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Thought I'd start a thread where we can show off and discuss our favorite camping and traveling items. Fun stuff that makes the great outdoors better, safer, or more convenient for us. Last year or 2 I've been getting back into camping more. Especially the vehicle based type. So I've been adding to and refining my gear a bit to better suit the way I'm using it these days. I've got some cool stuff to show (at least I think so) and hope you folks do too. A little arm chair camping for when we can't be out there.

I'll start with today's SCORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! As with everything else I have a story to go with it. My wife has a Honda CRV. The storage area under the back instead of being covered by a piece of Masonite like many small cars has a nice little card/picnic/tailgating table. I been wanting a couple of these for camping tables. Nice and strong and a good size. Besides I like salvage stuff instead of spending $60 bucks on a new fancy roll up table.

So anyway I've been calling junkyards and hadn't found one yet. I was on my way to the land fill to dump some waste oil and junk today. On the way I passed a local junk yard I hadn't called and pulled in. I asked about a CRV and he said they had one just up the hill go check it out. It was in great shape and had a table so I grabbed it. I told the man I was on my way to the land fill and would they be interested in any of the scrap in my trailer. He walks out and says that it was crazy to just give scrap away. He looked in the trailer and said "I'll take the broken car seat, the old push mower and those couple of pieces of steel scrap. You take that table and have a great weekend!" SCORE! I got my table for trash.

It's roughly 31"x27"x25" tall and very sturdy. Once I took off the latch it is only about an inch thick folded up.






The best part is how it fits in the Trooper with the back seat up and the tool box in place.


I've got a lead on another one that I intend to check on this week. 1 for cooking on and 1 for eating at.
 

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That is AWESOME! What year range CRV's did that baby come in?

I don't have pics but, our (my hunting/camping buddies) special camping trick/thing is: tarps, long sticks (local dead-fall), parachute cord, rocks, old broom...

Once we pick out a site & figure out how many tents are going to go up, we sweep/pick the central area clean of large rocks/debris & use the rocks to build a nice focused fire pit with a kicker side for a grill top that we can slide coals under & one tall heat-reflective wall. This wall is opposite our 'main hang out' tent. Once that is settled we erect the tents & set to work with sticks/tarps/cord... We make frames around our tents & lash them together with the cord, then use the tarps as wind barriers & rain flies, corded to the frames. The largest tent gets a large 'patio style' layout in-front of it, the front end is open to emit heat from the fire-pits reflecting wall, with tarp sides & roof.

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Mine is from a '97-'01 but I think they all have these.
 

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Found a pic of our 'main hang out' Tent / patio.



Very little wind chill in the tents, even though it was an exposed site 1100' up during Deer season. Think mid-low 30s over night, teeth chattering without the wind break... our body heat managed to keep the tents above shiver temps with the tarps in place.

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Scored again. I just made it to the other yard today that said they had a CRV. I got there about 10 minutes before closing. 10 minutes later I left with another CRV table and it cost me $20. Now I'm good with 2 matching tables and total outlay of $20. I'm pleased!
 

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Scored again. I just made it to the other yard today that said they had a CRV. I got there about 10 minutes before closing. 10 minutes later I left with another CRV table and it cost me $20. Now I'm good with 2 matching tables and total outlay of $20. I'm pleased!
very nice!

i spend too much on my camping gear. but im hoping to continue to put it too good use!

Ouray loop or continental divide trail later this year possibly.
 

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Great idea for a thread

My favorite item is probably my Fiskars Axe



or my ENO

 

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Nice tools. The hammock looks cool and I know they are getting popular but I don't think these old bones would be in much good shape after a night in one. I actually have an old backpackers hammock but I've never been comfortable sleeping in one for long.
 

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Well, I'm a certified Gear Whore, when it comes to backpacking and outdoor gear.

I'll just share a couple of my favorite things.

I've owned near a dozen 1-3 person backpacking tents (including hammocks) but my favorite single person shelter ever is my Big Agnes 3 wire bivy



weighs just under a pound, gives me enough head room to read, and be comfortable, and the E-vent fabric is just the coolest stuff ever. I've woken up in it with 4" of snow all over it and still not a drop of moisture (including condensation from my breath) in it.

I've also owned lots of stoves, including Whisperlite, Jet-Boil, Primus... but my favorite stove right now is my Optimus Crux,



Has a wide burner and pot stand, yet folds super small and light, plus you can simmer with it (you can't simmer with Jet-Boil, or Whisperlite). I've even used it winter camping, I just slip a little chemical hand warmer under the canister to keep the gas warm.[/list]
 

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Sags said:
Well, I'm a certified Gear Whore, when it comes to backpacking and outdoor gear.

I'll just share a couple of my favorite things.

I've owned near a dozen 1-3 person backpacking tents (including hammocks) but my favorite single person shelter ever is my Big Agnes 3 wire bivy



weighs just under a pound, gives me enough head room to read, and be comfortable, and the E-vent fabric is just the coolest stuff ever. I've woken up in it with 4" of snow all over it and still not a drop of moisture (including condensation from my breath) in it.

I've also owned lots of stoves, including Whisperlite, Jet-Boil, Primus... but my favorite stove right now is my Optimus Crux,



Has a wide burner and pot stand, yet folds super small and light, plus you can simmer with it (you can't simmer with Jet-Boil, or Whisperlite). I've even used it winter camping, I just slip a little chemical hand warmer under the canister to keep the gas warm.[/list]
this is the kind of stuff i love reading.

i love getting reviews and real life experience from others who use the same products i contemplate buying.

ill have to look into that stove. me and my backpacking buddies have been using the jetboil system for a while and it has its perks. but id love to check out some other stoves on the market.

i also think a bivey is in the works for this next year. 4 season tents are FAR to heavy if you ask me.
 

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future RS said:
this is the kind of stuff i love reading.

i love getting reviews and real life experience from others who use the same products i contemplate buying.

ill have to look into that stove. me and my backpacking buddies have been using the jetboil system for a while and it has its perks. but id love to check out some other stoves on the market.

i also think a bivey is in the works for this next year. 4 season tents are FAR to heavy if you ask me.
Yeah, I have a JetBoil too. The JetBoil is great if all you do is eat freeze dried food (ie, only need to boil water) it is faster boiling then any other stove I've used, and the mug connecting to the burner is nice too, especially if you don't have a flat place to set your stove.

But the JetBoil doesn't suit me much because you can not cook on it. I like to do stuff like, eggs and pancakes and bacon sometimes. The JetBoil has to small of a burner head (not good for heat distribution, especially on a frying pan) and is very difficult to get to simmer. Also you need the extra pot kit if you wanna use any pot or pan besides their mug on it.

Plus the Crux is smaller and lighter.

As for a bivy, if you can afford one made with E-vent fabric, GET IT. The stuff is expensive, any brand bivy with E-vent would likely cost >$250. (mine retails for $299) But I'm not exaggerating when I tell you that the stuff is PFM (pure fraking magic). It's like Gore-Tex but breaths a million times better, no condensation on the inside at all, even with freezing temps and snow.
 

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I like my little camping setup... light weight and easy to carry. I am into the minimalist camping thing.




:lol: :lol: :lol:

I just need to carry the kitchen sink too!
 

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Speaking of camping tables, at Home Depot they have these:


http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc...splay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

These tables fit PERFECTLY in the back of a 1st gen on top of the wheel arches. I then have a large Coleman cooler like this one:



That sits perfectly on top of the table, and can be strapped down.

Then, underneath the table, my tent, bed rolls, and ammo cans slide perfectly under.

The Trooper really is the ideal camping vehicle. All my gear fits in perfectly.

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Just bought a brand new tent for our trip out West in July. It's so new it hasn't even arrived at our house yet. It should later this week. It's Marmot Limelight 4P even though there are only 2 of us. I like the extra room.

Will give a review when we get home in 2 months.





Got it brand new on the cheap (Less than half price!) and it comes with:

-Gear Loft & Footprint
-Two Doors & Vestibules
-Bare Bones Setup - Allows the Fly to be Used by Itself with Footprint to Make a Lightweight, Sturdy Shelter
-Catenary Cut Floor - Fully Waterproof Floor with Taped Seams Lifted Off the Ground
-Full Coverage Fly[/img]
 

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Our favorite camping cooler was a freebie:



I use to be an RA in college. Another RA (A dork & stickler for the rules) confiscated this cooler full of beer. It also had a Bud Light logo on it.

Me and some of the other "normal" RA's drank the beer and left the cooler int he confiscation closet until the end of the year.

After the school year if no one has claimed their stuff, it goes in the trash (or the way we saw it, into our possession.)

No one ever claimed the cooler. After each school year we had a lottery to see who got the first pick from the confiscation closet. I won and picked the cooler. I've now had it for 5 years. Best cooler ever.
 

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Redstar i also have an old metal clad Coleman cooler. Works well as long as you keep the lid locked.
 

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RedStar said:
Just bought a brand new tent for our trip out West in July. It's so new it hasn't even arrived at our house yet. It should later this week. It's Marmot Limelight 4P even though there are only 2 of us. I like the extra room.

Will give a review when we get home in 2 months.





Got it brand new on the cheap (Less than half price!) and it comes with:

-Gear Loft & Footprint
-Two Doors & Vestibules
-Bare Bones Setup - Allows the Fly to be Used by Itself with Footprint to Make a Lightweight, Sturdy Shelter
-Catenary Cut Floor - Fully Waterproof Floor with Taped Seams Lifted Off the Ground
-Full Coverage Fly[/img]
That's a great tent, I've used one in the Wind Rivers for a week once, (it was orange though) also sold a bunch of them (well them and the Aeros which I like a bit more) when I worked at a gear store. I will tell you that this
-Bare Bones Setup - Allows the Fly to be Used by Itself with Footprint to Make a Lightweight, Sturdy Shelter
while tempting to try to shave a few ounces, is a terrible idea... ... unless you're going somewhere with no bugs (which doesn't exist AFAIK)

I speak from experience, there was a summer when I decided to try and be all survivalist minimalist hardcore, I tried all manner of home brewed shelters as well as the whole footprint, poles, and vestibule with no tent.

And I can confidently that I can make a shelter out of most anything, with just some paracord, and my Swiss Army knife, that will keep me dry and warm. However, I got sick of getting my face eaten off by mosquitoes every night, and after a few weeks caved and went back to the wonderful modern whiz-bang tents and bivys with nice tight mosquito netting. :D
 

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Sags, What EXACTLY is the fuel for your above stove? That looks like a butane canister. The reason I ask is I have this wonderful old OLICAMP Scorpion butane stove. Actually 2 of them and matching cook set. It works great till it gets cold as in below 40 degrees. Even the propane/butane cold weather cartridges don't work so well in cold weather. I'm looking for options. The canister looks like WD40 cans with a small thread. I saw recently at REI that some of the short canisters have the same thread so that's cool. Just looking for better cold weather performance. I know butane works great in high mountains but I rarely get above 4k' in this part of the world.
 
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