10-03-2009, 12:14 PM #51
10-03-2009, 12:20 PM #52
i'm goin on car/truck/van living for over 7 years now, winters in jackson/summitco were the wurst -- easy out west..|-------------------|----3333-------------|------------------|--------------------|3333
10-03-2009, 11:27 PM #53DJ Funkhauser
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- Jan 2006
Danny you are professional. Id like to see some pics of your current set up if you got them?
10-04-2009, 01:16 AM #54
Used to camp the first two years of college every other weekend in a old civic. Unbolted the back seat and put a climbing crash pad for the mattress, feet in the trunk and front seats scooted forward. I'd put crap on the backseat floor and my pillow ontop of it (would keep all of that dry). I usually jsut used a 20 degree bad and a comforter or two and was sometimes too hot. I'd bring a few sheets and put them up on the headliner with pins and every morning put the used one up in a ski box to cut down on mositure, but the big thing is really going to someplace warm after skiing to dry out (usually would hit up the Mcdonalds in Mammoth when there and could dry out everything, eat apple pies and read a book for a few hours). I always had to start my car up in the morning, never really came up with a great idea to heat up my boots and they would hurrt like a bitch going on in the morning, but it really wasn't too bad. If you look respectable you can always roll into the hotels and look like your getting ready to ski or waiting for your parents while you sit in the lobby by the fire. Someday I'll have a pimp Diesel 4x4 van. Someday.
10-04-2009, 01:57 AM #55Core Broletariat
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10-04-2009, 03:44 AM #56
Regardig bags, I agree with most that a wrmer back is a much (just in case) but I would recommed bringing and layering at least 2 bags, and possibly a vapour barier liner. This would create many compinabions of your sleep system that can addapt to the weather you actually get.Goal: ski in the 2018/19 season
10-04-2009, 06:50 AM #57
dont forget an inverter
can be used for many things including boot warmer,battery charger,computer,etc
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10-04-2009, 09:05 AM #58
Some sound advice in here. My tip is don't accidentally fall asleep listening to the radio.
10-04-2009, 10:55 AM #59Registered Face Planter
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- Jul 2009
- COWBOY STATE
Thats why I have an Ipod with speakers.
Thats been the main highlight to camping in the car.
I'm interested now to see how I can do. I found a new bag for 99.00 that is a 0*. Much better and really comfy. That mixed with some big sheets of foam and some carpet and I think I will be warm....
Can't I just put my boot liners in my bag to keep warm?
The laundamat is a great Idea, I will definatly use that one extent. Then put all my newly dried clothes in a dry bag.
I think this will work... But the offer still stands on floor space...
10-04-2009, 05:33 PM #60
My least favorite memory of car camping involved my new subi, the truck stop at Revi (5 am check in for heli flight to lodge) and me trying to start my car with locked doors... my car alarm sacred the sh*t out of me!! Not a good way to start my day at 0445!!!
10-04-2009, 06:02 PM #61
10-05-2009, 12:55 AM #62click here
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- Oct 2008
- valley of the heart's delight
Get an RV CO detector (12 volt). It may save your life. If your heater, stove, or car exhaust tries to kill you, you'll get a warning.
10-05-2009, 01:43 AM #63
Get a good quality sleeping bag or sleeping bag system. You can dry your base layer every night just by sleeping in it. That doesn't work so well with a down bag though. I personally use a Wiggys setup their bags have hydrophobic insulation all your moisture just passes through. Plus with the bag in a bag system you can put your other wet clothes in between the two bags and keep the wet off of yourself. Oh yea and a good pad is key, here in AK its easy to find a parking spot with an outlet that you could use to power a heater but with a good bag and pad setup you should be able to sleep in virtually any temperature inside a car or under it.
10-05-2009, 02:33 AM #64
10-05-2009, 02:35 AM #65
Are futons easily to get back Stateside? We always had some after living in Hawaii, and thats what I sleep on now in Japan, but I find them comfortable and they can be folded in thirds which can help save space, too.パウダーバカ！！
10-05-2009, 02:59 AM #66hanswurst
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10-05-2009, 03:36 AM #67
I picked up this a few months ago for $500
It's been very reliable this summer pulling the raft trailer around and should be good for snowboarding this winter. I'll heat it with a Mr. Heater Big buddy heater that I'm connecting to the propane system on the van (it has a stove already). There's a small inverter in it now that will run the microwave but I'll replace it before the winter with a larger one to run a coffee maker. I have 2 12v batteries in back for accys/inverter now, but may switch to 2 6v batteries or a 4D for more power. If I like it maybe I'll convert it to 4wd next summer. I was looking for a VW Syncro but they're too overpriced,too underpowered, and too small.
Who bought Basich's van? It was for sale this spring. It was one of the nicest set ups I've seen for winter camping, I should have bought it
My favorite Subaru winter camping experience was at a trailhead miles from anywhere. I got up in the morning, took two steps away from the car and I heard the door click closed and lock behind me, "No problem, I have a spare key", then I remembered both were in the car . I managed to get in without breaking any windows
10-05-2009, 08:57 AM #68
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10-05-2009, 01:22 PM #69
Saw him at the pullout to an unplowed (like five-six foot drifts blocking it) Donner Pass Rd. at Soda Springs one time with a sled trailer.
Me: "Hey Mike. Where you going?"
Mike: "Well I got a place down the road a ways with a cat in the garage. So I'm going to sled in there and plow my driveway."
10-05-2009, 02:45 PM #70in the zone of excess
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- Oct 2007
- 3rd floor
Plenty of good advice here already. ++ the scotch, hot water bottle, & dry-off/warm up in lodge suggestions.
I always just get up to go piss. It takes a while to convince yourself, but then you often see stars or wildlife or something you would have missed. Though that's a lot less relevant in a Wal-mart lot.
Boot liners in bag works okay until you're trying to stuff them into frozen shells. I've always managed, but it's a lot easier w/tongue boots or something that doesn't have race flex (or snowboard boots I imagine). Most resorts have hot air hand dryers that are pretty key if you're doing it dirtbag style, but make sure you don't re-thermofit your liners or melt your gloves.
OT, but for non-car, winter camping, if it's really cold sometimes I'll just keep the whole boot on in the sleeping bag. You just want to be careful about how wet your socks are.
And since I didn't see it, I'll add the obvious old "be friendly to locals on lifts, especially toward the afternoon" options, which isn't age-restricted. I've hooked up and been hooked up this way. The key is to not actually be looking that hard for a place to crash (since you've got your pile of foam and blankets already), but to just let it happen if you hit it off.
Also, the coffee always seems a bit better after a cold night in the car.
10-05-2009, 02:56 PM #71gimp
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- Dec 2008
sounds like fun - planning a dirt-bag corolla-camping mission myself this winter.
a while ago (2004?) I spent 2 weeks in the j-hole parking lot, near the front by the mangy moose. at the time you could park overnight, park for free after noon, and I never got hassled. I was in a cargo van outfitted with a forced air rv heater and set up for stealth urban camping. You might get hassled if you are running lights in a car. snow plows were kinda noisy. it can and does get really cold there, but with a little luck you'll not see -20. make sure you ski your ass off so you can sleep long and hard. liners should dry pretty well in your sleeping bag. if you sleep in your base layer it will dry out too.
I've also slept in cars and I wouldn't worry too much about xtra heaters - they are all heated boxes from the factory. it'd be worth getting your exhaust checked for leaks and maybe putting a thermostat in your cooling system with a higher than std temp rating, which would make your heater run hotter. x2 on the CO detector if your running it while inside for very long. x2 on running it hot while you go get coffee - great way to de-ice your front windows and warm your gear.
if you are truly dirt-bagging it (in jh) you can ski the pass in the morning then clip a ticket in the parking lot. my friends have clipped tickets as early as 11am from fat tourists. be stealthy and look for people who have day tickets and are racking their skis vs just getting lunch. oh, and have some sort of cutters handy. scrounge the right color zip ties near the ticket window, or if its wire just cut it low. I've used the green pass there too - just look for a hippy checking tickets, tell him/her you forgot your ticket but will they take the green pass? make sure you wrap the nug in foil or something. you can ski quite a bit (but not the tram) without returning to the base.
not sure about parking in bigsky but the parking folks at bridger are super friendly and could point you to a good spot, although there ain't much up there for food/warmth after 7pm so you'll probably want to head to town. seems like you could camp on any street if you are discreet.
10-12-2009, 05:25 PM #72
looking to do something similar
damn these are great suggestions. I'm looking to possibly live in my car all winter so I as well am looking for any suggestions especially those pertaining to staying in your car for more than just a couple night.
so far on my list of necessities:
-20-(-40) synthetic bag
hot water bottles
insulation for the windows
outlet to car adapter
any other suggestions would be awesome!fuck it
10-12-2009, 06:21 PM #73
One thing I have found handy and is safer than one of those gas heater is to use one of those power packs and an electric blanket. I have this one
I even have some 2 harbor freight solar panels to charge it http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=44768.
I also have velcro curtains I hang up in the back of my cherokee. Helps to have privacy and they add a little bit of insulation.You should have seen Little Jerry, Jerry! Flappin' his wings and struttin' his stuff! He was peckin' and weavin' and bobbin' and talkin' trash! He didn't even have to touch him! The other rooster ran out of the ring.
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10-12-2009, 06:28 PM #74Registered Face Planter
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- Jul 2009
- COWBOY STATE
Now thats a quality idea! I would never have thought about that. How many nights can you get using the power pack? How well does the solar panel recharge it??
10-12-2009, 07:43 PM #75
which means, when you wake up here
you've lost 3 cases of snake river beer. bittersweet.