- Offseason sleeping in car camping -tips and heaters
PS I am too soft to sleep in a tent.
The tent will be warmer and less damp. I have slept in, on and under minibuses and cars. Inside a small vehicle is cold (metal box), seriously damp and just not as good as a tent that is easy to ventilate and has double walls.Posted 3 years ago
I’m planning to go on a little weekend trip in which I will be sleeping in my car in the middle of or near a forest. I’ve camped a fair amount but never in the offseason (it’s winter here but that means overnight low of -2c and daytime high of 11c). And never in a car, although I froze a couple of times in a damp campervan (I didn’t think it through and ventilate to let the moisture out). I have a hatchback that I can fold seats flat with and have a little mattress I can use.
1) any tips?
2) if I camp somewhere that has power for sites, I could put a little electric heater in the car, couldn’t I? It has a kill switch in case it falls over and it wouldn’t blow hotter than the a/c does so it’s not going to melt anything…right?
PS I am too soft to sleep in a tent.Posted 3 years agospooky_b329Member
Honestly, why would you want to sleep in a car when you can have a nice flat airbed in a tent, a pillow and a really warm sleeping bag (instead of a heater)
If you are ‘too soft’ to be dealing with any errant bugs/wildlife, modern tents normally have a sewn in groundsheet now so nothing can get in 🙂Posted 3 years agotrail_ratMember
Is that the ventilation to allow the fire thats enevitably going to happen if you put a heater with any kind of meaningful output in your car ?
Whats the deal with pitching a tent ? Its warmer , comfier , safer , less likely to be frowned upon by the campsite staff….( a friend of mine was asked to leave glen nevis after his alarm went off when sleeping in the car in the middle of the night)Posted 3 years agoaracerSubscriber
I’d tend to choose a tent, but sleeping in a car works OK if you can’t be bothered with that (I quite often find somewhere to park up near the airport and sleep in my car if catching an early morning flight). I can lie flat in the back of my car with seats folded – I use a big thick thermarest and a 4 season sleeping bag when it’s cold and slept fine – have done this in below zero temperatures.Posted 3 years ago
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