ADV Camping Gear "Comfortable Minimalist" Style

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by wbedient, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. wbedient

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    I took a video of my camping set up, hopefully it will give some of you some good ideas on what you might want to take or not take on your next trip.

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    Here is a link to the original video I made:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S37NGQQadNg

    Almost everything is there. I didn't include a flash light, hygiene kit, clothing and a couple odds and ends.

    I really like using the bike and a tarp to make a lean-to. Most of the time you can find somewhere flat to park your bike, with room for you to sleep next to it. This keeps your bike dry, you dry and keeps you near the bike so people are less likely to steal from you.

    Thoughts? Ways to improve? Too much junk? Too little?

    Tell me what you think!
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  2. John Smallberries

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    cant get the link to work!
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  5. lhendrik

    lhendrik Truffle Rustler

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    Thanks for sharing. A nice approach for rugged, army style camping and good use of Walmart for low cost items where possible.
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  6. wbedient

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    I don't have a whole lot of extra cash, so anything that is cheap is good!

    I find this makes a pretty comfortable set up, and I'd rather "rough it" a little then have a heavier bike.
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  7. John Smallberries

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    i like the approach. How do the Wal-Mart tarps compare to the pricier Kelty models?
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  8. mouthfulloflake

    mouthfulloflake Not afraid

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    they dont really.

    but they are 1/10 the cost of the Kelty tarps, and about 1/4 the cost of the guidegear or other generic kelty knock offs.

    walmart tarps are square cut, not catanery cut, so its hard to get them good and tight.

    they are heavier and bulkier ( thicker, heavier fabric)

    they are noisier ( wind shaking them will make unpleasant racket, versus the more expensive tarps)

    they work perfectly well otherwise.




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  9. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave Backyard Adventurer

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    Thanks, this was actually the best minimalist moto camp gear video I've seen. It will help me in the future.
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  10. BcVulcan

    BcVulcan n00b

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    I'd like to see a pic of the lean-to.
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  11. IRideASlowBike

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    +1

    I've been thinking of ditching the tent, at least partially, in the future, and just using my bike as an anchor point for a tarp lean-to. It's just too hot in the summer. By the time I set up the tent, I'm covered in sweat, and sleeping in it sucks.
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  12. wbedient

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    Here is a video a guy I ride with took... it's a humors video of him eating a hot dog. In the background you can see a bike set up with the lean-to tarp.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o13QrhGx3Jw

    This works well enough 4 of my friends have taken to doing the same thing.
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  13. wbedient

    wbedient MoTard

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    Exactly why I use them. I've got to work overtime just to afford gas for these trips, so cheap is important to me. If I had the cash I'm sure I'd buy a better set up... or more gas. :D
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  14. mouthfulloflake

    mouthfulloflake Not afraid

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    the knock of tarps go on sale occasionally for $19-$29 ( depending on size)
    that is a bargain in my opinion, and its how I bought mine.





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  15. wbedient

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    $30 is much more reasonable... can you give me a link to some of these knock offs?
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  17. leftystrat62

    leftystrat62 Adventurer

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    Yea but what about those no-seeums,black flies, and mosquitos,-can't beat a light weight tent for that.
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  18. BoerSchoeman

    BoerSchoeman Stealth Camper Tent

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    Yes you can.

    Lean to tent, with Mesh.

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    If it's wet, You pull a raincover over it. My daughter illustrates that the elastics ensures the bike wont pull over.
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  19. stegs

    stegs Been here awhile

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    Now that is what I have been picturing. Looks brilliant mate.
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  20. SuperGlueRyan

    SuperGlueRyan Been here awhile

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    What's do those tents cost and do you ship to the US? I hate the hassle of a typical dome or light tent and even more want to keep the tiny critters out of my sleeping space.
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