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Old 05-19-2013, 17:54   #1
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Habitable vehicle?

I have a 01 Toyota 4Runner that I want to travel around with a little this summer. Road trips, camping, fishing, ect, I want to be able to have a vehicle I can carry stuff it, as well as sleep in the back and have too for food but thats not as big of a concern.

My biggest concerns are figuring ways to block the back windows at night, yet keep the pieces conviently stored during travel and during the day. My other big concern is electricity. I thought about a solar panel, but all I would really need is something I could hook up my phone/laptop so it can charge.

Realistically, a shower every three days is acceptable and baby wipes and hand sanitizer would be used on off days.

Laundry would be done as needed, but Febreeze would be used to keep the clothes fresh smelling as well as the vehicles overall smell.

The seats fold down in the back and allow for room for blanets and pillow. I am gonna buy a mattress pad to make it a little more bearable.

Can anyone else think of ways to make a SUV more habitable for a few days?
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Old 05-19-2013, 17:57   #2
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Roof top tent.
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Old 05-19-2013, 18:04   #3
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I don't have any real advice to offer, but I do give you a high five for trying to do this. It is something I have always wanted to do. We used to have an old Dodge Caravan, I kick myself on a daily basis for getting rid of it.

There are some websites that might be helpful if you google van dwelling and stuff on youtube. It sounds like a really fun idea and big adventure.
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Old 05-19-2013, 18:08   #4
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Google Toyota 4Runner tent, many options. I'd rather start with a pickup but it is what it is and I bet you can make it work.
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Sounds like it could be an interesting and enjoyable trip although I would not go three days without a shower.
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I've tried a number of times, but never did find a comfortable way to sleep in a vehicle......and, there is a security risk by being exposed to anyone looking in the windows.

I've had several camper trailers in the past.......most recently a 22' Dutchman self contained trailer. You know, those trailers were a pain to keep up the plumbing and electrical, stove, refrigerator, and all.

What I have now is a 12' enclosed trailer.....just a box on wheels. I've been on a few family camping and picnic trips with it, and never have had this much fun before! We have a couple of cots, propane lights and heater, chairs, table, ice chest, deck of cards, roll of TP, and a 12ga shotgun! We make our own fires, and sitting around shooting the breeze has never been this much enjoyable before with the fancy camper trailers.

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This one is great, lots of detail and the read is addictive.
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Old 05-19-2013, 19:02   #9
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I used to sleep in a Ford Escort. Removed pass seat/rear seats/ put planks and pad on it. Sun screen on front, cardboard on side,rear and sack out in car.
Spent many nights in that car. Winter and summer. (long johns, snow suit, sleeping bag in winter)
A cooler (esp if 12V) could be handy. Also if you know a trucker they oftne have (extra free showers) at chain truck stops. (they fill over X gallons they get cert for free shower)
It MIGHT be possible to get a free shower at truck stop. Some drivers hand them out to anyone..
I would suggest having sandles of some type as I fear fungus, warts,etc..
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I've tried a number of times, but never did find a comfortable way to sleep in a vehicle......and, there is a security risk by being exposed to anyone looking in the windows.

I've had several camper trailers in the past.......most recently a 22' Dutchman self contained trailer. You know, those trailers were a pain to keep up the plumbing and electrical, stove, refrigerator, and all.

What I have now is a 12' enclosed trailer.....just a box on wheels. I've been on a few family camping and picnic trips with it, and never have had this much fun before! We have a couple of cots, propane lights and heater, chairs, table, ice chest, deck of cards, roll of TP, and a 12ga shotgun! We make our own fires, and sitting around shooting the breeze has never been this much enjoyable before with the fancy camper trailers.

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That sounds fun. I've been interested in something like that.
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This one is great, lots of detail and the read is addictive.
http://www.whenshtf.com/threads/8419...k-(with-Pics)?

I kept up with that thread when it was new and it was an addicting read. I would highly recommend it to anyone.

In 2009 I had split from my ex-wife and was in the enviable position of having absolutely no bills except rent and utilities. I seriously considered saying "Screw yall" and just living out of my truck and driving around the country until I felt like becoming a productive member of society again. That thread and the idea of true freedom, really got me thinking.

I never did it and now I've got kids so it will always be a dream that never was.
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Old 05-19-2013, 19:19   #13
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Here ya go, they'll have most all your answers:

http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...Tacoma-4Runner
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Old 05-19-2013, 20:01   #14
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I had an old cargo van (an extended wheelbase E350, but any similar would do).
Tint those rear windows, or find doors without them.
Queen size futon matress.
2 sleeping bags that zip together to make 1 big one.
Plenty room for a cooler or two also.
Access from driver's seat... no need to step outside to get into bed.
Marine deep-cycle battery kept scanner, CB radio, and/or music (quietly) running all night. Phone & laptop should be no problemo.
Restrooms and laundrymats are where you find them.
Truckstops, beaches, and KOA campgrounds have showers.
Have fun!

If I had it to do again I'd get one of those cheap pop-up sunroofs for nighttime ventilation/view of the stars. Skeeter repellant FTW.
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Old 05-19-2013, 20:35   #15
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Bring a tent, go camping.
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Do a limo tint over the factory tint and nobody will be able to see inside day or night. In the front window put a sunshade which will cut out even more light.
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Or this...

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Cardboard (cut to fit) or black cloth (fleece or cotton, bulk-cut from fabric store) can be used to block windows; suspend with strong magnets.

Grab some bulk window screen and a few more magnets so you can crack a couple windows for ventilation while sleeping.
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That is how I would do it. I have smelled too many people that have slept for weeks in their cars. I think they get cooped up in the car and can't smell the stink. Part of my job.

I suppose if you want a "pull of the road and sleep" type of arrangement then you are going to have to go with the tent hanging off the back like someone posted above.
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Can anyone else think of ways to make a SUV more habitable for a few days?


Yes, get a much larger SUV.
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Old 05-19-2013, 22:18   #22
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Interesting topic.

On Tuesday I will embark upon a trip to travel to the western 1/2 of the lower 48 states. I will spend the days/nights in my personal vehicle. I used to have a Toyota 4-Runner. But now I have the smaller Toyota FJ Cruiser.

One advantage of the FJ Cruiser is that it gets better fuel mileage and came equipped with a 120 Volt power converter. I have added a dual battery system, CB and HAM radio, front winch and after market rear bumper with racks to hold two "Scepter" fuel cans and other accessories.

Since I will be the only occupant, I have removed the rear seats to maximize my cargo room. Then I built a two drawer, sliding, storage system with a flat shelf mounted above the drawers. This was added to the rear cargo area so that when I open the back door I have access to the drawers. I can strap cargo to the shelf to make sure it does not shift inside the vehicle.

Behind the driver seat, I have installed a National Luna, 50L split, stainless steel, model NLS257, refrigerator/freezer to facilitate carrying food/beverage provisions without having to constantly monitor/refill an ice chest. http://expeditionoffroad.com/expedit...ezer_stainless

I do not intend to sleep INSIDE of my vehicle. As others have already mentioned, a roof top tent is a much better alternative: 1) it frees up the space inside the vehicle for other essential cargo, 2) it only takes a minute or two to open and close my roof top tent, 3) it provides more privacy since it is elevated, 4) it allows for much more room to stretch out when trying to get 40 winks, & 5) it eliminates the hassle of pulling a trailer.

Here is the roof tent top I chose: http://www.autohomeus.com/rooftop/maggiolinaCarbon.php

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I have an 00 Jeep Cherokee. This is a small vehicle but I've stayed in mine quite comfortably on numerous occasions. With the XJs, the trick is to build an extension for the cargo area that fills the void when the rear seat bottom is removed and the front seats are slid all the way forward. When there's any weight on the passenger seat back, it lays flat. Throwing some blankets, pillows, and sleeping bags back there, I've been comfortable down into the 20s. My wife was too cold the night I got her try sleeping out there with me but we were both comfortable. I'm about 5'10" and she's around 5'4". Of course, most of what you're carrying inside has to be placed outside for this arrangement but a roof basket and a tarp would pretty much have you setup right.

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I too would love to have a rooftop tent but ones I've seen start around $4,000. Being that's all I paid for the Jeep in the first place, that price tag puts them outside of the things I ever expect to own.

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Spend $99 and buy a real tent.

This typical one weighs about 5 lbs, is about the size of a queen size mattress inside, and you're not stuck in a parking lot if you'd rather sleep elsewhere, like on a beach or inna woods. Lifetime warranty.

If you own a real tent, you're a camper, not a homeless bum.

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Old 05-20-2013, 07:21   #25
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I'm confused.....

You have a jeep, which can carry many things, and you want to do some "Road trips, camping, fishing, ect,", but you want to sleep in your jeep?

Yeaaaaaaaaaah...

Uh, that's not camping.

Either do this right (see below)......
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.....or get a tent and such, and actually camp.

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