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    Quote Originally Posted by She&I View Post
    Inflatable mattresses for eighty-some bucks -- pass.
    Spend a night on the one I posted (which can be had for <$50 on sale) and get back to us. Also they pack up nice & neat, are impervious to dirt, twigs, & stink... unlike foam.

    I'm with you on the van though. Most utilitarian vehicles in existence.

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    Use hand warmers "hot hands" in sleeping bags. Never get cold....

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    Do doritos really make good fire starter? Never heard of that one.

    Survival fire starter kit.
    1- sucrets can or the like
    2-cotton balls
    3-vaseline

    Get a sucrets can or similar. Pack half with vaseline the other half with cotton balls. Swab the cotton ball with Vaseline & light. Will burn a good long time with large hot flame...easy.

    I also use denatured alcohol for when I'm in a hurry or when it's wet. Will burn completely off with no toxic residue unlike those horrendous fire starter logs someone else mentioned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleared2land View Post
    Beer

    Beer will get you times of no food better than food will get you through times with no beer.
    Frozen beer helped man trapped in snow drift survive | Rural Alaska | ADN.com
    Amen to that.
    The most expensive bike in the world is still cheaper than the cheapest open heart surgery.

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    Seen some posts on sleeping bags. My thoughts for car camping is get a big 0* or -20* degree bag for cheap like this one
    Sleeping Bag at Sierra Trading Post

    They are awesome for chilly mountain car camping & cheap. Think I got mine for $38 on some promo. It's extremely versatile & comfy...can't go wrong

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    Quote Originally Posted by She&I View Post
    Foam pads will never die and cost a fraction of that. And you don't have to treat them nicely. A1 Foam and Fabric if you're in SoCal.

    Vans are subject to ridicule until the weather caves in, then everyone thinks your van is the coolest thing ever.
    Ditto on foam pads for sleeping in vans. Snug in your van during a thunderstorm -- so nice. Never have to pack up a wet tent again.

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    Just got back from a 3 day trip (40 degree nights and 70 degree days) with the family. Here are some items that may help:

    Nemo Shower - if no water onsite this thing is amazing. NEMO Helio Pressure Shower - Free Shipping at REI.com

    Heated Blanket - got power at the site, this is a no brainer with a family and it keeps the wife ultra happy. Happy wife and daughter make my nights a lot easier.

    Heated Bag - cold night in a not warm enough bag? Handy Nalgene - boil water - pour in and move it around as needed most of the night. I swear this saved my ass one night on the AT. LOL

    Favorite lantern - these because they are cheap, unbreakable for the kids, waterproof, float and are solar powered. Amazing. Luci Solar Lantern GEN II - Tactical Lighting - Lighting - Tactical Distributors- Tactical Gear

    Need a blower for your fire starting skills, and you have power? Use your blow up mattress blower on the fire. Works quickly
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    Awe man, almost forgot one of the most important items!
    GSI Outdoors JavaPress - 30 fl. oz. at REI.com
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    Wet wipes and solar showers

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    Quote Originally Posted by jugdish View Post
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    5 gallon plastic water jug
    camp guitar
    plastic tub for food items
    tent sock
    Tell me more about this "tent sock". Is it like a wind sock for your tent? Is this what you call a rainfly in your part of the world?

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    Used the window out of a trashed tent to turn my jeep into a tent. Fresh air, no bugs. Car Camping hacks and must haves :)-dsc_0013.jpg

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    Alright, folks. We need to talk about s'mores.

    First, ditch the Hershey's bar. Instead, use a Reese Peanut Butter cup.

    Put the Peanut Butter cup on the graham cracker bottom and place it on a hot rock or grill near the fire while you toast your marshmallow. Let it get warm and a little melty.

    Toast that 'mallow with the patience of a Jedi master. Perch it above a bed of hot coals and rotisserie until golden brown on all sides.

    Then put the whole shebang together. Consume immediately. Watch your brain explode with delight.
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    I really really want to get an cargo van and convert it in to an adventure van. I keep looking at the Ram Promaster with the front wheel drive it has a floor 6in lower in the back. I figure with the high roof I should be able to build a sleeping platform over bike storage in the back if I take the front wheels off the bikes. It would be so nice I just stick bikes in the back and go to races or just go out for weakened camping/mountain bike trips and not have to set any thing up. And have every thing in the van. At 30k for the regular high roof I can't afford one right now. But I'm betting I can get a used on in a few years for half that.

    2014 Ram ProMaster® - Work & Cargo Van for Multiple Needs

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    I'll 1 up you
    but i like your alcohol idea

    Quote Originally Posted by WHALENARD View Post
    Do doritos really make good fire starter? Never heard of that one.

    Survival fire starter kit.
    1- sucrets can or the like
    2-cotton balls Lint from dryer. Free and works just as well
    3-vaseline

    Get a sucrets can or similar. Pack half with vaseline the other half with cotton balls. Swab the cotton ball with Vaseline & light. Will burn a good long time with large hot flame...easy.

    I also use denatured alcohol for when I'm in a hurry or when it's wet. Will burn completely off with no toxic residue unlike those horrendous fire starter logs someone else mentioned.

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    we upgraded a few years back from a small tent to a ginormous one and made the switch from the low to the ground airbed to cots....best move ever made

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    Reflectix panels:

    The World’s Largest Manufacturer of Reflective Insulation and Radiant Barrier Products

    Cut 'em to fit all windows in the vehicle. Too light to not have around--keeps interior car temp cool in summer and helps keep heat in in winter. Also adds privacy if you're pickin' up what I'm puttin' down.

    Multiple other uses around camp as well--improvised seating, windscreen for cooking, use to fan flames of a fledgling fire, etc...

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    Car Camping hacks and must haves :)

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    Paco pad- El Grande.

    Flask (full)
    Word. Car camping is basically stripped-down rafting. Most of my friends are boaters, so it's easy to car camp in style.
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    Bourbon, duh.

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    A more meta approach: Sit down with yourself and decide if you are "hyper-organized, everything must have a place" or more relaxed about it.
    Decide how you want to organize your stuff, and get plastic boxes or bins.
    Have a kitchen box (fancy or minimal, your preference), but minimum have something to at least heat up a can of soup, water for oatmeal or coffee, whatever. I used a milk crate for years, but we need a bit more now, so use a larger plastic box with a lid.
    A handy item in our van is a large net laundry bag to corral dirty clothes.
    Ditto on a thick slab of foam for a bed. So comfy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WHALENARD View Post
    Do doritos really make good fire starter? Never heard of that one.

    Survival fire starter kit.
    1- sucrets can or the like
    2-cotton balls
    3-vaseline

    Get a sucrets can or similar. Pack half with vaseline the other half with cotton balls. Swab the cotton ball with Vaseline & light. Will burn a good long time with large hot flame...easy.

    I also use denatured alcohol for when I'm in a hurry or when it's wet. Will burn completely off with no toxic residue unlike those horrendous fire starter logs someone else mentioned.
    Dryer lint stuffed in a toilet tissue roll = free fire starter.

    Save the Doritos for eating.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Those French Presses are good but I prefer the Moka Pot.

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    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    Those French Presses are good but I prefer the Moka Pot.

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    Those are great but I hate cleaning them.

    I use this:
    AeroPressĀ® | AEROBIEĀ® High Performance Sport Toys

    Makes great coffee and is super easy to clean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmats View Post
    Those are great but I hate cleaning them.

    I use this:
    AeroPressĀ® | AEROBIEĀ® High Performance Sport Toys

    Makes great coffee and is super easy to clean.
    Aeropress rocks!!! If it comes to it, filters are reusable.

    Tea kettles are magic for breakfast. Eat instant oatmeal, coffee, and hot cocoa. Voila, no cleanup.

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    Who's got the skinny on pickup truck bed tents? The 5.5' ones to be exact. And cheap, as I don't camp enough to need an eleventy hundred dollar Bear Grylls version.

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