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wesintl
05-13-2012, 11:32 AM
What is your favorite piece of camping gear or gadget for camping?

http://media-cache4.pinterest.com/upload/116601077822578066_bMAKTm41_c.jpg

farnhamstj
05-13-2012, 01:13 PM
Dutch oven and fancy lid lifter.

kurtnkegger
05-13-2012, 03:22 PM
Dutch oven and fancy lid lifter.

Are you sure it's not the fancy striped camping socks you're rocking in the picture?? :beer:

farnhamstj
05-13-2012, 04:57 PM
Those are Marco's socks.

wesintl
05-13-2012, 05:20 PM
Dutch oven is definitely awesome. I'm going to buy a smaller one like you had for cobblers. I always made them in the big daddy. Post some of your recipes if you don't mind farnham

I just ordered some snowpeak hozuki lanterns.
http://www.snowpeak.com/hozuki-lantern-es-010.html

Up til now probably my favorite piece has been my coleman multifuel 550

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcR0tcOs2RYdixF_6rnqZU4b97Aa5hxrN7ArNeonN-T2FqSXtlsBcvRNov2RhQ

Inukshuk
05-13-2012, 08:59 PM
My LandCruiser :cool:

baja1d
05-13-2012, 09:00 PM
Call me a Sissy but it's so much easier with the toddlers!!! However, backpacking is in the near future.

Jacket
05-14-2012, 01:24 PM
I love the dutch oven for desserts, but ever since my wife got me this I've been hooked.

http://images.cabelas.com/is/image/cabelas/s7_518726_999_01?rgn=0,0,2000,1110&scl=3.8095238095238093&fmt=jpeg&id=3BmEms_fca2W0j0ztoyN_E

It's heavy and awkward to pack, but having grilled meat for dinner in 15 minutes makes everyone happy.

nakman
05-14-2012, 02:18 PM
Coleman "road trip" party grill. Have had it 10 years now, the electric start worked for the first 8 of those, the rest still works great. It's either a single burner stove, or a grill- can cook 12 brats simultaneously.
http://r1.coleman.com/ProductImages/Regular/9940-755_500.jpg

I have others that are larger, fancier, heavier, and more expensive.. but this one is my favorite. The legs fit inside the thing when broken down, and you can fit that plus 2 green cans of gas in the stuff sack. :thumb:

Corbet
05-14-2012, 06:48 PM
Outback Oven for backpacking. I've done some nice cobblers in the backcountry in mine. Sure makes the newbies eating rice for dinner envious.

http://www.backpackerspantry.com/InventoryD.asp?loc=100&item_no=167002&category=test&subcategory=

TIMZTOY
05-14-2012, 10:19 PM
23"

oh yea, and the :Princess: someone has to cook :D

Rezarf
05-14-2012, 11:28 PM
this...
http://tailgatinggears.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/-16812805588499800.jpg

inside of this...
http://i464.photobucket.com/albums/rr3/drew_frazer/trailer%20build/TrailerTruckcombo3.jpg

The weber portable propane table top grill is AWESOME! The trailer ain't bad either ;)

Uncle Ben
05-15-2012, 01:52 AM
http://blogs.westword.com/cafesociety/BigChoicegrowler.jpg

PhatFJ
05-15-2012, 07:41 AM
I'm surprised that a 12v refigerator / freezer has not made the cut yet.. It is without a doubt my favorite pice of camping equipment. I could not believe how nice it was to not have to worry about running to the nearest store to pick up ice, not to mention the cost savings.. Second best is the Dutch Oven... :thumb:

Lars
05-15-2012, 07:57 AM
one of these always works, yes that it a hot tub.

Corbet
05-15-2012, 09:10 AM
I'm surprised that a 12v refigerator / freezer has not made the cut yet.. It is without a doubt my favorite pice of camping equipment.

That is a great piece of gear.:thumb: I didn't even think about it though as it never leaves my truck and is always on. So in my mind its just part of the vehicle and not gear I take with. But yes a fridge is the best investment I've made into my vehicle. I just take it for granted now.

euroford
05-15-2012, 09:34 AM
Kelty Tensile Tarp. Cheap, lightweight, incredibly weather resistant. rigging it properly takes some work, but after you got it down your good to go!

http://i50.tinypic.com/xatp1k.jpg

nakman
05-15-2012, 09:49 AM
Dude looks like your car ate one too many climbing ropes then hurled. :lmao:

Rezarf
05-15-2012, 04:00 PM
I thought the same thing too... "YARD SALE" :hill:

Caribou Sandstorm
05-15-2012, 05:09 PM
Although I always wrestle with bringing it or not, the RTT is one of, if not my fav camping accessory..

And finally having a vehicle that it does not look too big for isn't so bad either..

http://chrissandstormfj.smugmug.com/Other/Blue-Notch-and-Cruise-Moab/i-2N3nk4t/0/L/IMG0661-L.jpg

smslavin
05-15-2012, 05:12 PM
http://blogs.westword.com/cafesociety/BigChoicegrowler.jpg

i just heard about that brewery the other night. are they any good?

Caribou Sandstorm
05-15-2012, 05:21 PM
i just heard about that brewery the other night. are they any good?

Yes.. Nathaniel (Groucho) is in the club and makes exceptional beer, imho...

I did not get to go up there over the weekend but plan on making a stop sometime this week.

smslavin
05-15-2012, 05:29 PM
Yes.. Nathaniel (Groucho) is in the club and makes exceptional beer, imho...

well, since they're about 5 min down the road from me, i think i need to make a stop.

Rezarf
05-15-2012, 06:17 PM
Yes.. Nathaniel (Groucho) is in the club and makes exceptional beer, imho...

I did not get to go up there over the weekend but plan on making a stop sometime this week.

well, since they're about 5 min down the road from me, i think i need to make a stop.

Give a ring, I am about 5 minutes from Big Choice. :thumb:

Rezarf
05-15-2012, 06:19 PM
I'm surprised that a 12v refigerator / freezer has not made the cut yet.. It is without a doubt my favorite pice of camping equipment. I could not believe how nice it was to not have to worry about running to the nearest store to pick up ice, not to mention the cost savings.. Second best is the Dutch Oven... :thumb:

cost savings... you could buy a LOT of ice for the price of a fridge! :lmao::thumb::D Now I wouldn't trade mine for much of anything! :D

euroford
05-15-2012, 07:30 PM
I thought the same thing too... "YARD SALE" :hill:

yeah the post climb gear sort can be a bit of an epic!

nakman
05-15-2012, 08:00 PM
Give a ring, I am about 5 minutes from Big Choice. :thumb:

Dude pick me up on the way. :D

smslavin
05-15-2012, 09:21 PM
Give a ring, I am about 5 minutes from Big Choice. :thumb:

Dude pick me up on the way. :D

nice. might have to plan a get together. although, we're currently stuck in a lucky pie/sweet cow cycle on thursday evenings...

nakman
05-15-2012, 09:48 PM
nice. might have to plan a get together. although, we're currently stuck in a lucky pie/sweet cow cycle on thursday evenings...

Oooo- nothing wrong with that, I do like the Mercenary.. ;)

Hulk
05-16-2012, 02:31 AM
Therm-a-Rest. I can sleep in any weather, on virtually any surface, and get a decent night's sleep. Bought my first one about 1990 (still have it), and I've been a fan ever since.

smslavin
05-16-2012, 09:59 AM
Oooo- nothing wrong with that, I do like the Mercenary.. ;)

Have tried that one. Been stuck on the SmokeJumper from Left Hand. We'll be there tomorrow night so I'll break out and order the Mercenary.

Back to our regularly scheduled thread...

Therm-a-Rest

+1. That is the only thing that keeps my wife camping. We have the 3.5" REI version, one for everybody, so all 4 of the :Princess:'s are kept happy which in turn, keeps me happy. ;)

farnhamstj
05-16-2012, 10:01 AM
Matt, if you like therm-a-rest. You need one of these
http://www.jpwinc.com/products/products.php?cat=8

Like a thermarest but made of white water raft material.

Hulk
05-16-2012, 12:40 PM
Matt, if you like therm-a-rest. You need one of these
http://www.jpwinc.com/products/products.php?cat=8

Like a thermarest but made of white water raft material.

Cool. I'm going to bookmark this!

Rock Dog
05-16-2012, 03:15 PM
Matt, if you like therm-a-rest. You need one of these
http://www.jpwinc.com/products/products.php?cat=8

Like a thermarest but made of white water raft material.

I second the Paco Pad.. have had one for about 8 years now, and it is Thicker and more durable than a Thermarest.... A friend of mine who river rafts lent me one once, and i was hooked....

Crash
05-16-2012, 03:57 PM
Fridge, Thermarest pad, RTT -all great choices! My absolute favorite, though, is a quart size plastic jar that seals VERY tightly. Don't need to show a picture as you can use whatever one you can find. A Metamucil jar works for me. Having an RTT and being a beer drinker like Uncle Ben, you can see the practicality of this item in the middle of the night when you don't want to fall down the ladder of the tent. Only took one fall like that to convince me of the value of the jar. :thumb:

Uncle Ben
05-16-2012, 04:01 PM
Fridge, Thermarest pad, RTT -all great choices! My absolute favorite, though, is a quart size plastic jar that seals VERY tightly. Don't need to show a picture as you can use whatever one you can find. A Metamucil jar works for me. Having an RTT and being a beer drinker like Uncle Ben, you can see the practicality of this item in the middle of the night when you don't want to fall down the ladder of the tent. Only took one fall like that to convince me of the value of the jar. :thumb:

Only a quart size? How many do you have? :lmao:

DaveInDenver
05-16-2012, 04:20 PM
Forever skiers and climbers and boaters and hikers have demoted an old Nalgene to this exact duty. It also serves to retain heat during winter camping. The first time, well you question your trust of the mentor.

http://images.quickblogcast.com/41813-38276/nalgeneweb.jpg?a=65 http://huey.colorado.edu/77DegreesSouth/environment/S3_PeeBottles.jpg

Red_Chili
05-16-2012, 04:32 PM
Dude, you need a UriNalgene that is entirely different from your potable water Nalgene. Unless you believe your flashlight will ALWAYS work when you need it... :lmao:

DaveInDenver
05-16-2012, 05:16 PM
Dude, you need a UriNalgene that is entirely different from your potable water Nalgene. Unless you believe your flashlight will ALWAYS work when you need it... :lmao:
Notice that one of them does /not/ have the cap strap hardware...

rover67
05-16-2012, 05:22 PM
Notice that one of them does /not/ have the cap strap hardware...

clever!!

pmccumber
05-16-2012, 06:40 PM
I got this last year and it is the best pad ever. Definitely not a backpacking ThermaRest but microfiber and memory foam on top of a thick airpad. $200+ but I love it.

http://www.rei.com/product/797491/therm-a-rest-dreamtime-sleeping-pad

Crash
05-16-2012, 07:25 PM
Only a quart size? How many do you have? :lmao:

Well, maybe I'm not a beer drinker just like you, UB. A quart has always sufficed for my needs and I do remember to empty it every day. Second most important item is an LED headlamp that indicates when the batteries are getting close to spent so I don't have to worry about the scenario Red Chili mentions.
:beer:

nuclearlemon
05-16-2012, 08:41 PM
i'm pretty talented...i can make it down the ladder in the dark to pee, while avoiding wetspots created by pighead.

things i've learned to really love....
rtt
refer
led headlamps

other things that are nice
coleman campstove
coffee mug of hot chocolate

Corbet
05-16-2012, 08:48 PM
Dude, you need a UriNalgene that is entirely different from your potable water Nalgene. Unless you believe your flashlight will ALWAYS work when you need it... :lmao:

They make glow in the dark Nagene bottles now :hill: solves both problems at the same time.

Crash
05-16-2012, 10:02 PM
Refer? :hill:


i'm pretty talented...i can make it down the ladder in the dark to pee, while avoiding wetspots created by pighead.

things i've learned to really love....
rtt
refer
led headlamps

other things that are nice
coleman campstove
coffee mug of hot chocolate

rover67
05-16-2012, 10:06 PM
Refer? :hill:

:D

wait.. what??

Crash
05-16-2012, 10:14 PM
:D

wait.. what??

I forget.

CardinalFJ60
05-16-2012, 10:18 PM
refer-geritorator?? :thumb: naaaaah.....can't be that.

me...
- headlamp
- swiss army knife with scissors, serrated blade, and bottle opener and corkscrew. I have other knives, but always have that in my pocket and use it the most.
- I do love the campfire sandwich iron...great after appreciating the refer. :cool::D:lmao: Marco and I just had good laugh about that...1:00 am and yah hear..."Hey! Let's make some Grilled Cheese!". It is a great hangover helper. DAMHIK. :thumb:
- that $9 Walmart circular camping/tent LED tent light. I think most of you/us have one.

nakman
05-16-2012, 11:05 PM
Close the thread, contest over. Ige wins. :bowdown:

Caribou Sandstorm
05-17-2012, 08:59 AM
I am reading this in the kitchen and explained to my wife, why I was laughing..

Now the kids are all saying "refer!" oops!

DaveInDenver
05-17-2012, 09:46 AM
It was all the rage back at SEMO to have a t-shirt from these guys.

http://www.macraesbluebook.com/search/company.cfm?company=1060168

wesintl
05-17-2012, 10:17 AM
u refer to reefer :confused:

Crash
05-17-2012, 10:30 AM
It was all the rage back at SEMO to have a t-shirt from these guys.

http://www.macraesbluebook.com/search/company.cfm?company=1060168

That's right up there with the construction trucks seen rumbling through Moab these days: http://start.cortera.com/company/research/k2q8jwr3q/legrand-johnson-construction/

nakman
05-17-2012, 10:34 AM
Hey Steve did you notice that Gay Johnson's changed its name to Eagle's Nest? You know, that gas station hear Parachute.. I thought that was funny. holy thread hijack.. . :bolt:

subzali
05-17-2012, 10:50 AM
When it's cold, I love to fill my 16 oz. Nalgene with hot chocolate and stuff it in my down jacket. Keeps me warm, I keep it warm, it doesn't spill all over me, and I can take a sip of that sweet deliciousness on a cold morning/evening!

I don't have one, but I always thought the original Jetboil was a very neat invention. Should have bought one at $30 pro deal when I had the chance. :doh:

Cup, burner, fuel and stand are all self-contained and fit inside the cup. That and the little heat coil thing on the bottom. Very cool piece of engineered equipment.

Hulk
05-17-2012, 01:26 PM
It was all the rage back at SEMO to have a t-shirt from these guys.

http://www.macraesbluebook.com/search/company.cfm?company=1060168

Kind of reminds me of the liquor store near Beaver Creek that sells a lot of t-shirts (http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/beaverliquors.com/beaver-apparel-for-men-and-women.html?SID=e5cf3d48bff3904f2759b52c22260e5a&cat=3).

Hey Steve did you notice that Gay Johnson's changed its name to Eagle's Nest? You know, that gas station hear Parachute.. I thought that was funny. holy thread hijack.. .

I stopped there once years ago and asked if they sold t-shirts. I learned:
a) No. They did not have any t-shirts.
b) They were not happy to hear my question.

On the other hand, Kum & Go gladly takes advantage of their built-in revenue stream of t-shirts, lighters and koozies. Much better margins than fuel, I'm sure!

smslavin
05-17-2012, 02:20 PM
Kum & Go

between them and the loaf & jug, i have a hard time containing myself when we're out driving around. trying to explain why i'm laughing to 3, 6, and 9 year old girls in the back seat is next to impossible and usually results in a swift slap to my forehead from the passenger seat...

Corbet
05-17-2012, 02:27 PM
Hey Steve did you notice that Gay Johnson's changed its name to Eagle's Nest? You know, that gas station hear Parachute.. I thought that was funny. holy thread hijack.. . :bolt:

That used to be my regular gas stop when traveling from SLC to Frisco. Noticed the name change last year too.

Kind of reminds me of the liquor store near Beaver Creek that sells a lot of t-shirts (http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/beaverliquors.com/beaver-apparel-for-men-and-women.html?SID=e5cf3d48bff3904f2759b52c22260e5a&cat=3).



I stopped there once years ago and asked if they sold t-shirts. I learned:
a) No. They did not have any t-shirts.
b) They were not happy to hear my question.

On the other hand, Kum & Go gladly takes advantage of their built-in revenue stream of t-shirts, lighters and koozies. Much better margins than fuel, I'm sure!

I have a Beaver Divers t-shirt from completing my open water certification with them:D

This thread has really turned....

nakman
05-17-2012, 03:51 PM
Anyone been to Liquor Box on north Federal?

Woodsman
05-17-2012, 04:34 PM
Kind of reminds me of the liquor store near Beaver Creek that sells a lot of t-shirts (http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/beaverliquors.com/beaver-apparel-for-men-and-women.html?SID=e5cf3d48bff3904f2759b52c22260e5a&cat=3).


Your link didn't work for me but this is one of their vans. Here's a t-shirt linky - - - > http://beaverliquors.com/beaver-apparel-for-men-and-women/apparel.html?SID=4315c222f7c4462c43d977fdcb332ac1

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/hh156/woodsmanspics/beaverliquors.jpg

There used to be a home improvement chain in Canada . . .

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/hh156/woodsmanspics/funny-pictures-funny-beaver-sign-h9.jpg

Seldom Seen
05-17-2012, 09:00 PM
The turn this thread has taken reminded me of an old watering hole, Thin Richards Road House half way between Nenana and Fairbanks:

Squishy!
05-17-2012, 09:23 PM
This might be if I could make it 4WD...

http://www.pubcrawlerofaustin.com/assets/templates/pc/images/s9.jpg

smslavin
05-17-2012, 10:24 PM
This might be if I could make it 4WD...

first time i saw one of those was in dusseldorf a couple of years ago. the guys on it were having one helluva a good time. didn't see any again until just last weekend when my wife and i went up to boulder for a night out.

not totally sure about the pedaling sidewise thing after a few though. could be interesting. :hill: :cheers:

OilHammer
10-08-2014, 10:54 AM
Favorite camping gear...hmm.
I've been adding things every year since 1995 or so, but I was originally a backpacker. I finally caved to the car camping heavy gear in about 2006 when I bought a huge air mattress.
That was my favorite until I moved out here and froze my butt off with it. Since 2009, I've been adding Colorado inspired car junk that I never knew existed when I lived back East:
Fridge.
Down jacket.
Portable toilet (hanging from trees was no fun)
Awning.
A REAL camping chair instead of $10 wal-mart specials
French press coffee maker.
Decent stove.

There are still some heavy things I like to bring, but rarely do. Cast iron dutch oven for one. I even have the wrought iron "grill/rack" that's designed to be used with those. (see similar photo attached) I've never used mine, but have used my friend's that had one made for me.

This year, I broke down and bought a vintage coleman 3 burner from 1957. Still cleaning it up, (that's grease and sawdust in the photo) but I'm hoping for mad breakfast burritos off this thing!

Cocarlisle
10-08-2014, 11:43 AM
Mine would have to be a great pair of lined leather gloves
Great at night to keep the chill off when drinking a cold beer
Great in the morning when it's cold as the inside heats up pretty quickly
I go through a pair about every year
Have been using them for about 25 years

When they get old I coat them with snoseal and use them for warmer days on the slopes

Love them

DaveInDenver
10-08-2014, 11:49 AM
There are still some heavy things I like to bring, but rarely do. Cast iron dutch oven for one. I even have the wrought iron "grill/rack" that's designed to be used with those. (see similar photo attached) I've never used mine, but have used my friend's that had one made for me.

This year, I broke down and bought a vintage coleman 3 burner from 1957. Still cleaning it up, (that's grease and sawdust in the photo) but I'm hoping for mad breakfast burritos off this thing!
We have the same stove, a Coleman 426. Ours is a 'C' model, so close to the same vintage as yours ('B' was 1954 to 1960 and 'C' 1961-1964). I got mine at a Mountain Miser gear swap years ago from a river guide who was liquidating. It came with a sweet cast iron griddle and a couple of cool old Optimus 8R stoves that he (like I) used for coffee.

OilHammer
10-08-2014, 12:18 PM
Yup, mine's a "B". I was wanting one of these for a long time. I needed a little more real estate, and I dug the early one's having legs and paper towel holders, which my 1995 version doesn't have. This one doesn't look that used actually, but whoever used it last, must have thrown an entire pack of bacon on there and gone crazy. The grease is super thick and nasty...but underneath shines up nicely.

Jacket
10-08-2014, 12:26 PM
I have a love/hate relationship with my 425, but I paid $5 for it 15 years ago at a garage sale, so I think I've got my money's worth.

The one thing I've learned is that the leather cup/seal in the pump should be pulled and lubricated in an oil bath at least once a year to ensure good pressure. Otherwise - the leaky gas can create quite the fire....

rover67
10-08-2014, 01:58 PM
I have a love/hate relationship with my 425, but I paid $5 for it 15 years ago at a garage sale, so I think I've got my money's worth.

The one thing I've learned is that the leather cup/seal in the pump should be pulled and lubricated in an oil bath at least once a year to ensure good pressure. Otherwise - the leaky gas can create quite the fire....

your stove has always scared me.

OilHammer
10-08-2014, 02:13 PM
you mean like your military water heater scares me?

rover67
10-08-2014, 04:28 PM
you mean like your military water heater scares me?

touche, that thing was preeeetttty sketch.

AxleIke
10-08-2014, 05:43 PM
We have the same stove, a Coleman 426. Ours is a 'C' model, so close to the same vintage as yours ('B' was 1954 to 1960 and 'C' 1961-1964). I got mine at a Mountain Miser gear swap years ago from a river guide who was liquidating. It came with a sweet cast iron griddle and a couple of cool old Optimus 8R stoves that he (like I) used for coffee.

Yup, mine's a "B". I was wanting one of these for a long time. I needed a little more real estate, and I dug the early one's having legs and paper towel holders, which my 1995 version doesn't have. This one doesn't look that used actually, but whoever used it last, must have thrown an entire pack of bacon on there and gone crazy. The grease is super thick and nasty...but underneath shines up nicely.

I have a love/hate relationship with my 425, but I paid $5 for it 15 years ago at a garage sale, so I think I've got my money's worth.

The one thing I've learned is that the leather cup/seal in the pump should be pulled and lubricated in an oil bath at least once a year to ensure good pressure. Otherwise - the leaky gas can create quite the fire....


LOL, That was my first stove. Took it to my first cruise moab! Leaked gas ALL over the back of my 4runner, and I had to rip the carpet out to get rid of the odor. Finally gave up on it when the seals went out on the fuel inlet and the entire fuel bottle went up in flames. Too bad, as it was a decent stove. Huge, but worked well.

OilHammer
10-09-2014, 10:01 AM
I might do the $13 propane conversion on it if it doesn't work after the clean up. Dunno yet. People complain about the size of it, but I pack all my cooking junk INSIDE the case, so the size doesn't bother me. I keep the inside pretty clean, but stuff all the spatulas and junk in ziplocks anyway. All that stuff comes out when I cook, so why go hunting for the lighter, forks, spatula, salt peppa, etc? I might even be able to put the french press inside of this three burner one.

Edit: It works! Works really, really well. Propane might be fun just to have as a backup system, but those three burners kick serious heat as is.