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    New member, no trailer yet though

    Looks like this forum is just what I needed to research options for a trailer.

    Two years ago I bought a tent I can stand in and a cot. I love it, especially after sleeping many months in smaller tents on forest fires. I only used it for a total of about 8 nights car camping locally since I sold my motorcycle just before I bought the tent.

    I recently bought a 2016 Can-Am Spyder and realized I can tow a small trailer. I always had two large saddle bags and a large top case on my motorcycles. Though with a luggage rack I can carry two dry bags on the Spyder instead of one, the saddle bags are so small that I do not have significantly more storage than on motorcycles. For that reason I am undecided between buying a small cargo trailer or buying a pop-up tent trailer. I want to be able to carry my tent, cot, regular folding chair .... or spend some more money and be able to set things up in a fraction of the time.

    Hope you don't mind me asking questions.

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    Re: New member, no trailer yet though

    Welcome to the forum.
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    Re: New member, no trailer yet though

    Howdy from No. VA. You will find all the info here you need to decide which you want to do
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    Re: New member, no trailer yet though

    Welcome to the site. Remember, there isn't any 'wrong' way to camp on a bike, just what works for you. If you've already got a cot and tent etc then maybe going with a lightweight tow behind cargo might be the answer.. and could be a lot cheaper too. A Harbor Freight style is pretty cheap and easy if you're handy, or one of the other lightweight 'car topper' style trailers won't break the bank and don't necessarily need things like brakes etc. Any way you decide to go, hope you have fun doing it!

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    Re: New member, no trailer yet though

    Welcome to the forum. I started with a cargo trailer for the first couple of years. Found one in great
    shape for a few hundred dollars on Craig’s List. After joining this group and attending several of our
    events I got the itch for a camper. Since my wife doesn’t camp a Mini Mate seemed to make sense.
    I love it. Still have the cargo trailer too. Great for around town or short trips. Good luck.

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    Re: New member, no trailer yet though

    Welcome and as they say, "look before you leap". Lots of choices, the hardest part is deciding what you need and can afford. Are you camping alone? Bare minimum or everything plus the sink? Don't see an age so I assume you're still one of us working stiffs which brings up the question of how long you camp? Going to be a month long trips or just the weekends? Might check out this thread about campers.
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    Re: New member, no trailer yet though

    Quote Originally Posted by Bluetick View Post
    Welcome and as they say, "look before you leap". Lots of choices, the hardest part is deciding what you need and can afford. Are you camping alone? Bare minimum or everything plus the sink? Don't see an age so I assume you're still one of us working stiffs which brings up the question of how long you camp? Going to be a month long trips or just the weekends? Might check out this thread about campers.
    I am retired, more of a bare minimum, and has a wife who prefers to stay home rather than camp. I bring a one burner stove, make dishes that I can eat out of the pot, avoid foods that require refrigeration, etc. But I do like showers, a comfortable bed, little hassle, being able to stand up, and being able to make and eat meals inside my shelter when it rains. Something like a Lees-ure Lite is really appealing since it looks really quick to set up and take down, quicker than my tent. Unfortunately I have not found something with a "dressing area" big enough for a small camping table and a chair, yet is really quick to set up and tear down.

    My old motorcycle saddle bags were great since they were detachable and I could put them in my tent and pop them open.

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    Re: New member, no trailer yet though

    There's a bunkhouse king bed posted on the Bunkhouse forum. It's listed as a 2010 for 2200.00 obo with the add a room.


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    Re: New member, no trailer yet though

    Welcome to MotoCampers!

    I would start off with a cheap/used cargo trailer that would fit all the gear you take now.
    That way you'll find out whether tugging a trailer is for you, how your bike handles the increase load of towing (handling, drop in fuel mileage, braking/accelerating, increase load on engine/tires, making wider turns, reversing etc.)
    Having a cargo trailer can make it easier to pack your camping gear once you devise a system of containers to use keep your gear organized.
    If you find you don't care for it, you're not out that much money and they are usually easily sold.

    Before committing to getting a camper, attend a couple of our camp outs to see 1st hand how long/complicated it is/takes the owner of different brand campers to set up/tear down, features, pros/cons, worth the cost of purchase etc.
    If you are a camp 1 night and move on type of camper, forget about getting an add on room as setting up/tearing those down gets old very fast and are bulky/heavy!!

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    Re: New member, no trailer yet though

    You don't need no camper to go a-motocamping.

    Hit the road for a few trips and then you'll know what you need.

    To be clear, I'm very much a "to each his own" type of guy and for the record, I'm not a super minimalist or anti-trailer snob.

    I just find some personal satisfaction in keeping it simple. But you won't know until you try, and you may very well find that you are looking to invest and maintain something to carry a lot of stuff you'll never use.

    In any case, happy motocamping.
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