Thursday, November 4, 2010

My Escape RV

Turn your SUV or truck into a tent camper - Check this out:

Suanne's blog is about her travels in a Prius - she calls it her Prius RV. She left her husband at home and took off alone, visiting National Parks from April till October in her car.  That started me thinking...I have a small SUV.  Why couldn't I use it as my RV until I buy my Class C?  Suanne, I hope you don't mind me copying your terminology and calling  mine "My Escape RV"?

I was telling my neighbor about this, and he mentioned car/SUV tents.  It's so amazing the things you learn when you talk to people, things you would never have found out by yourself. 

So, I did a little research yesterday, and here's what I found. 

The sleeve on the tent goes right around the opening at the back of the SUV.  You can set up sleeping quarters in the car and use the tent for the "living" room with chairs, table, lamps - whatever.

At night I'd put my electronics in the locked car with me, and along with Katie, I'd feel very safe.

If you want to drive off somewhere, just take the sleeve off the car, and the tent converts to a regular tent until you re-attach it upon your return.

There are four models for station wagons and SUVs - this one has an attached sun room. You can also purchase the floor for the sun room for around $30 extra.

This tent fits on the back of a truck - is this cool, or what?!?

These photos are from Sportz by Napier.  I found a few others, but these looked the best and on, they had all 5 stars in the reviews. They recommend using a sealant of some kind for the seams in case of rain, I think they recommend what to use.  I would probably do that, especially this time of year. One reviewer said he got the sealant at Walmart "as recommended by Napier."

This weekend I'm going to break down and spend some money - I'm going to see what I can get as far as camping equipment goes.  I've been putting that off, thinking I should save my money for the RV Fund, but since that's a year to 18 months away, I think I'll do some looking now.  

I already have a sleeping bag, flashlights, bug spray if needed, cooking stuff (extras from when I lived in that horrible cabin in Georgetown - I HAD to replace the kitchen pots and pans and dishes, etc.  They are in a box in my carport storage area and I'll drag them out tomorrow to see what I have.)  I have two battery operated lamps.  I need to see if I have a car charger for all my stuff :  Kindle-Yes, MP3-Yes, Camera-No, Computer-?  What else?

It's not an RV, but...   I'd have the room provided by the tent, and the safety of sleeping in the car with my car keys close, and doors locked.  That's about the best thing I can think of to get me out there for now.

The weather in the San Diego area has been nice and warm lately, so I might actually be able to do some camping with Katie in a few weeks, after I get all my gear together. There are lots of campgrounds nearby. 

I was talking to one of the guys at work about a campground near his house - he lives on the beach. It's at Solana Beach and he said this time of year (off season) it's not as crowded.  Might even have lower prices. He said dogs are allowed on the beach there.   I drive by it on the way home from work and it looks small and crowded to me, but I'll have to check it out.

Pretty neat, huh?  Now I'm getting excited again. !!! 

From me and Katie - have a great Thursday, everyone! : )


  1. I have seen these and I think its been around a long while now- could be fun, but...the level ground is not always in a place where you can park in most tent campgrounds that Ive been to in fact you normally cant bring your car right up into the think of that before you spend too much moolah on it--I think a Travel Van/VW Hightop is what I want to start looking for...Gas is gonna get high again-- I feel it in my Bones With the GOP grabbing at the reins again!

  2. I looked into this type of camping very seriously while my 5th wheel was on the market. I'd say, go for it! Anything that can get you out into nature even for a short time, will renew your spirit and resolve.

  3. I traveled alone for awhile in my Class B and didn't feel scared. I'm not sure how I would feel just sleeping in the back of my SUV - my windows are tinted though. But, it would definitely be a way to get camping now.

  4. I wish I had known about that set-up when I was car camping though I don't think that product was around then. Especially when I stayed in a campground where the buffalo roamed and I REALLY wanted to sleep in the car but the ventilation issue prevented it. I would be intersted in reading the user reviews as well. Good luck with your decision! Kim

  5. What a great idea. I hope they make them to fit your auto. Have fun looking at all the camping stuff this week end.

  6. I absolutely love it!! Great idea...if you decide to buy from Amazon let me know first...please.

  7. What a great idea! This will get you out there on the road before you know it for some great little trips. Looking forward to reading more!

  8. what a great idea!..good for you..nothing like getting outside and enjoying camping!!!

  9. Sounds like a great plan to me!! Super!! Can't wait to hear more about it. :-)

  10. What a clever idea! And a good way to get out there. Love your blog and love your pet widgets! I could feed your fish all evening :) Cool turtles too. I need to go shopping and see if I can find some of my own :)

  11. I love it! Can't wait to see what you get this weekend.


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