really like and enjoying just having around...even if I never use them again; an 81vintage Colt Gold Cup, a Silva Ranger compass I used in the eighty-duece, an almost thirty-year old Seico dive watch (did I spell Seico right), a Puma Hunters Pal my dad gave me for Christmas when I was ten, some other things, and my Kermit Kamping Chair.

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    Folks, since this seems to be an ongoing thread, I'm moving it to the GEAR forum where it better belongs..

    And I own a Kermit chair - which I look at as a work of art. Unfortunately - one I rarely take with me on the bike since it is a bit tight on the R1200R..
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    Don't laugh, but this actually works for me. It's a Pico Chair. I tie it onto the luggage rack of the RT and it makes for a slightly wider platform to haul bags on top of it than the stock rack.
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    Here it is setup...
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    what chair

    Kermit!!!!! Why/ Because they are comfortable and they will last even if given to the next generation to carry on their bikes and enjoy. Practice packing. Everything will fit on the back except what my wife wants to take for cosmetics. That could fill up the entire bike's cargo capacity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_F View Post
    On my first three week trip, I took a small three legged fold up stool with me. I might have used it twice; haven't taken one with me since. I don't understand the need for a chair when travelling. Sitting crossed legged on the ground works for me. I am not dissing the Kermit chair; I might even buy a couple for my wife and me to take to our granddaughter's soccer games, but why is a chair necessary when camping?
    Perhaps the fold up really wasn't that comfortable?

    There is something nice about not sitting on the ground and having some back support. This year we added a small table to our kit. I bought it a few years ago on impluse and didn't start using it until last year. The table is the perfect hight relative to the chair (very low) which makes for a great place to put your cocktail, plate of food or anything else you don't want to get dirty.

    I've had one of my chairs for at least 10 years and it is going strong. I think that works out to $7 a year for a nice place to sit.

    As always, YMMV.

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    +1 Kermit


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    Cooler

    I am still using the same hard shell Thermos cooler I started with 20 years ago. It isn't a bad seat around the rally fire, and my cold beer is very nearby
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    Quote Originally Posted by gsjay View Post
    My Kermit chair is 13 years old and I weight in above the posted weight limit....

    Well this past weekend at the Fingerlakes Rally my kermit chair broke! Busted curved cross over and busted Backrest upright! It was ugly!

    Well the chair has provided me with a comfortable seat for many rallies,
    there are many pictures of me asleep, with Beer can in hand..........

    It's no shame for the chair, just shame for me that I've put a few pounds on over the years!

    Well I've emailed Kermit and asked if I could buy replacement parts.

    Guess what, can't buy replacement parts!!!!!!!!

    But, if I mail the chair to them they will fit it and ship it back. All for NO CHARGE!!!!Not even return shipping! I offered!

    That's one of many reasons to buy a Kermit Chair.

    gsjay
    I shipped my chair this monday from Pa to tenn. Got an email today saying my chair has been repaired and has been given to UPS for return shipping.
    All at NO cost.
    Pretty darn good services.
    jason
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    Quote Originally Posted by Picinisco View Post
    Now you're talking $10 as opposed to $125 for the Kermit. In fact at that price I could probably drop in at a Walmart near the Rally and buy one there and discard or donate it at the end so as not to carry it.
    I own a Kermit. I haul my Kermit sometimes. If it is along it gets used a lot. by me or anybody else around the fire looking for a place to sit, if I'm not in it.

    But sometimes I don't take it for short trips, or a rally I won't be sitting around at much.

    And, over the years we have bought at least a dozen chairs from Walmart, KMart, or some other discounter near an MOA rally site. Voni doesn't have a Kermit. She claims she would rather buy Walmart chairs than haul a Kermit. We have donated some, given some to folks with trailers or in a car, and hauled a few home.

    But, If I didn't have a Kermit I would buy one.
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