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@Rider_X They exist because some people like building things more than they like riding. There's a fucton of building in a camping trailer, and I'm going to guess also not a lot of riding. Like I said in my answer, I've cycle toured with big heavy things and it's not a huge amount of fun. I now tour with less, but still heavy compared to actual lightweight tourists (I find it hard to leave the DSLR at home, for starters)
The idea of having a big comfy shed when I'm at a campsite appeals quite a lot, especially on the third or forth day of solid rain. Or when there are mosquitoes in quantities that defy polite description.
But for those days... I carry a credit card. I'm not too proud to rent a cabin or motel room, screw being wet, cold, miserable and principled. I think the worst was riding from Chch to Arthur's pass, just at the bottom of the first hill it started raining and the promised southerly change turned out to be a lie, so I rode ~120km, climbed ~800m, into a cold, rainy headwind. By the time I got to the pub $120 for a night in a dry room with a shower seemed like a bargain.
ok, 1500m of climbing. Whatever. google.com.au/maps/dir/Christchurch,+New+Zealand/…
I went to uni with a triathalete who used to ride to almost there, run ~30km round one of the walking loops, then ride home. Pretty much guaranteed a tail wind one way, but still a long day.
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