Everything, yes EVERYTHING is a compromise…
For those who wish to travel light, a small one-man tent and minimal camping gear fits the need. But after a while, just about everyone I know, wants to get off the ground and stand up in the privacy of their tent. Of course this luxury comes at an increased in cost in both weight and setup time. Panniers which once were large enough, now are accompanied by a duffel slung over the seat, and for those of us who really like to bring a “bit more of home” with us while on the road, perhaps two.
Fast forward. Today was my first real pull since picking up my trailer late January, and these are my first impressions during my 400 mile maiden voyage. I pulled it on the Intestate, past the windmills north of Palm Springs, CA, into Joshua Tree National Park, then through Box Canyon, past the Salton Sea into Borriego Springs, CA., Yaki Pass on our way to Hwy 79 and over Hwy 74 (Ortega Hwy) and home. I encountered gusty winds reaching 45 miles. Road conditions were OK except for the ruts and large dips encountered leaving the Salton Sea.
There is a learning curve here, weight arrangement is a necessary must, and the hitch draw-bar needs to be lowered about 2-3 inches. The BMW K1600 was definitely up-to-the-task pulling the 300 lb + 100 lb in storage without a complaint. The trailer tracked straight with only a slight wallow when encountering wind gusts. I never felt out of control. Speeds ranged up to 70-80 mph at several times. It became easy to forget that a trailer was being pulled, but never for long. I look forward to my next trip.
Below are some images captured during the trip.
My trailer as set up.
At 230 AM moderate winds gusts started to pick up. The Aspen did well, but cannot say the same for one of our neighbors in a Coleman Instant tent. My setup took less than 5 minutes. The majority of the time was spent preparing the inside. I’ve got to get more organized.
Keith (Blues Traveler) made these hooks for handing items inside of this tent.
Heating chicken pot pies proved problematic using the Coleman camping oven with heating supplied by MSR Dragonfly stoves, but gave in to the MSR Reactor.
Doing the twisties without a trailer is definitely more fun than with, but as I said at the beginning, everything is a compromise.