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Old 04-04-2014, 03:55 PM   #1
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Credit card camping vs off the grid camping solo, whats best ?

I'm new to overnight dual sport I've been buying all the equipment . But I'm not sure what kind of trip to plan. Credit card camping is eating and diners and crashing at hotel in between riding. I've also bought all the camping equipment as to bypass civilization. What's your votes and give me some input. Real world stuff. Thanks for contributing
P.S. I am on a plated xr600 and going solo with sat phone and spot tracker

OH YEAH, I ONLY HAVE TWO DAY WINDOW WHICH IS TWO NIGHTS MAX

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Old 04-04-2014, 04:10 PM   #2
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My 2cents FWIW

Really depends on your timeline and what you feel comfortable with. I have a month long trip coming up from Florida to Alaska. I have budgeted to do everything with cash and have the credit card as an emergency back up. Planned for camping, staying with relatives/friends, and an occasional hotel for really bad weather. As for me, I try to avoid hotels just because of how much it cuts into my budget.
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Old 04-04-2014, 04:50 PM   #3
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Camping is best for me. For others, they want a Hilton. Only you know what you would like the best.
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Old 04-04-2014, 05:00 PM   #4
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I camp for 2-3 days, then spend a night in a hotel/motel so I can get a shower, charge up the cell phone, etc., and order a pizza. It's nice to have some creature comforts every few days.
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Old 04-04-2014, 06:44 PM   #5
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Camping is best for me. For others, they want a Hilton. Only you know what you would like the best.
DONT KNOW CAUSE I HAVE NOT DONE EITHER, oh yeah i only have two nights cause my window is only two days, seems like camping is the hot ticket ???
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Old 04-04-2014, 06:53 PM   #6
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Well, for a guy called Boonie basher you better get to it! Pick either!



One way to ease into it would be to pick one of the ways and go with another bike to sort out your method. THEN start going solo like you prefer.

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Old 04-04-2014, 07:53 PM   #7
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I've done about 45 days without hotels. It's easy to do with the right gear and providing that you don't mind washing in lakes/rivers.

I have a very nice system. Start with a good breakfast. Ride until lunch time. Stop for lunch. Get a spot near a power outlet to charge camera/storage device/cell. Get some food from a grocery store, market, gas station etc. (enough for 2 big meals.) Continue riding. Around 4:00, I start looking for a place to camp. Sometimes I find a spot right away, sometimes it Takes a couple hours. (I Look for a spot near water.) When I find a place I get my stove out and make a big pot of tea. When water is heating I set up my tent.
I have a few small cups then dump the rest into my thermos. I Cook all the food. Eat 1/2, leave 1/2 for breakfast. Look over my bike for a few minutes. Check chain, see if any cables have started rubbing, give the luggage rack a little pull. Little things wear out. Like clutch levers, brake pads, bearings. Just shaking, squeezing and tugging on stuff can keep me aware of the bikes condition.
I'll get my camera out, make myself comfy and review photos from the day. And I'll make back ups.

In the morning, I make an espresso, reheat the food, make another espresso then pack up. Always pack the same way. Use the same pannier for the same things every day. I know if something is missing that way. Stuff won't fit like it has been and that's the sign that something is wrong.

Ride for a bit, take some pics and have a bit of the tea that in my thermos.

Stop around noon for food, gas etc.

You can see how this can be repeated?

So what's best? Hell, a 2 day trip is easy. A cheap hotel saves a lot of packing and makes leaving so much easier. Do that first. Then start to slide over to sleeping in random ditches and under parked cars. You'll know when you're at your limit.
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Old 04-04-2014, 07:58 PM   #8
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Sounds like a nice day! What do you use to make your espresso?
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Old 04-04-2014, 08:01 PM   #9
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Old 04-04-2014, 08:23 PM   #10
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My booniebashing is all done in day trips, or i haul a rv and trailer, or a trailer and truck, never lived off the bike .
thanks for the replys, I have talked to some adventure guys and they seem to favor the camping,
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Old 04-05-2014, 04:03 AM   #11
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Do both. change the ratio as you go.
For me, the fun is in long distance riding, not camping.
I hate to waste time and I need good sleep.
Anyway, I hate camping even more than civilization...lol
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Old 04-05-2014, 04:29 AM   #12
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Camping

I've done a 120 day strech of camping, and meet some of the most amazing people along the way. Hotels/motels your stuck in your room with a TV... not much fun there.
It's great being invited to a friendly campsite for a nice meal, a beer and good conversation.
Meeting new people is half the fun.
Good luck with your trip!
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Old 04-05-2014, 04:57 AM   #13
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Another vote for camping. Much more fun and you meet interesting people. I started because of budget constraints and now you couldn't pay me to stay in a flea station. Stars at night are awesome when away from "civilization" and having to keep lights burning because it makes people feel safe.
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Old 04-05-2014, 05:11 AM   #14
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Camping on national forest or BLM land is my preference, and not in developed campgrounds. I arrange my trips to end up on public land every day where I look for a spot by a river or creek, or some other nice spot. That's easy to do here in the west. The advantages are it's free, quiet, and usually more scenic than developed campgrounds. No motels ever, and no pay campgrounds except on those very rare occasions where I can't find a good spot on public land. Been doing it that way for 44 years.
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Old 04-05-2014, 05:29 AM   #15
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I don't intend to argue (much), but it should be stated that there are inconvenient to camping, it's not always beautiful. Let's be objective:
- much extra luggage
- setup/remove tent every day (dirt&mud in extra)
- cold, no heat to recuperate from harsh day
- hot, no a/c to recuperate from harsh day
- still have to pay something anyway on campgrounds
- rain, thunder storms
- wind flapping the tent all night
- almost impossible to dry anything wet
- bears
- loud idiots around until late night, noise of everyone else.
- last but not least, no security

And about hotels:
- I rarely find a dirty hotel. If you pick cheap, you get cheap, it's mostly your fault.
- 95% of time is quiet
- hot water!
- microwave (duh! you don't have to go to restaurant everyday!)
- can dry gear
- 10-15 minutes from wake up to on-the-road
- wifi to plan the next day.


The original poster wants to do motorcycling first, not necessarily camping. His question is not involving any passion about camping. It about how to go resting for the night. For that, you can factor out things like watching starts and campfires...
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