Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 67

Thread: New Member and Camping Q's

Hybrid View

  1. #1
    On the Road
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Ottawa, Ontario, CAN
    Posts
    54

    Talking New Member and Camping Q's

    Hello All,


    Terry J from Ottawa Ontario Canada in the Great White North.....looking forward to some advice on camping and tents....I'm going to be new to camping from a motorcycle perspective and will ned some ideas on what king of tent to buy that will fit on the bike comfortably....I read the article on this site and it was very salutary but neglected I think to get into details about brands, models and prices of tents that would/should be recommended....so here's the question; I need to purchase a tent...just me sleeping in it..what brand should I look at, what king of mat do need and would be recommended? I have a sleeping bag so i don't need that....I would like some that doesn't require to much mucking about to get together.......so, please let me know your thoughts!!

    thank you


    Terryj

  2. #2
    Administrator 20774's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    San Antonio, TX
    Posts
    12,876
    Terry -

    Welcome to the forum. Tell us more about yourself and your ride.

    As for camping, etc., I suggest that you move on down to the Gear forum here on the board and search a bit and then ask specific questions. I looked and found the following past threads:

    http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthread.php?t=49888&

    http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthread.php?t=49052&

    http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthread.php?t=46194&

    http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthread.php?t=44438&
    Kurt -- Forum Administrator ---> Resources and Links Thread <---
    '78 R100/7 & '69 R69S & '52 R25/2
    mine-ineye-deatheah-pielayah-jooa-kalayus. oolah-minane-hay-meeriah-kal-oyus-algay-a-thaykin', buddy!

  3. #3
    jdubeemer jdubick's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Boaz Alabama
    Posts
    141
    For sure you need a thermarest mattress but other than that it depends what time of year you will be camping. There are tents that breathe in the summer and those that are meant for the cold that don't. Also if your sleeping bag says it is meant for temperatures down to freezing that doesn't mean that you will be comfortably warm at that temperature. Don't ask me how I know that. If you have good equipment you will enjoy it though, so don't go cheap.
    Jim Dubick
    Boaz, Alabama
    R1200RT,R100/7,KLX250
    BMW MOA, BMW MOAL, AMA, CMA

  4. #4
    OldBMWMaster JDOCKERY132445's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Pleasure Island. NC
    Posts
    940

    I am cheap

    I bought this at Sam's Club 4 years ago on an end of the year close out for less than $50.00. We have used it a lot. It fits on the bike very well and the carrying case is rugged.

    http://www.swiss-gear-tents.com/ccp0...w/SG33012.html
    Jerry Dockery
    309 N. 3rd. Ave.
    Kure Beach, NC 28449
    1996 R1100RT main bike & 1985 K100RS...too fast to believe.

  5. #5
    Registered User Beemer01's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Chicago, Ill
    Posts
    986

    Some sleeping system ideas -

    I like to use a Big Agnes inflatable / Down sleeping pad - far more comfortable than Thermarest and packs down much smaller.

    I use a Northface Tadpole 2 person tent, sleeps one with extra room and has a vestibule for storing your riding gear out of the elements.

    I use a 20 degree rated down bag - down compresses better then synthetic materials and is more comfortable.

    This entire kit probably weighs less than 9 pounds and takes up minimal space.

    I suggest you do not skip on quality with these selections. Cheap tents are no deal in a soaking 2AM downpour.

    Campor is a good source for many of these items. My other hobbies include wilderness camping so I tend to be quite demanding of my gear.

  6. #6
    Prefers to play martinph's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Armstrong, BC
    Posts
    688

    Thumbs up

    Quote Originally Posted by Beemer01 View Post
    I like to use a Big Agnes inflatable / Down sleeping pad - far more comfortable than Thermarest and packs down much smaller.
    +1. I used a Thermarest for years before getting a Big Agnes; will never go back.
    Martin.
    Martin. BMW MOA Ambassador.17748
    BMW MOA Charter, Life member.
    Valley BMW Riders. British Columbia.

  7. #7
    Amma Holly's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Ancaster, ON
    Posts
    1,187
    Welcome Terry. I too switched from a Thermarest to a Big Agnes and will never go back. It made a world of difference. I use a Eureka tent, which works well. Make sure you get a 2 person one. Even then, check it out carefully.

    This one sold as a two-person tent and barely fits my mattress.


    This is the Eureka, a better 2 person size. I can get most of my gear in as well as the mattress.


    You can always check out the MEC in Ottawa for even nicer tents. I ride solo, so fitting it across the passenger seat is no problem.

    Holly
    Volunteer for the 2014 Rally in St. Paul. rallyvolunteer@bmwmoa.org

  8. #8
    Polarbear Polarbear's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Clovis,CA
    Posts
    4,214

    Welcome Ottawa:).

    I did a Canada crossing, West Coast to Noca Scotia, 2006 on my old classic R100/7. Thoroughly enjoyed the Ottawa visit, as I rode all Canada that year. Your capitol city is very pretty and tidy to look at, from a biker tourist viewpoint. Ottawa and Quebec City were among my favorite Canada cities of the East. Camping? I camp a lot and recently did a tent thread on the gear section forum. Look see. I have so many tents and a life long journey of camping off my bikes. Camp/tent junkie here. Read up! Cheap to very expensive solutions exist and many from both ends of the spectrum will suffice. I'm older and want to spend a tad more $$$ for my next tent, one that will, perhaps go the rest of my life. The "Hilleberg Tents" have my eye at this moment and are at the upper $$$ range in tents. Good luck and stay tuned here, as a welcome new member. Randy"Polarbear"Owens

  9. #9
    On the Road
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Ottawa, Ontario, CAN
    Posts
    54

    Lots of INFO!!

    thanks everyone for your input to date....this gives me some heading to start the research thing....seems to be a liking for the Big Agnes...I agree NOT going cheap is a good idea with this type of equipment....I have some reading to do for the next little while...will let you know what i've decided and maybe you can once again, give me your input(s)..

    TJ


    I bought a 2010 R1200RT late this year after trading in my 2010 R1200R...I originally wanted the R1200RT but thought I could use the R for the same touring bike...not even close....the R is a lovely machine for small hops and day trips but once you take the RT for a ride with all the built in luxuries...there's no going back.....I've had many OTHER bikes in the past but they don't come close to the quality, engineering and ride etc of a BMW....I am one lucky man....
    Last edited by terryjj1; 12-20-2010 at 03:16 PM.

  10. #10
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Eastern KY
    Posts
    3,194
    If you would come out & say just how old you are that has bunches to do with the pad discussion. I use an ultralite thermarest to backpack(used army pad until age caught up!) and a Wally world inflatable if on a few day rally trip-comfort matters if your old! As to price point-you can score a great tent on ebay for little if you spend the time. Campmor already suggested is great. My Kelty 2 person is what goes most of the time on bike. Bought as a past years model many years ago and being freestanding I can put it up & move it around. Has fly so rain is OK & good ventilation. A queen mattress fits the floor! Enough room for me and gear by myself. Bought it from Sprtsmans Guide, the mailorder/web seller for under $40. You can read reviews by just a google of the subject, but many will come from various purists so beware. Your age & how deep are your pockets is the crux of it, plus how much room you want. 4 season tents are not needed by moct campers, so why waste the $.

  11. #11
    Registered User motorcycletripper's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Victoria, BC, Canada
    Posts
    16

    Canadian Camper

    Hi Terry and all!
    I'm a Canadian too, but from west-coast. I ride and F800GS and the hubby a HP2enduro. We camp all summer and most of the winter so choosing camping equipment was a serious decision... especially for the amount in rains out here!!!!
    We share a MSR hubbahubba tent and couldn't be happier! For starters, the hubby's a fairly large man and I'm pretty tall myself at 5.8. We both sleep comfortably in this ten with room to spare and we can both sit-upright - plus, it has a double vestibule and doors which make it a pleasure to both store our panniers out of the rain and allow us easy entry and exits without stopping all over one another. To top it all off it is only 4lbs 3 oz, which can be made even lighter in the summer if you feel like camping out under the fly alone.
    If you get this tent, guaranteed you won't be disappointed we are sure not!
    Other gear we love
    1.) MSR Whisperlight international stove
    2.) Down Camp booties.... couldn't sleep without them
    3.)titanim spork... lightweight mix of a spoon and fork... what more could you ask for!
    I have a website launching soon that will have lost of information on camping equipment for motorcycling and some info on lessons leaned the hard way, www.motorcycletripper.com should be up and running soon.
    Last edited by motorcycletripper; 12-20-2010 at 11:50 PM. Reason: added some extra info

  12. #12
    On the Road
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Ottawa, Ontario, CAN
    Posts
    54

    Msr

    I was looking at the MSR tents yesterday from Bushtuka (?)..on line...a camping/hiking/running/biking/lots more stuff store....I will have to drop in and have a look see...how are they for pitching?...I need simplicity.....the fact its so light helps too...do you remember the dimensions once packed?

    My camping will be primarily the summer this year to acquire a taste for it or should I say experience with setting up and moving around to different sites...I'm sure it'll be fun...Will look into the msr tents...

    TJ

  13. #13
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    Dartmouth, Massachusetts
    Posts
    497
    RoyB....
    2007 BMW K1200R Sport (abs),2007 Suzuki dl650 V Strom (abs),2004 Honda VFR (abs),1972 Honda Trail 90,
    2001 Moto Guzzi V-11 Rosso Mandello

  14. #14
    Outlander Omega Man's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Mansfield,MA
    Posts
    6,290
    Quote Originally Posted by terryjj1 View Post
    Hello All,


    Terry J from Ottawa Ontario Canada in the Great White North.....looking forward to some advice on camping and tents....I'm going to be new to camping from a motorcycle perspective and will ned some ideas on what king of tent to buy that will fit on the bike comfortably....I read the article on this site and it was very salutary but neglected I think to get into details about brands, models and prices of tents that would/should be recommended....so here's the question; I need to purchase a tent...just me sleeping in it..what brand should I look at, what king of mat do need and would be recommended? I have a sleeping bag so i don't need that....I would like some that doesn't require to much mucking about to get together.......so, please let me know your thoughts!!

    thank you


    Terryj
    Welcome to the Forum Terry. As your camping questions are getting some good responses, I'm going to move this thread over to the Gear section, Enjoy, Gary
    "Well they say.. time loves a hero but only time will tell.. If he's real, he's a legend from heaven If he ain't he was sent here from hell" Lowell George
    2009 F800GS 1994 TW200
    Part of the Forum Threadside Assistance Program

  15. #15
    Registered User stanley83's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Somerville, MA
    Posts
    269

    Tents and Bags

    Some notes on sleeping bag ratings:

    Ratings assume an insulated pad and a tent. I'm a long-time Therm-A-Rest user.

    Each manufacturer has its own system, so the rating numbers are most useful within a manufacture's line.

    The US military developed a system that some manufacturers use. This rating number indicates the minimum temperature that the bag WILL MAINTAIN LIFE. At this temperature you will survive, but not necessarily in comfort.

    People can be classified as "hot" or "cold" sleepers. Hot sleepers require less insulation, cold sleepers more.

    Synthetic insulation looses its power with time and use, especially when stored compressed.

    Quote Originally Posted by terryjj1 View Post
    I'm going to be new to camping from a motorcycle perspective and will need some ideas on what kind of tent to buy that will fit on the bike comfortably....I need to purchase a tent...just me sleeping in it..what brand should I look at
    Terryj
    My take on tents can be found here, but it's a good idea to decide how you plan to carry the tent. Will it be inside hard panniers? Strapped to back? In soft luggage? For most tents, the main body, fly, poles and pegs can be packed separately, giving a lot of flexibility.

    I will again recommend that you head to some places with a number of tents on the floor that you can get inside. MEC is a well known Canadian outfitter and their house brand offers good value. I'm sure there are other outfitters as well.

Posting Permissions

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