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Old 01-11-2017, 09:38 AM   #11
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Thanks for this writeup. It's very timely, as I'm going to FL for a 3 week trip soon.

How did you make your bed fit though?
Even with the front seats pushed forward. I'm shorter than you but i still can't sleep vertically. I have a newer E where the seats don't tilt forward, only backwards flat. but even with your tilt forwards i still don't see how you can fit, and i have the same bed as you
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Old 01-11-2017, 11:05 AM   #12
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What years were you camping off the side of the road around Kennedy Space Center? This is pretty much my favorite approach, but it seems more likely to be busted by cops these days. Unless you're in a really remote area.
Primarily pre 9/11, but did it a couple times for shuttle launches afterwards. I think '02 and '08? I was far from the only one, every nook someone could shove a car and gear in around the cape was full.
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Old 01-11-2017, 03:24 PM   #13
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Primarily pre 9/11, but did it a couple times for shuttle launches afterwards. I think '02 and '08? I was far from the only one, every nook someone could shove a car and gear in around the cape was full.

Good to know that's still possible.
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Old 01-11-2017, 03:31 PM   #14
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Thanks for this writeup. It's very timely, as I'm going to FL for a 3 week trip soon.

How did you make your bed fit though?
Even with the front seats pushed forward. I'm shorter than you but i still can't sleep vertically. I have a newer E where the seats don't tilt forward, only backwards flat. but even with your tilt forwards i still don't see how you can fit, and i have the same bed as you

I assume you're saying you also have the deluxe Cabela camp-bed.

Believe it or not, tilting the front seats forward give you a couple extra inches of necessary space, and the bed fits pretty snugly even when doing so. So that may be your problem.

You may therefore need to cut a couple/few inches off the end of the camp bed to get it to fit in your Element. But if you're under 5' 11", you should be fine. Even if you're taller, you should be able to put your feet between the two front seats. (If you have a larger console there, you'll want to remove it before road-tripping. My mattress overlaps the console slightly.)

You may also fit better putting the top of your head between the two front seats, and having your feet towards the rear.

Let me know if you have any other Q's about tripping through Florida.
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Old 01-16-2017, 12:21 AM   #15
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12. How much was a water?

Water was actually free! (I was surprised, paid about $4-$5 at another place for a bottled water.)

Just tipped the bartender a buck.
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Old 01-17-2017, 06:58 AM   #16
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Note: This is the bug netting I got, which fit well around the rear of the element, including the skylight:

http://www.coghlans.com/products/bac...ble-green-9765

It's a 240 mesh, better than their standard 180 mesh. It wasn't good enough to keep the no-see-ums out, but might work well in an area that only has standard mosquitos.

I secured it with round flat magnets which I got fairly cheaply from Home Depot.






(note that no-see-um mesh can have its own drawbacks in terms of breathability in hot climates.)

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Old 01-17-2017, 09:37 PM   #17
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Cool picture thanks for sharing.
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Old 01-18-2017, 02:59 AM   #18
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Cool picture thanks for sharing.

Ty. I wanted a green Element for years, always liked the way they looked. Good for fading into the woods too. ;^)

This is is the Ron Jon parking lot near the beach in Cocoa Beach where you can sleep overnight if road-tripping and boondocking.
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Old 01-18-2017, 12:14 PM   #19
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Do you need a mosquito net for Florida?
I crack my windows open and sometimes my back trunk a little bit when sleeping
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Old 01-19-2017, 05:30 AM   #20
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Do you need a mosquito net for Florida?
I crack my windows open and sometimes my back trunk a little bit when sleeping

You *definitely* need some kind of netting/screening in Florida. Lots of mosquitos and no-see ums, depending on your specific location. Much of the state is marshy (Everglades).

You'll also generally want to be able to crack your windows, as evenings are often warm there, even in Winter. (Depending on your exact location in the state, and the night in question.)

You'll probably be best served by the "Screenz"-type products which go over the door, and allow you to have the windows fully open but screened.

Alternatively, you could theoretically get some kind of no-see-um netting that you attach to the liner of the car ceiling, and drape over your sleeping area. You'll just probably have some bugs in the car in the morning when you start driving.

Some locations and nights you won't have any bugs, or need to crack your window. But you'll want to be able to other nights, and you'll need some protection in case of bugs.

P.S.: Being right on the ocean can help reduce/eliminate the bug issue sometimes. Something about the breeze maybe.
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