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Ken Ulrich
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As an old boy scout, I was always thrilled about sleeping out side at night, in a tent of course. On a bike you can carry a pop-up tent, but you are still on the ground, and if it rains (when does it not) the rain drops sound nice till the icey finger of cold water bite your bum...or where ever, now the bed clothes are wet, a retreat is about impossable to any where dry. total........ misery.!

on e-bay I found the answer, look up item # 141049141715, this is a cot,air mattress, pump, sleeping bag, and a tent, to me it looks like the perfect thing for side hack camping. should be dry, minimal back ache, warm, bug proof, and if you bring a friend,will sure to be cozy. I was thinking of the dog! At 117.00, makes camping in the woods, mountain side or on a lake very do able. Just think, no more snd chigger bites.....sleep well.....Ken comments?

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hey I like it :smileywaving: My wife and I have used a pop up and those self inflating matteress,on our trip to Pike peaks last year. they worked ok but we didn't run into bad rain.

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Little brown pop top tent cot showed up, went together nice and easy. very complete, nice little repair kit included, well woth the money , avoiding a couple of nites in a motel and money wise you break even. The sleeping bag says that it is good down to 41 F. that is cool enough for me. stands fairly high, eye level about., camp site should be in a wind protected area, as it has a lot of sail area that in a stiff wind could be a problem, we'll see......Ken

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Thanks for the post. Just ordered 2. Hope the wife will try camping, her idea of camping is a run down former Holiday Inn built in the 60's and under it's 15th name and management. Also got a set of portable tie downs from my flying days that should help with wind.

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I set the one I got, up in the kitchen, and noteing size in particular, I am 245 and was able to get in undress and have room to arange clothes iat the foot of the bed, so me thinks the ladies will be able to maintain a discrete place to nap and change, we had a rip roaring storm yesterday here, was tempted to set it out on the front lawn and rest a tad, that freezing rain stopped me cold. little adventure is fine, but being a dammed fool about it, invites the guys in little white coats.......Ken

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It packs up to 39 inches long, making it fit a sissy bar on a solo Honda just fine, at 39 inch it will fix accross a side hack tub or in the hack itself, if your passenger is not too broad., as it wraps up to 12 -14 inches in diameter....Ken

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  • 2 weeks later...

I salute Ken's wisdom, and will check it out. Meanwhile Ken, any advice for me? Wife's idea of camping is: sitting on a stool in front of slot machines as she roams from Indian Casino to Indian Casino, soaking up the rough and tumble décor & ambiance... I gotta admit she never seems bothered by rain and winds though. :wink:

Best Wishes

John Panyon

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John, feel for ya, here is the latest straight from the man upstairs:

A man was speaking to god about the chances of building a bridge accross Lake Michigan. He wished to commute, from Michigan to Green Bay to see the Packers Play , without driving around the whole lake. God listened to his plead. God finially said, sorry my son, can't be done, just no way, even if you get all the packer fans and politicions behind it, just no way. The man hung his head, sniffed a tear away. God, feeling his pain, said, any thing else I can do for you? .Well yes there is, could you help me understand women?..............God paused for a long time............How many lanes do you want on that bridge..... :smileywaving: ......Ken

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If I were one a long trip, by myself, for a few weeks or months, yep, that thing would be the ticket...but if you lose it going down the road, you've lost all your camping gear in one shot. Weird, it packs down to almost the exact same size as just my tent...without the air mattress, pump and sleeping bag...

 

But to me, one of the best parts of camping with a sidecar is all the needless crap I can carry. Like a queen size air mattress and pump...gets me 4 inches off the ground and really packs up to about the size of my thermarest I use in the summer! And when they fail, they still keep you dry, unless you are in a puddle and can be found at your <insert most hated big box or camping store here>...and I like to stand up to get dressed...so a 6 man Coleman tent works for me... :smile:

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The acid test has been completed, namely CRAP vlll. I erected the cot in the Chey mini van at home, and as such I spent the nite in a Church parking lot on the way down to Crap, temp was in low 40's in the AM. I has brought along a summer sleeping bag, as a extra, with that as a blanket, it worked well. At CRAP , being located in a sort of low area, I knew the cool air would collect there, so I used the heating pad at nite and was very comfortable for both nites. I tore a miscus on my knee a few months ago and normally I "cook the knee a couple times a day to help heal the thing up. My suggestion is that if you are camping at a campground, bring a heating pad along, one of the ladies was saying she got really cold without it, and would include one on her next trip. Bottom line is that I had two great nites of sleep. There is available a twin version of the "tent-cot", my son Lorne, who is a big guy, is looking at one for fishing trips. Rational is that pulling a boat, precudes pulling a camper also, enough food can be home packed to last a coupe of days, saving on expenses, and making things simpler all around, and the adventure more pleasant. Another thought about the haeting pad power is that I have a 12v dc to 110 v power supply, will supply 1200 watts, more than enough to run a heating pad, a good battery would be required in the boat and or auto/truck.....Ken :smileywaving:

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