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    Rjeffery
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    Two up with camping gear

    I have a R1150RT and am thinking about camping with my wife. Can you get a tent, two sleeping bags, and two sleeping pads along with the normal overnight gear on the bike? A trailer is out of the question.
    Anyone have pics with all their gear loaded up?

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    Yes you can.
    Shop like you're a backpacker. Small & light is important.

    Think about removing your truck and replacing it with a rack. You can haul more on a rack that in a trunk.

    Look at Helen 2 Wheels packing system.
    http://www.racerpartswholesale.com/c...ags_and_Straps

    And it helps if your wife can pack light!
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    Welcome to the forum!

    Sure you can. But it won't be cheap. Quality gear never is.

    Down bags in stuff sacks. Big Agnes mattress. Tent that packed is small enough to go into your topcase. Clothing that can be washed and will dry overnight. A very understanding wife.
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    in reference to your sleeping bag and mats: What we have found works (when we think that we are committed to camping but really, deep down inside, want to find mom/pop motels) is take one double bed size puff blanket with all that air inside and jam it into a good stuff sack (LL Bean comes to mind). Squeeze til it begs for mercy and it will be quite small. Take one sheet of the same size and put into plastic bag the size of the bottom of your trunk and lay it flat. Get an air mattress and external air pump (12 v) that puts air in and sucks air out. put in trunk or bottom of side bag (in plastic). Get to the site... pump up the mattress...lay down the sheet and cover with a now liberated puff blanket.... and cuddle man . We've covered lots of miles this way and found it works for us. Also consider that you cannot go far from your bike if you've got stuff strapped to it. If you can lock it then do it. It will make your desire to walk away from the bike and explore a lot more pleasant. -Bob
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    I took my top case off

    and replaced it with a U-Bag. Helped that i have the Over-sized lids on my saddle bags. But we were able to travel quite comfortably.

    But now she drives a sidecar rig! We bring EVERYTHING!!
    Somers, NY

    Just enjoying the ride.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdpc2 View Post
    and replaced it with a U-Bag. Helped that i have the Over-sized lids on my saddle bags. But we were able to travel quite comfortably.

    But now she drives a sidecar rig! We bring EVERYTHING!!
    we really liked the U-bag on our /5. Many miles that way but taking way too much. Even made a little u shaped rack for it that doubled as a table when we camped. Mary found it very comfortable to be surrounded on three sides by it. You could also unstrap the whole thing and carry it away for unpacking or taking into a motel. Trouble was leaving it on the street and wandering out of sight. Exposed gear is a real limiter when leaving the bike alone.

    Like having that sidecar, our small trailer somehow compels us to over indulge ourselves with 'MightNeeds' - Bob
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rjeffery View Post

    Anyone have pics with all their gear loaded up?
    This might qualify for the thread What's Wrong With This Picture but we made this rig successfully manage 11,500 miles in July-August of 2001. We had a ball!! Even the Black Sheep were impressed that we had the gumption to carry this caper off! -Bob

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    I can fit tent, sleeping bags, a change of clothes, and cooking stuff (including stove, pots skillet, bowls, utensils, and tasty food for 3 days) all in or strapped to the saddlebags and topcase of my K1200RS. Yes, this is for two people. And remember that the K1200RS has a teeny left side saddlebag!
    The key is not bringing cotton clothes. No jeans or cotton t-shirts. Then you can wash out your undies in a sink every couple days and stay happy. Those nylon cargo pants that zip off at the knee are a FANTASTIC substitute for jeans! I also saved A LOT of space by switching to down sleeping bags. And if its going to be in the upper 50's at night, I only take one sleeping bag and spread it out like a blanket over both sleeping pads. I did that when we took a trip to the national in WI. It really freed up a lot of space in the dry bag for stuff we bought at the rally.
    Another key is to have your wife watch/help you pack the bike and stress to her that everything has to go back in its original place every time. That makes it easy to repack the bike every day while on a trip and no one gets upset.
    have fun!

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    All you list except the sleeping pads

    Photo from my latest camping trip

    10 days 2 up with my son

    2 sleeping bags
    1 tent
    cooking supplies
    and the basic necessities
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    Thanks

    Hey thanks for all the help I have a few ideas now to research. I like the comment "A very understanding wife".
    My wife is a credit card camper and roughing it would be an outdoor pool...
    So I have to do it right the first time!

    Thanks again.

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    Give your partner the use of one pannier for all their stuff. It helps if you can give them a bag liner that fits that pannier. Explain that 100% of the stuff they bring has to fit in the liner. If it doesn't fit, it doesn't come.

    That worked very well in the days when I travelled with my daughter. She got one bag, I got one bag, and the rack was used for the shared items (tents, sleeping bags, etc).

    // marc

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    good advice

    Quote Originally Posted by gsjay View Post
    Yes you can.
    Shop like you're a backpacker. Small & light is important.

    Think about removing your truck and replacing it with a rack. You can haul more on a rack that in a trunk.

    Look at Helen 2 Wheels packing system.
    http://www.racerpartswholesale.com/c...ags_and_Straps

    And it helps if your wife can pack light!
    jason
    what he said. Your wife gets a side bag, you get a side bag. Thermarest in one bag with one sleeping bag and cooking stuff. Thermarest in another H2W bag with the other sleeping bag and maybe some rain gear. One tent bag with tent. Don't forget the mesh bag for the back, as it's the catch all for caps, wet stuff and things you forgot to pack. You'll have a ball.
    the Luz

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    Here is my setup

    Here is my camping setup for two at the Airheads rally last June with camping set up for two.

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    U-Bag?

    What is a u-bag and where would one find one?

    thanks,

    Craig

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    Quote Originally Posted by empeg9000 View Post
    Here is my camping setup for two at the Airheads rally last June with camping set up for two.
    And how did you fasten the bag on top of the side case? TIA
    Dan

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