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Unread 02-16-2009, 07:18 PM   #16
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Personally I move around a lot and I've only slept in my ZJ once. I was alone and had to lay diagonally. If there had been someone else and diagonally wasn't an option it would've been a long night.

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Unread 02-16-2009, 07:24 PM   #17
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My gf and I used to do this all time in our old ZJ several years ago.



Some tricks we did:


- Remove the bottom part of the rear seats. Tumble them forward half-way then they slide out. Leave them at home.

- Slide the front seats all the way forward. Put some gear behind them to level out your bed.

- Put delicate gear on the front seats.

- Non-delicate gear goes underneath the Jeep to stay dew and frost-free.

- In the summer during bug-season, we'd tape window screen around the back windows, then use fridge magnets to hold it tight along the bottom.

- Turn the ignition key backwards and now you can open and close the rear windows with your toe.

- We plugged a 12V fan into the front cigarette lighter and clipped it to the "Watch-this" handles above the back doors. (for summer it kept inside nice and cool).

- On occasion we'd bring a laptop and prop it up between the front seats to watch a DVD. For sound we had an FM transmitter going to the Jeep's stereo of which had a remote control to adjust the volume.




Overall that was one hell of a comfortable and luxurious night's sleep. On below-freezing nights we'd let the Jeep idle for hours with the heat on while watching a movie. I'm 6'1" and had plenty of room. Side-by-side we're not big people and had enough room with the spare tire removed.



Dang, now I wanna go for a fancy adventure in the Dub. But February in Sudbury goes just a tad colder than the 30s.





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So I installed the flux capacitor but the Jeep just won't do 88 mph.

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Unread 02-16-2009, 07:26 PM   #18
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So just to mention again, the trick is to remove the back-seat bottoms (the part you sit on), to gain more than an extra foot of space. Then fill in the void with whatever you can.


Oh, we also always put in a twin-sized air mattress. Fit perfectly. However, air mattresses get cold as **** in cold temps so those nights we laid on top one of those egg-carton shaped foam mattress covers and it worked well.


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So I installed the flux capacitor but the Jeep just won't do 88 mph.

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Unread 02-16-2009, 08:30 PM   #19
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i also let the jeep run all night and left the radio on. also worked wonderful....
Y'all better be seriously careful letting the Jeep run while sleeping like that. CO is a silent killer


I'm 6' 4" and have changed clothes in the back of my Jeep before. Not horrible, but it's tight enough that I'd definitely want to re-situate to where I could stretch out before I tried sleeping there. I would look up Theksmith's write-up about quick-remove rear seats to get those out of the way and stack gear as suggested. That would probably give the extra space required.

Anyway, the best thing you can do is just grab whatever you plan to sleep on and try it out to find a good combination. If you're really ambitious, spend the night in your driveway, in your Jeep, so your neighbors will truly think you've lost it.
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Unread 02-16-2009, 08:38 PM   #20
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I always laid down with my head towards the rear of the ZJ. The back of the rear seats are ridgy and hurt my back (even with a blanket down). The ridges didn't bother my legs.

So quick question - which has more rear space? ZJ or WJ? I never tried laying down in my WJ.

One thing I don't like about the WJ though is how theres a space when you lay the seats down flat. My ZJ laid down nice and snug.

Funny this thead came up - my GF and I were just playing with the idea today of camping over night in my Jeep while we're in upstate PA the beginning March - save money from a hotel room.
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Unread 02-16-2009, 09:08 PM   #21
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ahh heck i slept many nights in the back of a 2 dr XJ. the WJ looks like a Days INN to me
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Unread 02-16-2009, 10:11 PM   #22
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My ZJ is FUN to sleep in the back, but when the temps are sub 30's, you can start feeling the cold within minutes of turning the key off (maybe my ZJ just has bad insulation?). Dont leave your ZJ on all night, that is not smart, CO is deadly.

I did not know about that trick with removing the back seat bottoms, that is tricky as heck! Bring air mattresses, those make the most sense to me because the ZJ carpet isn't all that back-friendly
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Unread 02-16-2009, 10:27 PM   #23
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So quick question - which has more rear space? ZJ or WJ? I never tried laying down in my WJ...

I'd imagine they're pretty close to the same with one big difference. The ZJ seat bottom is removable whereas the WJ's is not (but can be done with modding). That adds over a foot of legroom.

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...Dont leave your ZJ on all night, that is not smart, CO is deadly...
You're fine if you leave a window or two open halfway with heater on high. Air supply will continuously be exchanged (provided it's not on recirc), white noise helps some sleep, and it virtually eliminates the chances of the truck somehow overheating. That said, I've never let it run overnight anyway. (Used to be an avid Canadian winter overnight-backpacker so sleeping in a truck at -10 is pretty wussy ).



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I did not know about that trick with removing the back seat bottoms, that is tricky as heck! Bring air mattresses, those make the most sense to me because the ZJ carpet isn't all that back-friendly

45 angle is the key. And about the air mattress.. make sure it's inflated very firm and has no leaks. If not, you'll both be pressed together and regardless of how lovey-dovey you two are or how hot she is, by 5am you'll be rolling her out the back door mafia style.





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Unread 02-16-2009, 10:38 PM   #24
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I've slept in the front passenger seat already. But that was after a case of beer and getting lost in the middle of the woods while relieving myself at night without my glasses. Wearing only a tee and boxers I stumbled around for a while until I found my Jeep and crashed until morning. Boy what a night that was.
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I've slept in the back with no padding and just a sweatshirt for a pillow to avoid certain charges that would ruin my life.
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Unread 02-16-2009, 10:55 PM   #26
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GF and I have "camped" in the back many times...
I'm 6'5'' and 270. Feet towards the front seats are key. but can be done with a couple thermarests and a niiice double sleeping bag!
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If I ever planned to sleep in a Jeep overnight with it running, it would need a hand throttle to keep it at 1000-1200 rpm, a CO detector in the back, hooked to the ignition switch, and a nice, loud alarm wired for low oil pressure and high coolant temp.
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Unread 02-17-2009, 10:32 AM   #28
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Y'all better be seriously careful letting the

If you're really ambitious, spend the night in your driveway, in your Jeep, so your neighbors will truly think you've lost it.
I own TWO jeeps that constantly need repaired. My wife drives a Toyota Avalon that has had nothing but routine maintenance for 135K miles. When I told me neighbor our plans for this weekend he said, "Funny, I always thought crazy wasn't a communicable disease. But your wife has obviously caught something from you."

Thanks for the tips guys. Going to pull out the seat bottom today at lunch and give it a "test nap".
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Unread 02-17-2009, 12:43 PM   #29
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Well I went out at lunch and tried it out and it will be plenty comfortable. Taking the seat bottoms out is a huge amount of extra space that I would have never thought about on my own. Thanks jeepforum
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Unread 02-17-2009, 04:00 PM   #30
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I had a 1985 2dr Cherokee which I camped in plenty of times. I used to call it my Jeepebago (Winnebago)
A good trick in the nice weather is to hang strips of materials in the open windows. It scares flies away.
I also made screens for the windows that attached with velcro. Worked great.
Also, a candle in the cupholders an hour before bedtime always took away the dew. Don't leave the Jeep unattended with a candle burning, obviously.
I met my wife when I had that Jeep, and we camped in it a few times, no problem.

I found it plenty comfortable in a 2dr, and I agree, with my seats folded down, my ZJ looks HUGE for camping. I can't wait 'til nice weather to give it a go.
It's nice to pull up to the campsite, greet your friends, pull out the cooler and you're on your way.

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