BIKE HAULING & CAMPING--what is your travel set-up?

Discussion in 'Camping Toys' started by Lotta Throttle, Jul 29, 2019.

  1. Lotta Throttle

    Lotta Throttle Been here awhile

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    I'm curious to hear and see how folks do it when traveling around the country with dirt bikes in tow. Instagram is riddled with 'Van Life' hipsters but what of us dirtbiking wanna-be travelers? Is the travel/camping solution a Sprinter conversion van? Class B coach + an enclosed trailer? Toy Hauler + big truck...?

    What would you recommend if a fellow dirt biker wanted:
    decent mobility for grocery runs
    + a bathroom & shower on-board
    + the ability to pull an enclosed bike trailer with a few enduro/dual sport bikes inside
    + go off-road & off grid for a few days at a time?

    I like many of the new Class B+ 25' coaches but i wonder how well a tiny turbo diesel would do pulling an enclosed bike trailer across the USA, not to mention the ground clearance needed to travel off-road in search of that elusive parking/riding spot. There are 4x4 options from MBenz; anyone here have any experience hauling a trailer with one?
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  2. Snake Oiler

    Snake Oiler If the world didn't suck, we would all fall off

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    My solution. I just started full time on the road. But I'm in a toy hauler 20190424_153809.jpg IMG_20190728_134027270_HDR.jpg
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  3. Lotta Throttle

    Lotta Throttle Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the reply. How long do you plan to be on the road? I would like to do a year or more
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  4. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta? Super Supporter

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    I plan to build a plywood camp kitchen and a sleeping platform with storage beneath that slides out the back of my Subaru Outback, and pull a lightweight bike trailer. Kayak on the roof racks. Done.

    The "kitchen" will hold a small stove, a 3 gallon water dispenser, a small sink, and cooking supplies.

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  5. Bultaco206

    Bultaco206 Back-to-back motos suck Supporter

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    After less-than-thrilling results over the years with a couple of mass-produced toyhaulers I built my own.

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    It’s not fancy. But I know the workmanship, and I have no expensive systems to fail.
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  6. old1959

    old1959 Been here awhile

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    I’m retired and have taken some month long trips. To me having a large RV is a waste and rather expensive. To me using Airbnb, Hotels.com, KOA camping cabins, etc.

    I currently drive a Subaru Forester which keeps fuel cost low which I think is important for extensive travel.

    Going forward I have been researching a small van such as a Ram Promaster city. Also, something like this to tow a bike. https://www.amazon.com/Portable-Mot...t=&hvlocphy=9028022&hvtargid=pla-732795970003
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  7. Paul124ac

    Paul124ac Long timer

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    Started with this:

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    Morphed into this:

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    Then the truck grew, and so did the scoot.

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    I miss the little BeeWee, it was a fun machine and took us to some places that a scooter shouldn’t be in. The Majesty is so much quicker, easier, more comfortable and practical. The BeeWee is cooler. Looking at off-loading the 450 and the Maj and getting a SWM or the Husky Terra. Have been putting the finishing touches to a trailer that carries my Caponord and a Hobie Outback plus various other bits and bobs as we are buggering off with our 13 yr old daughter for about a 6 monthish trip next year. You were mentioning small turbos, truck one is a non-turbo 4.3 litre Isuzu that is,well, a slug. It’ll do 100kmh on a flat but forget hills or headwinds. Truck two is same donk but turboed, muchly more betterer but there’s a trade off in fuel consumption. Big input costs but flip side is zero or real cheap accom costs and resale on a good rig is excellent. We’ve always had mohos, truck one we’ve had for 7 years of bloody great times, truck two about 2 years so far.
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  8. Snake Oiler

    Snake Oiler If the world didn't suck, we would all fall off

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    Well let me put it this way. The boys recieved their inheritance already. I have no plans really on the future. But at the present time I just wanted/needed a reality check and change. I'm living with a disability and started to feel like a prisoner in my house. So I started traveling last winter to get away from western Pennsylvania winters to try the desert. After being a nomad for 8 months I think I'd like to give it a chance.
    Your probably right in a aspect but money isn't everything that should come into the equation of how to spend one's freedom. That's why we are rewarded with so many options for our time. " Different Strokes for Different Folks "

    May our paths cross. Congratulations on your retirement

    Peace
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  9. Gestalt

    Gestalt Been here awhile

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    Looking forward to more of this. Looking for possible inspiration.
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  10. Paul124ac

    Paul124ac Long timer

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    Inspiration? You don’t get a motel room here:

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    With this view:

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    50 ft from the beer fridge.
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  11. Paul124ac

    Paul124ac Long timer

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    Here’s one of the first truck with the “garage” extended:

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    Was parked alongside this view:

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  12. BillMoore

    BillMoore Long timer Supporter

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    Class B pulling a 5x8 enclosed trailer. Works great!

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  13. sieg

    sieg Wearing out tires......2 at a time, day after day. Supporter

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    It's a little big, but we're comfortable for weeks at a time in this.
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    Two dirt bike cross ways, two street bikes and two pedal bikes.
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  14. Paul124ac

    Paul124ac Long timer

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    ^^^ not enough likes for that.
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  15. Lotta Throttle

    Lotta Throttle Been here awhile

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    Im liking the Class B+ that are 25’ with the Lithium battery option for a week or so of boondocking then pull a 12’ trailer so i can have tool cabinets inside. A class B+ is 7’ wide so maybe a 6x12 trailer would pull well behind that?
    I also like the idea of a 144 or 177 transit van for the bikes + secondary sleeping and then pull a 25’ camper behind it. I’m thinking this would be the most ‘mobile’ option while allowing the most living space; especially if the camper had a slide out. Anyone jad experience with either of these options?
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  16. marret

    marret Transient

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    I'm not full-timing, just 1-2 month long trips so far.

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    Here is the van as it is currently, with lift and bumpers, in Alberta CA:
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  17. dgp

    dgp Adventurer

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    That look great, do you have any schematics you would care to share for your build? It’s a bit hard to tell what size your trailer is, but judging by your tow vehicle perhaps 8’x5’?
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  18. Bultaco206

    Bultaco206 Back-to-back motos suck Supporter

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    It’s a 6x12 aluminum R&R. I knew what options I wanted and had them build the basic box. Other than a few in-progress pics I don’t really have a schematic. I just went with a basic design I had in my head.

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  19. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    You mention trucks, but looks like Class A's in the pics. Awning on the drivers side and not on the passenger side.. :scratch


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  20. Bultaco206

    Bultaco206 Back-to-back motos suck Supporter

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    I’m guessing Aussie/NZ.
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