Have slept in my suv the last 3 years. The first time was due to rain & a leaky tent. Then it was saving space w/o the tent & air mattress rather than having everyone in the group's tents & the hangout screen tent on top of each other. They sell air mattresses sized for the back of suv's but have not checked them out. Windshield sun blocker is key for the hot Roo's, open the windows for air flow & it stays cooler than my tent ever did. Last year's temps were a cake walk, though. Ahh, 2012... the most I have ever been able to sleep on the farm.
Slept in our van for one night back in 08, never did it again. If I had any advice it would be to make sure you've covered the seatbelt fastener's with something soft. Pretty sure I still have an imprint on my side.
I drive a Dodge Journey and my fiancee and I slept in it last year and it was fine. I'm 5' 10" and there was plenty of room for me to get comfortable. I would just recommend that if you're sleeping in the back of your SUV that you use plenty of those egg crate cushions (not sure an air mattress would fit in mine) and keep the windows cracked. Then when you wake up to the early heat just pop open the back and go back to sleep. A little battery operated fan hanging from the little hanger/handle thing would be good too.
So I have two friends who are planning on going and sleeping in their car. It will be all of our first trip to Roo but I have sooo many people saying that even a tent heats up fast in the am and I would imagine sleeping in a car to be suicidal but I wanted some opinions on those who have come before. Have you slept in your car and does it get even hotter than the tents or maybe just hotter earlier in the am?
Post by itrainmonkeys on May 7, 2013 15:48:15 GMT -5
I've slept in a car. Usually up just as early as sleeping in a tent because of the heat/sun. Leave windows open and fans blowing (not the car AC but portable camping fans). The heat should wake you up in the morning anyway. If your friends plan on passing out (like getting super drunk and blacking out) or are really heavy sleepers then maybe have someone be the alarm clock early in the A.M.
A friend bought one off of www.thisiswhyimbroke.com and also swears by it. I tried it out- super comfy! However, if you're taller than about 5', you still have the whole issue of still sleeping in a backseat that's only 4 and a half feet long.
we're putting an air mattress in the truck bed and putting the ez up over that, plus having another gazebo tent thing (ez up w/ screen sides basically) for more sleeping. doing it so we dont get so hot in the morning
I always bring a tent and end up sleeping in the car. I don't find that it's too hot and it's definitely less noisy! I think that sleeping in the car (if you have a comfortable car) is less stressful than a tent, too. You don't have to worry about weather or spiders or tics or other bugs. Maybe the biggest appeal of sleeping in the car to me is the lack of creepy crawlies, but I think that I've definitely gotten better sleep in my car than in a tent on the farm.
we're gonna bring a tent just in case, but we're gonna bring a honda odyssey with the back seats taken out and a futon mattress with egg shell topper. to combast the roo dust, i thought about throwing a couple twin fitted sheets over the driver and passenger seats and putting some plastic down (like a painting dropcloth) over the carpet in the back
i'd been wondering how to screen in the windows, but liana just nailed it with those magnetic screens to go over the outside. *points to liana for the assist* YEAH B****! MAGNETS!
we'll run a couple tent fans and roll the windows down at night with screens, and keep a reflective visor in the windshield all the time i also bought some of those mylar emergency blankets, and thought i'd tape a couple of those to a tarp (the blankets are ridiculously thin) and put that across the top to reflect the heat away.
Would putting a tarp over the car and using stakes and rope to keep it down and cover the windows work? I want to sleep with the windows cracked, and don't want to have to worry about rain in the middle of the night or early morning.
If you've got an SUV you'll be fine. A couple of folks in our group did it 2 years ago (because of an unfortunate not closing the back hatch and tent landing on the highway incident).
They had an air mattress (think aerobed). This helps disperse body heat IMO (have one for my tent). They left the back hatch opened all night, along with a front window, to get good airflow. They also hung a couple of those OFF mosquito repellant fans and left them going by the openings. Although the mosquitos have never been too bad (again, IMO), it probably helped fend off other crawlers.
You can always crawl out in the morning once the sun comes up (as us tent dwellers have to do as well) and catch some ZZZs under a neighbor's EZ-UP.
Post by runninglouisville on Jun 4, 2013 5:52:40 GMT -5
If anyone chooses to sleep in their car, please keep the engine off. Some douchebags behind us in 2011 decided to run their giant SUV to sleep in every night and the fumes were awful. They refused to stop when asked, too.
Post by bansheebeat on Jun 4, 2013 11:03:19 GMT -5
The 3 years I took my car I slept in it a handful of times when the weather was really wet or chilly. And one incident involving a humongous spider in the tent that I couldn't kill. Last year I borrowed my moms SUV and threw an air mattress in the back and it was the best sleep I've ever had at Roo. Throw a sun shade in the windshield, roll down the windows (I covered mine with mosquito netting), and turn on a tent fan or two and you're fine. That's what I'll be doing again this year. It's nice to have a comfy place to sleep and not have to deal with setting up a tent and junk.
If anyone chooses to sleep in their car, please keep the engine off. Some summers breeze in a sacs behind us in 2011 decided to run their giant SUV to sleep in every night and the fumes were awful. They refused to stop when asked, too.
My favorite solution- cram an apple in the tailpipe... that'll teach em.
I approve of sleeping in the vehicle. Did this in 2010, and had a tent. Just used it to change clothes and attract grasshoppers. Anybody have a family of grasshoppers in the porto's during the morning? That was priceless.
How do I utilize the space behind my car rather than the front? I want to sleep in our Element, so I want the EZ-up behind us instead of in front, is this possible, do I just tell the people parking us?
I did this in 2010. I put the seats down in the back of my Honda Fit, and being a fairly short guy it was pretty comfortable.
For about ten minutes, that is, which is how long it took it (that year) to get hotter than balls. I had a small fan that gave it up and died on Friday morning. Keeping the windows up made it an oven, and putting them down meant I got swarmed with mosquitos (which were also especially bad that year).
I had a tent last year but my car was more comfortable.... I slept in it the last 3 nights and it was perfect. I recommend to get a battery operated fan (at Wal-Mart) and backup batteries. Put it on you and get some ear plugs, and you'll be set. All you need is a blanket under you and maybe a sheet on top (it can get cool some nights).
I sleep in my 4runner. I put up a massive tarp that covers the whole SUV and lay the seats down in the back. Its about a twin size bed. The tarps keep the car cool until about 8-9am. Then I turn my car on (I fill up the gas tank as soon as I get to Manchester) and blast the AC and sleep comfortably until about noon. Everyone sleeping in a tent is up by 8am because of the scorching hot sun and wont be bothered by your car. Even if they are they are they wont do anything about it.