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Old 12-15-2013, 12:24 AM   #1
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Mini camp

I am considering making a mini camp in Red Bluff ca. It would be a small camp for Adv rider's passing through. I have a small piece of property right at the intersection of I-5 and hwy 36 east and west. I am considering a bathroom and enough tent sites for 6 or 8. parking would be next to tents. Has anybody ever made such a PIT's stop. this would be a park like setting and a donation charge for showers and bathrooms. couple of picnic tables and a fire pit with some seating. Chance to charge you phone. and some light maintenance. Something like ten bucks a night to do updates.

Would this be something people might be interested in. You input would be appreciated
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Old 12-15-2013, 12:53 AM   #2
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Good idea - needs a bit more

Hi Hop,

the price is very reasonable and it sounds like a great idea.

But I think you will hit the jackpot if you advertise it as a good spot to campout as a base and do loop rides.

Many like me don't know the area very well so if you do then billing it as part of a loop ride or several loop rides will be very appealing.

This is what guys like Rawhyde do in the Socal area with their base camp Alpha and are very successful at it.

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Old 12-15-2013, 01:22 AM   #3
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Great idea! Sorta like MTN (Motorcycle Travelers Network) . Is this a place that you can supervise?
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Old 12-15-2013, 08:49 AM   #4
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That general area is a good place to stop when transitioning from the coast to the Sierras and when super slabbing it from So Cal to the PNW and back. Sounds like a great option to the hotels in the area.
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Old 12-15-2013, 08:31 PM   #5
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That sounds great,
maybe that could be a staging stop to go into Lassen and Modoc.

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Old 12-16-2013, 04:56 PM   #6
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Would this be something people might be interested in. You input would be appreciated
Yep. From my area, it would be a good first night's stop when leaving for extended trips to the PNW.. or upon return. I like it!
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Old 12-17-2013, 11:20 AM   #7
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Mini camp

Thanks for your thoughts. I bought the house next door and am considering many options. one being the mini camp idea. At this point I am getting the house's plumbing hooked up and am considering adding a line to use for a bathroom in the camp area.
This is a great location for both loop riding and North/South, East/West. Living here most my life I realize how many riders stop here.
Having a safe place to camp/ meet with a shower might be a decent option especially if the price was right.
Plus the wife didn't shot down the idea before I said it.
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Old 12-17-2013, 01:42 PM   #8
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Hop-Sing, check out the "Creating the 'CANAL' " thread found elsewhere
in this forum. Throw in some loops in your area and what you have in
mind on that thread.
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Old 12-17-2013, 04:29 PM   #9
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Lol, this is my retirement plan—although in a different location than yours. Some additional ideas I've been kicking around:
  • Supporting a range of different travel methods (motorcycle/bicycle/overlanders/canoe/kayak). No RV though
  • Offer access to tools for people to make emergency repairs with
  • Stock some emergency spare parts for things that commonly break; also accept parts deliveries on your behalf (and maybe even whole bikes)
  • Grocery pre-order/storage (you place an order, we pick it up and have it ready when you arrive)
  • Gear storage, where we lock up your excess stuff for you while you tour
  • Access to a sauna and/or hot tub
Pricing would vary depending on service(s) required.


So yes, not only do I think this is a good idea, I want updates on how it goes for you. My timeline is at least 15 years out.
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Old 12-17-2013, 07:16 PM   #10
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some flat decent grass, a table here n there, maybe some posts for hammock tents, and a place to do some business/shower. i think its a GREAT idea.

a small workshop/tool shed would put this place OVER THE TOP.

maybe a little steel building with facilities/shop/storage etc......

id stay there.
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Old 12-17-2013, 10:52 PM   #11
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canal ?

I don't know how to use this web site well enough to find that thread.
I stealth camp most everyplace I go, But I tend to take 2 and 3 day trips so a shower is not a must. [I do travel by myself]
I am not looking at this as an income. However taking the wife out for dinner on someone else's dime would keep things running smooth.
I guess stubbing in an outlet for a bathroom IS a good idea.
Probably a couple years away as I have the house that needs attention and I seem to play more than I should.
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Old 12-18-2013, 08:07 AM   #12
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http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=932268 ------ CANAL thread
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Old 12-18-2013, 09:41 AM   #13
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Hops-singer, yesterday was so nice and warm I took the afternoon off and went for a putt. I tried to figure out just where on 36 the place you are talking about is. Wanted to see it in person. Had no idea. Is it near the gravel plant? Had a great ride anyway. Once past McCoy I only saw about 2 cars on 36 clear to Platina. No one on the Ditch Grade road.

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Old 12-20-2013, 10:06 AM   #14
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There are some good ideas brewing here.

1. I like the "base camp" advertising model. I envision a big sign board with Plexiglas like the forest service uses. Under the glass would be large maps with a different colors highlighting different recommended loops. Maybe paper copies for sale for the campers' tank bags.

2. I like the repair station idea. You could have a motorcycle jack bolted to a concrete slab, with a simple tin roof overhead (no walls). I recommend hook straps hanging from the ceiling to prevent tip overs. Stocking parts might get to be too much, but selling some supplies might be doable, such as oil, inner tubes, tire plugs.

Just for some general feedback; I think my wife and I would go for something like this. She is a new rider, and not ready for long trips just yet. We would show up in a pickup with bikes and camping gear, and do day trips on the bikes. Any place within walking distance to grab a beer?
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