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    It looks like Dick's has a Helinox knockoff too for $49 with really good reviews... but I'll probably go Stoneman's route for now. Though as I mentioned we're going two up quite a bit, carrying two chairs could be a pain. For a pad I got a steal on Steep & Cheap on one that's basically the same as the STS pads, can't remember the brand. It isn't self inflating, but only takes a minute or two to blow up.

    I also got a REALLY nice hammock set up for xmas, I haven't played with setting it up yet though. I might try rocking that if I'm solo and the weather looks good. Can't remember the brand at the moment but I was shocked at the ~$180 price tag when I looked up the model. The crazy part is it was through an anonymous internet secret santa thing, got that along with a bottle of Jefferson Reserve, another camp stove, 20 or so Lindt chocolate bars, and a few other small things... guy went all out.

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    For a sleeping bag I usually use a USGI Patrol bag. Used it down to freezing and that's the low limit for sure. But you can buy them barely used for $25, it packs up small and is very light (2.3 lbs), and has substantial zipper.

    Have a bag for colder weather but it takes up a lot more room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    For a sleeping bag I use a USGI Patrol bag. Used it down to freezing and that's the low limit for sure. But you can buy them barely used for $25, it packs up small and is very light (2.3 lbs), and has substantial zipper.
    That's a cool thought actually, I never think to check military surplus for stuff they might have.

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    Military Surplus MSS Patrol 30 Degree Mummy Sleeping Bag Nylon Green

    You can buy the whole sleeping system also. Cool thing about that is there's a Goretex cover. If the weather looks good you can skip the tent, if there's a shower you can cover up.

    Military Surplus Modular Sleep System (MSS)

    But I use a tent as much against bugs as for shelter.

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    Re: Motocamping

    Absolutely, done it love it.... had two boys and bought a camper.

    Check out the IBMC International Brotherhood of Motorcycle Campers
    Mostly older folks, but they have campouts all over sometimes free.

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    Jetboil and a pot and skillet set
    Kermit chair is the only way to go!
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    North Face Alegheny bag rolls up small, add an air mattress and inflatable pillow
    Oh, gotta have a hot dog fork! And a bottle opener....

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    Kermit chair? I didn't know you owned a BMW!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    Kermit chair? I didn't know you owned a BMW!
    missing the Beemer ref unfortunately.
    Had a Kawi, but the wing and the 1600 GTLE would be on my list!
    Someday.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbhzx10 View Post
    missing the Beemer ref unfortunately...
    ABOUT KERMIT CHAIR
    The Kermit Chair is a premier wooden camping chair made popular by the BMW motorcycle camping community. Designed with portability in mind, the chair can be rolled and packed into its included carrying bag. We don’t sacrifice beauty, quality, or comfort when we make our chairs—each one is durably handcrafted from white oak, water resistant nylon, aluminum, and stainless steel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
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    Oops. Don't tell them I wasn't part of the club!!!

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    Re: Motocamping

    I'm liking how the Helinox Chair Zero looks. 1lb + packable, almost light enough to take on hikes as well as the bike...

    Helinox Chair Zero - REI.com

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    Re: Motocamping

    WTF is with the viglink shopping intercept/redirect? That blows.

    I think that Helonix chair is what I have. It's worked quite well for me. I'm a large human. Packs down tiny. Easily lost at the bottom of my bigger panniers.

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    Re: Motocamping

    I haven't been paying much attention to the forum lately so I'm a little late to the party, but I'll add my two cents.

    I pretty much always stick to camping on my moto trips (barring really shitty weather). For me it adds to the fun, plus I'm a cheap bastard and don't like paying for a room -- but that said, I don't mind splitting the cost of a campsite with friends rather than stealth camping, because it's nice being able to have a campfire and take a shower.

    I too use a DrySpec D38 tail bag, and on longer trips the D28 too. For years I used a pair of Wolfman Expedition Dry panniers; last year I switched to a pair of Wolfman Rocky Mountain panniers (larger volume). I use a Eureka Inntorest 2 tent, Snugpak Kestrel sleeping bag, Big Agnes sleeping pad and inflatable pillow, and Alite Monarch chair. And on longer trips I carry some cooking gear.

    Here's my Africa Twin packed for a two-week trip through Labrador and Newfoundland last September:


    For a weekend trip, one destination I highly recommend is Rangeley Lake in Maine. Beautiful up there, great roads, and there's a nice campground in the state park on the south side of the lake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markbvt View Post

    For a weekend trip, one destination I highly recommend is Rangeley Lake in Maine. Beautiful up there, great roads, and there's a nice campground in the state park on the south side of the lake.

    --mark
    I was actually just looking at some legal free camping spots I found online right on Rangeley lake yesterday, made a mental note that it seemed like a perfect distance away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
    WTF is with the viglink shopping intercept/redirect? That blows.
    WTF. I'm getting it too. Apparently NESR is running Viglink (there's even a badge at the bottom of the site) and it's hijacking links.

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    Re: Motocamping

    I do

    I have a coleman hoolligan tent
    grizzly cot sleeping off the ground
    various sleeping bags depending on the temp,, note don't forget a knit hat
    no chair almost all have sawbuck table at the site
    Coffee maker and non refrigerant creamer

    All in a large duffle then I take a 8x10 tarp make it a burrito
    the tarp becomes a ground cloth

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tekime View Post
    I'm liking how the Helinox Chair Zero looks. 1lb + packable, almost light enough to take on hikes as well as the bike...

    Helinox Chair Zero - REI.com
    Saw it there the other day. Looks good, comfy, and mine has been durable.

    Helinox Chair Zero - REI.com


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    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    Saw it there the other day. Looks good, comfy, and mine has been durable.
    I could be cheap and try squeezing into the Chair Mini...



    Now there's a Chair One just for young children. The Chair Mini is a half-size reproduction of Chair One.

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    Re: Motocamping

    You are all better men (or women) than me. And you impress me tremendously.

    In my world, if God had intended for me to camp He never would have given us the "hotel room" and "restaurant."


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tekime View Post
    I could be cheap and try squeezing into the Chair Mini...
    It's a case of "Buy once cry once." Chairs take a beating.

    When a friend of mine goes to [multi-day] rallies, he stops at WalMart or a hardware store and buys a cheap folding chair for $10. Then he gives it to the campground dudes when he leaves.

    Planning on going to the Frosty Nutz event late April in VT.

    2017 Yankee Beemers Frosty Nutz Campout at Wilgus State Park

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