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Offline zrock

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camping in my truck?
« on: January 27, 2011, 06:30:10 PM »
Hey Gang

Need some helps/tips.

I have been to BB a couple of times before.

Once I stayed at the lodge and once I stayed in Alpine.

I was thinking of doing something different the next time I go.

I don't normally camp out. I am not and "outdoors man" type.    :icon_redface:

But ! lol

Here is what I want to do. I have a 2wd F-350 dually,

I only mention dually is because of width.

I was thinking about putting a small camper top on it

and stay in it overnight in the park.

1st is this possible?

2nd is it safe?

3rd can y'all give me some ideas which sites in the park can accommodate me?

I mostly want to go back and take pictures at dusk and the peace and quiet.

I don't see well at night so I thought sleeping in my truck over night would be the answer.

 
Thanks

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Ray52

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Re: camping in my truck?
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2011, 06:46:45 PM »
I've done it several times in my F150 with a camper top, and a few times without the top.  I used an inflatable mattress and warm sleeping bags and it seemed much colder than when I'm in a tent, but its definitely an option.

Offline Terlingua50337

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Re: camping in my truck?
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2011, 07:23:22 PM »
I've got a platform I built in the bed of my dodge to get me up off the metal. Made from treated 2X4's and a piece of 3/4" marine plywood sealed and painted. I pitch my pup tent in the bed when its wet or a full moon (too bright) and just roll out my suggins when its dry.

Offline homerboy2u

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Re: camping in my truck?
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2011, 07:58:45 PM »
  I used an inflatable mattress and warm sleeping bags and it seemed much colder than when I'm in a tent, but its definitely an option.

  Since sleeping in the back of a truck with a camper, will always be more colder than sleeping in a tent. Due to the fact there is more room to warm up, besides it is next to impossible to warm up an aluminum  or fiber glass camper with your body heat. I too would suggest to camp instead in a tent.

  You could do as Terlingua50337 and lay it on top of the truck box, but i would suggest you put some sort insulation between you and that steel floor. Cardboard box, windshield reflective material,roll out upholestry, what ever works great for you. So as long as it does the job.

 Sleeping inside fo the tent alone, is much better because it does warm up a bit by the wicking action of your body heat thru your sleeping bag.
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Offline Terlingua50337

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Re: camping in my truck?
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2011, 08:25:30 PM »
This was my proto type platform. The one in it now is better.

Offline elhombre

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Re: camping in my truck?
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2011, 09:51:56 PM »
I have to comment because your picture of the tent in the back of the truck made me laugh out loud.  You realize you are in a tent; in the back of a truck.....The back of a truck can't be more comfortable because it is many times harder to find a spot where your head is higher or even with your feet.  Also, why sleep on lumpy corrugated metal  when you can clear out the rocks and sleep on the smooth ground?  My guess is you already own a nice, THICK thermarest  type sleeping mattress which smooths out all the little bumps and insulates you from the cold ground.   Help me understand why a person would sleep in the back of a truck.  Is it the feeling of being safer and removed from the wild life.  If that's the case, have you seen any of the videos of the bears bending back the doors of cars to get to the coolers inside? 

I am being confrontational for a reason.  You are out there.   Enjoy the experience for what it is.  How many people have survived sleeping on the ground for generations.  If you believe the government, man has destroyed most all the animals anyway, so how many are left that want to eat your stinky unwashed body?  Once you get comfortable with sleeping on the ground, the wilderness will open up to you ( Pack out your TP).

If sleeping in the back of your truck is the only way you will get out there and camp, then by all means, keep doing it.  You are some of the few people who actually DO venture into the wilderness.  The more people who use the public lands means the more people who will be pissed off when the government decides to close the lands we all enjoy.   

Ever back country campsite has a parking area for your truck, so you will not have any problem finding a spot for your rig.  Also most, if not all,  sites have a designated tent spot right beside the parking area.
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Ray52

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Re: camping in my truck?
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2011, 10:19:42 PM »
Why???  A couple of reasons that come to mind right away are late arrival and wet ground. 

Offline zrock

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Re: camping in my truck?
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2011, 10:26:24 PM »

I realize that I asked some dumb questions. I have never camped out before.  :eusa_doh:

I had no idea someone would be offended if someone slept in the bed of a truck. :icon_frown:


Offline Al

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Re: camping in my truck?
« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2011, 10:31:59 PM »

I realize that I asked some dumb questions. I have never camped out before.  :eusa_doh:

I had no idea someone would be offended if someone slept in the bed of a truck. :icon_frown:

I have slept in the bed of the truck when camping alone.  Adds a level of security, which is not to say it was the best place to sleep.

Al

Offline Neville

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Re: camping in my truck?
« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2011, 08:00:08 AM »
Don't worry about offending someone.  Camp and/or hike in the method that suits you best.  Being different doesn't mean being wrong.  I too have slept in my car because of some of the reasons mentioned in the thread (late arrival).

And there is no such thing as a dumb question when your new to something.  Keep asking and I'm sure there will be a lot of folks who are happy to provide some answers.  As far as being safe, that shouldn't be a problem, but I'll ask if you mean by being safe from the critters at night or being safe as in adhering to camping rules?  If it's the latter, there are no restrictions to sleeping in your vehicle at a campsite.  I say at a campsite because you don't want to pull into the visitor's center parking lot to spend the night.

The developed sites in the Chisos Basin, Cottonwood over at Castolon, and Rio Grand Village will be able to accommodate you.  I haven't used any of the primitive sites off the main roads but I would wager that they too will work.


Offline Reece

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Re: camping in my truck?
« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2011, 08:07:42 AM »
There's no shame in sleeping in the bed of your truck. Do what you like. I did it after a late arrival to the trail head. I could have pulled my 6" fatty mattress out on to the ground but why? All I would have accomplished would be to gather a bunch of desert dust even with a ground tarp. Then I hiked up the mountain for 2 nights in my tent.

Offline homerboy2u

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Re: camping in my truck?
« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2011, 09:03:27 AM »
ZRock, two words that will motivate you: JUST DO IT!!...okay, three?.. :eusa_shifty:.

  You are not insulting any one here.
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Offline Verduretiger

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Re: camping in my truck?
« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2011, 09:11:31 AM »
My buddy and I would drive from Louisiana to Big Bend and get in to the park late at night.  He had a camper top on his Chevrolet pickup with plywood platform and 4 inches of foam rubber on top of that.  Rather than try to set up a tent late at night we just got in the truck and rolled out the sleeping bags.  What a great nights sleep before 6 days of backpacking. 

Offline Pedreo233

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Re: camping in my truck?
« Reply #13 on: January 28, 2011, 11:05:40 AM »
The whole purpose of going to BiBe is to do your thing whatever that is and experience the place not be constrained by the normal cares of life.  Instead of the normal things that concern one, your survival instinct takes over.  So if sleeping in a car, truck, or tent is your thing then go for it and enjoy the experience. 

For myself, being basic, I just throw a tarp down, my pad, and bag and fall asleep on the ground under the stars.  I have been doing it for over 30 yrs and it is part of my experience.  I have gotten wet, snowed on, blown around, but never had a critter on me or anything of a safety issue like that.  Unlike some other parts of the country, you can do that at BiBe. 

(Other plarks are not that way, for instance in the Smokies, I sleep in the bed of my pickup with a tarp strung over me - never been cold, never been wet even in a 2" downpour.  But on the ground I have had a skunk crawl on me, a 4" walking stick, and bear nearby so not a good idea.)

Maybe I am lucky or dumb, but that is what I enjoy.  Blissfully ignorant?  Maybe so.

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Offline Robert

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Re: camping in my truck?
« Reply #14 on: January 28, 2011, 12:45:17 PM »
Lot's of people sleep in trucks with camper shells. Unless I'm mistaken, that's what they are for.

 

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