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Camping with an E-Bike

Camping with an E-Bike will take your next camping adventure to another level of fun! Whether you’re cruising the campground, riding the trails or searching for that secret fishing hole, your e-bike will allow you to explore further, faster and easier.  Not only can e-bikes help you explore further, but they are easy to use, fun, quiet and environmentally friendly.

Camping with an E-Bike

E-bike camping trips can start right from your home (“bike packing”) on overnight trips to nearby camping destinations. You can also bring it along for multi-day trips using your car or RV. Whichever way you go, here are some important tips to keep in mind for your e-bike camping adventure.

E-Bike Rules & Trails

Be sure to check out the campground rules regarding e-bikes before you go. Most campgrounds and parks allow e-bikes, but laws/classifications from one state to another are different. Many National Parks have relaxed restrictions to allow Class 2 e-bikes to follow the same rules as regular bikes.

Camping with an E-bike - trailer

If you’re planning to ride the trails, make sure they are bike friendly.  Trails can be classified for hikers (foot) only or multi-use (hike, bike, horse). Just remember to watch your speed on the trails because you’ll probably encounter other hikers and slower mountain bikes.  It’s also a good idea to find out if the roads have separate bike lanes.

Camping with an E-bike - Carrizo

Power Up

If you don’t have a solar charger (portable and/or on your RV), you’ll want to call ahead to see if there are electric plugs available at the campground. These could be at the restrooms, ranger station or common area/buildings.  Campsites with RV hookups typically can charge e-bike batteries.  Buying a portable charging station is another option.

Also remember that your e-bike range will vary if you’re planning on hauling some gear or firewood back to the campsite. You’ll get fewer miles per charge with more weight.

Keeping It Safe & Secure

Locking up your e-bike and even setting an alarm is a very good idea when it is left unattended at the campground.  Since cables and chains can be cut with bolt cutters, we recommend using a U-Lock 18mm shackle or a folding lock with high-quality hardened steel. It’s also a good idea to bring along a lightweight tarp to cover your e-bike (out of sight, out of mind) in case you have some overnight rain or moisture.

Camping with an E-bike - yurts

Dead Horse Point State Park (UT) – Moenkopi Yurts

Accessories

Remember to bring the essentials including your helmet, bike pump, an extra tire tube and/or tire patches, all-in-one tool and maybe even a few replacement chain links. Also give some thought as to how you’ll be using your e-bike during the trip. Will you go on short rides or all-day adventures? Throwing on a backpack or fanny pack with food/water is nice. You can also add bike bags or even a bike trailer for more gear.

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