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post #1 of 101 (permalink) Old 05-26-2015, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
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Moto Camping Tents

I have two tents I use for Moto Camping, an REI Hoodoo 3 and a Redverz Series II Expedition. They both serve different purposes.

The Hoodoo 3 is simple to set up and simple to break down. It hold enough gear inside and in the vestibules for my wife and I. It is generally our preferred choice if the plan is to set up quickly at night, tear down quickly in the morning and move on. It is also very easy to set up solo.

The Redverz Series II tent is a little more involved in setup, though I have become pretty adept at setting it up even solo. While it can be set up and torn down daily, it is a fantastic tent for using as a basecamp, if you intend to remain in one place for several days. There is a ton of room in this tent, despite the fact that the disassembled footprint is not much larger than the Hoodoo 3.

I don't park a bike in the bay area, but instead cover the area with an additional tarp. It makes a great area to change / hang stuff to dry / eat and cook if weather is inclement. Along with the extra poles for the awning kit, it makes a great sitting area when it is raining. Between the two vestibules and the bay area, you keep everything you would need, including firewood, dry and out of the weather.

What tents do others use for Moto Camping and why?

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Two years ago I did a ride down through West Virginia and borrowed a tent from my niece and hubby. When I got to the campsite it became apparent that they forgot to include the tents poles . My only option was to make a run to Walmart. I got a very cheap tent - like $40 - and it works just fine. I'd much rather spend more, hoping that all involved get paid a decent wage, but that's not an assured thing.
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I have three tents:

One is a huge Coleman that can sleep like 5-6 people. I bought it for a trip to Death Valley where I stayed for about a week. Also came to Mexico with me. Big to pack, and not the easiest to put up/take down, its also meant as a base camp. Great for car camping.
My "retired" tent is a tiny little $20 Wenzel thing. This is so small i can only lay diagonal in it (Im 5'7''). It won't die! Been all over the place. Sets up really fast and packs to nothing. No features to speak of though.
My main tent is a Eureka Tetragon. Love it! Easy to set up/take down and full of features. Don't have to bring a tarp as it has a great rain fly.Nice and roomy(7x7)!
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I'd much rather spend more, hoping that all involved get paid a decent wage, but that's not an assured thing.
Unfortunately not. I would like to think that is the case with the Redverz tent I purchased however. It is a bit pricey, but it is a family owned business located here in Colorado. I like the idea that the purchase helps support both family owned business as well as local business.

That said, while the business is based here in Denver, I really don't know if the tents are actually manufactured here as well.

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"Big" tent: REI Half Dome 2 HC from a few years back. Size wise it's somewhere between the current Half Dome and Half Dome Plus. Quite spacious for one, tight but doable for two. Mostly use it for car camping because it's a bit on the bulky size. (The newer ones went for a different pole design that packs down smaller.)

"Personal" tent: Big Agnes Fishhook 1 also from a couple years back. Nice and compact, sleeps me alone quite comfortably but I wouldn't call it spacious. Similar to the current Big Agnes Copper Spur 1 (in fact, same pole set and identical size but different color fly and groundsheet). This one is a zipperless design using hooks and loops in a couple of key spots to hold things closed. Works well for my purposes and I like not having zippers to break. I suppose in very wet or very bug-prone areas there could be some issues but probalby not all that bad given the overlapping coverage at all openings. This one packs down smaller than my sleeping bag, or pad, so really nice when space is at a premium.

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I have a cheap Walmart tent. It serves the purpose of basic shelter.

Honestly, it has held up better than I thought. 2 trips to Alaska plus some backyard time.

Very basic and I would not rely on it for staying dry in a serious rain, but for a fair weather camper, it's been great


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I recently took a trip and used my new rent from abelbrown co. It has not poles so it's extremely packable. It attaches to my scramblers handlebars and sissy bar. It has a pad for the bikes kickstand in the dirt. I liked the cross breeze it gave me and it set up faster than any tent I've had
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Eureka Midori solo. It packs up really small, 16"x5" I believe, has a vestibule for your bag and is side entrance which is important when you are trying to crawl in after drinking all night...
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My Hilleberg Namatj GT3 is ten years old now. It is used on a regular basis, and is still basically as new. Easy to erect, easy to pull down, 100% waterproof, lightweight, and hand made by one person. If you have any issues, you send it to Hilleberg, and the person who made it fixes it! Best tents you can buy IMHO.
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The only drawback to the bike holding up the tent would be the bike falling over in storm!
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