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Unread 02-01-2009, 09:58 PM   #1
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Camping idea...?

Had an idea I've been thinking about and wanted to bounce it off of you guys to see what you think. I've done a couple of searches and I've heard some horror stories about sleeping in a Jeep. So I started looking around at some more comfortable options. During my search I ran across those truck bed tents for your typical pickup truck. Thought that was a pretty neat idea. Then I started to think how that could work in a Jeep (Wrangler in particular). Not to much room in the back to set up a tent in the back of a Jeep but what about something that could mount in the back and make some more room. Perhaps a platform type deal that can mount to the rear seat brackets that can slide out the back to make something long enough and flat enough to sleep on. Bam add a cushion of some sort and some kind of custom fit tent. Could also use a Jeep as Hearse then... Interesting... I think I think to much but what do you think?

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Unread 02-01-2009, 10:14 PM   #2
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Sounds like a good idea. The other day I saw a guy pulling a truck bed camper(the kind that fits into the box of a pickup) behind him in a trailer. The camper fit the trailer perfect. It looked pretty slick and is a good idea as well. Plus I think you can get a used truck bed trailer for pretty cheap too.
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Unread 02-01-2009, 10:17 PM   #3
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Sounds like an interesting idea. One of the fab projects I have on the list for my XJ is a roof top tent
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Unread 02-01-2009, 10:42 PM   #4
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why not over the rollbars? something that can be pulled apart so you set it up once you get to the camping spot, but while driving you go topless... just a suggestion
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Unread 02-02-2009, 12:16 AM   #5
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idk if this will work for you wrangler guys but on y XJ im making a roof rack with a pop up tent
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Unread 02-02-2009, 09:33 AM   #6
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Over the years we have tried; pickup bed tents, van camping, trailer tents, pop-ups and home brew shelters of many types... I use a eureka 9x9 dome, it; packs easy, sets up easy, breaks down quickly and easily and you can leave base camp set up while you make day trips in different directions. I don't believe that I will mess with trying to make anymore bright ideas, tent wise, the dome is just too quick and easy. Setup and move in usually takes about 15 minutes including sitting and drinking a beer. The longest part of the process is blowing up the air mattress for the cot (using a DC powered blower). For rainy/snowy weather; you can't beat a tent that you can stand up in (or a canopy with sides), IMO.

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Unread 02-02-2009, 12:57 PM   #7
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you could probably build a folding table type thing that has a stand on it and unfolds from the opened tailgate. Fold the back seat up (or remove) unfold the table from the rear of the wrangler, and voila. Although It would be tight for anymore than one person (or two very good friends)
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Unread 02-02-2009, 02:26 PM   #8
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if you designed it right, I bet you could mount it to a receiver hitch on your bumper. still have it fold up into something like a cargo rack, fold the canvas to cover everything, like a bag.
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