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SenorSubie 01-12-2006 07:09 PM


Originally Posted by jagbc_subXT
*nods* on the Thermarest. Those things are great!

Got mine a few years ago for 50 bucks, can't believe I didn't get one before

1_hung_low 01-12-2006 07:36 PM

Yep, has been once after too many lagers.
No mattress or sleeping bag, just a beer coat :D
I was butchered by mosquitos as I left the moonroof open :roll:

MountainBiker 01-12-2006 09:33 PM

I went on a 9 night solo car camping trip last spring in the California desert. On night two, 50mph desert winds destroyed my tent. So at about 2am, I had to move into the Forester. Oh yeah, that was fun to rearrange stuff in the car and set up my bed in the middle of the night, while being pelted with 50mph wind driven sand! I slept in their for the next 7 nights, and it was awesome!

I'm 6', I slept diagonal, with my pillow on the high spot that is the top of the folded back seat. I like to be able stretch out to my full height while sleeping. The only way it worked was by folding the passenger seat forward, and filling the gap to the folded rear seat by stuffing in my coat and a clothes bag. Then it was super comfy! Slide open the sunroof cover, and you've got a view of the stars!

sea-scooby 01-13-2006 09:42 AM

The wife and I have slept in the back several times while camping. We seem to pick rainy weekends to camp on. I'm 5'10 and she is 5'4 and we had plenty of room. I would highly recommend a pad or matress because the floor is not exactly level or smooth.

It also helps to use a cartop carrier to throw your stuff into. There isn't much room for anything else with 2 people in the back.

McZero 01-13-2006 03:10 PM

I have a Thermarest actually, one of the 2/3 length ones, and it's perfect.

I also try and fill the gap between the passenger front seat and the back with the rear seats folded down. Once you do, it's great.

As far as the remote start goes, I'm not worried about the exhaust. Even if in a closed garage, 10 minutes of running the engine probably wouldn't kill. Instead only drop a few levels on the IQ charts :) Outside, there's no way it's an issue unless you somehow have a signifigant fraction of your exhaust being re-directed inside.

WOW I'm impressed- more than one poster tells of two sleeping in the Forester!! It's good to know.

McZero 01-13-2006 03:12 PM

I think I take back the part about 10 minutes of exhaust in closed garage. It may indeed kill.

mbroadhe 01-13-2006 11:15 PM

I'm a big fan of the Z-rest. I use it when dirt bagging (backpacking). It gets thrown down right on the dirt and slept on. I've always been quite comfortable. No need to worry about rolled up edges or punctures, either.

I Want Candy! 01-14-2006 12:23 AM

My swag will be sitting in behind the rear seat back permanently. I've already checked the fit at the dealers ;)

I like that 10 cm of foam prepacked with my sleeping back and inflatable pillow 8)

lunajett 01-14-2006 11:08 AM

Re: hahahaha!!

Originally Posted by McZero
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.

On the Element, don't the backrests on both front and rear seats lay flat, so if you arrange it just right you in effect have two nice padded beds right there. I briefly considered the Element, just cause it had so many clever functional features like that. But in the end it was just too... ugly, I guess, especially with those black plastic primer-looking panels all over it. And of course, the engine couldn't hold a candle to the XT's turbo.

Escher 01-19-2006 07:45 PM


Originally Posted by jagbc_subXT
*nods* on the Thermarest. Those things are great!

Yup. Thermarest rules. We've got one for each of my wife, daughter, dog, and myself! :P


CrazyOldGuy 01-19-2006 11:12 PM

I had to lay diagonally in my SF and used the front headrest as an impromptu pillow, wasn't the best nights sleep I've ever had, but it wasn't as bad as my old car.

KCCasey 01-20-2006 06:22 AM

The wife and I have spent many nights in the back of the FXT. Thermarests are the way to go - very comfortable. Having a waterproof container of some kind for all your gear/crap is essential, so you can put it outside at night. We also cut out pieces of cardboard to the exact size of the windows, to have privacy. Works great!

Oh, and don't forget a piss bottle! :lol: Especially if you're like me and tend to drink beer when camping!

KCCasey 01-20-2006 06:24 AM

One other thought - camping in the back of the FXT has really made me desire an inside handle for the hatchback! Is there anyway to have one installed???

Kevin 01-20-2006 01:03 PM

There is a release there "somewhere" under a plugged hole on the inside cover. So I imagine you could attach something to it. I can't remember if it's a push or pull / or a switch?

KCCasey 01-23-2006 06:30 AM

Bump. Does anyone know any more about this?

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