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View Results: Are you interested in coming?
Gonna be there come hell or high water 15 34.88%
Sounds good, we'll be there if we can 26 60.47%
Ain't no friggin' way I'd camp but I might motel it 1 2.33%
Are you guys nuts??? 1 2.33%
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Old 08-07-2012, 06:06 PM   #16
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I'm tired of missing out on all these rides

I need to get another dirtbike...any routes I can ride on an SV? if not I might just come camp
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Old 08-26-2012, 07:34 PM   #17
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I need to get another dirtbike...any routes I can ride on an SV? if not I might just come camp
For anybody wanting to come camp on their streeter there isn't much gravel road to cover if you're coming from IN 58--you've probably ridden down longer driveways.



Since I'm not a camper--my idea of camping is going without cable TV--I figured I'd better be preparing/procuring equipment I'll need to survive a couple of nights down in what might be cold, rainy Indiana woodlands far in advance instead of going into a panic at the last minute.

Today I dug my Eureka two-man tent out. It hasn't seen the light of day since I stayed in it at the Ute Cup Trial in Colorado in '99 and I managed to lose the instructions. Took me awhile to figure out the tinker toys that hold the damn thing up but with wonderful wife Chris' help we figured it out. It's still in brand-new condition and will be ready with nothing more than a touch-up of the seam sealer on the fly and maybe a shot of waterproofing spray on the lower part of the tent.

I'm trying to buy one of those 4 pc. military modular sleeping systems on eBay that come with a Gore-Tex bivy bag. They're supposedly good to -40 with the right underclothing and they start around $80 for a used one Buy It Now. I've been trying to buy one new-in-the-bag and have been outbid every time so far but there's lots of them for sale. I was doing a Google search and came across a mil-surp auction site where you bid on lots rather than a single unit--if a number of us needed them maybe a group buy is in order. Otherwise it looks like these bags, while a bit on the heavy side (not for the ultralight packer) are tough as nails and fairly reasonably priced. Buy one for TTUHNFCO/R and keep it in your car for winter survival if you break down to justify the purchase.

Bear Hardware got me one of those Therm-A-Rest Z-Lite SOL sleeping pads. Instead of rolling they fold up into a package about 5.5" x 5.5" x 20" and have a reflective surface on one side to throw your body heat back at you. I tried it on the concrete patio and it was amazingly comfortable. It's a closed cell foam pad so you don't have to worry about it going flat in the middle of the night. Being a weenie I may even get a mil-surp Therm-A-Rest air mattress and use both for more comfort--I'll try it out in the back yard and see how it works.

Any suggestions from you wet weather rally veterans would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-26-2012, 08:33 PM   #18
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I'll be in the area for deer hunting in Kentucky.
Should work out perfect!
Just have to take the wife's SUV for the trailer.
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Old 08-27-2012, 04:49 AM   #19
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Any suggestions from you wet weather rally veterans would be greatly appreciated.

get a tarp, tie it from tree to tree and you'll have a shelter to sit under, keep you stuff dry and keep the weather off your tent. a poly from harbor frieght will work well and very cheap..........................
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Old 09-04-2012, 12:44 PM   #20
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Old 09-12-2012, 06:55 PM   #21
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I finally snagged one of those four piece mil-surp sleep systems with the Gore-Tex bivy new-in-the-bag for $132.50 w/shipping on eBay. With the tent, sleeping bag and pad out of the way hopefully I'll stay dry and warm, at least when I'm asleep.
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Old 09-12-2012, 07:31 PM   #22
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So again this will mostly be a pavement ride?
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Old 09-12-2012, 08:01 PM   #23
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I finally snagged one of those four piece mil-surp sleep systems with the Gore-Tex bivy new-in-the-bag for $132.50 on eBay. With the tent, sleeping bag and pad out of the way hopefully I'll stay dry and warm, at least when I'm asleep.
Sweet! I gotta get me one of them.
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Old 09-12-2012, 08:15 PM   #24
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So again this will mostly be a pavement ride?
Actually it ain't a ride at all. It's just a camp out/rally although I'm sure folks will be riding out and about since it's in the middle of some of Indiana's best backroads. A full loop around Lake Monroe/Brown County State Park with a stop in Nashville for lunch would be fun. Such a loop could be done on pavement or with gravel roads thrown into the mix.

Really creative people might find other ways of getting around the east end of the lake without going around the park. It can be done...
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Old 09-12-2012, 08:19 PM   #25
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Old 09-14-2012, 07:01 AM   #26
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The sleep system arrived!!!

The four piece (three bags and a stuff sack) mil-surp sleep system arrived yesterday. Heavy duty!! If you've not seen 'em they're a heavy bag that snaps into a lighter bag that in turn snaps into a Gore-Tex bivy bag, all of which goes into it's own stuff bag. Depending upon conditions you can use all three for supposedly down to -40 degree temps or just the bivy in hot, wet conditions. It appears that you can velcro the bivy over your head, sleep on the ground without a tent and stay dry.

They vary greatly in price and condition on eBay and in the mil-surp stores. Watch eBay ads closely if you go there to buy one--some are advertised as "brand new" but in the fine print say that one of the bags is actually in good condition with repairs. I waited and bought one new in the plastic wrap but supposedly some of the secondhand used ones are the deal at around $80 Buy It Now for the whole system.

The bivies are available in woodland or the new digital camo although the latter are more expensive. Ah, fashion...

The whole mess stuffed into the bag weighs around nine pounds according to the handy-dandy bathroom scale. Carrying the whole mess is definitely not what you'd call an ultralight setup although as mentioned you don't have to use the whole thing and just carrying the bivy and light bag would be a bunch lighter. Typical of most mil-surp stuff it ought to last forever.

Are any of you inmates military vets and actually used one of these puppies? What was your experience? Do they actually keep you warm or did I waste my money? Crawling into it in an air conditioned house got me plenty warm in a hurry but that's a far cry from wet conditions in near freezing temps. Let us know.
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:03 AM   #27
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:21 AM   #28
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good luck with that..
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:50 AM   #29
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Available from several vendors on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/Military-Modul...p+sleep+system
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Old 09-14-2012, 09:55 AM   #30
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I never got issued a fancy one. I just got a huge heavy green one.
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