While I fully admit having a spare bedroom completely filled with camping gear, I am wondering, how much camping gear do we really need? Do you have a list of "must haves" for you?
When my popup pretty much rusted out I thought I was going to be miserable going back to tent camping. It was a little rough at first, but over the years I've refined my lists and figured out enough tricks to make camping a lot easier. It dawned on me that popups just require too much work to set up and break down. Add in maintenance, tags fees and the inability to get to some of the more secluded sites and I don't miss it at all. Other than a rigid, easy-in-easy-out door, I have everything in a tent that I had in a trailer. I'm off the ground with electric lights and heat when needed - and everything but a few bulky items fit inside the cab of the truck.
My canvas tents aren't off the ground - I sleep on cots. But that kind of made me laugh because I used to carry platforms to get my freestanding dome tents off the ground. A bit extreme in how much I had to haul, but great for getting off the ground and getting level no matter what ground I was on.My new tent has the hinged door. I'll most likely zip it anyway other than loading/unloading, or quick in and out, but detest the floppy doors when opened, especially when it's rainy.
How is your tent off the ground?
Yes, pop ups are quite a bit of work, but I'm looking at the coachmen clipper 9.0 for possible future. It looks so easy and has just what I'm looking for.
My canvas tents aren't off the ground - I sleep on cots. But that kind of made me laugh because I used to carry platforms to get my freestanding dome tents off the ground. A bit extreme in how much I had to haul, but great for getting off the ground and getting level no matter what ground I was on.
And, yeah, I'm also (sort of) in the market for a trailer. No hybrids, no slideouts, just a level it and forget it box.
Actually, the platforms weren't all that heavy. They're just bulky, which doesn't fit my current "take more in less space" trials. I kind of miss the platforms though. It's next to impossible to get level any other way. But, believe me, I didn't take chances - the tent was screwed down with fender washers to make sure nothing slipped.Lol, okay a cot makes sense. The platform looks pretty cool though, but heavy, and you can't stake down the tent, so no wind allowed!