Post by burberry142 on Sept 18, 2013 20:00:32 GMT -5
update on sleeping in the van w/ the futon mattress - have never had a more comfortable roo. granted, it was cooler than some other years have been.
perhaps the nicest thing is everything being dry when you crawl in to sleep, instead of the blankets and stuff having that cold damp dew feeling and you have to hold each other and shiver yourselves to sleep.
we cut screens to fit the van windows and back hatch and used magnets to hold them on, but i don't think we really needed them - i didn't really notice many mosquitoes or anything lurking in the air day or night.
we did drape a tarp with a mylar emergency blanket taped to it over the top of the van on the morning sun side, and those things work crazy well. i put one over my cooler as well and my friends laughed at me, but it held ice the best over the weekend and it was by no means the nicest cooler.
the only thing that really sucks about sleeping in a vehicle is that the rest of your carload of shiz has to go someplace else. we put our clothes in the front seats, tied a cargo net to the ohdeargodno handles of the van and put our cell phones and flashlights and that kinda stuff there for easy access above our heads. big bro slept in his car as well, so he brought a small tent that we stored some of our gear in, which was really nice when the rain hit.
the only thing that really sucks about sleeping in a vehicle is that the rest of your carload of shiz has to go someplace else...big bro slept in his car as well, so he brought a small tent that we stored some of our gear in, which was really nice when the rain hit.
That doesn't sound like a bad set-up. My shiz was soaking wet Monday morning, 2nd year in a row . Put up tarps to block the morning and afternoon sun. So long as you got some air flow moving through the vehicle it probably wouldn't be to dissimilar from tent temps I'd think. Bringing a small tent for storage makes sense. I've tried slumming it on a few excursions in my 98 Civic and it was miserable, but If I drove a large enough car I'd be tempted to give it a go at Roo.
This year we switched between car and tent sleeping. The car actually ended up being cooler when we left the gate open in the early AM. The tent was half for sleeping and the other side was for storing our stuff in bins so it didn't get wet and stayed shaded.