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Car Camping Sleeping Pad?

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Offline Terlingua50337

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Re: Car Camping Sleeping Pad?
« Reply #15 on: July 13, 2010, 06:43:13 AM »
Looking more closely at your photo I do see there is method to the madness and not just articles thrown in willy nilly. For example, after a long 10 hour drive (we all know BiBe is 10 hours from anywhere) the first thing you'd want is to sit down on the chair, drink some water and rest before unloading LOL! :icon_mrgreen:

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Re: Car Camping Sleeping Pad?
« Reply #16 on: July 24, 2010, 04:32:30 PM »
I just got back from 9 nights in Colorado - with no set-up lasting more than 3 days.  I had a cheapo Ozark Trail that I got at Wal-Mart and I would bottom out on about day 3.  Several people had Aerobeds that had no problems.

I was ok with my el cheapo since we moved so often that I was breaking camp about the time it needed refilled anyway.

I have been looking at the BA insulated because my el-cheapo did get cold in the mountains without a blanket or something between me and the mattress.  I'm wondering if it's worth the bucks.
Six years between trips - way too long.

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Re: Car Camping Sleeping Pad?
« Reply #17 on: September 08, 2010, 06:50:09 AM »
A real quick equipment review: Read up on the Big Agnes in this string, went to REI, blew one up put it on the floor and tried it, deflated it and put it back in the bag, paid for it and took it home.  After 4 days on it in West Texas...........  :cool-thumb:

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Re: Car Camping Sleeping Pad?
« Reply #18 on: September 08, 2010, 07:22:32 AM »
I know this is an old thread, but after reading all these posts about car camping sleeping pads, I had to put in a recommendation for the Thermarest Dreamtime.  I bought one for my wife about 2 years ago , and she Loves it!  When my son and I go camping (without her), we fight over who gets to use it because we both love it.  I am a huge fan.

The pad is pretty expensive, but has been well worth the money, even for someone as cheap as me.

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Re: Car Camping Sleeping Pad?
« Reply #19 on: September 08, 2010, 08:59:42 AM »
Yall just gave me a dang good idea for these old bones. Since I sometimes sleep the first and last night of a backpacking trip at the trailhead with the truck nearby, I could get a cheapo, fatty twin inflatable mattress and sleep well for at least 2 nights. In the middle, I could still do my penance, suffering on the rocky ground with my 3/4 length, 1-1/2" Big Agnes inflatable - of course, all the while keeping the flask nearby for emergency sleep aid. This is starting to sound like a plan.

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Re: Car Camping Sleeping Pad?
« Reply #20 on: September 08, 2010, 09:48:52 AM »
Yall just gave me a dang good idea for these old bones. Since I sometimes sleep the first and last night of a backpacking trip at the trailhead with the truck nearby, I could get a cheapo, fatty twin inflatable mattress and sleep well for at least 2 nights. In the middle, I could still do my penance, suffering on the rocky ground with my 3/4 length, 1-1/2" Big Agnes inflatable - of course, all the while keeping the flask nearby for emergency sleep aid. This is starting to sound like a plan.

 Oh trust me when i tell you that you can really dream, if you get for yourself a good quality inflatable mattress. I like Coleman's mattresses.

 I took this mattress and slipped it in this tent on a camping trip hike.....



  You should have seen the newbies (my friends since kindergarden)) laughing at me because i was filling it with pure lung power, man! they were getting their laughs just watching my red apple cheeks forcing that air in. I could not carry a blower (the weight issue), anyhow i am sure i was the one who got the best sleep in camp and very early in the morning (5-6 am) after my 8 hours of continued sleep, i went over and roughled their tents and unanimously their were yapping at me for their lack of sleep......hehehe :icon_twisted:...who got the last laugh?  :shocked:
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Re: Car Camping Sleeping Pad?
« Reply #21 on: September 08, 2010, 10:07:37 AM »
I am looking forward to trying out a recently acquired Big Agnes Hinman 50x78x2.5 self inflating pad in conjunction with my eBay find of the quarter Dream Island 15. This is going to be my new car camping setup depending on temps. While it won?t be hot weather friendly, it will be a cool weather/car camping dream for me!
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Re: Car Camping Sleeping Pad?
« Reply #22 on: September 08, 2010, 10:44:34 AM »
I'm using my Big Agnes pad for car camping and backpacking now.  I honestly find it more comfortable than an inflatable Coleman mattress and it is much warmer in the winter.  I've had it for four years now, I think, and it has been very durable. 
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Re: Car Camping Sleeping Pad?
« Reply #23 on: September 08, 2010, 01:08:16 PM »
I'm using my Big Agnes pad for car camping and backpacking now.  I honestly find it more comfortable than an inflatable Coleman mattress and it is much warmer in the winter.  I've had it for four years now, I think, and it has been very durable.

 Which model are you using?...(pictures). :eusa_shifty:
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Re: Car Camping Sleeping Pad?
« Reply #24 on: September 08, 2010, 01:59:32 PM »
The sleeping pad is not nearly as important, IMO, as the PILLOW.  Get yourselves, for $22, a Thermarest compressible pillow.   ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

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Re: Car Camping Sleeping Pad?
« Reply #25 on: September 08, 2010, 02:36:41 PM »
Good call! I have that pillow and agree... It is an essential car camping luxury item if you don't already just bring a full size pillow!
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Re: Car Camping Sleeping Pad?
« Reply #26 on: September 08, 2010, 04:02:27 PM »
I'm using my Big Agnes pad for car camping and backpacking now.  I honestly find it more comfortable than an inflatable Coleman mattress and it is much warmer in the winter.  I've had it for four years now, I think, and it has been very durable.

 Which model are you using?...(pictures). :eusa_shifty:

http://www.rei.com/product/763953
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Re: Car Camping Sleeping Pad?
« Reply #27 on: September 08, 2010, 07:57:17 PM »
Glad to see that there is some discussion on this because I was going to post something anyway!

I just returned from W TX and slept 5 nights on the $40.00 Aerobed I got at Wally World. I have nothing but good things to report. I slept much better than I ususally sleep on my conventional sleeping pads. The only thing I would change is I would buy the one that has the pump that works off of AC or 12V power. Mine, bought kinda on the spur of the moment, only has the AC powered pump. I got around that by using a 12V to 120V AC inverter in the camp grounds where AC was inconvenient to use...as in the National Park where the only AC outlet was in the rest room. Possible scenario: "Hi! How's it going? Mind if I use the plug there to blow up this honkin' big air mattress?" I would actually do that because the mattress is soooo comfortable to sleep on. It only takes about 45 seconds to inflate it. The problem is it's kinda awkward to carry the inflated mattress around once it's inflated...and mine is only a twin.

Anyway, the air mattress really absorbs those little irregularities of the ground that you never notice until after you've completely pitched the tent and are trying to go to sleep. One spot with mine, there was a fairly large hump due to a rock mostly buried in the ground an I didn't even know it was there until I deflated the mattress and then noticed the problem. The mattress "gave" enough that I didn't even feel a thing.

Another thing, at least with the Aerobed, it inflates to be really firm if you want it that way. Almost like a real mattress and I like a firm mattress.
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Re: Car Camping Sleeping Pad?
« Reply #28 on: September 08, 2010, 08:10:20 PM »
The problem is it's kinda awkward to carry the inflated mattress around once it's inflated...and mine is only a twin.   Bill

That's one problem with the el-cheapo mattresses I've seen - the size.  At least inside a tent, a twin is just waaayy too big.
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Re: Car Camping Sleeping Pad?
« Reply #29 on: September 08, 2010, 08:33:36 PM »
Another issue with the inflatable mattresses is that if the site is not level (e.g. site 49 in the Basin), you might find yourself slowly sliding to one end of the tent as the night goes on.

 


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