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    Camping rigs

    What are folks using when they travel for some camping and mountain biking?

    I have always crammed the tent and all our gear into my pickup, but am considering getting a trailer.

    Do I go with a pop up? A tear drop trailer? Are there some that handle rough roads better than others?

    I would love to see what others use for camping road trips!

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    We travel with a pop-up and put the bikes on top. Its a good way to get off the ground without completely killing the gas mileage. Thats not to say that I don't notice it but its a lot easier to tow than a full size hardside trailer.


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    I'm sitting in my 21ft. Bigfoot trailer right now. Pictures later.

    I've been in everything from a bivy sack to a motorhome. Everything is a compromise. Size, weight, fuel economy, amenities, etc.

    Pop-ups have their advantages, but I like to quickly and easily get in and out of the trailer. A regular travel trailer has lots of room for storage. It's easy to load the large fridge before a trip. Getting in and out to clean it up before and after the trip is a breeze. You can pull over during your trip and jump in for a snack, bathroom, sleep, etc.

    I'm looking to move to a motorhome next. I want more.

    Here's a great thread to keep you busy for a while.

    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.ph...ight=motorhome

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsdc View Post
    Pop-ups have their advantages, but I like to quickly and easily get in and out of the trailer. A regular travel trailer has lots of room for storage. It's easy to load the large fridge before a trip. Getting in and out to clean it up before and after the trip is a breeze. You can pull over during your trip and jump in for a snack, bathroom, sleep, etc.
    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.ph...ight=motorhome
    You are absolutely right on the pop-up drawbacks, you must have some experience with them.

    Looking forward to the big rig pics!

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    One really cool trailer that I strongly considered was a Casita. Check them out. They are a little pricey but hold their value well, so you'll get most of your money back out of them. They are a hard fiberglass shell that's relatively aerodynamic and light, so they tow real well. They can easily be modified for taking them on back roads.

    http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...offroad-Casita

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    Before and after...
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    Quote Originally Posted by iSlowpoke View Post
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    That's pretty neat. Who does that conversion and do they do it for any other models?
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    This is Clifford. He only get's out now on long outtings. Usually three day weekends or when setting up a big camp is needed.





    I can carry six bikes, Canoe, Kayak, and a 12 gallon roof mounted shower. That's just on the roof. I've take the rear seat out and can put a huge amount of firewood, coolers, fishing rods, oars, clothes, and what ever else comes along. I debated hard this past spring about upgrading. It just takes one trip to convince you other wise. Such a huge amount of room.




    Sadly Clifford needs a new heart. I'm hoping I can get him one this winter. I have faith that he can hang on till then.

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    Hang in there Clifford! That looks like a great set up for sure. Fun Fun Fun.

    Thanks for the photos.

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    Awesome name (Clifford). That thing is a freakin' beast!

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    Man, I love that

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    I would love to own that rig.

    Info on the ECamper here:

    http://www.ursaminorvehicles.com/camper.htm

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    GTRV camper van conversion

    We have a GTRV camper conversion van that we purchased new in 2001 and our family loves it. Good quality, comfortable ann easy to drive it to remote places. Ours is built on a Ford Econoline E250.

    Added pic showing new front rack.
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    popups rule

    i bought one of these and couldnt be happier

    http://www.cheyennecampingcenter.com...ers/FSLBR28TSC

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    4WD Ford Ranger w/ Viewliner canopy. Rack on top for kayak or bikes (or both). Several tent options -- from single to an umbrella style I can stand in.

    Mostly we go off-road on cattle paths in Central Oregon -- desert camping and fishing, no "facilities."
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    not the best setup as she sat super low in the rear. limited us some as i didn't want to scrape the bottom. i have to say that i loved averaging around 35mpg for the trip, much better than the 15mpg or so that our truck would have used.

    Try to be good.

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    I bought a small (18 ft) travel trailer this year and have had it out a few times. It's a Rockwood mini lite etc. I pull it with a 5 cylinder Chevy Colorado so the mileage ain't too bad. The truck has a cap and the bikes ride in there. It's a pretty good setup...


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    Here's the family camper and truckster....
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    I NEED a camper....great pics guys. Keep them coming

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