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Old 12-17-2009, 02:23 PM   #1
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trackside camping? Truck tent or pop up?

So, I'm trying to come up with some ideas for next season....something cheaper than hotels and toy haulers. I may have the option to pick up a 6 man pop up camper from my old man for cheap (like free), but I'd have to store it somewhere and haul it from event to event or I could get one of these truck tents (although I'm thinking about being a cheap and fabricating a pvc frame with some of that heavy duty canvas tent stuff) to set up. Neither come with a/c or heat, which is something I'd really like to have if possible....perhaps a generator and a window unit.

aww , see what happens when work gets slow....

here's what the truck tent looks like...pretty cool.
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the problem with pop up campers is that you MUST put your bike in the truck bed cause you will be hauling the pop up. If you get the above camper then you can prolly store it with the bike on the bed or then you will need a trailer for the bike lol.

I have access to a 3 beds pop up but i have yet to use it lol
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Used a popup several times with little issue. But in the winter months it sucks. Camping out at the last TWS (Texas World Speedway) date in 2008 Sat/Sun was a cause it was freezin. Had my little heater going on high.
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the problem with pop up campers is that you MUST put your bike in the truck bed cause you will be hauling the pop up. If you get the above camper then you can prolly store it with the bike on the bed or then you will need a trailer for the bike lol.

I have access to a 3 beds pop up but i have yet to use it lol
yeah it thought about that too. If I'm only hauling my bike, it can fit in the bed with the tailgate up, but if I'm giving someone and their bike a ride, there goes that idea. The cool thing is, I'll be racing with 2 buds who will likely attend the same events....they could haul the bikes, I could haul the bed. I just hate to pay for storage, and I'm not super keen on the idea of leaving it outside with a cover.

decisions, decisions....
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but if you get with a bunch of friends some haul d bikes and you the pop up then is all good for that big pop-up
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Used a popup several times with little issue. But in the winter months it sucks. Camping out at the last TWS (Texas World Speedway) date in 2008 Sat/Sun was a cause it was freezin. Had my little heater going on high.
even with a space heater or 2 you think it'll be hard to keep warm?

Assuming I don't kill myself in the first race, there is one event EVERY month besides June/July....so, we'll see all sorts of climates I'm sure.
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even with a space heater or 2 you think it'll be hard to keep warm?

Assuming I don't kill myself in the first race, there is one event EVERY month besides June/July....so, we'll see all sorts of climates I'm sure.
Actually my lil 15 dollar heater from walmart did a excellent job in heating a single bedroom 4 person tent. Sleeping and being in the tent was nice and warm, just outside of the tent was ball freezing cold.
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who cares about the cold, just ask IRAK when he went to cresson

he even slept with his suit on, jackes and stuff and still he was freezing
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Used a popup several times with little issue. But in the winter months it sucks. Camping out at the last TWS (Texas World Speedway) date in 2008 Sat/Sun was a cause it was freezin. Had my little heater going on high.
I near froze that weekend. Especially when you have to get up at night to use the bathroom.

I have a 4 person tent I got on Craigslist for 20 bucks. An 8 dollar inflatable bed from walmar and also have a 15 dollar heater.

One small heater should be good to keep you warm.

A nice warm blanket or getter yet, a good cold weather sleeping bag. You can get one of the Army ones from a surplus store pretty cheap.

All this when rolled up and put up doesnt take too much room. Plus you got to haul all the other stuff already anyway like the tire warmers,change of clothes, laptop, GoPro, camera, folding chair, stands, power chord, gear, ramp, gas tank, tools, food, .

This has worked great for me.
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who cares about the cold, just ask IRAK when he went to cresson

he even slept with his suit on, jackes and stuff and still he was freezing
Now cresson is a whole other story. I spent a night at cresson and not only was it cold as fck but it was I think 20-30 mph constant winds. I woke up nearly every hour with the tent bending and leaning every which way. I was miserable. I will never do cresson in a tent ever again.
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who cares about the cold, just ask IRAK when he went to cresson

he even slept with his suit on, jackes and stuff and still he was freezing
...and that is still the plan for 2010...well maybe I'll just sleep in my car.
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Now cresson is a whole other story. I spent a night at cresson and not only was it cold as fck but it was I think 20-30 mph constant winds. I woke up nearly every hour with the tent bending and leaning every which way. I was miserable. I will never do cresson in a tent ever again.
p*ssy 20-30 mph winds ain't no joke...but what a sunrise they have @ cresson.

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...and that is still the plan for 2010...well maybe I'll just sleep in my car.
even then you cant sleep, the sound of the wind is too loud, better bring ear plugs
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p*ssy 20-30 mph winds ain't no joke...but what a sunrise they have @ cresson.

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this puzzy is gonna sleep in a warm quiet hotel room next time.
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even then you cant sleep, the sound of the wind is too loud, better bring ear plugs
Oh it was windy alright and we reached lower 40's that night, it was not pleasent at all.
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Oh come on - just dress right! Synthetic long-johns, good wool socks - cold-weather bedroll, and a couple hand-warmers in a sock, and you'll be toasty. We do it 2-3 times a winter for scouts - one recent one was below freezing for 3 days! You get a 20 degree bag and you'll be too hot sometimes. Don't use a cot in winter though! I learned that the hard way, and don't use the handwarmers bare. I've started using an air mattress which is good.

And a good 3-weather tent with a good full-coverage rainfly, and the wind stops being a factor...
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My brother has a tent for the back of a truck similar to the one you posted. He had it modified to allow a window unit A/C to be used.
He doesn't use it, if you are interested PM me and I will see if he wants to sell. A little ceramic heater will work to keep it warm.

On a side note: I had a pop-up for several years, camped in all kinds of weather. The little ceramic heaters will keep it pretty warm, I used 2 and it would stay toasty inside.
Really, for a pop-up, the A/C was the issue. When it was real hot, the A/C could barely keep up. Maybe one with a bigger unit would work better.
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check this ....$55 truck tent

too bad my truck is an S10 and I doubt it would fit....something similar in this price range would be outstanding.

http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/c....aspx?a=523323

bumblebee, is the tent your bro has for a compact or full size truck?
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