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Motorcycle Camping Gear Suggestioins?

Just some winter wondering...

I plan on some solo moto-camping next summer, staying in a motel every 3rd day or so. I don't plan on cooking in camp, just sleeping. Bulk is probably more of a concern than weight and I'll be riding in the west - CO, WY, AZ, NM, UT.
Just wondering what you motorcycle campers recommend for a

1. One or two person tent
2. Sleeping bag down to 20F
3. Sleeping pad

Thanks!

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www.campmor.com will give ya agreat start
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+ 1 on that. I use a Kelty Crestone 1 person tent, a slumberjack 20 degree synthetic mummy bag, and a thermarest self inflating pad. The same stuff I use for backpacking, where space and weight are of the essence. I've had it all for a few years, so I don't know how much is still available. I think campmor has an ultralight backpacking category to browse. Ultralight gets pretty expensive, but the stuff I have is reasonable. I've bought a ton of stuff from campmor, I highly recommend them.

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My wife and I camp a great deal including 3-5 weeks in Alaska and the Yukon each spring/summer and often in our home area of Montana and Wyoming; temps in the 20s are not unheard of. We have three tents of various sizes that we select from depending on what we are doing. Our small tent is an MSR Mother Hubba. Well made and big enough for two ; you may want to go down a size to the Hubba Hubba (I think). The Mother packs up to a reasonable size.

For a bag and pad some are using the Big Agnes set-up where the pad slides into a pocket on the bag. This allows for a reduction in the insulation on the bottom of the bag and smaller packing. I do not use this but those I know that do use it love the set-up.

I use a Therma Rest EOS pad. Packs pretty small and is easy to blow- up. The self inflating type have proven to be too thin for me.

For a bag I recommend 800 fill down with a 20 degree comfort rating for the area you are considering camping in. There are many good bags, so look for a deal on one that meets your requirements.

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We camp a great deal. When me and my wife travel we stay in hotels along the way and camp at the destinations where we'll be for awhile. That way we're not setting up and breaking camps each day. I personally don't like mummy bags. I need more room and I have a bag rated to somewhere around 45 deg. I carry an old wool army blanket and if it gets too cold I just lay it over my bag. I also use a self inflating mat and Colman sundome tent. The Colman tents are decent and cheap.
My advice is to not spend to much money at first. After the first season you'll have a much better sense of what fits your needs. The point being everyone has different needs. Find what's right for you before dropping a lot of dough.
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Just some winter wondering...

I plan on some solo moto-camping next summer, staying in a motel every 3rd day or so. I don't plan on cooking in camp, just sleeping. Bulk is probably more of a concern than weight and I'll be riding in the west - CO, WY, AZ, NM, UT.
Just wondering what you motorcycle campers recommend for a

1. One or two person tent
2. Sleeping bag down to 20F
3. Sleeping pad

Thanks!

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Great info. Thanks All!

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I'll be riding in the west - CO, WY, AZ, NM, UT.
Better add Montana to that list. Many great roads to ride and sights to behold.

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In response to MrZappo... after putting my cover on an hour later after parking the FJR my dad came out the NEXT morning and when he lifted the cover it was a nice puff of warm air. Mind you, it was in the 30's all night.

So if you park your bike 'with' you in that tent, it would be FANTASTIC in colder weather to stay warm, not so sure about summer months.

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