2020 Forester Sport CVT
We finally took our first dispersed camping trip with our 2020 Forester Sport. We constructed a sleep platform, devised a DIY tarp set up and are working on our camping gear arrangement. We have car camped, canoe camped, backpacked, etc...for decades and this is our next evolution. We purchased a full size, 4" folding foam mattress, 2.5" firm foam with 1.5" memory foam. This fit great on the rear sleeping platform. the mattress is 73" x 53" when laid out. We had to squeeze a little between the wheel wells, but that wasn't a problem. this thing slept GREAT! we didn't bottom out and it was very supportive and comfy. We have pull over window screens for the rear windows and a battery powered fan that runs off our 18v tool batteries. We also purchased window shades for the windshield, front side windows and rear door windows that totally block out light and provide privacy. We haven't been able to find any for the rear quarter windows or the back hatch window so we made some from odds and ends we had around the house. they're not the prettiest, but they work. although we need to find a better way to hold them in place. These back windows do not have channels like the door windows to hold the shades. We're thinking about some small magnets or something. ideas are welcome. Our tarp set up is very light weight, packs small and versatile. We'll likely use this for hammock camping as well. we attached one end to the front cross bar of the roof rack with those bungee ball thingys and some tarp clips where we didn't have anchor points. this worked well. We wanted the tarp up over the vehicle to provide side awnings for getting in and out of the back doors in the rain. (and it did rain our first night out) This also allows us to keep the windows open or cracked a bit with the window screens in the rain. we had great ventilation with the side screens and fan. We took notes on our set up and will continue to refine this as we go. all in all things worked quite well as planned.