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Weigh an empty one. Weigh a full one. The difference is the amount of liquid propane in the cylinder. Weighing a partially full cylinder will give an indication of the amount left when you compare it to the weight of a full and an empty cylinder. Pressure in the cylinder will remain the same until all liquid is gone. Downs water method is a crude weigh scale.
Hey don't call my methods crude :rider: Budget is the preferred term ;)

MSR gives a little pictogram on the side of their fuel cans to give you an idea of what's left in it.

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I use the green propane bottles too. The float idea probably works on them too?

There have been times when I used the green ones in the morning where the dew formed on it to tell me what the level was.
 
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Frugal. Frugal man. When we're signing pens out in a logbook so they know how many we've used it's a bit out there. I also ride a Strom primarily. Us Stromers are only just a smidgen above KLR riders when it comes to cheapne.............I mean frugality.
 

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We need to have a cheap camp some day. Total cost of shelter, food, water, gas, stove...

winner gets a sports trophy, used of course, cheapest available regardless of sport.
 
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We need to have a cheap camp some day. Total cost of shelter, food, water, gas, stove...

winner gets a sports trophy, used of course, cheapest available regardless of sport.
A repurposed plastic participation trophy given to one of our kids by the local elementary school. Duct tape and a marking pen can make that trophy say anything you want.

I haven't actually been bike camping in at least 2 years, though. I'm finding that in my "silver" years, my financial resources exceed my tolerance for cold, hard ground. I'm in the midst of planning a week in Arizona with a riding buddy, and there won't be a single night's camping. There will, however, be a number of sub-$50 motels, and a night on my sister-in-law's couch, along the way. Cheapness evolves with age.
 

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My days on the ground may be numbered but I still have no problem in my tent. There are places I want to go to that just don't have beds.
 
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Got home from the lake today and realized my error of tossing the empty gas can in the trash. Now I have to burn a new one out and weight it. That is why I posted to see if there was another way.
The 'putting it in water' method mentioned above is pretty accurate and works in the field. While at home observe how well a full vs empty canister floats. Take those observations with you in your brain when camping, etc.
 

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The 'putting it in water' method mentioned above is pretty accurate and works in the field. While at home observe how well a full vs empty canister floats. Take those observations with you in your brain when camping, etc.
OK.

I think I know why this has been bugging me. It just seemed to run out of gas too quick. The problem may be that instead of beanie weenie or something I am just heating from a can at room temps, I heated food that was frozen inside a freezer bag and was still frozen when we stopped the ride for lunch. It took a lot of gas to heat the water that heated the boiler bag.
 

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I need to get a tent by the end of March. Do I really need to be worried about how much it weighs ?

Sl350 , do you have a link for the academy tent you have? I searched your posts and couldn't find which one it is.
 
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I need to get a tent by the end of March. Do I really need to be worried about how much it weighs ?
Depends. Are you carrying it on your back or your bike? For a bike, not really. Worry about how small it packs. You'll run out of space on the back of your bike long before you get remotely close to your weight limit. In the world of 2-man 2- and 3-season tents, the typical weight range is anywhere from 3 to 5 pounds. You won't notice the extra 2 pounds.
 
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Yeah, I figured. I'll save you the trouble of digging back through 73 pages of posts. My main tent packs at 22" long and about 6" thick. My main concern is length, because a tent tied across the back of a seat catches air & creates drag. The tent weighs just under 6 lb. A bit heavy, but it's also quite warm on Colorado evenings at 8,000 feet, so the extra pound or two is well worth it.
 
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I actually have two tents. I have a 6 y/o Eureka that's a nice tent, but strictly 2-season. It's all mesh, with a rain fly. No way to keep cold air from creeping under the fly and freezing me out. So I bought a 2nd tent, brand name Moose Country, and spent a little more. It's a true 3-season and has solid sides with zippable windows. Also has a very sturdy, heavy rain fly. I've used it in moderate weather, say nights in the upper 50s, and it was fine for that. For a 70ish night in Texas, it would probably be too hot unless I pulled the fly way back for more air flow.
 

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I need to get a tent by the end of March. Do I really need to be worried about how much it weighs ?

Sl350 , do you have a link for the academy tent you have? I searched your posts and couldn't find which one it is.
This is the current version of mine:

https://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/magellan-outdoors-tellico-3-person-dome-tent#repChildCatid=3496509

I bought some velcro tape to close the hole designed for a power cord. Also, late this summer I used seam sealer on all tent seams and seams on the rain fly. Still happy with it but too heavy to backpack.
 

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The skillet on the mess kit tends to tip over on mine. Do you attach a weight or just hold the handle all the time?
Yes, cheap classic design and easy does it (burn yourself) . I just use it to boil water. Much better stuff on the market but im cheapo and only camp a couple per year. Want to start more however. You know how you always have to inprove the gear the more you experience stuff.:wave:
 

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Tried to find a camping spot between Round Rock and Marble Falls for a weekend ride coming in a couple of weeks. Unfortunately all camp sites at state parks and Travis county (Pace Bend) were booked. I could go dispersed but its first come first serve. Booked a hotel in Cedar Park as the ride is more important than the camping. But it is not cheap.

We do need more campgrounds. Dang parks are full of RVs and as I went up I35 last week I saw hundreds of new ones on the parking lots.
 
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It's tough getting spots in the hill country in the spring, unless you're willing to go midweek. My wife & I are going to Daingerfield in early April. Beautiful park, but not as well known as Inks Lake & others in the hill country.

Oh, did you try Blanco State Park? Nice quiet little place that not as many people know about. I've tent camped there in the past.
 

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Blanco had two spots available but was too far from the riding area. I am on the Sl350 and my friend is on a DRz400, both geared low. If we trailered there, it would have been a difficult ride for us within weekend traffic.

I agree with during the week camping but it's not in the schedule at this time. Day rides only for now.
 

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We rode the Lake Whitney area today. The front desk at the state park let both of us in free even though we had two vehicles (DRZ and SL) and just one pass. We were just stopping to grill some brats and tortillas for lunch but we lingered.

State Park passes. Love them.
 
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There's a bunch of free COE campsites on Lake Whitney also. I stayed at Soldiers Bluff near the bridge and had a grill, running water, picnic table, nice landscaped grounds and some sites had a lakeview also.

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For those of you camping enthusiast that find yourself heading to the 3 sisters neighborhood this Spring and in a camping mood, I want to give a shout out to the Wes Cooksey RV Park just south of Camp Wood on the Nueces River. Nice little spot even if it is on the highway but there's not much traffic on it later in the evening. I wish I could remember or find the rates for it but had no luck. Nice little park, fishing, swimming area. Shower house and there is a little mini convenience store within a few yards of the campgrounds front gate. No need to ride back into Camp Wood for the usual supplies except for the 2 FAT BOYS BBQ!(try the pecan smoked boudain).
If you're fam is bringing the car have them bring the kayaks, plenty of water to fish and just paddle around.
Really nice campground and just down the road from 337.

We got lucky last year, was in the high 40's overnight with high in the low 70's.
Never can tell what Texas weather is gonna bring each year.
 
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I've got one of those floating around somewhere. I picked it up from Amazon I think and it's been a pretty good burner. Someone sold me a jetboil a while back and I haven't used the amazon unit in quite a while.

It was really kick *** a boiling water but that was about it. Flame control was good. You could go from tiny flame to full on Saturn V.

My jetboil has been a better unit overall but it should be for the money it costs.
 
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My review of a 25 dollar wal mart tent I bought when I forgot my tent. Video ran longer than I liked but oh well. Oh and sorry for the vertical video. I forgot to turn the phone in the mount.

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TL:DW version, it's a cheap Wal Mart tent. You get a serviceable good weather shelter with this unit but don't expect it to be waterproof unless you put the work in to seal the seams. Easy setup and take down. packs very small.
 
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I'm still using the backpacker stove I bought back in 2011. Only one I ever owned. I paid $10 for it, new, on Amazon. Brings water - or a can of stew - to a boil quickly, easy to regulate, and runs 3-4 days on one of those little butane canisters.

For those who haven't read this thread all the way from the beginning - One trick I've learned along the way is to shake the canister before each use.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004YLU6O6/?tag=twowhetex-20
 
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