Motorcycle camping has become a way of life for me and many other people. I am a people person but there are times when I need to get away from my TV and computer and head out on the road. As a matter of fact I think the most exciting thing in my life is planning a trip and then getting, UP THE ROAD AND AROUND THE BEND. I call this my book time as I always read 2 or 3 books when I get setup for a couple days. This is the most relaxing time in my life.
Now you might think that because I travel by trike motorcycle and haul a small trailer that I have only the basics, but nothing is further from the truth. I have all the comforts of home without the distractions. Now when I set up in a spot for a couple days I don’t just read, I also explore the area by getting out riding around. I am always looking for historic markers. One of the other things that I like about camping is I always meet new people. Someone is always coming up to me and telling me they have a Gold wing.
This is my camping Set up when I am going to be at the same place for more than 1 day. The screen room on the front is a nice addition for when it is raining. I also carry 2 light tarps to keep rain out on the sides. Although this is an old camper, it is in very good shape. I am constantly looking at new ones but the truth is, this is a great camper. It is a Travlite which they don’t even make anymore. I have only seen one other one and that was in Sturgis and it was older than mine.
There are a lot of ways to learn about motorcycle camping, and i suggest you do a lot of research before you head out, especially if you are taking a partner. I recently went on a “hang” and their were a lot of first timers there with their wife’s and partners. It went down to 34 degrees that night and the next morning the wife’s were up and it was obvious the guys were not prepared. At about 4am you started hearing vehicles starting so people could get warm. So when going camping, us the Boy Scouts Motto “Be Prepared” I belong to a lot of organizations. One of the newest one i belong to is International Brotherhood Motorcycle Camping ( www.IBMC.org ) It only cost $15.00 per year to belong and they have camp outs all over. Another place I get info is on the Forums, www.Motorcampers.com, www.Gl1800riders.com and also www.Hammock.net. These are only a few of many websites that are available to you. Their are also many blogs out there and no matter where you want to go, someone has already been their. On my next post i will talk about my camping equipment so stay tuned