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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-01-2013, 02:33 AM Thread Starter
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Sleeping/Camping in Car - Setup Tips

I did a set of photos with instructions & tips for creating a good, comfortable sleeping set up in the back of a 2010-2013 Outback. Be sure to look at the photos individually, as that is where the writeup is. Even if you've slept in your Outback before, you might learn a new thing or two.

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Nice setup and description. Do you find that cracking the windows overnight offers enough ventiliation to minimize condensation building while sleeping?



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Nice setup. However.....

If I traveled without any luggage or camping equipment, it would be great.

If I did have a bunch of gear and didn't mind completely emptying out the back each night, leaving it exposed to the elements and to roaming bears, it would be great.

You can buy a low end "decent quality" roof top tent for a grand that will let you keep everything safely stored. ... CVT Cascadia Vehicle Roof Top Tents | Cascadia Vehicle Roof Top Tents .... used ones are much cheaper.

I just can't figure out when someone would actually use your setup, unless it was for a hot date.... Exactly who is the target audience for this?

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Nice photos! I will look into that seat extender.
I will post mine after I move in April. I bought an Ikea twin Florvag mattress ($80) to sleep on for 3 months, its comfy! But the size is near perfect for the back of Outback. It's a little long, but I can either move the seats or chop down the mattress. The width is perfect. I can't wait to save some moolah when doing long-distance driving or save some effort when camping!

Regarding the gear issue. I have a Rocket box and there are still the two front seats. It would require some shuffling, but no reason why the two seats couldn't hold big duffles. And a small cooler could fit on the floor.

I slept by myself in the back on a camp pad with a bunch of stuff next to me on one drive. I used it for camouflage more than anything else. I was crashing for a few hours at a truck stop and even had my mtn bike tire somewhat on top of me. Now that I have tinted windows and the rain visors, my next quick sleep stop will be much more comfortable.

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I haven't had the chance to camp in my Outback yet - I've only had it since Dec. 1st. However, I camped a great deal in my 2004 Murano.

Never had a condensation problem with windows cracked. I'd cross-ventilate with at least two windows opened about 1.5-2". You can pop the sunroof open too. Might want to have a tarp in case of rain to throw over the roof & window area to protect the openings, or maybe rigged to hang from the roof rails, if you don't have the optional rain guards.

Of course, you are limited with gear space inside, but there's always been enough room for me and my gear when I'd be off alone, even when I'd be gone for a couple of weeks. My mountain bike would be locked to my roof rack. I'd keep a couple soft carry bags with lots of pockets, and lay them on the bed, along with a little other gear. Also, I don't need the whole bed, so I'd put some items off to the side down by my legs. I guess it would have been nice to add photos showing all that, but this was enough work already - I mainly wanted to cover the sleeping setup.

A twin bed would give you more storage height in the back - though I've found the double very comfortable to sleep on, and can easily toss gear around it. I had a double AirBed anyway, so as long as it's working for me, it's fine.

Once I'd parked where I would settle for the night, I'd transfer the bags to the front seats. I'd also stash a lot of gear on the floor of the back seating area, and on the front passenger side floor.

Camping in an SUV isn't for everyone, and it can be a tight space for two. But it can also be streamlined and convenient. I used to do a lot of backpacking and tent camping, but I've found often much more convenient being self-contained. If I'm out after dark, say like messing around up at Lake Tahoe 'til late, maybe at a restaurant or bar or casino, I can drive right in, almost completely set up. No tents to pitch and sleeping bags and pads to lay out in the dark, and not catching those rocks you would be sleeping on top of. I don't always feel comfortable leaving my pricey gear laid out at a campground all day while I'm gone. Being self-contained, I don't have to cut into my day to get back to the campground to set up.

The other side of "camping" in the car for me is to save on motels during long trips. When I'm with my girlfriend, I don't mind spending the loot, but I hate to spend about $80 or so just for me, when all I need is a place to sleep. I'll usually stay in area designated for overnight sleeping, but rest stops and quiet neighborhoods could do in a pinch. You certainly can't do that with a tent. If I ever was to get hassled, which has never happened. I'd just say I was driving a long way, got very sleepy, and considered myself a road hazard if I continued.

BTW, if you're in bear country, your food shouldn't be stored in your car anyway. I friend of mine had her car door torn right off by a bear going after her food in Yosemite Valley.
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Nice photos! I will look into that seat extender.
I will post mine after I move in April. I bought an Ikea twin Florvag mattress ($80) to sleep on for 3 months, its comfy! But the size is near perfect for the back of Outback. It's a little long, but I can either move the seats or chop down the mattress.

You'll find with the 'Extend-a-Seat' you'll have a lot more length, and won't need to cut down the bed.

One thing I like about my double size is I can lay more diagonally if I want to stretch out. Some day I might try a twin back there.
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I am unable to see the photos. I also don't have a FB account ... is having one necessary to view?

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I am unable to see the photos. I also don't have a FB account ... is having one necessary to view?
I no longer have FB and I cannot see it either.
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I'm not sure if you need to be a Facebook member to see it if you bring that address up on a browser. Maybe the browser you are using won't support it, but another one would. I first tried to view another's Facebook link on this forum, and saw nothing on Safari browser. I opened it up in Firefox and saw the whole thing. For reasons like this, it's a good idea to have multiple browsers on your computer, in case one isn't functioning as you would expect.

Sorry, I don't have time to repost all the images and copy and paste all the writing to accompany it.

Perhaps the best tip of the bunch is to purchase the 'Outward Hound Extend a Seat' to extend the bed area by about a foot. It's available on Amazon for about $30. I'll post a photo showing it in place, and with it supporting the bed.

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