- Sleeping in your MPV v 1 night camp
I’ve slept in a few cars over the years rather than pitching up for a few hours (especially in summer when that means braving midges).
I don’t know what it is about it, but I never seem to get a good sleep at all (not that I sleep very well in a tent either mind you). I’m always a wee bit worried about the electrics too – two people in a relatively closed up car all night, can’t be good if you do it regularly?
If you can get the mattress flat I’m sure it will be fine. My mat never seemed to be flat due to the way the seats folded.
It is pretty convenient getting up and just jumping in the drivers seat and getting on the road though!Posted 3 years agoJunkyardMember
should you not get a small car that you dont fit and then say its a perfect fit then search for the ultimate small car sleep vehicle?
Dont forget to test the suspension
I have done and its ok at best not sure why it just seems wrong for some reason and I am not that fussy where I sleep [ you can do the punchline there fella]
They do warm up quick and can get damp and let the light in so dont expect much IMHOPosted 3 years agonickdaviesSubscriber
Do it all the time – never chuck a tent up these days unless it’s a few days stop. I have a small roll mat which is always in the car and a sleeping bag, bosh the larger back seat down, headrest out, turned round and back in again as a pillow job done. takes about 10 mins either end. I specifically will only buy a car with fold flat rear seats for this reason!
Only minor issue is when it’s raining – then water gets through the open window but i normally just open the back window where the bikes are a bit so it’s not a massive issue. I keep meaning to get wind deflectors cos that means you can crack the windows without worrying about it.
The only thing i’d say is try not to do anything to avoid condensation towels etc, wiping – just give it 10 minutes to air out the next morning if you do get any. Obviously crack a window and lock the car from the inside and don’t alarm it. My new car is a bit of a pain, as when you have finished with music etc and turn the ignition off to go to sleep, you have to open the drivers door and close it to kill the car, and then every light on the bloody thing turns on and illuminates everything around you… can be awkward on a campsite!Posted 3 years agohot_fiatSubscriber
Used to sleep in my old marea all the time. Not convinced it’s any warmer than a tent and they do get condensation. Bought three karrimats from lidl or aldi and cut them to the shape of the windows to block out the light. Need to think about what you do with your stuff while you’re sleeping in the back.Posted 3 years agorich cMember
I’ve done it plenty of times before races, it saves drying out a tent as well as cleaning bikes etc if there’s not much time left on a Sunday.
Insignia estate gives just enough room for two 6 footers, crack the windows and if you don’t want to be awake early in the summer then get a pair of these,
Roll mat and a sleeping bag and you’re good to go.Posted 3 years ago
I’ve worked out the rear of my car (sans rear seats) is over 6ft2 long and flat floored-no lips/brackets etc. I can stick the single mattress in- if I stick a few towels over the tops of each window/close em- surely better/less hassle n windy that packing my huge tent etc etc for just one night??
Anyone done this?Posted 3 years agomikewsmithSubscriber
Done it a few times and condensation was always annoying, that and it’s significantly colder than a tent and the light comes in early (or late if people are still around). The Van was lined, insulated and much more comfortable.
We had a cheap tent from Argos that was tough and easy to pitch. If it ever got that bad it was only £20 so no issue with binning it.Posted 3 years ago
Others have said it, but make sure you leave at least one window open a bit; you’d be amazed how much moisture will build up overnight. A good tip is also to not quite shut the boot (if it’s a hatchback, estate or tailgate-doored van), this leaves a nice gap to let the car ventilate but means that rain won’t get in.Posted 3 years agohjghg5Member
I sleep in my berlingo – much better when it’s warm enough to leave the boot open but I sleep better in that than a tent. We do have a camping conversion kit that you can take in and out which has nice thick cushions and blackout blinds. Condensation does build up a bit.Posted 3 years agotrail_ratMember
should add that getting up off the floor makes a silly big difference to your heat loss . i found in winter even in a -20 sleeping bag on a thermarest i would get cold – consistantly cooled big floor area thats a pretty good conductor ….
putting in a foot of air gap by raising my sleeping platform – the same sleeping bag – still in -10 at strathpuffer the following year i was too warm.Posted 3 years ago
Thats one thing I don’t like about drinking when camping- fight your way out of the sleeping bag, find the zip, hold enclosure straight whilst using zip, quickly shut zip or migs will get in, fall over, fight another zip, return, (repeat) and then try re-arranging airbed etc.
Repeat again in 2hours.Posted 3 years ago
You just don’t like putting your tent up!! Long Mynd proved that. Rich is with me so i’ll have 2 bikes and stuff in there anyway plus your 5am wake up calls don’t even come with a cup of tea.
Just strip your bike down, take your bits home and leave the boxy frame there.Posted 3 years ago
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