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The key piece of camping equipment is the tent with poles short enough to fit in trunk. A Eureka Backcountry 2 Tent from www.campmor.com ($200) is just the ticket with 15" poles. Next, a pair of sleeping bags in the 40+ range. Mine are Slumberjack rectangular bags w/synthetic insulation. They came with cinchable stuff sacks. Down bags pack smaller and cost more (on the wish list). Next are the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xlite sleeping pads. Best pad I've slept on and they pack miniature. Pillows can be Therm-a-Rest Compressible or Down pillows. Campstove for the morning coffee could be the Optimus Crux Weekend HE Cook System or just an Optimus Crux Backpacking Stove with Sierra cups. This will all fit into the trunk, leaving one side bag for your clothes and the other side bag for her clothes.

I just finished an eight day roadtrip on my '08 Kingpin Tour with the above gear. Victory's $99 mesh jacket was perfect for the 99 degree heat.

Will be out to AVR 2012 next weekend, setting up in Marble Beach State Park. Hard to beat $11/night lodging. Leaves the extra cash for biking gear/accessories!
 

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we dont have the trunk just a sissy bar rack. last trip we took our air mattress, and a cheap timber creek tent(less than $40) small but could squeeze 4 if we had to. we took the air matress and laid it down then the sleeping bag and some other little stuff followed by the tent and poles. then we rolled it all into one big roll and crammed it in a army duffel bag my brother got for free(just for signing up!), then strapped it on the rack, then we used a bungee net to hook cloths bag too. left saddle bag held the electronics, i rigged up a dc outlet to plug into my battery tender cord on the bike so we can charge the phone and air up the bed. right side was for the food and cooking stuff that we pick up on the way. then a tank bag that holds a bunch of crap and the xd.40. all the cooking/heating is done on a camp fire.

we've had good luck with this setup but only been out for 2 nights at most because i dont get vacation time. hopefully soon, we'll go out for longer and take some friends so we can split the load and take the big tent, 16' x 12' and more food and ice for the whiskey.cheers
 

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There definitely seems to be an advantage to a sissybar or backrest vs. trunk. Allows for a variety of bags to be strapped on with more volume.

Enjoyed road trip to AVR 2012. Met lots of Victory riders and had a great time!
 

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That was just this past weekend wasn't it. Darn I wish I would have known. Maybe next year we can get the Victory riders in WI to meet up in La Crosse and ride down together !
 

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That was just this past weekend wasn't it. Darn I wish I would have known. Maybe next year we can get the Victory riders in WI to meet up in La Crosse and ride down together !
Coming down from Mondovi, I got to ride Hwy 88 and then I crossed at Wabasha and rode 43 to MN Hwy 16 that follows the Root River. Guess we could still catch that. Best option is to pick a campground or motel because departures time/day varies. Had bikers from several states at Marble Lake State Park campground.

Rode MN 60 into Wabasha on the way home. Great road! Envy you in LaCrosse with your many selections and a great dealer in town.
 

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It is good around here. Rode County M to State 162 down to Chaseburg and then took County K down to the river and back up the river road to West Salem. Nice loop!

Out my garage door about a mile away is the intersection of County C and State 108, very nice loop up to Melrose then through North Bend and back down YY to 108 over the Mindoro Cut and back home.
 

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Upgraded to down mummy bags for $80 each at Scheel's. Great space savings. Used on Lake Superior Circle Tour this summer.
 

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My family has always been big into the outdoors so I've done a lot of year round camping and tested a lot of gear -- in 3 continents over the last 46 years.
About 10 years ago I switched from a tent to a hammock/tarp set up and it's literally changed the way I camp.
I carry one of these shelter systems in every vehicle I have, and have a few spares for unprepared friends, emergencies etc.

Besides having to keep up with, or constantly having to make new tent poles -- I don't like tents for a variety of reasons.
IMHO a hammock/tarp provides a superior sleep and a good set up has many additional benefits to camping from a bike that a traditional tent doesn't offer.

I can literally set up my shelter system in less than two minutes, and that's not rushing.
(I've won lots of free cheeseburgers over the years with that bet!)

I personally like to keep my hammock & tarp together in the same bag so that all I have to do is tie off one side to a support structure & then walk to the secondary support structure with my shelter coming out of the stuff sack over my shoulder, and then tie off to that secondary support.
I say secondary support because your options are only limited to the structural strength of your tie out point.
Warning! You want to make sure your tie off point will support the forces being exerted by both your weight and the pull of the hammock, which surprisingly, is a lot of force.

I've hung off of street signs, the back of my truck, over the river at the Applegate dam with my a$$ in the water, and right now I'm inside my office hanging from a cedar beam, typing this post on an iPad.
I even hung off the Pappadeaux's billboard sign on I35 in Dallas one night.
So you have a lot of camping location options not available with ground dwelling structures.

Speaking of ground dwelling...I'm 46 now. My back appreciates not laying on a hard surface all night, and now I get out of "bed" feeling refreshed, no soreness from pressure points associated with a flat surface.
Being up off the ground I don't have to worry about trying to locate level ground or tree roots or rocks digging into my back & waking me up at 3:00 AM, or water from rainfall or bugs, poisonous snakes etc.
Although last month I did wake up to find a skunk standing right next to my hammy. (Yes I got sprayed -- No the skunk didn't survive the encounter.)

I also like being able to look out at my surroundings while I'm laying down. (Helps you see those damn pesky skunks)
You can even cook beside your hammock while laying down if you wanted to.

I know a lot of ladies (some men too) who were initially scared of being so "exposed" and missed the supposed "security" of a tent.
Usually, once I explain that anything worth being scared of in the woods will just use your tent to wipe his mouth with after eating the occupants because those 4 walls offer no true protection; and that I'd rather be able to see what's coming so I can rapidly exit my shelter, most come to prefer that option.
Especially when they see the way I sleep...which is either with a pistol/shotgun or rifle over my head on quick release parachute buckles, depending on where I am or if I'm hunting or not.
It's nice to know your firearm is so close, secure and can be deployed so rapidly if needed in an outdoor/camping situation.

The necessary winter insulation does adds some girth to your gear bag but even then it's no more volume than you would have with any good quality tent & poles.

There's a ton of options out there as far as camping hammocks & suspension packages.
I personally prefer a Single Line Suspension set up over a Dual Line Suspension because it allows me to hang all of my gear from the Ridgeline and offers support while getting in/out of your hammock.
It also offers some protection from falling limbs & branches.
The downside to a SLS set up is lugging around all that extra climbing rope -- although you could use a suitable substitute like 1/8" Amsteel that is much lighter & will compact more than climbing rope.

All that gear fit into the right saddlebag on my old HD, leaving the left bag for my mess kit & items I might use throughout the day.

Anyway, if you've never tried it, it's a nice piece of gear to keep in your saddlebag for those times when you pull over in the country and need a place to park your a$$ and rest, or as an emergency summer shelter.

I can't wait to be hammock camping from a Kingpin!thumb up

Ride Safe!
 

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SunDog68, thanks for adding an alternative for lightweigt compact camping options! My co-worker just went with the hammock concept for his last Boundary Waters Canoe Trip. I imagine it also keeps you from having to tent with someone else's snoring (like mine). My wife would never have it because she likes to suck the bodyheat out of me. :)
 

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SunDog68, thanks for adding an alternative for lightweigt compact camping options! My co-worker just went with the hammock concept for his last Boundary Waters Canoe Trip. I imagine it also keeps you from having to tent with someone else's snoring (like mine). My wife would never have it because she likes to suck the bodyheat out of me. :)

KingpinRider that's why God invented really long sticks... To poke snoring campers with.
Of course you do so at your own risk when women are involved so be sure to have a first aid kit handy. ;)

They do make hammocks like ENO Doublenest that they claim will hold two people, but I'm only 5'9" and I can't see sleeping with a woman of any size for any length of time though.
Usually if I have a lady friend with me, we will tie the heads of the hammocks off to the same tree, and find separate trees to tie the foot off with. I usually don't have much trouble finding 3 trees the same distance apart, and I usually end up with 2 hammocks under one tarp.

I've tried a lot of the cheaper brands over the years but I've yet to get a really nice custom made hammock from like Warbonnet or JRB or one of the custom hammock makers.

Actually, come to think of it I DID start off with a $200 set up from Hennesy Hammocks, and although it was a good quality hammock, I could never get used to the bottom entryway or the fact that I couldn't take the bug net off because it didn't have a zipper.

Being the cheap Irishman that I am, I wasn't pleased about spending that much cash for something that "didn't work for me" so the next hammock I bought was a $20 single layer hammock by Grand Trunk just to get the feel for it.
I LOVED IT! Best $20 I've spent in a long time. This is THE hammock I prefer to sleep in during summer because it's so thin it's like sleeping on a cloud.
If it were a double layered hammock I would never be looking for anything else.

Double layers are nice for winter camping, because you can put insulation between the layers and you'll need something to protect your bottom side from the thermal "bridge effect" of air blowing underneath the hammock.
I tried the "Emergency Shelter/Hammock" from Grand Trunk but decided I liked it better as a tarp than to sleep on.

The next hammock I got was a Claytor No-Net and I was happy with it for about 5 years or so. Overall a nice purchase for $40 bucks, but I wanted more room to stretch out without any shoulder pinch -- so last October I bought me a khaki/olive Doublenest from ENO.
That's how I know I ain't sleeping in one with even a skinny girl.

For $20-60 bucks you can get a nice hammock that you can keep in your saddlebag.
You'll be surprised at how it gives a whole new meaning to "rest stops".

Now if only my truck/trailer will sell soon I can get some summer camping in from a new (to me) Kingpin! thumb up

I should add that for the last 8 years I've slept exclusively in a hammock, unless I'm staying with a lady friend.
For the last 10 winters I have slept outside all winter long, in a hammock.
I'm kinda starting to figure out what works and what doesn't.... ;-)
 

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For the last 10 winters I have slept outside all winter long, in a hammock.
I'm kinda starting to figure out what works and what doesn't.... ;-)
Glad to know you live in Texas. Wouldn't try sleeping outside all winter in Wisconsin!!
 

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I've personally never been to Wisconsin, but have several friends from there that hang in hammocks during the winter.

They have some good videos of their cold weather camping experiences on YouTube -- Shug has several good cold weather hammock camping videos and gear reviews on YouTube.

Lots of people hammock camp in extreme cold weather, but it does take specialized gear, none of which I've ever had to use this far south for more than 3-4 days out of the winter.
I do camp in New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Montana and Oregon during the winter, so I'm familiar with camping in weather colder than we see here in north Texas.

You are right though, camping in the middle of winter is not for everyone -- and can be fatal in some regions if you don't have the proper gear/training/mindset.
And on the flip side -- it's possible for hypothermia to set in from a simple fall into water in only +40 degrees, so in theory you could freeze to death in July in some regions of the U.S.
 
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