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Offline dkerr24

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Re: camping in my truck?
« Reply #15 on: January 28, 2011, 02:03:44 PM »
So there you have it... only one somewhat negative comment along with the majority of folks saying do whatever you like (as long as you aren't disturbing your camping neighbors).

I'd do the same thing if I arrived late at night.  If sleeping in the back of a pickup would make the next mornings' camp break down go that much faster, then I'm all for it.

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Re: camping in my truck?
« Reply #16 on: January 28, 2011, 03:13:13 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.

Besides what Homero mentioned above about the cold, I can see three other down sides.
If you are staying multiple nights at one place you have to pack up your tent every morning and set it up every night. If it's on the ground you've got camp set up, and we have never had anyone mess with a tent while we were out hiking when we left it set up. Not to say that couldn't happen, but very unlikely.
Also, if it is windy, that truck is going to rock and roll from the wind all night. We took refuge in our truck/camper shell in a crazy wind storm in New Mexico, and it was miserable all night with the truck shaking. At least on the ground I can put in ear plugs to block the flapping, but the ground is not moving!
Lastly, if you have a lot of stuff you have to relocate from the bed of the truck and it won't fit in the cab, you will probably have mice or rats running all over (peeing on it & chewing) all night. Especially if you are in one of the campgrounds. We've also seen them at some of the primitive spots too. We don't leave anything out at night.

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Re: camping in my truck?
« Reply #17 on: January 28, 2011, 03:21:41 PM »
Not that it matters at this point but I think some folks are confusing zrock's original question on sleeping in the back of a truck with a camper shell and Terlingua50337's picture of him  using a tent in the back of his truck.  Having lived in the back of my pickup (with shell) for several summers while doing field work, it is not a bad way to go for a quick, no fuss, no muss sleeping set up.
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Re: camping in my truck?
« Reply #18 on: January 28, 2011, 07:24:49 PM »
Absolutely nothing wrong in sleeping in a truck with a camper shell.  Or without a camper shell.  I've slept in an open pickup, in a blanket on the beach, on a picnic table, on bare ground, on the cargo deck of a C130 in full arctic gear, pickup camper, 5th wheel portable condo and some nice and not so nice motels.  If you feel like it, go for it. 

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Re: camping in my truck?
« Reply #19 on: January 29, 2011, 01:09:45 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.

You just need to find YOUR way!

Heck, for these kind of views I'd sleep in the back of a Yugo!



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Re: camping in my truck?
« Reply #20 on: January 29, 2011, 07:45:18 AM »
Heck, for these kind of views I'd sleep in the back of a Yugo!
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Re: camping in my truck?
« Reply #21 on: January 29, 2011, 09:04:56 AM »
Homero, the choice of a Yugo was a careful one . . .

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Re: camping in my truck?
« Reply #22 on: January 30, 2011, 08:46:29 PM »
Snooze away, them pickup beds transmit a lot of cold.

When I was down last Feb there was a guy sleeping on a cot in a sleeping bag with a tarp layed over it, he looked fine.

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Re: camping in my truck?
« Reply #23 on: January 31, 2011, 05:28:33 PM »
Have done it many times as well as open sky camping and tent camping, what makes BiBe great is it is one of the last free and wild places on earth, camp and enjoy send photos so Homero will not complain.
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Re: camping in my truck?
« Reply #24 on: January 31, 2011, 06:09:33 PM »


Wow !!!

I appreciate all of the reply's.  I am so uneducated about camping.

I am total stoked about being able to pull up to a campsite and stay over night.

For a "no muss no fuss" outing.

I wasn't sure I could get to to many campsite with a 2wd.

I guess I need some ideas on which sites do you guys think I could get to.

I have a dually so I am wide. A few little scratches are okay.              :icon_lol:

Remember I am a novice so may be y'all can give me some easy ones until I get my feet wet so to speak.

It will be a couple of month be fore I can get out there.

When I stayed at the lodge a few years ago it was in May it was cool at night what about down the mountain?

Thanks


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Re: camping in my truck?
« Reply #25 on: January 31, 2011, 06:44:32 PM »
zrock, I can't think of a single campsite you can't get to in a high clearance 2 wheel drive vehicle.

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Re: camping in my truck?
« Reply #26 on: January 31, 2011, 08:30:23 PM »
We have camped in the Park in the back of our pickup with a camper top.  We put down a 4" foam mattress (and a blowup mattress works too) in the bed, a sleeping bag over that and covered with a sheet and an electric blanket and another sleeping bag over that, which is only possible if you stay in the campground with electricity.  I know, sounds like a lot of work but really it was kind of nice.  We had our big, fluffy pillows too.   :icon_biggrin: We woke up one trip to ice on the camper ceiling.  As far as if the wind comes up, I prefer a camper top to a tent (flap, flap, flap all night long is not conducive to a good night's sleep).  JMO.  Stuff that needs to be put up like your ice chest and food, which you need to do or the Park Host or Mr. Park Ranger will have a few words (not very happy words either) to say to you about that, will go in the cab of the truck.  We've slept in a tent too.  When its cold, sleeping on a cot made it feel really cold because of the cold air coming up underneath it.  If its not cold in a few months, which is when you mentioned in your arrival plan, sleeping in the pickup still isn't an uncomfortable thing if you put the tail gate down to get a little cool air.  Keep in mind Spring Break in the Park (usually in March) can be a very busy time so you might want to make a reservation for the campground, if that is where you plan to stay.  You just need to go for the adventure that awaits.  And you probably will come away from it and know more of what you want to do the next time.  But the fun will be worth it.  Take plenty of pictures!  We await your trip report.   
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Re: camping in my truck?
« Reply #27 on: January 31, 2011, 09:03:24 PM »
It begins getting warm in March.  It will be quite warm in May, desert-wise. A quick search will give you average temperatures by month. 
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Re: camping in my truck?
« Reply #28 on: February 01, 2011, 05:33:22 AM »
You know those holes in the side of the bed? We used to stick PVC pipe into them on one side to make a sort of frame to pitch a big blue tarp over in lean-to fashion. It works.

Also take into account that cold air will be underneath the sheet metal you're sleeping on. It will be colder than sleeping on the ground so you'll want some pretty good insulation under you.

 

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