What are you going to sleep on in your tent?

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Re: What are you going to sleep on in your tent?

Postby Fufa » Sun Feb 05, 2012 8:26 pm

In the tent: queen size air mattress covered in a fitted sheet with an unzipped rectangle sleeping bag as a blanket. Throw an extra sheet over top when we go out to keep the dust bunnies off.

Outside the tent: trampoline
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Re: What are you going to sleep on in your tent?

Postby Thorormr » Sun Feb 05, 2012 10:54 pm

I use an army style cot. One of the ones you have to wrestle the end bars on. I have carpet scraps I put under the feet to protect the tent floor. Then I have a wide roll of non-skid drawer liner I put down, then on top of that I use a cheap open cell foam corrugated twin size mattress pad. Depending on weather either the sleeping bag gets laid down unzipped with a sheet on top or the sleeping bag is zipped up with blankets on top and some folded up under the bag if really cold. I also have a Cloak of Doom that has done double duty. When I was sleeping double I packed a full size bed and futon. I've woken up to frost on the inside of the tent at some events. Sleep like a rock.

There is an air bed kit that includes a frame that folds out so the bed is elevated. Packs down into a bag a bit smaller than a suitcase. I have/had one, worked well though the sleeve the mattress slid into squeaked on the vinyl way too much until I put a fitted sheet on the mattress first. You can hide a lot of stuff under that bed either on the ground between the legs or slid through the frame.

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Re: What are you going to sleep on in your tent?

Postby inthecolumbiagorge » Thu Feb 09, 2012 9:37 pm

Elorrum wrote:fold up cot with a thick self inflating pad on top. These plus a tent I can stand up in, are my camping luxury items.
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We use the same exact cot with a egg carton foam mattress pad on it and even with my shoulder, back and neck pain, I sleep very comfortably, especially with the battery operated sound machine. I can even sleep though most dj/rave setups as long as they are not right next to our tent.
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Re: What are you going to sleep on in your tent?

Postby LastNight » Fri Feb 10, 2012 3:05 pm

So far I'm thinking a winter camping bag/cheap camping bag (haven't decided on that one yet) over a inflatable mattress,with whatever warm,furry blankets I can find.
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Re: What are you going to sleep on in your tent?

Postby new_world_order » Wed Feb 15, 2012 12:33 pm

Raymaker wrote:I intend sleeping on top of my girlfriend seeing as I am working class.


thats what i said! except shes not going...i guess i am a bum now.
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Re: What are you going to sleep on in your tent?

Postby Mrs.Damato » Thu Mar 08, 2012 6:03 pm

i just bought a futon for my fiance and i to bring out to the playa for 25 bucks on craigslist. you should check there. we got it and now kris wants to take something else because its so comfy and he doesn't want it getting all dusty and ruined haha mattress bags here i come!!!
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Re: What are you going to sleep on in your tent?

Postby TinkerMom » Thu Mar 08, 2012 6:14 pm

Last year I started out on my air mattress, but then ended up out in the shade area
on our sofa bed. So I will do it again this time.
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Re: What are you going to sleep on in your tent?

Postby tattoogoddess » Sun Mar 18, 2012 10:03 pm

what is the best option for someone who is taking amtrak? Im limited on room.
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Re: What are you going to sleep on in your tent?

Postby International Incident » Sun Mar 18, 2012 10:13 pm

TG - suggest get a blow up mattress. They are cheap. Not the lightest but comfortable enough

one of us will have a pump that you can use.
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Re: What are you going to sleep on in your tent?

Postby Thorormr » Sun Mar 18, 2012 10:38 pm

tattoogoddess wrote:what is the best option for someone who is taking amtrak? Im limited on room.


That depends on exactly how little space you have and how deep your pockets are. Self inflating camp mat and travel pillow, 50 degree bag, a fleece blanket and two sheets (one for dust cover) will all fit into a duffel with room to spare. That should be good down to 40F with layering techniques, and if hot it can all be layered underneath with just a sheet on top. If you want more comfort then an army cot can be had instead of the (self inflating camp pad) for about the same price, but it will weight a lot more and getting the end bars on is a test of sanity for most of them. If you have power or can take a manual pump, there are twin size air mattresses, but then they have a chance of going flat in the middle of the night, but they are probably the cheapest option. If noise is an issue the cot is the noisiest especially with extracurricular activities (squeaky drum), as well as being higher off the ground (falling over). Get a roll of non-slip drawer liner, the wide stuff is about 16" wide and over 5' long, it's usually pretty cheap and if you put that between whatever pad you get and the sleeping bag you won't slide off in the middle of a good sleep.
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Re: What are you going to sleep on in your tent?

Postby Elorrum » Mon Mar 19, 2012 7:36 am

Pool float and vinyl repair kit (or just be very careful with it.)
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Re: What are you going to sleep on in your tent?

Postby FIGJAM » Mon Mar 19, 2012 8:22 am

Elorrum wrote:Pool float and vinyl repair kit (or just be very careful with it.)


THIS!!!

And if you get them at the dollar store, you can bring a lot of spares! 8)
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Re: What are you going to sleep on in your tent?

Postby haolegolucky » Tue Mar 20, 2012 11:43 am

REI camp mat. 2" of comfort. If I didn't have to check two things already on the plane, I'd bring my PACO pad. Flipping amazing thing to sleep on.

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Re: What are you going to sleep on in your tent?

Postby tattoogoddess » Tue Mar 20, 2012 7:22 pm

I have a twin blow up air mattress. Just the blow up thingy is a plug in. So if someone does have a blow uper that would be amazing!!! It does weight a bit and a bit bulky so I was giving some thought to a blow up pool float. but im a bigger girl so i think i would not quite fit on it. If I did the blow up mattress, would i really need to put a mat under it? I plan on using a sleeping bag and a down comforter.
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Re: What are you going to sleep on in your tent?

Postby Fufa » Tue Mar 20, 2012 7:39 pm

tattoogoddess wrote:I have a twin blow up air mattress. Just the blow up thingy is a plug in. So if someone does have a blow uper that would be amazing!!! It does weight a bit and a bit bulky so I was giving some thought to a blow up pool float. but im a bigger girl so i think i would not quite fit on it. If I did the blow up mattress, would i really need to put a mat under it? I plan on using a sleeping bag and a down comforter.


We use a blow up queen mattress and it works fine, just make sure your blankets/sleeping bags are nice and warm. I recommend warm sleeping clothes you can peel off easily when the sun comes up.

If you're camping with BDV, we're bringing a charge up pump that lasts about 2 air mattresses before dying. So we have just enough juice for 1 more mattress after we do ours. :P
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Re: What are you going to sleep on in your tent?

Postby Thorormr » Tue Mar 20, 2012 8:34 pm

tattoogoddess wrote:I have a twin blow up air mattress. Just the blow up thingy is a plug in. So if someone does have a blow uper that would be amazing!!!


Just as a note, coleman (and other companies too) make manual inflators. There are a few different kinds of foot pump things which don't take up much space, look around where pool toys, or inflatable rafts are sold. The coleman is a double action piston, bulky but weighs nothing. It has a vacuum port, so you can suck the air back out of a mattress and really shrink it down. I've been wanting to try those big storage bags for clothes and see if my pump can be adapted to draw it down.

Here's one of the foot ones on uber discount on amazon, qualifies for free shipping if you can find something else to pad the order out.
http://www.amazon.com/Intex-Giant-Bellows-Foot-Pump/dp/B005CB7C80/ref=pd_sim_sbs_misc_3
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Re: What are you going to sleep on in your tent?

Postby lucky420 » Wed Mar 21, 2012 1:56 pm

TG, I bring an air mattress along with the manual foot pump. So if Fufa's pump gives out...
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Re: What are you going to sleep on in your tent?

Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Mar 21, 2012 1:58 pm

Have we crowned the king or queen of eplaya innuendo? Cause, I sense some royal blood in your veins, lucky.
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Re: What are you going to sleep on in your tent?

Postby Savannah » Wed Mar 21, 2012 2:11 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:Have we crowned the king or queen of eplaya innuendo? Cause, I sense some royal blood in your veins, lucky.


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Re: What are you going to sleep on in your tent?

Postby lucky420 » Wed Mar 21, 2012 2:18 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:
Have we crowned the king or queen of eplaya innuendo? Cause, I sense some royal blood in your veins, lucky.



:lol: You are so damn good... :lol:
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Re: What are you going to sleep on in your tent?

Postby maryanimal » Wed Mar 21, 2012 2:37 pm

TTG, I also have a bed pump. Coleman makes a battery operated one too. so you're welcome to use it!! I sleep on a blow up queen mattress and it sits about 18 or so inches high, and the pump fills it in 5 minutes or less!
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Re: What are you going to sleep on in your tent?

Postby Fufa » Wed Mar 21, 2012 10:27 pm

Innuendo? Really? I don't get it....... :(
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Re: What are you going to sleep on in your tent?

Postby Savannah » Thu Mar 22, 2012 12:44 am

Fufa wrote:Innuendo? Really? I don't get it....... :(


They were just being silly.

lucky420 wrote:TG, I bring an air mattress along with the manual foot pump. So if Fufa's pump gives out...


It's funnier if there is no direct translation. :)
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Re: What are you going to sleep on in your tent?

Postby Thorormr » Thu Mar 22, 2012 5:14 am

Savannah wrote:
Fufa wrote:Innuendo? Really? I don't get it....... :(


They were just being silly.

lucky420 wrote:TG, I bring an air mattress along with the manual foot pump. So if Fufa's pump gives out...


It's funnier if there is no direct translation. :)


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Re: What are you going to sleep on in your tent?

Postby ygmir » Thu Mar 22, 2012 6:56 am

Thorormr wrote:
Savannah wrote:
Fufa wrote:Innuendo? Really? I don't get it....... :(


They were just being silly.

lucky420 wrote:TG, I bring an air mattress along with the manual foot pump. So if Fufa's pump gives out...


It's funnier if there is no direct translation. :)


Quite, it is so Dragnet. (scene where Friday (Dan Aykroyd) is faced with a Baitmate and Pep (Tom Hanks) volunteers to leave him to the interview, rather expressively with pencil action)


you guys are funny...............
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