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Old 01-13-2007, 03:00 AM
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Go For It. some of my best travel was done sleeping in a 87 Volvo wagon ( it was a diesel) Use a foam mattress, take extra blankets, tools/spare parts, and have personal protection as it is dangerous out there.
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Old 01-13-2007, 08:15 AM
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women have long memories. one bad night of fitful uncomfortable sleep in that wagon and she will hate it for life. spend a little and get a motel6 or holiday inn.
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Old 01-13-2007, 08:59 AM
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SUFFERING is pretty much what makes an ADVENTURE and ADVENTURE!


Ill agree to that! These wagons are fantastic and W123s have all kinds of nostalgia for me! There is no way you can tell me that sleeping in the back of a TD with the seat folded down is uncomfortable even for a giant like 6'8 guy here. In fact I dont think you can tell me its nicer than a hotel EXCEPT for the crucial hot shower. That doesn't really matter though, you should be able to find nice campgrounds with hot showers to stay in. I don't suggest a walmart parking lot for a good nights sleep. If your worried about getting mugged take a gun.
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Old 01-13-2007, 01:03 PM
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If the woman won't sleep with you in the wagon, she's not worth keeping.
I've stayed in a lot of WalMarts with my RV. There's actually a written guide with directions to WalMart's and Sam's Clubs.
You can get showers at many truck stops.
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Old 01-13-2007, 01:20 PM
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Clearly age is playing a role here. What seems like a really bad idea when you are older is perfectly reasonable in your early 20's. I recall the following.

I was in the Navy 67-68 and at the Naval Air Station , in Lemoore, CA. I was really broke. I had managed to get a new VW Bug ( I was getting out in 4 months, payments were $65 a month). Anyway I had met this girl a few months earlier, but hadn't quite done the deed. Came up with a creative plan.

Invited her to the Laguna Seca races in Monterey, CA. Got two sleeping bags at the base for free. Drove up there thinking we could find a campground to sleep in. No luck. Literally drove down the coast highway at 10 PM, and pulled over. We hoped a fence and walked down the slope toward the ocean. Spent the night on the hard ground. The initial hour of the stay was very fun, the next 8 hours were not. We were very tired the next day.

Fast forward to present day. Sleep on a bank, no way. Sleep in a car in the winter, and have to drive all day the next day? No way. Also don't we recall the folks in Oregon stranded in the snow. The husband died. Also with the wackos that run around today, I would be very cautious about where I slept.

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Old 01-13-2007, 02:24 PM
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Clearly age is playing a role here. What seems like a really bad idea when you are older is perfectly reasonable in your early 20's. I recall the following.

I'm 21 and I wouldn't do it, I value my comfort.
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Old 01-13-2007, 03:17 PM
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I'm 21 and I wouldn't do it, I value my comfort.

clearly more of a maturity issue than an age issue.

I slept in a vw bug and PU bed when I was young, terrible, uncomfortable nights and sore the whole next day. If I knew then what I know now I would have shelled out the $19 for a room.
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I'm 21 and I wouldn't do it, I value my comfort.
I'm 20 and I wouldn't either.
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i am 24 and have had to spend the night in the back of an RX-7 during a snow storm in colorado. it was done because it HAD to be. i am 5'11" and i would take a TD anyda over a RX-7 but if i had my choice then a motel it would be. As for the girl throwing it in your face it all depends on who's idea it was to stay in the car. on a cross country travel once my girl suggested to sleep in the car and she never threw it in my face.
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Old 01-13-2007, 07:40 PM
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Dude,
You're girlfriend may say she's cool with sleeping in the car, but I'm pretty sure she really isn't. Sleeping in a car is only better than sleeping in or under a canoe. Once she/you need to hit the head, all bets are off. I wouldn't try it with my wife, or any of my girlfriends. That didn't sound right. I meant my old girlfriends. Uh. I mean my previous girlfriends. Please let us old married guys know how it goes....as if we can't see it coming. All the best.
heh they don't know yet that if the GF (or wife) say "yes" that really means "NO!"
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Old 01-13-2007, 11:11 PM
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Usually in May, there is a fairly big GTG of we fan dorks in Arkansas. I usually sleep in a tent in a pasture for a nite or two, but have been thinking of sleeping in the wagon this next time. This thread has been interesting reading and has given me things to think about.
Only thing is, I'm sore every morning after sleeping on a mattress. Sleeping in the wagon might kill me outright!!
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I found the large truck stops pretty safe to grab some sleep in and usually cheap showers and a place to eat and get coffee etc as well. Have not done it for awhile though. Also a good place to hang out if storm stranded. Some of the larger ones even track the road conditions for a few hundred miles ahead on a constantly updated basis.
.Your diesel idling overnight both for heat and to avoid the next mornings cold start. About a quart of fuel an hour. Cannot quote on the girlfriend as I do not know her. As one member mentioned watch the weather. Usually a person drives until they are tired. The least problem then is getting to sleep. Have to wonder if I will ever again take one of these long road excursions and sleep in my car. The 123 passenger seat is not too bad in some of my past experiences. Another travel tip for what it is worth. When I did not have a lot of money hotels where a lot cheaper than motels. Although I could not believe I got a room at a nice motel in new jersey two years ago for 37.50. Getting to be about 100.00 minumin around here now. Have a pleasant trip.
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Old 01-14-2007, 02:03 AM
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You can get showers at many truck stops.
You can get alot of things at truck stops. Penicillin won't cure everything.

I doubt I could get a good nights rest in a walmart parking lot
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Old 01-14-2007, 12:08 PM
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I have slept in the back of a pickup a number of times while camping. Far better then a cold tent, 8ft bed, plus a cap and air matress make it comfortable enough.

But a car, heck with that. I'd either buy a motel room or just drive through the night. Slam enough Redbull and you should be able to stay up almost forever.
Hear hear! I'm living proof. Memphis, TN to Phx,AZ, solo, stopless, Audi 80 Quattro. Back seat rattled with the load of aluminum when I got out...
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