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post #1 of 309 (permalink) Old 01-11-2006, 03:20 PM
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sleeping in the back (merged thread)

I like to go on long road trips and camp. I almost never stay in motels, except if it's really high end. Even then, only for a night or two after a week of camping.

I wuz wundering... anyone else sleep in the back with the seats folded down? I feel like a dork doing that, but if all I need is a place to crash for 6 hours or so, it's great. I'm 5'8 and sleeping diagnally is fine with regards to length. Beats paying $50 for a crappy Motel 6.

Oh yeah, travelling alone too. Although two might work, if you really, really like each other..

Can you remove the rear seats? At least the folding part? That's crazy..

 
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I'd recommend an air mattress, or maybe a simple pool floatation mattress would work. It would smooth out the rough spots a bit, and make things more comfortable.

It's pretty comfortable with just an air mattress, a few warm blankets, and a pillow. :D


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Yep - I've done it with a self inflating matress and its very comfy. Haven't figured out how to do it since I have my rear drawers installed - but I'll get around to it soon.

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Havent done it, but then again when Im doing a trip I typically have a bunch of crap in the back and take a tent. Its usually much easier to setup a tent than to empty out all the crap.

On a trip last year one of the guys used his swag in the back. But be aware, a metal/glass car can get colder than a tent!! We had ice on the tents when we got up and the guy that slept in the car was the only one who thought it was cold overnight.

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My wife and I have slept in the back along with our dog - I was scrunched (6'4") but my wife loved it (5'5").

If you are traveling solo and have a safe place to sleep in the car, than I would have no problem recommending it.

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edit: I would also recommend a pad.
 
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I've done it, two nights back to back. I used my foam camping pad and it wasn't all that bad.

Where are you thinking about taking "breaks" :?

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Sleeping bag and light out for me. I've spent a half dozen or so nights sleeping in the back of mine. Heck last friday night I slept in the back of mine just outside Amboy, on my way ot CES

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We're thinking of getting an Element as a second car and for camping trips including sleeping in the car sometimes. Keeping the XT as well (of course).

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You can sleep in the galley or walk the plank you dirty swab!

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hahahaha!!

Oh my!

Anyways, I test drove an Element last year. The seats do fold up to the side, out of the way, and you have a flat floor, but the overall area isn't that much better than the Forester except for the headroom and it being totally flat.

ButI got the Forester because it was instantly obvious the Element didn't come close to the handling, and the interior quality wasn't as good. It was a more inexpensive vehicle though.


I'm thinking about going to the Badlands this weekend. I am in the Kansas City area, so it should be do-able for a 3 day weekend.

One thing I recommend- Remote Start. I had this put in (got my '03 Forester X 1 year ago with 36K on for $16900) at purchase. If I get cold sleeping inside the car, I can push the remote start button on my 'fob' and the engine will run for 10 min and shut off. Having left the heat and blower on, this warms up the car nicely. You can fall asleep for a couple hours before the cold wakes you up again.

(I've already gone on one trip, KC to Portland, OR in February)

 
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Re: hahahaha!!

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One thing I recommend- Remote Start. I had this put in (got my '03 Forester X 1 year ago with 36K on for $16900) at purchase. If I get cold sleeping inside the car, I can push the remote start button on my 'fob' and the engine will run for 10 min and shut off. Having left the heat and blower on, this warms up the car nicely. You can fall asleep for a couple hours before the cold wakes you up again.

Couldn't this be dangerous?

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Re: hahahaha!!

Probably only dangerous if you're not in a well vented area.

I've slept in the back for a night and it wasn't bad at all. I'm 5'9".

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One thing I recommend- Remote Start. I had this put in (got my '03 Forester X 1 year ago with 36K on for $16900) at purchase. If I get cold sleeping inside the car, I can push the remote start button on my 'fob' and the engine will run for 10 min and shut off. Having left the heat and blower on, this warms up the car nicely. You can fall asleep for a couple hours before the cold wakes you up again.

Couldn't this be dangerous?
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Probably only dangerous if you're not in a well vented area.
If you do this with the windows shut (which might be tempting if it's that cold), and if your car has any exhaust leaks, this could indeed be risky. But if there's a breeze and the windows are at least cracked open, ten minutes is probably not that big a deal. Still, a nice warm sleeping bag would seem preferable. HPH
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Get a therma rest pad those are nice :)

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Mine is over 20 years old and still works fine. I got a smaller ulrta lite one.

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*nods* on the Thermarest. Those things are great!
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