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Sleeping in the car

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
Maybe I'm a little crazy, but I've been know to sleep in the back of the car at the hill from time to time. I sometimes have this problem of frost build-up. It builds up on the inside, I guess from the moisture in your breath, and is annoying when you need to defrost the inside of the windows. I can't think of any remedy, does anyone else have this problem.
post #2 of 24
Crazy whatever, I'll be sleeping in the back of my car this weekend. As far as the condensation and frost, more ventilation to keep the air moving will help.
post #3 of 24
Yea, crack the window a little bit.

Park at a Hotel and freshen up in the lobby bathroom.
post #4 of 24
i've oftened wondered about finding spots to sleep in your car/truck, but most of the resorts have signs posted "No Overnight Parking" and I believe they tow.

In the case of South Lake Tahoe, there's virtually no on-street parking within about a 5 mile radius of the hotels/casinos. They patrol the strip mall parking lot next to Heavenly's gondola and tow like crazy.

so, where are you guys parking your cars so you can get a good night's sleep without being rustled up by the cops/tow truck?
post #5 of 24
I used to sleep in the parking lot at Winter Park in the back of my old Suburban. WP is pretty high, so the exercise required a good down bag. The snowcat shed came to life at about 6 a.m., and one of the base buildings was open by 7. I showered the night before at the YMCA between Tabernash and Granby. And yes, the windows frosted up, but they would be clear by the end of the day.

WP, like many others, doesn't allow overnight parking anymore.

Fernie has an area dedicated to RV parking, but they charge for it.

At Whitewater, nobody cares. Park all winter if you want.
post #6 of 24
I guess one could always get a Sno-Park permit and then just park outside the resort at one of the XC/BC staging areas (they're all over Tahoe).
post #7 of 24
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Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
i've oftened wondered about finding spots to sleep in your car/truck, but most of the resorts have signs posted "No Overnight Parking" and I believe they tow.

In the case of South Lake Tahoe, there's virtually no on-street parking within about a 5 mile radius of the hotels/casinos. They patrol the strip mall parking lot next to Heavenly's gondola and tow like crazy.

so, where are you guys parking your cars so you can get a good night's sleep without being rustled up by the cops/tow truck?

I have no idea about that area, but if theres a walmart near you, they allow free overnight parking in thier lots.
post #8 of 24
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Originally Posted by MAGGOT View Post
I have no idea about that area, but if theres a walmart near you, they allow free overnight parking in thier lots.
As I was reading this thread, I actually thought of this.
I have friends who camp in an RV. When they get in a pickle on a road trip they look for Walmart, because of their policy to allow overnight parking/Sams Club, too!
post #9 of 24

Mr Heater

post #10 of 24
I used to sleep in the back of my Bronco at Killington years ago. I usually parked at one of bigger resort hotels. I actually like the fogging/frosting of the windows since I knew nobody could see in then. I used to sleep with my ski clothing inside my bag with me and then change inside my bag so the clothing wasn't freezing cold when I put it on. I had a nice sub zero mummy bag.

My wife wonders how I can stay at a hostel. They seem like luxury compared to an unheated vehicle. Her idea of roughing it is no room service after 10 PM.

I wouldn't use any type of propane heater in my car.
post #11 of 24

Heater

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I wouldn't use any type of propane heater in my car.
I wouldn't either, but this one has a low oxygen sensor/shutoff and you could easy rig up an intake if you were a serious car bivy person. I know a guy who has used one for years but he takes a few extra precautions as to not totally rely on the heater shutoff.

I would not dare roll up the windows on a vehicle and rely on this device alone to shutoff if the oxygen got low.
post #12 of 24
Thread Starter 
I've always been leery of propane heaters. I keep the windows cracked a little even without a heater, and I don't start the car until I've checked to make sure the exhaust isn't covered by a snow drift or something like that.

Tom
post #13 of 24
You could use something like this with an accessory hook up and a deep cycle battery

http://www.amazon.com/Back-Seat-Heat...8&s=automotive

Of course if you had the money to buy that stuff I guess you wouldn't have to sleep in the car.
post #14 of 24
Park at Wal-Mart. They let you park for free and use their facilities. Most are open 24hrs. I don't endorse Wal-Mart in any way, shape or form but they are all over the place these days.
post #15 of 24
Walmart is first choice....Used car lots work too....they expect cars to be there !
post #16 of 24
How come the interior of cars don't run out of oxygen if you sleep in them overnight? Does that much air seep in through who knows where?
post #17 of 24
Screw the heater and get a better sleeping bag.
post #18 of 24
Here's an earlier thread on this:
http://forums.epicski.com/showthread...ighlight=slept
Some of us oldtimers have gone too soft for this anymore, but it brings back memories.
post #19 of 24
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Originally Posted by Jamesj View Post
Here's an earlier thread on this:
http://forums.epicski.com/showthread...ighlight=slept
Some of us oldtimers have gone too soft for this anymore, but it brings back memories.
Not sure if I qualify as an oldtimer being in my early 40's but for me it's not being too "soft". I stay in a warm hotel room because I can afford it now. I don't stay at the Hyatt or anything, just nice accomodations. Why sleep in your car when you have the cash to be in an actual building?
post #20 of 24
Lots of good thoughts here. Veteran car sleeper and winter camper here. Inthe reference to the earlier forum, page down to Uglymoney's picture with Suburu, pay attention to the way to sleepwarm system. That is exactly the way to go, without dog, IMO. Closed cell mat, open cell mat, good sleeping bag, with good hat, if you don't like mummy bag enclosing you. That set up will keep you warm, no matter what, given appropriate bag. Or if you don't have one killer bag, nest two bags together, obviously the outer one bigger than the inner one, or R value is defeated by squishing insulation.

Walmart or mostly any hotel parking lot will do for location. All hotels but the smallest have some sort of public bathroom off lobby.
post #21 of 24
Yeah, just a good bag works fine. I usually bring a bivy sack, too, for that extra bit of warmth.
post #22 of 24
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Originally Posted by buz View Post
All hotels but the smallest have some sort of public bathroom off lobby.
Don't most of the hotels have key cards to enter the buildings these days? I guess you could wait until someone is coming in or out and grab the door but I would start to feel a bit shady at that point.

I like the resorts that have hot springs or athletics places, like the rec centers places at Steamboat or Breck. For a few bucks a day you could have a legit place to hot tub and shower morning and evening.
post #23 of 24
You need a mason jar or a plastic jar with a lid that fits tightly so you don't have to get out of your bag in the middle of the night to pee after you've drank all those PBRs. Or use the the trucker's buddy.




Propane heaters are a good way to end up sleeping in a coffin.

Make sure you clear the snow from around your muffler/exhaust before getting into car for the night. That way if you start up your car in the middle of the night your not puffing on the tail pipe.

Windows that are frosted on the inside is a dead give away that someone is sleeping in side. Crack two windows.
post #24 of 24

health clubs for clean up

if you need a shower, some gyms have $5 day rates. also, your dog may be a lot colder than you are if he doesnt have a husky winter coat, even if you bring an extra cover for him
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