I've read quite a bit, including the beginners guides, and perhaps more importantly, Finxiekins thread which has some good info. The caveat for me is as I'm coming from abroad, I can't just load up on blankets, tarps, rebar (the hardest part) and call it a day. As the city I live in is ripped right out of Blade Runner, I can't just go test out my gear either. My best
bet is to buy just before the event, and store at a friends place in The Bay. Not out of the question for someone w/ a garage, but I would like to impose as little as possible.
On the plus side, there is an RV in our group, and maybe even another mini-van which could provide shade. I plan on sleeping in my tent, and if my girl comes with, making wild passionate love to her. That's it. If I'm awake, I'm going to be socializing, and I've even been told there will "be times when there's an open bed in the RV".
Having said that, do I really need to buck up for a nice tent? Sounds like not only are they easily trashed, I don't know what I'm going to do w/ it when it's done. I'm really only worried about 1: the thing blowing away (maybe w/ me in it), 2: staying cool during the morning/day. I can bundle up at night I'm convinced. I sleep on a futon now, since I like to sleep on a stiff surface. I'm thinking an air matress + sleeping bag will keep me off the ground, and slightly padded.
So, questions I guess based on previous experiences:
1: Not much of an outdoors man, but if I get a low-mesh, run-of-the-mill Coleman or other brand name tent, should I assume that's ample? Something like this
2: Assuming I can park next to the RV (it sleeps 4, not sure of the size other than that) can I assume I'll have decent shade? Not sure of where BRC is in terms of latitude but I would guess at some point the sun is going to be overhead.
3: Not a lot of talk about mattresses I've seen. Would small airmatress provide a bit of relief from the cold at night?
If the answers are yes, I can probably do something that will not kill me cost or luggage-wise. If I have to throw in another tarp and more rebar, I'm going to have to donate when it's all said and done, me thinks.