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Subject Topic: house feather duvet in tent? Post Reply Post New Topic
03/9/2023 at 6:54am
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Hi
i ride a large motorbike and carry a 90L bag on the backseat when camping.
I have a 80 foldup frame campbed but i sleep on my side so cant get on with it. Sleeping bags drive me crazy due to lack of space so i was looking at the specific camping duvets for crazy money then i realized that regular feather duvets are slightly bigger and about 50

So i was thinking airbed. fleece throw on top then tog 15 single duvet.
Anyone here done this before? Is a single duvet big enough to cover the airbed well sides well and reduce air gaps? should i install elastic on the corners so i can slot the foot end over the airbed

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via mobile 03/9/2023 at 8:16am
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You are talking something quite bulky; I have a rectangular down sleeping bag that rolls up tiny, I used to unzip it, open it up & use it like a duvet. (House Duvet in the Motorhome, but we have room to carry it.)
And have a skim through the Backpacking forum (lightweight camping), there may be more ideas there.

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03/9/2023 at 10:13am
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Tents tend to be rather damp, condensation from you body and breath if nothing else, and everything you take inside that's wet from outside rain and dew etc. just adds to the problem!

Wonder whether the untreated feathers and probably cotton cover would have tendency to get and stay damp! Most camping gear uses synthetics for it's lack of water absorbency and quick drying.

I know plenty use domestic bedding in caravans, but they tend to be much dryer/less condensation than tents.

As a hill walker, natural fibres like cotton are frowned upon (called killer cotton!) because they so readily get damp and wick the heat out of your body, and are slow to dry. Down in itself is not waterproof, and gets wetted easily. It can be a problem with insulating 'Puffa' jackets.

I'm a big bloke, and I find some sleeping bags quite claustrophobic, bit like being wrapped and restrained like an Egyptian Mummy, so I sympathise with your plight, but there are some bigger and more comfortable ones around.


03/9/2023 at 10:13am
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Fellow biking camper here.
I use an Exped LW ( long wide ) 7cm syn mat slipped inside a silk sleeping bag liner.
I also have a large rectangular 3 season sleeping bag undone and used as a duvet and under this I will put a fleece blanket for if it gets a bit nippy, of course an essential as far as I am concerned is also a hot water bottle ( I always carry one )
All this packs down really small, I do know people who use home duvets though but they are very bulky and with down versions you run the risk of damp as pointed out by Monty15 which will quickly ruin them.
My set up is similar to what you have suggested and besides the smaller you can condense your gear the more room you make for beer 🍺🍺🍺



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via mobile 03/9/2023 at 10:41pm
 Location: County Kildare Ireland EU.
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Same here, backpacker and biker.
I use an exped mat and a down sleeping bag that can be unzipped into a quilt. Some companies do backpacking quilts but they are silly money. Get a down sleeping bag with a long zip. The exped will insulate you from the ground. Backpacking bags are treated to be water resistant. If down or feathers get damp they clump and don't provide any insulation. They also pack down very small in their compression sacks.
I can fit tent, sleeping bag, exped downmat, stove, table and chair into a Louis 50 litre dry with room to spare. That all plunos on the back of my NC700. It is all gear that I use backpacking so light and compact.

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