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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2016 2:20 pm 
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Location: Sacramento, California
Im using this ozark trail 7x7 2 person tent,it packs down into a 12x3x5" case... really small and light, and cheap. I also pack a coleman single air matress, and a 12v bed pump. Bed pumps up off my 12v outlet on the bike in less than 5 minutes, and the pump vacuums it back down to fit back in my saddlebag. the matress is about 4 lbs... but it's comfortable. remember though...the bigger your tent, the harder it is to warm it up.

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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2016 6:57 pm 
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It sorta has a tent...

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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2016 4:17 pm 
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BillMoore wrote:
It sorta has a tent..

What's more amazing is that you can pull it with your bike. We are talking about DR camping, right?

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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 7:09 pm 
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Picard wrote:
BillMoore wrote:
It sorta has a tent..

What's more amazing is that you can pull it with your bike. We are talking about DR camping, right?


:lol: The DR camps inside the trailer when we're on the move, so does that count?

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2016 4:24 am 
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Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
i have a two person Katmandu tent, been using it for over ten years in all types of terrain and weather.

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bush camping

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middle of the Simpson desert

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its been a real trooper. :2_thumbsup:

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 2:20 pm 
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Picard wrote:
I'll put in another good word for the Ozark Trail Tents. Last year, I used the 2-Man tent, which actually seems large enough for 3 people. For one person, it has plenty of room. I used it for 3 nights so far with no problems. The first night it rained, and it held up just fine.

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Best thing is it's only about $30. Can't go wrong with at least trying it out. I would definitely make the same choice again if I were buying a new tent.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Ozark-Trail-7 ... 2/34109040

Looks like that one has been discontinued. That is exactly what I was hoping to find though. A cheap, functional tent for the very rare occasion I would use it.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:05 pm 
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Good old army half tent for me :biggrin:. I am glad for the shelter that it has provided on many occasions. like in this picture. The picture was taken just before a severe thunderstorm hit with 45-50 mph wind and rain all night. Am glad to say that I stayed nice and dry.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:38 pm 
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Location: Waikato, New Zealand
I posted my Redverz Expedition II tent, but that was just too heavy & bulky so I've switched to something that packs much smaller and is much lighter:

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I have a tarp:

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On a road trip:

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On a rainy night I was nice and dry with the tarp down:

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I have found this setup to be more comfortable and I like how I can have the tarp rolled up in its snake skins or in use in "porch mode" or staked down in "oh sh*t, better batten down the hatches mode". Porch mode gives me more room but in bad weather I just want to keep the wind out. The tarp has doors so I can fully close it in when it gets windy or when the rain keeps coming from different directions.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:53 pm 
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I have used several tents over the years and used to go with the smallest possible.
That's good for hiking but lousy for motorcycle camping to me.

For my ride from CA to AK I was glad I had read the Camping Gear at Walmart thread on ADV.
Now I am a fan of the larger, cheap tent and a large Noah tarp.

I'm 6'-4" and the 3 man Ozark tent from Wally is great and very inexpensive ($29?)
I have the 16'x16' Kelty Noah tarp and it makes a world of difference.
Since it rains often here in Alaska a tarp allows you to sit outside your tent and stay dry.

The tarp covers my tent so no tent rainfly is needed and it covers my bike too.
It also keeps a large area around my tent dry so I can leave my boots, rain gear, riding suit, and everything else I want outside the tent.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:26 pm 
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Kiwi Mark - what kind of Hammock you got there? - Been in the market for one for a while now.


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