Jan 20, 2020 at 10:59 am #3628019
That water bladder looks like a perfect solution.Feb 23, 2020 at 11:45 am #3632824
Working on my fast and light glamping setup.
Camping is serious business.
Math problem. I am 6’3”. My truck bed is 5’6”. How best to camp in it.
I’m a pinch I can sleep in it diagonally but it’s sub optimal for a number of reasons.
This now gives me 7’6” to stretch out in. The top portion is Velcro’d to the carpet on the canopy and doesn’t need to be removed.
Once you’re ready to set up camp, you simply zip in the bottom portion and insert the tent pole.
Field trials forthcoming
Edit and now pictures aren’t loading. How I love this software…Feb 23, 2020 at 11:59 am #3632827
I have the same problem, except I’m a shorty – 6’2″
and I have no canopy on my pickup, I’ve thought about that
You must lower your tailgate and have some sort of tent like thing
random photo (attempt):
Edit post also works?
YesFeb 23, 2020 at 12:01 pm #3632831Feb 23, 2020 at 12:02 pm #3632832
Correct Jerry. Link to my Instagram post aboveFeb 23, 2020 at 2:43 pm #3632852
what do you do to sleep on? The grooves of a pickup bed would be uncomfortable. Maybe those are too widely spaced to be called grooves :)Feb 23, 2020 at 2:47 pm #3632853
I’m going to try it tonight with a low profile cot and a foam pad for insulationFeb 23, 2020 at 2:47 pm #3632854
The wind is howling so it should be a good test runFeb 23, 2020 at 2:55 pm #3632856
that’s what you get for living in a frickin desert on the east side : )Feb 23, 2020 at 3:39 pm #3632868
I will never make the mistake of living in these god forsaken scablands for 25ish years again!Feb 23, 2020 at 3:43 pm #3632870
Cot is a no go. Advertised at 72” but comes in a few inches short. I thought I’d be able to squeeze in but it’s tighter than what I’d be comfortable with and adds unnecessary complexity to a system that I want to be simple and fast. When I roll up to a campground or trailhead late at night, I want to be set up and in bed in less than five minutes with a minimal amount of noise. This cot won’t allow for that.
Battery box/night stand, solar, bed rug, and a plain ol’ inflatable mattress will be the next iterationView this post on Instagram
Swing and a miss. Cot is a critical 3.25 inches off of what’s advertised. It’s also adds an unnecessary layer of complexity. There are a number of nephews and nieces who will have an opportunity to camp on this in the future, but this idea has been officially removed from consideration.
A post shared by Ian Bloom (@columbiadrift) onFeb 23, 2020 at 4:13 pm #3632876
I have a Toyota Seqouia SUV which when I drop back and mid row seats leaves a decent sleeping amount of space. I have a fitted windshield sun guard which I cold use and put reflectix in the other windows. Also thinking of getting a used roof top tent for my jeep wrangler.Feb 24, 2020 at 9:34 am #3632997
I’d love to turn a Jeep into a camper. The JKU and JLU have a really neat pop top optionFeb 24, 2020 at 9:47 am #3633000
We got hammered with a windstorm last night so I figured that was a good time to test it out. I’m struggling to find the wind speed. In town it was measured at 30mph at the airport. The wind was much worse where I drive to so I’m guessing it was closer to 50+ mph.
It worked great. I parked with the hood of my truck pointed into the wind. The tent portion stayed tight as a drum. The only nit to pick was listening to the zipper pulls clinking together. Some gaffer tape will help with that I’m sure.
Temps were in the 30s but I was pretty comfortable throughout the night.
I have a bed carpet on order which has a layer of CCF built into it. That should help insulate and add a layer of comfort.
Used my S2S inflatable mattress which worked well enough. I have a Tri fold foam mattress on order. This should allow for a quicker deployment and something that’s less vulnerable to a Golden Retriever’s toe nails.
I have some rough ideas of how I’m going to build in the battery box but I probably won’t get started on that until April.Feb 24, 2020 at 11:31 am #3633020
That’s Jeep camper conversion is seriously cool :-)Feb 26, 2020 at 8:45 pm #3633369
“I have a Toyota Seqouia SUV which when I drop back and mid row seats leaves a decent sleeping amount of space. ”
I looked at a second gen Sequoia today as it drove past me on the road. From the room I could see behind the driver, it looks palatial. I plan on keeping my Tundra until it doesn’t make sense any more but the Sequoia would definitely be a contender when we’re back in the market.Feb 27, 2020 at 3:54 am #3633386
<p style=”text-align: left;”>We love our one Ian, its basically an SUV version of the Tundra. Ours is 10 years old with over 140k and still going strong.</p>Feb 27, 2020 at 8:46 pm #3633517Nick GatelBPL Member
@ngatelLocale: Southern California
Cut and fit plywood OSB into the truck bed. Nice smooth surface. Optional for additional comfort and some insulation is carpet padding and low pile carpet. For professional look, install carpet tack strips and use a kicker tool to tuck tight along the edges.Mar 2, 2020 at 1:03 pm #3633991
That’s a good idea Nick. I’m considering using a single sheet of plywood. Since I have 48” between the wheel wells, I can carpet it and cut/install a hinge at the tailgate. Easy enough to remove when I need to use it as a truck and easy enough to throw back in when I’m going campingMar 18, 2020 at 2:14 pm #3636635
We’re storing the RV. I visit it once every couple months to run the engine and generator. We haven’t used it for a couple years – got to get rid of it.
I just visited and noticed a mouse had made a nest inside a drawer. Pee and poop, except it had dried so the mouse must have met it’s end already. The mouse had been breaking into ketchup packets. This is nowhere near as bad as the rat. I had to trap that rat and it made a horrible odor, I had to do some electrical repairs. Got to get rid of RV…
So, I’ve been bringing back all the stuff in the RV.
Except the Purell expired in 2009. Brenda said “better than nothing”. I don’t think its a good idea to rely on there being enough alcohol in it to be effective. At least we got some TP.Mar 18, 2020 at 3:08 pm #3636651
That’s a shame you got to sell, how old is it?
I hear you on the tp.Mar 18, 2020 at 3:41 pm #3636657
we’re still thinking about keeping it or doing another trip
we’ve done many excellent trips in 2 RVs and 2 fifth wheels, 30 years or so, fond memories
the last couple trips we got bored after a few days and came back home
maybe taking a couple years off would make a difference
it’s going to need new tires within a few years. Maybe it’s due right now depending on your philosophy about tiresMar 18, 2020 at 4:05 pm #3636666
Would you ever think of renting it out? I see folks are getting 200-300$ a night for class A’s.
Have you checked the date stamp on the tires?Mar 18, 2020 at 4:10 pm #3636667Nick GatelBPL Member
@ngatelLocale: Southern California
I am a tire expert by trade. Most tire manufacturers recommend replacement at 6 years.
Joyce and I get along best when camping, especially since where we mostly camp there is no cell service or wi-fi. Not unusual for us to spend 2-4 weeks in some remote place.Mar 18, 2020 at 4:29 pm #3636670
renting it sounds like work. I don’t work anymore.
I could check the date stamp, but it wouldn’t help, I’d still be stuck in the philosophical argument about whether you should replace tires at 5 years, 7 years, or when you can see cracking
I had a Ranger that had tires that were maybe 13 years old. I tried to convince Les Schwab they should be replaced, but they said they were fine. Then they started making a faint noise and Les Schwab said it was time. I probably should have insisted they be replaced sooner and I just lucked out they didn’t fail catastrophically.
RV is at 6 years from when it was manufactured. So maybe 7 year old tires. Probably time. If I did a lot of travelling I probably would. If I’m just selling it probably not. Maybe I’d at least have Les Schwab inspect them. Camping World says they’re fine. I keep covers on them.
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