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  1. #376
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    It has to go into the car so I can lock the car up during the day when I am skiing. The tent will go on the back of the car, enlarging the interior space. I do have one of the doors that open up, but I have built a platform that extends the bed to be long enough for my 6' 2" frame to fit. This will leave the rear hatch propped open and unless I can make a suitable tent to close it I suspect quite drafty. My local area has a season pass for camping in the lot so it won't be a big deal if the subi looks odd. However thieves are always around, so I have to be able to lock the car up while I ski, which means moving the tent to the inside of the car.

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    another option is the seat extender. It's typically used to give more leg room to taller people (making the seat go back farther) but I believe it can also be used to make the seat go farther forward. Could be just the thing so you can sleep with the hatch shut.
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  3. #378
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    What model subi are you trying to outfit?

    I think the best option is to keep everything contained like powdork is saying. If you have a 4 door it shouldn't be a problem with the passenger seat forward. The tent idea sounds cool but will probably be a huge pain in the ass when it gets wet. Same problem with campers that have the soft pop outs, fucking awesome until you have to put it away wet and deal with the mold.

    The only way this could viably work IMO would be to somehow drape it over the roof of the car during the day. Just close the corners in the doors.

  4. #379
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    Anyone got suggestions on cheap but very warm sleeping bag for this kind of use? Since it'll live in the rig, weight and packability matter zero.



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  5. #380
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    Why a bag and not a quilt, or some variation of such? Unless you need the zippered cocoon to keep from sprawling out?

  6. #381
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    In my case, partly because squirmy kiddos are too wiggly and we'll be using a cargo trailer so not much insulation beneath - although maybe

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  7. #382
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    Quote Originally Posted by flyman683 View Post
    Anyone got suggestions on cheap but very warm sleeping bag for this kind of use? Since it'll live in the rig, weight and packability matter zero.
    I don't have extensive experience with car camping so take this with a grain of salt, but if you're looking for something truly on the cheap check out the Alps Mountaineering Echo Lake -20* bag. I've had it for about 3 winters, slept in the car with it maybe 15 times total, never anything below mid teens. I tend to run hot and can recall a night that was right around 20 and I slept in nothing but underwear. The toe box gets chilly at times but that may be because of my setup putting my feet right next to the rear glass. Blanket(s) around the neck area are also crucial to cut the draft. IIRC it was sub $100, at that price I was expecting it to perform more like a 0* bag.

  8. #383
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    Bumping this thread, I built out a nice platform out of 2x4s and birch plywood in my minivan for the upcoming winter, but I noticed a pretty hefty smell of glue outgassing from the plywood every time I get in my car. A little research online says this is common, but anyone have this experience directly and did it bother you / did you do anything to mitigate it?

  9. #384
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    Quote Originally Posted by thejongiest View Post
    Bumping this thread, I built out a nice platform out of 2x4s and birch plywood in my minivan for the upcoming winter, but I noticed a pretty hefty smell of glue outgassing from the plywood every time I get in my car. A little research online says this is common, but anyone have this experience directly and did it bother you / did you do anything to mitigate it?
    Plywood glue is nothing to be sniffing all night. The smell will eventually go away but you might try to wrap the deck with a vapor barrier like tyvek to get through the season. Some commercial carpet over that is always a nice touch.

  10. #385
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    Quote Originally Posted by tenB View Post
    Plywood glue is nothing to be sniffing all night. The smell will eventually go away but you might try to wrap the deck with a vapor barrier like tyvek to get through the season. Some commercial carpet over that is always a nice touch.
    Why not just prime it with oil based killz??

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  11. #386
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    Quote Originally Posted by uglymoney View Post
    I am no hybrid expert but I think Toyota only utilizes 50 percent of the hybrid battery or something like that so that it is never fully discharged and never fully charged. This is to preserve the battery life. Your idea would be gobbling up battery life if you run them down (you would). Using batteries for heat seems like a bad idea to me except maybe using a cheap deep cycle battery for an electric blanket.
    This is it. You can easily convert, as I have it done in a 2005 CRV. Deep Cycle Marine (or better yet Golf Cart) battery with inverter will give you the power, but you can't even light up the small heaters with a 1500 Watt inverter due to the power drain at start, so the electric blankets are just easier.

  12. #387
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    I have a Phantom Torch 3 so that I can sleep in my truck and when camping outside.

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