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realmc26 14 Aug 2012 10:24

How big a dry bag do I need for tent/sleeping pad?
 
I was wondering how big a dry roll bag in LITRES I will need for a tent and sleeping pad?

Should I get a bag just big enough for the tent and pad or get something with a little extra space for my wet weather gear stuffed in on top? What else are you guys putting in your dry bags?

I will be doing some Australia based touring on my Bonneville T100 with a giant loop great basin. Will be doing south america on a smaller bike (400cc or less) so weight is an issue.

Any thoughts on what works size wise would be most appreciated.

cheers,

James

winnie 14 Aug 2012 11:31

Was wondering the same thing myself, so look forward to reading the threads:thumbup1:

Pumbaa 14 Aug 2012 12:35

Our Vaude Mark II tent fits into a 22ltr Ortlieb roll bag with a little bit of space at the top. If you roll it really tight, you might be able to roll a thermarest around the tent too.

I would think a 40ltr (or even 50) will be a good size, but not sure how big your tent is. You don't have to use all of the 40 ltr (or 50) anyway...

realmc26 14 Aug 2012 13:04

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Originally Posted by Pumbaa (Post 389168)
Our Vaude Mark II tent fits into a 22ltr Ortlieb roll bag with a little bit of space at the top. If you roll it really tight, you might be able to roll a thermarest around the tent too.

I would think a 40ltr (or even 50) will be a good size, but not sure how big your tent is. You don't have to use all of the 40 ltr (or 50) anyway...

Thanks for that. Still Researching the tent as well. How is the Vaude tent?

Pumbaa 14 Aug 2012 14:14

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Originally Posted by realmc26 (Post 389172)
Thanks for that. Still Researching the tent as well. How is the Vaude tent?

We absolutely love our tent, maybe with the exception of cooking in bad weather. The vestibules are good for storing bags/shoes/boots etc, and ventilation is also good. Entrance on both side of tent too. I think we have the long version (can't remember). I would've preferred the lightweight one now, but when we bought it originally, our travel arrangements was in 4x4/motorbike, so the extra 1.5kg wasn't really a problem. This trip we're on bicycles. Ours weigh about 4kg, and the lighter one about 2.5kg.

Very easy and quick to put up (might be a little bit harder to put up with only one person). Excellent in bad weather. Probably takes about 2 minutes to put it up if you need to get out of the rain. Including tent pegs, maybe 4-5 minutes, but you don't need the pegs in order to get it up.

Not sure if these are still available....

oldbmw 14 Aug 2012 16:22

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Hmm, thats a bit odd.

I carry my tent just rolled up inside the waterproof groundsheet part. I use a bag ( quite large for my bulky but very warm coleman 450 sleeping bag. My camp bed is rolled into its original holdall. my folding chair rests flat packed but upright against the top box which is where I store my clothes and anything that needs to be dry.

Heavy stuff, cooking/food/ tools and parts go in the saddlebags.

realmc26 15 Aug 2012 14:09

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Originally Posted by oldbmw (Post 389201)
Hmm, thats a bit odd.

I carry my tent just rolled up inside the waterproof groundsheet part. I use a bag ( quite large for my bulky but very warm coleman 450 sleeping bag. My camp bed is rolled into its original holdall. my folding chair rests flat packed but upright against the top box which is where I store my clothes and anything that needs to be dry.

Heavy stuff, cooking/food/ tools and parts go in the saddlebags.

Using a dry bag is odd?

Threewheelbonnie 15 Aug 2012 20:35

If the tent is wet when you pack it, it becomes a not-very-dry bag :thumbdown: :rofl:

Andy

oldbmw 16 Aug 2012 00:42

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Originally Posted by realmc26 (Post 389306)
Using a dry bag is odd?

Not per se, but I keep my sleeping bag in a dry bag, not my tent.

but if you want to pack it in a bag, just roll it up and take it to a shop that sells bags and find one that fits.

realmc26 16 Aug 2012 12:30

ok I see the point of not putting a wet tent in a dry bag with other gear but I'm presuming you want to keep a dry tent dry by having it in a waterproof bag of some description?
I presumed having the tent,sleeping,pad, wet weather gear in one bag would be better than having it all lashed down separately. The sleeping bag will go in the Giant loop bag.
Maybe a small waterproof sac for the tent then into the dry bag with the other stuff?

Stewart H 29 Aug 2012 09:27

I use two dry bags, one solely for my bed, and the other for my tent/tarp and any potentially wet things, they do a good job of protecting the tent from chafing and dirt too.

francs 30 Aug 2012 10:41

dry bag
 
I use 50 ltr bag (for tent, sleeping bag, air mattress) and I have enought place (if I need it) for some other thinks. I hate "tight" bags because I had to "push" things in and out every time I need something.

Alexlebrit 30 Aug 2012 16:45

The biggest restriction on size is the length of your poles, so don't be afraid to pack them separately. That way you can roll the tent to match the bag, not struggle to find a bag to match the tent.

realmc26 2 Sep 2012 08:04

Thanks for the replies. Anybody else with thoughts on the use of 1 or more dry bags?


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