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MC Camping on the Cheap

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May 22, 2013
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Location
Thorndale, tx
First Name
Ed
Last Name
Baker
I set world records for camping on the cheap. However, cheap low quality gear is not part of the equation. I own two big bucks Hilleberg tents cause I go to cold, weathered, blowing locales with occasional sandstorms. Generally places mere mortals or wannabe ADV riders cannot survive. Best to get out of Texas ASAP and hit the free BLM or National Forest campgrounds in any other state. Lots of national forest campgrounds are still $6 and have outhouses and running water. Carry water and just pull ff on any dirt road in a nat. forest and enjoy for free. I have a handicapped national park pass due to my hearing disability, so I get in free and its half off on any federal campground prices...
 

SL350

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Oct 12, 2005
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Mesquite
I'm going to make 3 pillow case back packs with grandkids in a week or two. Then let them pick what they want to eat for an overnight camp. Should be interesting, all three under 8. Got the idea for the "cheap" pack here:

 
Joined
Aug 3, 2017
Messages
64
Location
Decatur
talking of Ideas, I had to give up my hammock sleeping system due to leg cramps distroying any thought of a good nights sleep. I did not want to go back to my little dome as its just a little heavy and bulky for the bike. Long search ended just last week and I broke down and ordered a "One Tigress Backwoods". first time in at least a decade I have had a single layer tent. Will report back as soon as it arrives and I get a weekend to check it out.
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Hey Guys sorry this has taken so long for me to report on. Life has really been getting in the way of my extra-curricular outdoor activities. But I finally got to get out on the bike and do a little overnight out here in the LBJ Grasslands. First time out in the new tent and I have to say I am extremely impressed with the performance of this thing. Set up was super easy less than 5 minutes and done. Those of you who live in the greater FTW area know what kind of storm we had roll in on Sunday morning. Got hammered with a full on spring storm. Lots of wind and rain and only one very minor spot with any moisture inside the tent at all, absolutely unheard of for a single layer tent. I have been a back woods camper all my life and this has to be the best designed tent I have ever owned. Well worth the $100. I spent.
 
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Oct 9, 2007
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Far East DFW
Joined
Sep 4, 2009
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Location
Arlington
First Name
Tim
Last Name
Shelfer
This made a huge difference to my "New to me and I don't like it" sleeping bag I picked up from Walmart. Temps got down to 40F and this helped me stay nice and warm adding to the warmth of the sleeping bag. It's a bit big though, doesn't pack as small as I'd like.
I've got one of those. It probably adds 10-15 degrees of sleeping comfort. I've also slept in just the liner in hot weather.
 
Joined
Dec 29, 2017
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Location
George West
First Name
Brian
I might have posted it before, but when it's cold I've found those cheap fleece throw blankets you can usually find on the end cap at Walmart are a good option for bringing down the temperature rating of a sleeping bag. It can also help when you might find yourself in a variety of temperatures over a trip. The only problem with them is they are usually too small to keep 100% of you warm. I found that they sell fleece sleeping bag liners, which I'll be trying one out next week. Seems like a good solution to the issue and they aren't very expensive. Certainly cheaper than keeping/carrying multiple expensive sleeping bags. My only complaint going in is that the one I purchased does not pack as small as I'd like it to, but we'll see how it performs.
Yeah they are warm I call them Coke bottle blankets. the one I have must be the size of a full size mattress and it's pretty big and yes I got it from Walmart for cheap
 
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Apr 20, 2011
Messages
873
Location
Cleburne
For something that packs down better than a fleece blanket and has more insulation than the average woobie check out the Snugpack Jungle Blanket (https://www.amazon.com/Snugpak-Jungle-Blanket/dp/B07BGY8WW2).

It's nice to have a synthetic layer to move the dew point out of a down bag and this is a pretty cheap and versatile option. I sewed some loops on it so I can wear the thing across my shoulders like a cloak in camp. Works good in the hunting fields too since I'm to cheap to buy the HPG version.
 
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misterk

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Location
Colleyville
Hey Guys sorry this has taken so long for me to report on. Life has really been getting in the way of my extra-curricular outdoor activities. But I finally got to get out on the bike and do a little overnight out here in the LBJ Grasslands.

HEY.....did you forget to invite someone to the grasslands for camping.....cough cough ahem ahem
 
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