Who hasn’t thought about packing up and driving off into the sunset? Well, that is exactly what I had dreamed of doing. Somehow I got the notion to explore “car-camping”..yes it’s a thing. So, I purchased a used moderately sized care with this in mind, a Honda CR-V. The plan began forming when my 30 years of service was approaching, after all I would need a significant amount of time off to travel as much as I had planned…basically around the country. Reducing my overhead was a must so debt reduction was crucial (nearly debt free as I am writing this blog). I have had the privilege to be able to travel quite a bit but somehow missed a great deal of our magnificent United States of America (landing in an airport doesn’t count).
Researching a bit on-line I began collecting information to prepare for my journey. I didn’t want to change my car too much as it is my everyday car as well. It is not very large so innovation is the key. Some of the things I thought I needed to consider are listed below:
- Sleeping/comfort: the seats in the back fold down- do I fold them or take them out?
- Mattress- InnovEx Home Products FoldNGo 4″ Adult Memory Foam Mattress (initially used a air mattress- see dry run blog)
- Need to build a frame to elevate the bed and add storage
- Wood or PVC?
- Camp chair
- Front windshield-curtain hung from a bungee cord strung from handles at each door
- Passenger window-Store bought, home installed dark tint (bubbled like crazy-will get a professional installation or curtains)
- Rear Window-Purchased a SUV tent (Explorer 2) for the back of the CRV (no solution for when the hatch is closed)
- Food Plan:
- Mostly non-perishable food
- Cooler for creamer and the odd perishable items (bought a yeti but also looking at an electric one)
- Crockpot to use while driving with an inverter
- Electric kettle for boiling water for reconstituting food and making coffe
- Sterno stove with shield
- Cargo nets
- Cargo hitch with boxes (also bought locks and cables for security)
- Where to park and sleep?
- Campsites-could get pricey if I stayed there every nightState/National Parks-possibly less expensive but a cost non-the-less
- Friends and family-an options but I do not have them in every corner of the country
- Boon docking- Free camping, definitely an option, might be a bit scaryChurches-Volunteer for a safe site to park
There is a great deal more to think about and thanks to my friend who unbeknownst to me has been planning a very similar journey, has given me more to think about.