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Mahoney86
05-14-2013, 03:10 PM
Ive been starting to prepare for entering a comp this year and with all the over night, food prep etc all I ever really see is people with food prep tailers, RVs or Motorhomes... Do any of you compete without any of that stuff? Ive got to worry about saving for a house, forget buying and RV to try BBQ comps! Tell me your stories about those of you who sleep in tents or in the back of your truck

Wampus
05-14-2013, 03:18 PM
We don't. We blow up air matresses and sleep on the farkin ground in a couple of EZUps or at best a 10'x20' carport canopy with walls on it (the one in my avatar).
Everything we bring to a comp (other than the Jambo) can fit in the back of one pickup truck bed.
We've literally taken 1 Supercrew F150 (which has a 5.5' bed), full and pulled the Jambo behind us to many a comp and that's it.
A couple of fold up tables, cambro a couple of bins, the canopy and some chairs. That's us.

Fatback Joe
05-14-2013, 03:21 PM
For my first couple of years, my set up was just my truck and an open 5x10 trailer. Slept under the EZ up most of the time and if the weather was too crappy would retreat to the truck for a while.

Smoke&HoneyBBQ
05-14-2013, 03:21 PM
2 10x10 EZ-Ups
2 cots or a backpack tent if it is going to rain
Couple sleeping bags
6 foot and a 4 foot table

Years ago I just used the tailgate of my truck because it was just me and that was more than enough room to do everything.

We would like to get a toy hauler especially for camping during the summer.

Uncle Buds BBQ
05-14-2013, 03:22 PM
I did my first KCBS comp in 2007. I have slept in a chair, in a tent, on a cot without a tent, in the bed of a truck, and the backseat of a truck.

Last fall I finally got a small camper to sleep in.

For me...I didn't do more than 3 comps a year so roughing it was not that bad. This year I plan to compete at least 12 times so the camper is nice.

You will see "LOTS" of teams roughing it.

Oh...and welcome to the madness! :shock:

RX2006JE
05-14-2013, 03:25 PM
i sleep in a tent and have another tent for prep work. both are 10x10 popups haven't had a problem in over 2 years of competing

CivilWarBBQ
05-14-2013, 03:28 PM
We've competed in KCBS events since 2006. We had a big 8 x 20 mobile kitchen for a couple years out of that time, but the cost of dragging it around and hassle of needing extra space at events led us to changing back to a smaller, simpler setup. We currently pull a 6 x 12 pure cargo trailer and set up two 10' pop-up tents. No AC, no TV, etc. etc.

We do use a portable sink with a hot water heater, but that's about the limit of luxury in our camp. If I hit the lottery I'd probably have a porch trailer built, but then again if that happens I would hire a crew to set up, break down and transport and just have my driver bring me over to the contest from the Hilton in the Bentley.

Mahoney86
05-14-2013, 03:37 PM
Glad to hear all this info. I don't think I would be roughing it too bad as I have generators, TVs and AIR Satellite from Tailgating, air mattresses etc... The few comps I have went to check out were larger ones and roughing it was probably nothing less than a small box truck with beds inside haha...

Smoke&HoneyBBQ
05-14-2013, 03:40 PM
Glad to hear all this info. I don't think I would be roughing it too bad as I have generators, TVs and AIR Satellite from Tailgating, air mattresses etc... The few comps I have went to check out were larger ones and roughing it was probably nothing less than a small box truck with beds inside haha...

Hell you are in better shape than we are.

No TV, no generator, and definitely no Satellite.

I have a smart phone so maybe I can kill a couple hours screwing around on that.

Lake Dogs
05-14-2013, 03:42 PM
Like CivilWar, I've scaled back on luxury. I actually have an RV but dont bring/use it for most comps (other that MBN, which is another story altogether). 2 10x10 tents, can make do with just 1. I have a full sized van that we bring in the stuff with, pull-behind smoker, sleep in the van for those quick cat naps or raining cats n dogs. It's just easier... No generators for me, as I got started in comps where electricity was a no-no. If they have electricity, great, we'll bring a few lights. If not, great, we usually have a camping lantern or two ready to go.

Ron_L
05-14-2013, 03:43 PM
Around here there are more teams without RVs than those that have them

BTW, you mentioned generators. Please be sure that you are using a quiet generator, not a construction generator.

K-Train
05-14-2013, 03:50 PM
A carport and one ez up. Did a comp a few weeknds back where it was cold. Dropped the sides of the car port and fired up a small (very small) propane heater. Nice and cozy.

Slamdunkpro
05-14-2013, 03:53 PM
We're a Hobo team - two Ez-ups and the trailer cooker.

Wrench_H
05-14-2013, 03:54 PM
One of the guys that sometimes goes with us has one and its nice when he does, especially during summer, but you certainly don't need one. When he doesn't go, we have taken tents and even slept in chairs under the ez up. I don't usually sleep a whole lot anyway though. I've found the only real advantage to having the RV is when doing parsley boxes in the wind.

Mahoney86
05-14-2013, 03:54 PM
Around here there are more teams without RVs than those that have them

BTW, you mentioned generators. Please be sure that you are using a quiet generator, not a construction generator.

Yes its my Honda EU2000i that I have had for quite some time.. Don't think they get much quitter than that

CivilWarBBQ
05-14-2013, 03:58 PM
BTW, you mentioned generators. Please be sure that you are using a quiet generator, not a construction generator.

AMEN on that!

Nothing worse than having your neighbor plunk down one of those $300 contractor-grade screamers thirty feet from where you have to spend the next 24 hours. Personally, I believe those things should be banned, or at least the owners made to shut them off during quiet time.

After all, it's a BBQ contest, not a NASCAR pit row. A little consideration goes a long way towards being a good neighbor.

Ron_L
05-14-2013, 04:03 PM
Yes its my Honda EU2000i that I have had for quite some time.. Don't think they get much quitter than that

That's perfect!

AMEN on that!

Nothing worse than having your neighbor plunk down one of those $300 contractor-grade screamers thirty feet from where you have to spend the next 24 hours. Personally, I believe those things should be banned, or at least the owners made to shut them off during quiet time.

After all, it's a BBQ contest, not a NASCAR pit row. A little consideration goes a long way towards being a good neighbor.

I've been at a few competitions where the reps or organizer told teams to shut those down. Not always, but most of the time.

Cast Iron Chef
05-14-2013, 04:16 PM
We look like a garage sale. 2 10x10, 3 folding tables, 2 wsm and a kettle. Sleep on a gravity chair. I bought a 5x8 enclosed trailer. Plenty of room for all the gear. Toy haouler RV is on the wish list.

Stoke&Smoke
05-14-2013, 04:20 PM
We started in 2008. We cooked out of a tent and 1 or 2 EZ-ups our first year and a half. Being in our late 40's at the time, wasn't a big fan of sleeping on the ground, especially when wet (which seems to happen a lot at comps) so we upgraded to a 20 year old Jayco pop-up camper.

That held up for about 2 seasons, but started falling apart as well, so last year we got a small (22') travel trailer. Makes things easier and more comfortable, but as others have said, there are as many or more doing the EZ-up/anti-gravity chair route as those with some sort of trailer/RV

mobow
05-14-2013, 04:25 PM
2 ez ups a couple of cots and a WSM. All fits in extended cab pickup. start small and add as you go. Keith

Harbormaster
05-14-2013, 04:25 PM
EZ Ups and zero gravity chairs here. Sometime the front seat of the van, but usually a zero gravity chair.

SCSmoke
05-14-2013, 04:31 PM
Cookers, ez up 10x10, 2 tables, coolers, Cambro, couple camping chairs, and a couple of storage bins full of misc. comp gear. If there is grass at the contest I sleep on the ground if not in the bed of the pick up. Trick is drinking enough beer on Friday so you don't care where you sleep.

Alexa RnQ
05-14-2013, 04:43 PM
We have done 111 (not a typo, that's eleventy-one) contests under two 10X10 canopies, one used as a kitchen area and one used as a seating area. Vince sets up a cot in the seating area for his overnight naps.

There are hot or wet or windy times when we look longingly at the RVs, but that only lasts until we remember that with the minivan we're getting 22mpg and going as fast as we want to.

Sawdustguy
05-14-2013, 04:47 PM
We used to have a 8 x 16 BBQ Battle Wagon but we have scaled back quite a bit. It got to be very expensive and something called life got in the way. I travel quite a bit for work these days. Now when we compete it is like most everyone else and I think I actually like it that way.

columbia1
05-14-2013, 05:20 PM
We were at the Las Vegas Sam's club event a few weeks back and Johnny Trigg was there competing, I was shocked to see him sleeping in the back of his pick-up truck!!

NazBQ
05-14-2013, 05:25 PM
I have completely ruined our family mini van. I use it to haul 2 ez ups, 2 WSM's, 1 table and 4 totes and 3 coolers. I drop the front seat back and sleep in it at night. Do watcha gotta do brother.

Still Smokin
05-14-2013, 05:35 PM
2 canopies for me, 1 for a kitchen, the other for sleeping or resting. I do want a camper though, mainly for air conditioning

ckelly
05-14-2013, 06:13 PM
Wow ... I guess I pack too much. Have 2 canopies but would like 3, maybe even 4 to cover ALL of my 20x20 space. 3 tables, 2 cambros, coolers, wash tubs, misc bins for tools, equipment, wood chunks ... time to scale back, or get a bigger rig :mrgreen:

SOB
05-14-2013, 07:30 PM
We were at the Las Vegas Sam's club event a few weeks back and Johnny Trigg was there competing, I was shocked to see him sleeping in the back of his pick-up truck!!

I've always seen him in a nice big RV bus.
Must of needed to get there fast.

JD McGee
05-14-2013, 07:43 PM
All of our gear is packed in a 6x10 cargo trailer. Most PNWBA comps are not RV friendly (20x20 spaces on average)...so if we wanna cook...we gotta fit in a postage stamp sized space.

sdbbq1234
05-14-2013, 07:46 PM
Ever seen "The Grapes of Wrath"? That's us. Then, when we get there, it looks like someone with a pick-up truck load opened the tailgate, and floored it dumping all our crap on the ground! I am a mess! The wife is getting me organized, I hope.

For now, we rent a 5x8 U-Haul, pack as much crap in that and go! I still cannot figure out why I have so much schit! Loading that Fat Boy and unloading it is always an adventure. Unloading it at Barbayque in Annapolis, MD was almost a "YouTube" moment.

You folks that are going to be at Middletown, DE this weekend might want to get your video cameras ready for when we roll in and unload the beast!

For the most part, we have a small tent that the wife sleeps in or, in the case of PITP, she sleep in the truck since it was raining for about 100 hours. :shock:

I sleep in the U-Haul on a cot or blow up mattress; can't sleep in the anti gravity chairs as I have sleep apnea and snore like there is no tomorrow. Gotta sleep on my side or stomach.

Yes, we are looking to buy some sort of Battle Wagon / Bat Mobile to at least be able to get out of the weather elements and, some sleep.

We have 2 10x10 First Up awning things and put the tent under 1 of them.

Wife says we gotta start winning some money or we ain't even going to be able to rent the U-Haul.

Dang, I am now realizing the meaning of "pressure". :confused:

wallace

Podge
05-14-2013, 08:17 PM
An RV is something you kind of work up to.. I went the first 3 years slowly working up to a 6x10 enclosed cargo trailer. Then, to a pull-behind toy hauler.. now a fifth wheel toy hauler.. I don't think anyone has jumped right in and bought all the crap it'd take to be comfortable right off the bat.. nor should they.. This hobby (not a sport) is very expensive, and takes a lot of up front commitment and costs associated.. ease into things..

big brother smoke
05-14-2013, 08:39 PM
Yea ease into things as Podge said. You don't know if you really like it until you have done a few. There are a lot of one and done teams.

DawgPhan
05-14-2013, 08:53 PM
looking around at the last contest we cooked, I think that we were one of a handful of pro teams without an enclosed trailer of any sort.

You can get the job done under and EZup, you just have to work a little harder.

buttburnersbbq
05-14-2013, 08:58 PM
We have no RV or Motorhome. Usually sleep in the chair or cot under the pop up tent. If we travel out of state we will get a hotel the night after the comp and sleep . Then head home the next morning.

mr_farmboy
05-14-2013, 11:16 PM
A 10x10 pop up with tarps on 3 sides with both of my small smokers inside to double as heaters at a contest a couple weeks ago. It was 35-40 degrees, north winds @ 20-30mph, and raining all night. Very miserable, yet I'd do it again in a heartbeat!

BBQ Church
05-15-2013, 12:13 AM
I'm on the hunt for a conversion van to take cat naps and haul all the gear. Just bought a second ez up because things were getting crowded in one with 4 team members and coolers and chairs and... and... and...

daveinwestmont
05-15-2013, 12:26 AM
2 10 x 10 ez ups, tables, chairs, coolers, tow behind smoker, mini van, and a twin sized blow up mattress..

VA BBQ PIRATES
05-15-2013, 07:31 AM
Another proud Hobo team here! Three 10 X 10 canopies – the WSMs go under one, one is a kitchen area and we put walls up and sleep on cots under the third. Sometimes I’d like a SMALL toyhauler especially in bad weather. But I can’t justify the cost since we only do a few comps a year. Plus I think we’d miss some of the experience being cooped up inside.

dhuffjr
05-15-2013, 07:48 AM
We started out that way. The trailer came along later. As a husband and wife team the wife didn't appreciate the sweltering heat, cold, rain, and porta potties as part of the bbq contest experience.

Shiz-Nit
05-15-2013, 08:07 AM
In do dont
I sleep under my EZ UP or my truck if the weather gets to bad

gettinbasted
05-15-2013, 08:40 AM
We sleep in an old '83 Dodge conversion van. If the weather gets too bad, we go to a hotel.

Cayman1
05-15-2013, 10:07 AM
Ok, I'll admit I'm a wuss. Got tired of trying to sleep and work in cold crappy weather so I got the 7x14 trailer. It has worked out great, best part is that we don't have to pack and unpack after every contest. It just stays in the trailer.

Lowki
05-15-2013, 11:27 AM
We set up a camping tent and use it to catch up on sleep and for the kids to play in when they are around, but i have slept in the car as well. RV would be nice, but is not necessary.

bruno994
05-15-2013, 12:00 PM
I sleep good in the backseat of my truck, sometimes too good.

turtle
05-15-2013, 03:49 PM
We started with 1 used ez up and slept in a tent or gravity chairs or on the ground. Over the years we would add items to our setup so it didn't seem as painful to the wallet. Last year we graduated and bought a 6x10 cargo trailer. So now I feel like I'm living the high life.

bluzieq
05-15-2013, 10:24 PM
I just got back from esperanza in marion,ark. It was midnight when we got set up with my 10*10 canopy beside a guy with a 40*60 area. I slept in the covered bed of my truck on a blanket with cardboard covering my feet to keep dry,my wife slept in the back seat.my back hurt till I got the trophy, see my thread here. So I really do think I'm borderline crazy.

swamprb
05-16-2013, 07:55 AM
I'm from the ease on into it group. I've literally gotten 98% of all my equipment off craigslist. Starting with a couple 18" WSM's, a few drums and 10x10 popups, I crammed my gear in the minivan (one time until the wife put the kibosh on that!) buying a $300 Courier truck bed trailer and hauling it behind a Honda CRV. Then an enclosed 5x8 barn door and currently a used 6x10 enclosed ramp door from a soon to be famous BBQ Pitmaster TV personality! I'd love a Toyhauler, but I don't want a tow vehicle to haul it. Like JD said-PNWBA events are not really trailer or RV friendly with most spots 20x20 and if I can't park the trailer onsite, I won't cook that event. Don't have a generator, but one is coming, have a Duracell 600 for the Guru's, no real need for AC around here, LED rope lights, battery lanterns, headlamps seem to be all I need. Those Harbor Freight LED lights with a magnet on the back throw off a lot of light for $2.99 and a few of them come in real handy.

That said, my teammate Ty sometimes drags his RV out and I'll gladly sleep on a warm bed, take a refreshing shower or beat the heat with that AC blasting.

RhinoRibs
05-16-2013, 12:43 PM
I used tents for a long time with no issue other than A\C and hot water would have been nice. Last May the wife and I finally bought a 28ft travel trailer for camping and BBQ. Sometimes I have to request larger pits but so far it hasn't been an issue. I have an 8KW Honda generator that isn't terribly loud that I take if needed but i've noticed that a lot of the events around here have had power and water.

MikeJ65
05-16-2013, 10:30 PM
I have been working to reduce my setup time and effort. I'm a bit jealous of the guys that just pull in, park, and start cooking. I've made my 6x10 cargo trailer into a mock catering trailer. One side is the smokers, the other side is a raised 8' table with two coolers and two bins underneath. All of the 'take it just in case' stuff like extra extension cords, generator, gas can, etc go in the very front. When I get to a site, I pull out the two smokers and I can start prep if necessary. At some point, I set up an extra table under an ez up outside for our eating and relaxing area. At night, the cot goes where the smokers were. I still need to get permanent lights and A/C installed, but it is going to be a decent setup.

tnjimbob
05-17-2013, 11:26 AM
We use 2 10x10 EZ-UPs and a 6'x10' cargo trailer. We sleep in sleeping bags on cots with walls on one of the EZ-UPs, which kept us dry in the near monsoon we cooked in a few weeks ago. Two 6' tables is plenty of work space and we roll out two cookers from the trailer and set them up under one of the EZ-UPs.

We did splurge on a Cambro and a laundry sink earlier this year and those two things have made life a little easier. Maybe someday we will upgrade to a toy hauler, but that's still a ways off for us, since we are only doing 6-8 comps a year so far.

Rich Parker
05-17-2013, 01:12 PM
It also depends on how many people are on your team. I cooked the first couple years out of a 6 x 12 and it is a lot of work to pack and unpack by yourself in the rain and heat. I moved up to a porch trailer to make it easier.

Stoke&Smoke
05-17-2013, 02:21 PM
We have done 111 (not a typo, that's eleventy-one) There are hot or wet or windy times when we look longingly at the RVs, but that only lasts until we remember that with the minivan we're getting 22mpg and going as fast as we want to.

I hear that! I'm down to 8 MPG (aprx) hauling the trailer....but, my sleeping on the ground or under the sky days are over! And we don't go too far from home usually

Vince RnQ
05-17-2013, 10:42 PM
I hear that! I'm down to 8 MPG (aprx) hauling the trailer....but, my sleeping on the ground or under the sky days are over! And we don't go too far from home usually

We solved that problem with this little gem!

Cabela's Outfitter XL Cot (http://www.cabelas.com/product/Camping/Cots-Pads-Beds/Cots|/pc/104795280/c/104712480/sc/104280480/Cabelas-Outfitter-XL-Cot/713995.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse.cmd%3FN %3D1100677%26WTz_l%3DSBC%253BBRprd732573&WTz_l=SBC%3BBRprd732573%3Bcat104280480)

It's rated up to 600 lbs. which means it can hold my fat ass and then some! It is normally priced at about $120 but it looks like it is currently on sale for $90. Honestly, this has been one of the best purchases we've made for our competition set up. Worth every penny!

Tim H
05-17-2013, 10:56 PM
We pack it all in the Big Red Chevy Cargo van. 4 WSM, 2 10X10 EZ ups, a Cabela's Camp Table and a 6" table. Dice lights for the EZ Up. Once cook site is set up, the empty van become my sleeping quarters. My teammates usuallly sleep in their cars.

BBQ_MAFIA
05-18-2013, 07:59 AM
We normally use 2 10x10 EZ Ups with a few chairs, a camping lantern, and some head lights. The sleeping issue is not big deal as we don't do it. The Lang likes to get fed every half hour so sleep is something that has to wait until after the contest is over. I kinda doze in a Zero Gravity chair but that isn't sleep.

I really love the thought of a trailer so packing is a bit easier.

Butt Rubb'n BBQ
05-18-2013, 04:38 PM
We use 2 10x10 canopies one with sidewalls and a tarp for a floor. Have cots to sleep on but usually get drunk and sleep in lounge chair. Have kicked the seats back and slept in the f 150. Cook on a stick burner.

daedalus
05-18-2013, 11:38 PM
10x12 canopy and a zero gravity chair for sleeping. Heck, I even have to borrow a freaking utility trailer to get my smoker to the event. I would say we do it on a shoestring, but the shoestring broke in the 40 MPH winds in Pleasant Hill last month.:wink:

jmoney7269
05-29-2013, 09:22 AM
I hear that! I'm down to 8 MPG (aprx) hauling the trailer....but, my sleeping on the ground or under the sky days are over! And we don't go too far from home usually
shoot, i wish i could get 8! we average about 5 on a good day but its all worth it. we saved for a pretty good while to get a used one pretty cheap i did some repairs to and presto, now the wife is a happy camper and actually likes cookoffs

Candy Sue
05-29-2013, 11:25 AM
In my almost decade of competing, I've done it all ways! Started off with everthing in the back of the PU (with topper over the back). Got a trailer, then a bigger truck to haul it better. Next came the Pellet Geer (Jambo), so I was back to the truck and a canopy. Won a GC in 2009 and made a down-payment on the van (class B on a Sprinter chassis) and the Jambo. Facilities and comforts are nice but the biggest plus is mileage - it gets 22 mpg towing the cooker! Last contest was a steak cookoff and I loaded up the Ford Edge and towed the Woodmaster minihog.

However you configure your cooking area and equipment, it's all good and it's good to be flexible to be able to cook any way you have to!

Basted moral support guy
05-29-2013, 04:42 PM
We sleep in an old '83 Dodge conversion van. If the weather gets too bad, we go to a hotel.

Completely unrelated, if anyone needs an old '83 Dodge conversion van, this guy can probably find one for you. :-o