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Car/Overland camping set ups

Post by MtnBart01 » Aug 28 2018 10:08 am

So i’m Slowly experimenting/changing Yertle as we use her and as budget permits. I’ve seen and know some people have set ups ie. Bebee, steph and Blake. I also know oregonhiker and RedRoxx sleeps in their fj’s and of course Grasshopper and his camp set up. Basically, I would like to see different Haz setups. Eventually, I would like solar and fridge freeze. I’ve seen cool roof rack shower/ 10 gallon water storage systems and am particularly interested in dual purpose systems as space can be a premium. I know these things are trial and error for example the first place I put my sleeping platform works great for me, but is too close to the ceiling for my wife. I now store it where it was so there is room for the dog and provides extra storage when not in use for sleeping, but it moves forward when car seats are moved providing enough head room. The generator bay fits our cooler and stove. I made a flip down table for cooking. The vehicle was already equipped with blackout curtains and I made screens for the windows. I also have a deluxe room with a floor for my arb awning. It’s dual purpose as well providing room for the dogs and any or all of the walls can be rolled up for air flow or just a screened room for mosquito relief. Eventually, we want do more overland travel when the kids are grown up and I would like to do a set up like this which might be of interest to Tacoma owners as they are looking at marketing their set up. https://gearjunkie.com/custom-pop-up-camper-build I found the new set up particularly useful on our last trip because w/ out kids/car seats and the platform already set up we were able to drive to the spot even on a pretty difficult 4x4 rd. And no set up for overnight camping to get an earlier start. Only way I was able to add pics was to add photos that were not posted to my personal photo album and copy links to this forum.
Generator bay where cooler and cooking supplies fit [ image ]
Old sleeping position allows use of seats and fold up table with storage below [ image ]
Storage position of the platform provides room for Bernat underneath [ image ]
Platform moved forward for sleeping room for kids to sit up car seats have to be removed [ image ]
Yertle with Awning extended. I have floored room for this measures 8'2"x8'2" [ image ]
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Re: Car/Overland camping set ups

Post by Steph_and_Blake » Aug 28 2018 10:23 am

What's a Yertle?

We just built a sleeping platform and storage underneath in the bed of our F250 (which has a topper). If all goes as planned we will take it on its maiden voyage this week. We decided to keep it very simple and not go with slide-outs, fridge, solar, etc. as we're not 100% sure we'll enjoy sleeping in the space. Basically we wanted something with minimal setup for 1 or 2 night trips.

As for a shower...Take a look at the Helio shower (available on Amazon). It packs up to, maybe, 6 x 6 x 3. Doesn't require electricity. We heat up water on our camp stove and siphon the water into the Helio. Works like a charm.
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Re: Car/Overland camping set ups

Post by chumley » Aug 28 2018 10:50 am

Steph_and_Blake wrote:What's a Yertle?
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Re: Car/Overland camping set ups

Post by Steph_and_Blake » Aug 28 2018 12:20 pm

@chumley
Holy cow!
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Re: Car/Overland camping set ups

Post by toddak » Aug 30 2018 7:42 am

I don't have the skills or interest to do a DIY build, so my current set up is a sleeping bag in the back of my Outback. But some day, when my ship comes in, I'll be upgrading to a Sportsmobile-customized Sprinter van baby!
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Re: Car/Overland camping set ups

Post by MtnBart01 » Aug 30 2018 8:20 am

@toddak
A guy I work with has one and he spent 20 grand less than on his house :scared: they are 😎. I’m not a diy person either, but found that trying to fill my frontier with 2 kids and dogs doesn’t work. I have done a few things to the truck and removed a few things to increase space, and ultimately doing nothing else it is comfortable for our weekend camping trips. Just looking for hacks and ideas that Hazers’ are using when they camp. It’s going to be awhile before the kids are going to be ready for backpacking. We have been doing truck camping to hikes or destinations using freecampsites.net. Some of the spots we’ve found off the beaten path require high clearance 4x4. In fact most places we go are pretty rough in order to get solitude. The site has been a great resource.
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Re: Car/Overland camping set ups

Post by toddak » Aug 30 2018 7:03 pm

@MtnBart01
Yeah, $125K and up and an 18 month wait time for a custom Sprinter, insane. iOverlander.com is another good resource for informal campsites.

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Re: Car/Overland camping set ups

Post by MtnBart01 » Oct 08 2018 8:28 pm

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Sleeping platform now folds up and transforms into storage shelf when not in use lifting on gas struts and drawer slides. It now only takes about a minute to switch it back and forth. :y:

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Re: Car/Overland camping set ups

Post by Nighthiker » Oct 10 2018 3:02 pm

Looked at various campers and preferred a popup when I replaced my popup a couple of years ago. Wanted something that I could take into the back country unlike my previous camper. I use the camper as a base camp and its a Jumping Jack 6' x 8' model. Had it out the past week.
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