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post #1 of 37 Old 08-27-2013, 10:15 AM Thread Starter
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Camping Gear for Offroading Weekends

What type of gear to you guys take with you to the trails for your offroading weekends?

Up until now, I have typically stayed at hotels on my offroad trips. I am looking to get back into camping. The last time I owned camping gear was about 10 years ago.

Here's what I've got on the list so far:
- Tent
- Shower
- Outhouse
- Air Mattress
- Stove
- Pots and Pans

I've already got a sleeping bag, a couple of nice coolers, etc.

What am I missing? Let me know what all is in your set of camping gear.

Also... I am planning on setting up my tent on my trailer. Does anyone use something to buffer their tent from their trailer to keep the tent cooler? (My trailer has a black diamond plate steel deck. I am thinking the metal will keep the tent warm for a while, and would like to prevent that if at all possible during the spring, summer, and fall.


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What type of gear to you guys take with you to the trails for your offroading weekends?

Up until now, I have typically stayed at hotels on my offroad trips. I am looking to get back into camping. The last time I owned camping gear was about 10 years ago.

Here's what I've got on the list so far:
- Tent
- Shower
- Outhouse
- Air Mattress
- Stove
- Pots and Pans

I've already got a sleeping bag, a couple of nice coolers, etc.

What am I missing? Let me know what all is in your set of camping gear.

Also... I am planning on setting up my tent on my trailer. Does anyone use something to buffer their tent from their trailer to keep the tent cooler? (My trailer has a black diamond plate steel deck. I am thinking the metal will keep the tent warm for a while, and would like to prevent that if at all possible during the spring, summer, and fall.
You could build some simple legs with cross braces with plywood on top to raise it off the trailer deck. Also camp chairs, water jugs, french press, table to put stove on and prepare food.

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I would ditch the air matress and go with somthing like this

but thats just me (not a fan of air matress)
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A good LED or if your stove is gas, gas lantern. I dont really like the idea of having a gas lantern in my tent however. Knowing my luck one of the dogs would knock it over and the tent would go bye bye. Also a quality but inexpensive head lamp. They help out tons and are way more useful than a flash lights since you will have your hands free.


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Mostly same as above^^^^^
Pop up (easy up) tent for shade. If permitted, Firewood, lighter fluid.
Big trash bags, I usually sleep in my hammock, have tarp with me in case it rains (No fancy tent for me). Bug off.
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I would ditch the air matress and go with somthing like this
What brand of cot is that?


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Thanks for the suggestions ... please keep em coming. I am building a shopping list as we speak!


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Solar panel and/or power inverter. Advanced first aid kit. emergency survival kit, signal device, compass, matches, etc. screw the tent. make a pvc piping frame you can put up and attach to your trailer and take down. put a tarp over it. and buy that cot above.

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I don't like getting eaten by bugs. Mosquitoes and biting flies are rampant right now in my area. So for me its either a tent or a camper. I usually go with my pop-up camper, but for minimalist camping I choose:

Smallish Tent with ground sheet
Tarp and cordage to make a dining room cover
Sleeping bag and backpacking air mattress
Propane stove
One or two pots, a frying pan, pot holder, tongs, cooking spoon and spatula
Small folding grill for use over campfire coals
Small cutting board
Plate, bowl, fork, spoon
Scrub brush and Sham-Wow for clean-ups
LED Lantern, LED headlight
Solar shower bag
Folding table and chair
Ice Chest
Folding knife
LED Flashlight*
Leatherman tool*
Folding saw*
Folding shovel*
Hand axe*
First aid kit*
Water filter*
Three extra days of non-perishable food*

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I use this http://www.cabelas.com/product/Cabel...h-All+Products
for trips as long as I'm alone (re: tent obviously). It works great and I also use it for the Rubicon and similar multi day trails.
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I use this http://www.cabelas.com/product/Cabel...h-All+Products
for trips as long as I'm alone (re: tent obviously). It works great and I also use it for the Rubicon and similar multi day trails.
That's a sweet (but really expensive) tent!


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What brand of cot is that?
Almost positive that's from REI. $150ish if memory serves me right
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Tent
Good sleeping bag
Ground mat
Jet stove
Set camping cutlery
Pot, metal cup
Water plus purification tablets
Food that doesnt require chilling
Powder flavour for water(Luxury)
Beer in cans(can crush up for smaller trash plus broken glass at campsites doesnt happen)
Bucket and wag bags
Trash bag
Lamp and flashlight
Long matches
Full size axe, shovel

Thats my basics.

Anything else I bring i classify as emergency gear , or luxury .

Tip, get rid of as much food packaging as possible before you go. I get away with using a military helmet bag where ithers fill a trasheroo largely with that and the beer cans vs bottles.


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Depends on length of time we are going to be out. For a few nights we do the "minimalistic" approach.

Sleeping pads
Sleeping bag
Poly ground cloth (water/vapor barrier)
2-3 jet boils
Premade meals that can be made in a jet boil (either buy or pre make them at home)
Camp plates
Grill grate (for fish or maybe if we bring meat)
12v cooler
Sporks.
5-10gal of water, or use water purification filter pump.
Tea or coffee.
Trash bag.
Axe
Lighter
Small shovel, roll of tp
Headlamps
Biodegradable soap
Fishing rod
Handgun or two

When we are out longer the we also bring a tent or two, a camp stove, pots, frying pans, a coleman portable kitchen, lantern, bigger cooler with more fresh food.

My kids like bivy sacks rather than tents. I have a camp cot (the cot with the built in tent) that I bring sometimes.

When we are jeeping we take the utilitarian point of view towards camping. Not luxurious. We know we are going to be moving in the morning.

When we are going to a base camp for an extended period we try to make it nicer.

If it rains we sometimes just move under the jeep.




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Does anyone have a brand of camp shower solution they recommend?


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For lighting my tent I use a Nokero light www.nokero.com it is a really nice solar light mainly designed for 3rd world countries. Really great product. I haven't used it in months but I just turned it on and it is still holding a charge. It also turns itself off in sunlight. Pretty cool light.

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For lighting my tent I use a Nokero light www.nokero.com it is a really nice solar light mainly designed for 3rd world countries. Really great product. I haven't used it in months but I just turned it on and it is still holding a charge. It also turns itself off in sunlight. Pretty cool light.
Their lights are pretty incredible! Thanks for the recommendation.


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Does anyone have a brand of camp shower solution they recommend?
Have had a Nemo Helio for a couple years. Works great as a shower and also does double duty assisting with cleaning up after meals.

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Ima gowna hafta agree wit the Cajun on the solar panel. On long trips we take a jumpstarter battery and keep it charged on the lighter and boosted with solar panel when working stationary remote sites with little gas......

of course a solar oven is great during fire restrictions too
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First Aid kit with bandages, ointments, scissors, tweezers, antiseptic, moleskin, etc. This is the most important thing to have.
Multitool
Sun block and after sun lotion
Bug spray
Quick dry micro fiber towels are worth their weight in gold
Paracord
Zip ties
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That's a sweet (but really expensive) tent!


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I carry two old vietnam style jungle hammocks so if there isn't good ground for the tent I'll set them up. I don't know the name of the tent I have. I bought in back in 85. it folds up into a 24'' wheel shape. When I take it out to set up, I just throw it in the air and poof it's a tent. All I have to do is stake it down and put the fly over it. Has two opposing 8 foot diameter circular pieces of metal with a memory. Pretty cool.

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Add to the list a thermacell or two for the mosquitos. We also bring a few tiki torches to set up around the edge of the campsite. If you get the tiki fuel with the citronella it helps with bugs, as well as provide area lighting which makes it easy to find the camp on the way back from night wheeling and helps when you are stumbling around camp after dark.

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I recently went on UA2015 and we did just this, but minimalistic.
Air mattress
Tent
Dry bags and lots of them
Cooler
Tote for food (we didn't take anything for he food this trip)
In years past I've taken a cook stove and cast iron to cook in.

A canopy is nice.

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You forgot the battery operated blow dryer...

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