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GnarlyCharlie 12-04-2012 04:25 PM

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I've recently built a sleeping platform in the back of my Tundra and it's a great way to travel around with a small (3) person crew. We've been on the road from Kirkwood up through Montana last year for $1000 food and fuel. My buddy Ben is from Montana so once there we did a lot of splitboarding and took his families sleds out and that saved us money on ski areas. ANyways between the three of us we did a 3 week trip for ~$800 because of the savings on lodging.

stunt66 12-04-2012 04:49 PM

Nice set up! How were the nights? what did you guys do for heat(no NSFW material please). Joking aside did you have any heat or just some good sleeping bags?

ETM 12-04-2012 04:55 PM

I did a similar thing and love it. Its a whole new experience and a big lesson in efficient energy use.

hikeswithdogs 12-04-2012 05:00 PM

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Nice yep we did that last year at BigSky and Moolight, nice to have a low voltage sleeping bag and a secondary battery kit with a deep cell installed too.

mojo maestro 12-04-2012 06:05 PM

And condoms........lots of condoms!

hktrdr 12-04-2012 09:01 PM


Originally Posted by ETM (Post 547832)
I did a similar thing and love it. Its a whole new experience and a big lesson in efficient energy use.

We should sign you up for the cast of Car Danchi 7!

ETM 12-04-2012 09:25 PM

Haha livin the dream brother!

MarshallV82 12-04-2012 11:33 PM

I Lived like that for 5 months near Idaho Falls.

I was working on a Transmission Line and some Turbines out that way. I actually had a blast, I just wanted to see if I could handle it.
Had a gym membership for working out and showers. I made alot that year and spent 5 months living in the back of my truck in Idaho.

NWBoarder 12-05-2012 12:09 AM

Your truck sleeping setup looks waaaaay nicer than mine ever did. Of course, mine was in the back of an '85 Nissan 720. But hey, it had a carpet kit, and I had a shit load of sleeping bags and blankets. Just remember to keep a window cracked, cause condensation sucks! Lol!

GnarlyCharlie 12-06-2012 03:22 PM

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I run a 1500 watt inverter off of a deep cycle battery that I charge before I head out, I only use the inverter for a boot dryer and to charge up my computer so It will last about 3-4 days usually. For heat I use a Mr Heater portable propane heater that can be run indoors with 9 square inches of ventilation, but in the back of the truck if I crack the two side windows about an inch or so that's enough and that thing cranks so much heat it's fucking ridiculous; I usually only use the heat in the morning, before getting out of my bag so I'll start the heat and in under 5 minutes it's melting faces. Store containers of supplies under the platform and keep my boards locked up on top with a Yakima fat cat 6. Hung some old baners up for privacy (Keeping those piggies unsuspecting in Govy) and to keep out light.

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