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Car Camping Sleeping Pad?

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Offline SA Bill

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Car Camping Sleeping Pad?
« on: July 10, 2010, 06:11:18 PM »
Okay...if the gimpy knee holds up, my fall west TX trip may still happen.  :crossedfingers: This trip will be at least 4 and maybe as many as 6 nights sleeping on the ground. After 4 nights, my back begins to remind me why I sleep in a bed most nights and not on the floor.

Anyway, I have a decent sleeping pad for backpacking. I have an old open cell foam pad. When camping from the car, I've been combining the two to make a thicker pad. This has not been a very good solution. One pad is wider that the other. The top pad always seems to slip off to one side or the other.

Soooo....I'm thinking of getting something more along the lines of a true car camping sleeping pad. Long, wide, kinda thick. Bulk is not a huge problem but I obviously can't travel with a twin bed sized mattress strapped to the top of the car. At least not easily. Maybe if I had help:
http://failblog.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/128946118953371756.jpg

Any suggestions for a decent car camping sleeping pad?
   Thanks!
     Bill
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Re: Car Camping Sleeping Pad?
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2010, 07:12:23 PM »
i use two rei 3.5 inch camp beds side by side followed by a blanket then a egg crate mattress. it fills the bottom of my tent. roughly a double bed. i use normal pillows and get the camp beds as firm as possible.

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Re: Car Camping Sleeping Pad?
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2010, 07:29:19 PM »
The Big Agnes inflatable pads work great for car camping (and any other kind of camping).  If you really want luxury and have room in your tent, just get a twin size Coleman inflatable. 
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Re: Car Camping Sleeping Pad?
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2010, 07:49:16 PM »
I have an inflatable air mattress that I have been using for years and I love it. it takes some time to figure out how much to inflate it to your desired comfort, but i sleep very good on it.

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Re: Car Camping Sleeping Pad?
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2010, 07:52:17 PM »
Bill, Check out Cabelas.  They have great car camping stuff which is usually good bang for the buck and a no hassle return policy and replacement policy plus if you want to see it first hand it is an easy drive from SA.  I have a 4" thick open cell foam pad which is deluxe but I don't think you can find them any more without major hassle.

Al

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Re: Car Camping Sleeping Pad?
« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2010, 08:40:17 PM »
Big Agnes Insulated Core.

I have a bad back and am a side sleeper - a tough combo. I just spent 2 weeks on it in Colorado and am a believer.  Bought it for backpacking (2 lbs) but ended up using it for both car camping and back country after my brand new car camping mattress flattened 2 hours into the first night.  :pissed: Upper 20's and I stayed warm. Rated down to 15 degrees (which I have no intention of verifying).  Can't believe I stuck with my 1980s Thermarest so long.

The downsides: 2 minutes to blow it up (a cheap price for a good night's sleep), somewhat hard to get all the air out to get it back in the stuff sack, and at $80 it ain't cheap. Use a 20% coupon at REI.
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Offline SA Bill

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Re: Car Camping Sleeping Pad?
« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2010, 10:21:00 PM »
Good stuff folks! Thanks for the ideas. I'm liking the Big Agnes Insulated Air Core because I too am a side sleeper with a sometimes bad back. I'm also partial to BA products...they just make good stuff. Looks like I can get a wide long version of the Insulated Air Core pad for about $70.00, which isn't too bad for a pad that deflates and takes up little room. It would definitely be smaller than the foam pads I've been using. I'll probablt do the BA or a small blow up air mattress. I worry about those though because I do like a firm sleeping surface and the times I've tried a blow up mattress, I just wasn't comfortable with the firmness. Maybe there are better air mattresses than the cheapos I've been exposed to.
  Thanks again for the feedback!
    Bill
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Re: Car Camping Sleeping Pad?
« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2010, 09:36:16 AM »
I have been using a Coleman single air mattress with their battery operated pump for all of my car camping trips. It fits nicely inside my Half Dome 2 and takes 5 minutes to inflate. It's pretty firm and I've never had any leakage and sleep well on it.  :icon_biggrin:  I think I paid about $30 for it and $12 for the pump. I believe Mr. Blaylock also uses this method as he turned me on to it.  :icon_cool:

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Re: Car Camping Sleeping Pad?
« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2010, 11:19:40 AM »
I have been using a Coleman single air mattress with their battery operated pump for all of my car camping trips. It fits nicely inside my Half Dome 2 and takes 5 minutes to inflate. It's pretty firm and I've never had any leakage and sleep well on it.  :icon_biggrin:  I think I paid about $30 for it and $12 for the pump. I believe Mr. Blaylock also uses this method as he turned me on to it.  :icon_cool:

Yep. For car camping, I use a Coleman inflatable mattress, flannel sheets, two fleece blankets, a Dallas Cowboys blanket, and a down pillow or two. And a dog bed if she's camping with me. Since weight is no object, maximize comfort.
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Offline SA Bill

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Re: Car Camping Sleeping Pad?
« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2010, 12:15:07 PM »
Houston, we have a plan!!

We could use a new air bed at our house...the old one is pretty much worn out. Soooo....I think I'll try a Coleman, or Aerobed...good reviews, twin air mattress to start to see if that works for my back and sleeping style. If it does, I'm ready to go. If it doesn't, we still have the new air bed we need anyway and I'll move on and try the Big Agnes insulated pad.
  Thanks all!
    Bill
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Re: Car Camping Sleeping Pad?
« Reply #10 on: July 11, 2010, 08:31:05 PM »
I have been using a Coleman single air mattress with their battery operated pump for all of my car camping trips. It fits nicely inside my Half Dome 2 and takes 5 minutes to inflate. It's pretty firm and I've never had any leakage and sleep well on it. :icon_biggrin: I think I paid about $30 for it and $12 for the pump. I believe Mr. Blaylock also uses this method as he turned me on to it. :icon_cool:

Yep. For car camping, I use a Coleman inflatable mattress, flannel sheets, two fleece blankets, a Dallas Cowboys blanket, and a down pillow or two. And a dog bed if she's camping with me. Since weight is no object, maximize comfort.

Excellent solution particularly if you have limited hauling capacity.  ACADEMY!



Al

P.S. I hope you know to take my car camping posts with a grain of salt!


« Last Edit: July 11, 2010, 10:24:10 PM by Al »

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Re: Car Camping Sleeping Pad?
« Reply #11 on: July 11, 2010, 10:37:41 PM »
I have been using a Coleman single air mattress with their battery operated pump for all of my car camping trips. It fits nicely inside my Half Dome 2 and takes 5 minutes to inflate. It's pretty firm and I've never had any leakage and sleep well on it.  :icon_biggrin:  I think I paid about $30 for it and $12 for the pump. I believe Mr. Blaylock also uses this method as he turned me on to it.  :icon_cool:

Yep. For car camping, I use a Coleman inflatable mattress, flannel sheets, two fleece blankets, a Dallas Cowboys blanket, and a down pillow or two. And a dog bed if she's camping with me. Since weight is no object, maximize comfort.

Agreed.  I use a Coleman twin air mattress and I love it.  You can get either an electric, battery,  or a hand pump.  Take soft comfy bedding and you will sleep well. 

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Re: Car Camping Sleeping Pad?
« Reply #12 on: July 12, 2010, 06:52:08 AM »
Al, by the time you get all that out :willynilly: and set up its time to break down and go home isn't it?   :rolling:

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Re: Car Camping Sleeping Pad?
« Reply #13 on: July 12, 2010, 01:40:18 PM »
I use a Byers cot with a thermarest pad and other than a pain in the butt getting up and down I sleep pretty good.
http://www.byerofmaine.com/products/camp-furniture/allagash-al-cot.html

If there are no space constraints I use a slumberjack big cot. http://www.slumberjack.com/Product.aspx?ProductID=56

Feels like it weighs a ton but I sleep as well as I do at home.

I cant hardly do the ground any more, sleep and hour and have to get up and walk around for 10 minutes, then repeat.

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Re: Car Camping Sleeping Pad?
« Reply #14 on: July 12, 2010, 03:09:05 PM »
Al, by the time you get all that out :willynilly: and set up its time to break down and go home isn't it?   :rolling:

Hardly a problem.  Didn't you notice the careful organization that allows almost instant access to every need!

Al

 


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