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

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

  1. Bultaco206

    Bultaco206 Back-to-back motos suck Supporter

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    I take my dog everywhere. He’s more important to me than riding, so I try to find a balance. I usually plan rides no longer than a 6 hours, tops. Most are 4-5, and I may head back out after stopping back to the trailer. But I usually make time for him. So we will hike or hangout after I get back. We have a deal...he lets me have ‘me’ time, and make sure he gets ‘he’ time. At events such as the Central ADV Rally my dog has a fan club (:jack) that will check on him while I’m out riding.

    Most of my camping is done at campgrounds, or I’m parked at spots (friends’ places) where I have access to power for A/C. Otherwise, a Fantastic Fan usually will suffice.

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  2. KYwoodsrider

    KYwoodsrider Been here awhile

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    I found a used motorcycle camper in like new condition a few years ago for $2500
    It only weights 350 lbs and sets up about anywhere in 10 minutes.
    Sort of a minimalist approach but its comfortable and low cost.
    It has a full size sleeping area and 5x5 area for dressing and gear storage.

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  3. GlennR

    GlennR Chasin' my tail

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    If you search "diesel heater 12v" on Ebay you'll find Chinese versions for $125 or so. I've read that they work fine.
  4. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    feel the love!!
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  5. Topher749

    Topher749 Been here awhile

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    Usually if we’re camping/riding my wife is with me and stays at camp to watch the dog. We lost the pooch in the picture a few months ago. She was 15. We still have our 3 year old black lab Thor who loves to camp, He does fine in the back of the truck or in the annex with a fan if it’s not too warm, but somebody’s always around to check on him though. If I’m by myself I don’t bring him if I’m going to be gone all day. My wife misses him too much.

    Toph
  6. Murf2

    Murf2 Long timer

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    Alright, spill the beans on that funky little trailer. Looks like something I need!
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  7. thumpism

    thumpism Between bikes

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    Extensive thread on this in a Vanagon forum. You'll probably find some useful information.

    https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=703569
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  8. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    The trailer is a full aluminum Pheonix bolt together torsion axle trailer. Very cool indeed!! Light weight. You dont even know its there. No effect (detectable) on mileage.
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  9. sieg

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

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    I thought it was a neat little trailer too...………….but a lot of tongue weight, why'd they put the axle so for back? It should trail nice like that as long as the tow vehicle has the weight capacity. :thumb
  10. MartiniUp

    MartiniUp Long timer

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    That may work in WI but your dog would be dead much further south in the summer. Be careful.
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  11. Bultaco206

    Bultaco206 Back-to-back motos suck Supporter

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    I don’t go south in the summer. It’s bad enough here. :lol3
  12. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    Can you tow that with the motorcycle and leave the truck home.

  13. KYwoodsrider

    KYwoodsrider Been here awhile

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    There are a few people that are towing campers with a Yamaha Tenere however I have not been willing to try.
    Gold Wings and Harleys should be capable.
  14. roger123

    roger123 Long timer Supporter

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    Nice setup, how on earth do you get the Tenere in the bed? I have that same ramp and its a real bear to get it in my low utility trailer! That bike ain't light!
  15. KYwoodsrider

    KYwoodsrider Been here awhile

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    I have a slope in my yard that takes away some of the angle.
    I just put it in gear and walk it up the ramp.
    When I get to my destination I try to find another incline.
    I have been looking for another ramp.
    One that's 6 foot long instead of 5 would make a big difference.
  16. FAW3

    FAW3 Old wanderer

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    I use a Tacoma pick up with a cap, and easily removable kit for "mc hauling camping trips". I like having flexibility....empty truck to full load is about 15 minutes. All the truck camping gear stays in the bins all the time.

    Photos/video here:

    An old post:
    https://advrider.com/f/threads/lets...hell-build-outs.1296078/page-11#post-38647902

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    Highly recommended:

    *Versahaul MC carrier. Very well made. Nice loading ramp and tie downs.
    *Rtic 45qt cooler. Holds ice for many days (like 5+ in Big Bend NP Texas). 45qt holds a good load, but is sized so it can be carried fairly easily and stored many places. Glad I did not get a bigger/heavier one.
    * a simple shade/rain tarp system.
    * a truck cap height that offers 5-6" over the truck roof line. Gives critical headroom.
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  17. MGV8

    MGV8 Long timer Supporter

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    My camping set up when everyone goes. Normally I am solo on the rig with the necessary gear. This is a trailer I borrowed as I am still shopping for the right fit. I have limited room in my driveway so storage becomes an issue. You know, Camper Truck, trailer, 4 bikes, racecar, my work truck and the wife's RAV. Plus all my other junk :lol3. Any ways planning a cross Canada next year so we'll see what I come up with, Thinking either an Aluma or and H&H flat deck with my own sides. Sidecar, mountain bikes, extra coolers, easy ups, etc. etc.
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    Loaded easy, the winch on the bike helps.
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    First camp set up.
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    Solved taking the dog, problem.
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    but I had to buy a third chair.:D

    I do love this old truck but it tends to be a tad thirsty, Big block that I had stroked. Every time we pass something newer I have camper envy but this one is paid for, very comfortable and is easy to fix so I work with what we have. New truck/camper means less bikes, right?
  18. bluemtnridr

    bluemtnridr Been here awhile

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    I like this setup. Can pull a bike trailer or my boat and have plenty of room for me and the hound. I looked at these campers new....... I'l be looking used.
    JD
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  19. GlennR

    GlennR Chasin' my tail

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    Just curious, can you camp in one of those with it off the truck?

    I wouldn't think so, but I'd always amazed by the things that I'm often wrong about. (My wife doesn't find it as amazing as I do...)
  20. Murf2

    Murf2 Long timer

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    That is a problem! Does your wife really need that RAV?
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