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Old 01-20-2015, 11:41 AM   #1
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January Camping

So, I did my first overnight camping in January, and I gotta say... I liked it. OK... so I cheated a little. The camper is already in place down on my lake lot, and it was a 50 degree day. But the night time got down to 30. My original plan was to turtle up, but I figured I would try using the bunk.

First off, I gotta say that I simply don't understand people who view it as a 'chore' or 'hassle' to use the bunks in a hybrid, even for a single night en route. It literally took me 2 minutes to deploy the bunk. flip 2 latches, drop the door, insert the shepherds pole, unfold the mattress and toss on the pillows and blankets. Took about the same to put it up in the morning.

I have an little electric forced air heater that I keep in the camper. That and the electric mattress kept it reasonably comfy. I put the heater on the shelf under the TV, blowing into the bunk and closed the curtains over the rest of the opening. Not to say it wasn't a bit chilly in the rest of the camper but not terrible. My buddy ran the propane main furnace in his, and he said it was very pleasant in his. If I do it again that cold, I will probably kick on the furnace as well.

So... was it worth it? Well, I got to ride my UTV around in the woods a bunch, met a few new people at the lake, had a few rum and cokes, and got to take this picture, so you decide...



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Old 01-20-2015, 11:45 AM   #2
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How many fish were caught? Looks like great view!!
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With a view like that I'd say it was definately worth it .
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Old 01-20-2015, 12:25 PM   #4
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How many fish were caught? Looks like great view!!
Exactly zero. I don't fish.

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Old 01-20-2015, 01:05 PM   #5
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The bunk-end would stay warmer (and consequently the rest of the hybrid) if you add a Popup Gizmo over it:

Popup Gizmos

I know the website looks like 1994, but the product, particularly the Super High Wind Gismos is great. Keeps you warmer in the winter, and cooler in the summer.

Also, Reflectix (from Home Depot or Lowes) in the fabric windows of the bunk-end. People from the pop-up world swear by those two options.

With both in place, you may find that the small electric space heater is enough to keep you not just comfortable, but absolutely toasty.
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