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    Car camping-how to warm up a tent

    I go car camping in the sierra's with my family, two kids,2 and 5. Nights go down below freezing, the kids get somewhat cold and the wife can't sleep because she worries.
    As a result, most trips are cut short.

    Any ideas how I could warm up the tent a bit?

    I use a big ass tent, rei kingdom 8, which is part of the problem, since it is huge, and is hard to warm up just with body heat.

    Any advice would be highly appreciated.

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    Since your car camping and have the room. You could get one of those small hunting camp wood stoves if the tent has place to run the pipe out. For their size they put out a lot of heat.

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    A candle, hot water bottle in sleeping bag, sex with the old lady.
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    Catalytic heater.

    Better sleeping bags.

    Blankets over your existing bags.

    Better sleeping pads to insulate you from the ground.
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    You need better sleeping bags and mattress pads. Don't use an air mattress in the cold since water vapour will condense on top soaking your sleeping bag. Getting off the ground with cots works too. There's a few catalytic propane heaters that are safe for indoor use. perfect for warming up in the morning. Don't run them when sleeping unless you can guarantee that sleeping bags will stay clear.

    Or buy a camper.
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    Pop up camper...

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    Have the kids share a sleeping bag? Or share a blanket pinned into a sleeve over their sleeping bags. Heating a big tent is dumb. A wife/mother in the mix makes common sense a losing argument.
    thnx Capt. Chuck Shunstrom

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    Get a smaller tent for inside your tent...
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    Down comforter...end of thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krp8128 View Post
    Catalytic heater.

    Better sleeping bags.

    Blankets over your existing bags.

    Better sleeping pads to insulate you from the ground.
    this ^^

    If temps are getting below freezing, you need either heat reflective pads like Neoair all seasons or down air mattresses.. you can have a zero degree bag and if you're on a simple roll up closed cell foam you are going to be cold.. if you are on non-insulated inflated pads you are going to freeze... You could consider a small wood burner, it would keep you warm, but with a 2 and 5 yr old would need to be quite dilligent to keep them from touching it... Well sealed hot water bottles work well.. and a nice down comforter over their bags will help a lot too

    Get a smaller tent.. even a 3 person tent will be sufficient for a few yrs...

    Do what you need to keep them warm so they enjoy getting out...
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    I highly recommend the exped synmat or downmat sleeping mats. Not only are they the warmest mat I've ever used, they are also the most comfortable. They are kinda expensive but I consider them worth it.
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    Going camping with a 2-year-old, 5-year-old and a wife in sub-freezing temps sounds like a sure-fire recipe for plenty of unpleasantness no matter what you try.

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    Damn dude who the fuck brings kids winter camping lol... Who are you, Les Stroud?
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    To be more clear, this is may and june camping, but at high elevations on the eastside of sierra, you still can have sub freezing temps at night.
    But even 40 degrees is cold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iamchappy View Post
    Pop up camper...
    We went this route with our 8, 6, and 2 year old kids. It's been great. Kids stay warm and dry at night and have a place to hang out if it rains. Here in the PNW, camping in May, June, July and Oct. (really any month) means be ready for rain.

    If you can't swing the pop-up (really, you should just get one for car camping with kids), heavy blankets over the sleeping bags worked well for us when we didn't have the popup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfelot View Post
    Going camping with a 2-year-old, 5-year-old and a wife in sub-freezing temps sounds like a sure-fire recipe for plenty of unpleasantness no matter what you try.
    This was my thought! Imagine the fun of the middle of the night or early morning "i gotta peeeeee..... NOW!" Or do you make the 5 year old wear nighttime pullups, just in case??!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rod9301 View Post
    But even 40 degrees is cold.
    maybe stop being such pussies?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh Conway View Post
    maybe stop being such pussies?
    I tried this with my kids, but not much luck so far.

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    Make sure they are warm going to bed and have a warm cup of cocoa before tucking in?

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    Stay warm in a tent? There's one solution.

    Copious amounts of lovemaking.
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    hose to exhaust, other end of hose into tent. how has no one suggested this yet.
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    This may not be feasible, but it's something I've considered. small boat stove.
    http://www.marinestove.com/sardineinfo.htm

    Or just a hudge pile of salvation army wool blankets. But the stove will make it easier to get out of bed. With of ton of blankets, you'll just want to sleep in

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    from my (limited) experience, catalytic heater warm, but throw off moisture. So you're tent best be well vented, or figure out some exhaust.

    We tried those in a campervan, and found the heat was not worth the moisture buildup, but that was the PNW. Sierras might be drier, so moisture less of an issue.

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    Fartssssssss

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    Definitely better bags and mats. If it's 100% purely for car camping, look at the thermarest neoair dream mat. Has a couple inches of memory foam and is ridiculously warm and comfortable. The thing could probably fill most of a 75L pack.
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