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caranoel

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Posted: 05/14/13 04:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We tented for years and always needed two cars. Bought a pop up seven years ago and every trip manage to fill the SUV, the Thule, and the camper until there's no room left. When in South Dakota, we saw a family of five camping in two tents. They had a sedan. We're doing some traveling this summer and rather than haul the camper, we are tenting. We are driving our sedan. Space is going to be an issue, but I welcome the change. What's on the packing lists of those families who can tent cross-country in a smaller car? We have a nine and 13 yr old boy. Thanks!


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Take a good hard look at what you bring. Do you REALLY need changes of clothes for EVERY day, or can you do laundry? Can you buy some of the food at the destination, or as required during the stay? Toys? Sporting goods that will only be used "maybe"?


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Give each kid ONE duffel bag for EVERYTHING they want to take. Mom and Dad have to play by the same rules though. This doesn't count "camp items" like sleeping bags, stove, etc. Usually when it comes to camp gear, the more money you pay, the smaller and lighter things get. Sleeping bags are a great example. Also, sleeping pads are lighter and smaller than air mattresses. One last example:
The tent- This will likely be the first item needed and the last packed. Instead of packing it back into its stuff/storage sack, put it in the trunk, on top/around/behind the other gear. This way it fits into otherwise unused space.


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Posted: 05/14/13 08:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You can also add a hitch cargo carrier to your car so you have more space to put your stuff! I put one on the back of my toad. Amazing how much stuff you can pack on one of these. I picked it up for $40 at Tractor Supply. There are about 20 different ones to choose from.



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Done it MANY times on my motorcycle with no problems. Of course it's not a FAMILY thing but have done it with just the wife and me. It's kind of amazing to me the amount of stuff people think they need for camping We always took pretty much the same stuff we'd take on a back packing trip which is designed to be light weight and compact.
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answer : what rhymes with honey ?
a good 4 season tent such as a eureka timberline base camp 6 or an alps mountaineering meramac 6 ZF FG tent . folds small but will take foul weather .
available cheap on overstock.com
high quality thermarest mattress pads or the alps mountaineering knockoff .
high quality slumberjack or other sleeping bags .
stuff bags for the sleeping bags .
LED headlamps and other nifty gear can often be had cheap from costco .
alps mountaineering has the niftiest " Tri Awning " that is expensive but also folds to 6" x 28" or so . covers 95 square feet and 6 feet high at center.
REI offers very expensive but very light and small gear that work good for car camping even though they are designed for backpacking.
fleece vests and pullovers and blankets are lightweight , fold small , and outperform other fabrics .

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Posted: 05/15/13 02:17am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Pack like you're backpacking, then throw in a few convenience upgrades.

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Why? Family of four road trip & tent camping? Why? I mean, really, why? Obviously your finances are nobody's business but is money that tight that you can't at least take the Trailblazer? It's tough enough staying in hotels with a family of four in a sedan. I can't imagine doing what you're planning. There's no need to. So, again, why? Inquiring minds want to know...


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Well, if you have a roof thule, skip the strap-on hitch cargo carrier and get another Thule, this time for a Class II hitch as seen in the photo below. In our Prius/Thule setup, we carry 3 passengers total and gear plus enough firewood for 3 nights, and a 6-gallon water carrier. Part of your storage issue might be the gear itself - so much of our gear has transitioned from ridiculously heavy outdated canvas tents to light polyester 6-man models at half the weight, and things that don't collapse or fold. Sleeping bags, being down, pack into a space 1/3 of our ancient way-back synthetic bags. ThermaRest pads, ditto. 3 Coleman lanterns and two lantern tripods, Roll-A-Table, stools, 3 folding MAC chairs. The chuck box is a soft-sided Kelty, pots and pans are nesting and folding Mirro and GSI, Cooler is 54-quart and we utilize the large space under the Prius hatch for the backup soda, beer, and things like the hatchet, shovel, pie oven and dog-sticks. We pack extras like an Optima 12V AGM house battery, 200W Kenwood stereo with Polk milspec loudspeakers, ipods and over 100 CDs (lots of Buffett in there) and LED special-effects lighting bars. If you camp often, the upgrades are worth it as much of our gear is lifetime guaranteed or built to last a lifetime anyway.



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Trailblazer has 170,000 miles on it. Needs way more work than we're willing to put into it. My husband thinks we can take the SUV. I think we'll be paying someone to tow us from some remote location in Kentucky.

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