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gwhite

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Aircraft Camping Equipment
« on: November 13, 2007, 07:46:42 PM »
This summer I had the chance to sample aircraft camping (one trip was the Alvord Desert with this group).  I really enjoyed the experience, but could also learn from others.

What is your "ideal" aircraft camping outfit?  Could you post an "equipment list"?

I tended to focus on my past car camping experiences for my adventures this summer. However, my "outfit" could shed a few pounds. I have also backpacked extensively, but that seems a little austere equipment wise for aircraft camping.  My useful load is about 150# with full fuel and two real people.
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Re: Aircraft Camping Equipment
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2007, 11:18:20 PM »
Start with your backpacking gear, rather than the car-camping gear, and add the small luxuries from there:  the really thick thermarest sleeping pads, the stove-top expresso maker, the lawn chairs, etc.  A larger but lightweight tent (ie aluminum poles) with a full fly and lots of guy-lines will be appreciated at OSH or the next time a thunderstorm rolls through overnight.  You may find you run out of room before running out of payload.  Whatever excess lbs you may have available can always be used up with a larger beer cooler!
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Re: Aircraft Camping Equipment
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2007, 09:49:36 AM »
  What are ya flying? One or two people airplane-camping in a C-140 have a whole different equipment list than a pair camoing in something like a C-180 or even a 170. If the airplane is really small, a typical 2-seater, think flying backpacker. If it's a 4-seater, esp a typical 2+2 type 4-seater, think car-camping-- but pretend that you'll have to pack all your gear by hand the final 1/4 mile to the campsite.

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Re: Aircraft Camping Equipment
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2007, 02:44:47 PM »
I have two camping lists. One for me, one for me and the wife.

Guess which one is about 100 pounds heavier. :o

tent
airbed
sleeping bags
roll up table
propane stove
pot, frypan, cutlery, coffee pot
cooler full of beer

If wife comes along add

complete kitchen with dishes and cutlery for 4
extra propane, extra pots, portable sink
extra cooler for wine
5 gal water


No kidding, if the two of us go camping on the west coast, the Cherokee is packed to the roof from rear bulkhead to back of front seat. If camping in civilized place like fly-ins we can leave a few items behind, but the wife likes her comforts.
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Re: Aircraft Camping Equipment
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2007, 03:38:24 PM »
Itís funny this thread came up.  In building the LoCamp, Iím going from a 4-place cabin plane to a 2-place open cockpit light sport category.  Iíve wondered about the camping capability and a lot of speculation has been made (wife included) about needing to buy a new tent and so on.  Well a milestone was reached after I completed the smaller rear baggage area Ė the tent fits!

Doesnít mean we wonít have to slim down some but other items like cooking gear can be separated and split up.  Doubt the cooler will be with us though.   :'(


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Re: Aircraft Camping Equipment
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2007, 04:07:25 PM »
  With a 2 place airplane, you'll learn to rough it & forgo things like rollup tables. Also instead of iced-down beer & wine, you'll pack along a jug o' whiskey, with the branch water to be provded onsite. Cooler(s),if taken, will be smaller too.
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Re: Aircraft Camping Equipment
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2007, 06:20:55 PM »
I have two camping lists. One for me, one for me and the wife.

Guess which one is about 100 pounds heavier. :o

tent
airbed
sleeping bags
roll up table
propane stove
pot, frypan, cutlery, coffee pot
cooler full of beer

If wife comes along add

complete kitchen with dishes and cutlery for 4
extra propane, extra pots, portable sink
extra cooler for wine
5 gal water


No kidding, if the two of us go camping on the west coast, the Cherokee is packed to the roof from rear bulkhead to back of front seat. If camping in civilized place like fly-ins we can leave a few items behind, but the wife likes her comforts.

After watching you pull out all that stuff (and put it back in) at Alvord.  It was amazing that you got the plane off the desert floor!

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Re: Aircraft Camping Equipment
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2007, 06:58:07 PM »
  With a 2 place airplane, you'll learn to rough it & forgo things like rollup tables. Also instead of iced-down beer & wine, you'll pack along a jug o' whiskey, with the branch water to be provded onsite. Cooler(s),if taken, will be smaller too.


Aw! I don't think so! It greatly depends on your two place airplane. Maybe you would like to ask those that witnessed from the Alvord what can be packed into a Cessna 150/150HP?  ;D

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Re: Aircraft Camping Equipment
« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2007, 09:04:04 AM »
I've only camped once with my family (wife & 2 boys).  We stayed at Cavanaugh Bay so didn't need to bring food (ate at resteraunt).  The Warrior baggage area was packed to the headliner and just slightly under the 200 lb limit.  I don't take off from Harvey this heavily loaded, so mom gets ferried over to Paine then I go back for the boys.

2 4-man tents
2 Air mattresses
1 mattress pump
4 sleeping bags
4 pillows
1 box graham crackers
6 Hershy choc bars
2 bags marshmellows
4 duffel bags w/clothes & toiletries
Various tools, flashlights, utinsels & first aid items.

The trunk of my Impala was packed full, and everything fit in the baggage compartment.  I made sure our tanks were very low when we departed Cavanaugh, then filled to the tabs at Deer Park for the trip home.

At Alvord, I had a small propane (canister style) heater that has an oxygen sensor and is designed for indoor use.  It was great and I'll take it when space & weight allows.

Looking forward to Alvord next year!!!
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Re: Aircraft Camping Equipment
« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2007, 09:39:41 AM »
All this talk about Camping..Brings back found memories of Camping with a bunch of friends.

First Time I did this....

My Duck tent, under the wing of my Turbo Super STOL Duck.

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Re: Aircraft Camping Equipment
« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2007, 09:42:13 AM »
Hey Steve....

You forgot the Laptop on your list... ;D

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Re: Aircraft Camping Equipment
« Reply #11 on: November 15, 2007, 12:34:27 PM »
Let's see, luxury camping:

1. Four Person Tent
2) Queen airmatress and pump
3) Two nice sleeping bags and a smaller one for a top cover if it will be below freezing.
4) Porta potti (for the Alvord and wifes comfort while at the Alvord)
5) Single burner multi-fuel stove (I have it set up as a pre-heater too)
6) Water (next year another gallon for the Alvord)
7) Ice Chest
8) Guitar (for singing around the camp fire)
9) Extra Fuel (for when Bill runs out on those standard tanks)
10) Kitchen Sink
11)........okay...I forget now, but it all goes in and still outclimbs a 150/150. ;D ;D :D :D :o :o 8)
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Re: Aircraft Camping Equipment
« Reply #12 on: November 15, 2007, 01:39:09 PM »
Jeff... You forgot....

You now can carry 2 ply toilet paper in stead of single ply !   :o ;D


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Re: Aircraft Camping Equipment
« Reply #13 on: November 15, 2007, 05:22:05 PM »
Let's see, luxury camping:

1. Four Person Tent
2) Queen airmatress and pump
3) Two nice sleeping bags and a smaller one for a top cover if it will be below freezing.
4) Porta potti (for the Alvord and wifes comfort while at the Alvord)
5) Single burner multi-fuel stove (I have it set up as a pre-heater too)
6) Water (next year another gallon for the Alvord)
7) Ice Chest
8) Guitar (for singing around the camp fire)
9) Extra Fuel (for when Bill runs out on those standard tanks)
10) Kitchen Sink
11)........okay...I forget now, but it all goes in and still outclimbs a 150/150. ;D ;D :D :D :o :o 8)

Hold it!.....I didn't hear you seranading the group at Alvord with a guitar!  Oh...wait....I didn't see any campfires either. ;D

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Re: Aircraft Camping Equipment
« Reply #14 on: November 16, 2007, 04:11:06 PM »
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11)........okay...I forget now, but it all goes in and still outclimbs a 150/150. ;D ;D :D :D :o :o 8)

Hee hee Jeff.  Just keep rubbing it in! keep rubbing!  :P

I am looking forward to seeing how that Cherokee of yours does against Dan's 150 when he gets that O-360 installed!  :o
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