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    sleep in car with bike?

    hi. this is just a post for inspiration regards travelling and sleeping with a bike to save on bed and breakfast costs.

    I presume car insurance is a fair amount cheaper 'without' a bike rack.

    Sleeping in the driver seat is so uncomfortable after a day or two.

    So i wonder. has anyone tried perhaps with an estate car, with the passenger car seat pushed forward and down to make way for a one man air bed, somehow found space for an adult mtb or racer bike inside the car also? maybe propped up at an angle?

    Or maybe has anyone locked the bike up to a lamp post or car door handle with a bike alarm on it whilst sleeping in the back of a car?

    thanks for ideas.

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    I'm not inspired.

    Take the wheels off so you can stand it up inside. Probably better secure it so you don't roll over during the night and have it fall on you. I'm sure some vehicles you could just take the front wheel off, that'd be a lot easier.
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    How about like this?sleep in car with bike?-unnamed.jpg

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    Personally, I wouldn't plan on sleeping in a vehicle unless I could comfortably stretch out. Around here (USA) bike racks don't affect car insurance rates, at least it never has mine. Yeah. Locking the bike in close proximity should work as trying to steal it would create enough noise to wake you, assuming a good enough lock. I've slept in a tent next to the car, but have also had SUVs in which I could comfortably sleep.
    Do the math.

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    I've slept in the passenger seat of my Audi A6 too many times to count, with two bikes and gear. This always in a rest stop. Once I get to a race, I'll lock the bikes to a tree and sleep in the back with the rear seats down. If I sleep somewhat at an angle, my 5'11" frame fits fine. One time at Keyesville, it rained then froze and I was stuck in the car until it warmed up.

    Now if the wife tags along, it's nice lodging or the tent if the weather's nice.
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    A sleeping pad and tarp has got to be more comfortable than sleeping in a car. Vans are the most utilitarian thing ever built. Once you own one there's no going back.
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    I've slept like a king in my Suburban's and minivan with bikes, dogs, and gear tons of times.

    Also never heard of bike racks affecting insurance.
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    There are an awful lot of solutions to this. For one, bike racks do not affect insurance in the states.

    I have slept in the driver's seat before. Uncomfortable, yes, but when you don't much have the option to sleep outside, you do what you have to. I slept in the back of my wagon (what you brits call an "estate car") once. Was worse than trying to sleep in the driver's seat.

    A tent, sleeping bag, and pad is a great solution that's more comfortable. A hammock is even better. You could use a van, like streetdoctor shows. I also have this:


    20170422_190627 by Nate, on Flickr

    Queen-size memory foam mattress inside it with an onboard electrical system and a solar panel for recharge duties. Will be adding onboard propane for cooking and heat, also.

    A pickup truck with a camper shell is an option. A rooftop tent is another.

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    wow great ideas guys

    and nice pictures of vehicles too!!

    when transporting the bike i think id rather have it inside the car than behind or the roof, due to exhaust, dust, flies, stones chiping the paint, must make the bike so dirty one the motor way.

    I thought an estate ( station wagon) over a van as it is more fuel efficient on the motor way.

    I think I need to save some more pennies/cents for a van. Or just lock the bike to the door handle when parked at a service station or car park. maybe a nice loud remote control alarm on the bike lock/frame too : )

    Thanks

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    If the wagon version of this car had been imported to the States, I'd probably have it. I can fit my bike in the trunk with the wheels removed and fuel efficiency is very good. However, I find that it is more comfortable to sleep outside the car than in the driver's seat or back seat.
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    I can fit two bikes into my wife's Ford Explorer SUV with the front wheels removed and the rear seat folded down. They lean against one side and I can sleep alongside them on the other side in reasonable comfort.

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    I've done it plenty. I had a Toyota Matrix that I would push the passenger seat all the way forward, fill the space behind the seat with my kit bag, and lay a thermorest down. I could lay stretched out and sleep comfortably. I would move some stuff into the drivers seat, and store the bike with wheels off, upright on the driver side. If insects are a problem you will have to rig some mesh with velcro. I did 18 days like this on one trip free camping and showering at rec centres.
    I got some bad ideas in my head.

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    My '79 Delta 88 could fit me lying the whole length of the back seat, and I'm 6'4". I miss that small block V8 and detroit steel. The trunk was gianormous. Keg+ cooler + gear for 4 and camping for a week. Make due with a forester these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leeboh View Post
    My '79 Delta 88 could fit me lying the whole length of the back seat, and I'm 6'4". I miss that small block V8 and detroit steel. The trunk was gianormous. Keg+ cooler + gear for 4 and camping for a week. Make due with a forester these days.
    Lol I spent a few drunken nights on my Delta 88. That thing was a beast! Smooth ride though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Streetdoctor View Post
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    Sweet!
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    I take my wheels off and push my bike to the side in my 4unner. I still have plenty of room with all my gear it sleep length wise.

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    Remove the passenger seat and build a platform. Better yet, get a pickup with a shell on the back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scaryfast View Post
    I take my wheels off and push my bike to the side in my 4unner. I still have plenty of room with all my gear it sleep length wise.
    I used to have a 4-Runner and did the same thing. Rolled over one night and caught my knee on the chain ring. #@$&
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    I prefer to stretch out

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    It depends sooooo much on what kind of car you drive. Even between different wagons/estates there can be a big difference in how the seats fold down.

    Apparently Honda Fits are configured such that ALL of the seats fold down to the same plane, forming something akin to a twin bed. My 2001 Jetta Wagon had front seats that were surprisingly comfortable to sleep in but only one person could do that while still fitting a bike inside. The 2017 Alltrack has enough room to sleep in comfortably but the height of the cargo compartment doesn't lend itself to fitting a bike beside a sleeping person.

    This conversation makes me glad that I do most of my overnight bike trips in a VW Westfalia or in places where sleeping in a tent and/or locking a bike isn't much of a concern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dir-T View Post
    It depends sooooo much on what kind of car you drive. Even between different wagons/estates there can be a big difference in how the seats fold down.

    Apparently Honda Fits are configured such that ALL of the seats fold down to the same plane, forming something akin to a twin bed.
    Yep, big reason I bought a Fit new off the lot in 07. Not that it would ever be comfotable or even feasible to sleep back there WITH a bike inside. But I have put a ridiculous amount of stuff in mine over the years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleared2land View Post
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    Lol.
    Last time I was in Moab I saw 2 of those. Seems really practical.
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    Yeah, really practical. Where would you drive this thing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleared2land View Post
    Yeah, really practical. Where would you drive this thing?
    Wherever yhe f*ck you want, I would guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleared2land View Post
    Yeah, really practical. Where would you drive this thing?
    Anywhere you want to
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    My concern would be..where the heck to park it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleared2land View Post
    Yeah, really practical. Where would you drive this thing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6280 View Post
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    I saw one of these at the Overland expo in the fall when yhey were in Asheville. Among some similar to the Russian tv studio trucks posted above. Some crazy stuff.

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    Amazing toys!

    I have had the opportunity to look at the Earth Roamer a few years ago and it's very impressive. Carrying a note (mortgage) on this would be impressive too.
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    We can't both fit in the car but I'll sleep with my bike in the tent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WHALENARD View Post
    Lol.
    Last time I was in Moab I saw 2 of those. Seems really practical.
    Last time I was on Wobani I saw one of those transporting prisoners to an Imperial labor camp.
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