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    Re: Initial Cost of Camping..

    I work for the Department of Homeland Security and travel a lot to all areas of the country. I love camping. I HATE living out of hotels. My boss was very surprised last time I came back from a week in NC and my travel reimbursement for lodging was under $200. I liked it because the Per Diem rate was like $84/day! I found a beautiful campground within quick driving distance of the worksite that had showers, so all I needed was my tent and some other stuff which was easy enough to pack for the flight.

    There's soo many ways you can make good gear pay for itself! Get good equipment and you won't sorry - you get what you pay for.

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    Re: Initial Cost of Camping..

    Nice... Great way to squeeze a buck out of it, I used to love the per diem I'd get when I was contracting in other cities.

    Homeland Security? You don't sweep the grounds for explosives before setting up your tent do you?
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    Re: Initial Cost of Camping..

    Oh, how rude of me... Welcome to the Site.

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    Re: Initial Cost of Camping..

    Hey Joe! You forgot the last line on your first post of this thread...

    Tent ($100-$150)

    Sleeping Bag ($50-$150)

    Sleeping Mattress/Pad ($20-$100)

    Luggage ($40-$60)

    Getting away from it all with great friends... Priceless
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    Re: Initial Cost of Camping..

    Quote Originally Posted by Diggers1300
    Getting away from it all with great friends... Priceless
    Good one... I'll update it...

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    Re: Initial Cost of Camping..

    When I first began riding about ten years ago, I was a poor, starving student and this was how I was equipped for my first two-nighter:

    Bike: 1982 Honda CX 500, $550 bucks.

    Tent: Slumberjack Bivy shelter, $60 (imagine a 1-man nylon coffin).

    Sleeping bag: dept. store cheap-o that I already had.

    Sleeping pad: my leather jacket.

    Messware: Boy Scout alum. clamshell mess kit ($6) and a can of Sterno.

    Misc. gear: G.I. flashlight ($7), Swiss Army knife, G.I. canteen.

    Luggage: my book bag from school and some bungee cords.


    Two similarly equipped friends and I rode around Michigan for three nights in 50-60 degree temps and intermittent rain. I truly never had so much fun!

    After that, I did start to upgrade my kit little by little though - I'm not a masochist!
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    Re: Initial Cost of Camping..

    Not to be a paranoid super-freak...but I value camping gear as emergency lodging as well.

    We are coming up on Hurricane season again and should we need to leave town, all my camping gear will go with us. Not only can we camp far out away from the storms, should our house get severly damaged, I can at least live temporarily in my tent back in town for a week or two as I pick up the pieces. And if my insurance company doesn't pay like they should, I can always camp on their lawn.

    And even if you only use part of your camping gear, like the sleeping bag at a shelter, or a friends house, or whatever, you've made it much easier to exist in those environments.

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    Re: Initial Cost of Camping..

    Good Point... let's hope mother nature gives the coastal area a break this year... of course, that usually means she'll play with some other part of the country instead.

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    Re: Initial Cost of Camping..

    Tent ($100-$150)

    Got a Eureka 3xta for $99 at some site I can't remember where.

    Sleeping Bag ($50-$150)

    Use the same one for years, a -10deg bag for fall/spring or/and a $10 fleece bag at Walmart

    Sleeping Mattress/Pad ($20-$100)

    $27 thermo pad at walmart. Not the best but it packs well

    Food/Cooking ($0)

    I don't even figure this in since I eat out when camping or hoteling.

    Lighting ($0-$10)

    $50 for a small LED flashlight that I use in my tank bag that I use at home also. Puts out some light.

    Luggage ($40-$60)

    $0, Luggage came with the bike

    Priceless

    Getting away from it all with great friends - Yup

    Misc Stuff

    Hachet $15, camp chair $10 (disposable walmart type), Rope and tarp $15.

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    Re: Initial Cost of Camping..

    I'm 53 and can't remember not camping year round. I've got some gear that's 35 yrs old. My kit depends on the type of camp I'm expecting, the season, and the travel/transportation. Tents, tepees, hammocks, sleeping bags, cooking gear, pads are numerous. Horse camping, canoes, boats, backpacking/hiking, hunting, motorcycles and cars have all been methods used to get there. I've found most of my stuff at yard sales and flea markets. I very seldom buy brand new items from stores. Closeouts from Sportman's Guide has alot of neat items. If I'm cyclng alone I just use a tarp, light bag, closed cell pad, and hammock. Coleman backpacker stove, small coffee pot, cup and bowl. Probably less than $100.00. I guess I'm just very thifty
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