How do you carry your tent poles?

Checkswrecks

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I've been able to get mine inside of the old Givi 52L top box, but have also bungled them across the front of the top box.


I also saw a guy with a simple and unusual idea for long pieces on each side of the bike. One was for tent poles and the other was a folding camp chair. For each, he had a piece of PVC water pipe with an end cap on the bottom, presumably with a drain hole or two. Each was mounted on the inside of the pannier mounts and he'd painted the PVC black to match.
 
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I have an ortlieb dry bag that holds my tent, poles, sleeping pad, chair and stove. All my camping stuff in a single spot. Want to go camping just throw bag on bike.
 

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Some of you are ignoring the actual question. Some of you are just strange. :-*

When I camped solo, I bought a tent that would pack in the panniers. Camping with the wife transformed into a 6 man tent she could stand up in and cots. That all takes more space and wouldn't realistically fit inside any pannier known to man. So I bought a plain canvas duffle at the local ACE hardware store that was long enough to fit the cots and the big tent. Yes, it's a big heavy bag strapped across the back of the bike. Oh well.

And BTW, I am firmly in the camp, (pun intended), of those that pack the poles with the tent. Specifically wrapped up in the tent, just like they came from the factory. Along with everything else needed. Nothing gets lost or broken that way. I upgrade the stakes on every tent I buy. Sucks to have wimpy stakes and hard ground.

Oh, and schedule 40 ABs pipe comes in dark grey. Plus conduit comes in grey too. Conduit is thinner and easier to glue, (no purple primer needed, just glue). Plenty strong for the task at hand if you go that way.
 

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Military surplus 81mm mortar tube. It's 3.5" diameter 22" long, heavy plastic with a threaded cap. Tent poles, stakes and some misc. tools fit inside. It doubles as a water container. It fits in my Ortlieb dry bag with tent, sleeping bag, air mattress and camp chair. $20 at the Sportsman's Guide.
 

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My 2 man tent that realistically only fits one man is also from Cabelas , the reason I bought it is because it seems pretty waterproof and packs small, it very easily fits in a saddlebag .
 
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2017 Kelty Gunnison 2. Its a two man or as like like two call it a slightly roomy one man.

Bought it for the small pole size. Easily fits panniers.

Although most of the time it goes in the dry bag.
 
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My wife and I have done a lot of camping on motorcycle. We tend to split the poles seperate from our Big Agnes UL 3 person tent. A coiuple years ago we went from Colorado to Glacier and back. It was about 4 weeks of camping. At the time we had the larger GIVI top case and we would put the poles there. The tent went into a side pannier with the food and cooking gear (all ultalight hiking gear). We combined our clothes into one bag and it worked well. Tight but fun.
 

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I tend to take a duffel bag for tent/poles/overcoat/trangia type stuff



I just bought a mosko-moto reckless-80 too, it has a neat little purpose-built tent pole section - it is mostly for my DRZ, but i'll try it on the S10 too
 
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Wrapped up with the tent and strapped across the back seat...makes for a nice back rest. Sleeping bag in the wolfman expedition paniers, sleeping pad in it's own bag between the tent and the top box.
 
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I carry my tent poles in my tent bag along with the tent. I have my bike setup with tent, air pad, table, chair, and sleeping bag ready to come off the bike and set up camp first. I don't like separating parts that go along with each other.

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I always pack them with the tent. Too many times I've seen people at rallies complaing "I left my poles at home!" because they pack them seperately to their tent. Tent and poles stay in the same bag and the tent gets strapped across the seat or rear rack.

Al
Good thinking Al!!
 
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