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Old 04-12-2004, 09:58 PM   #1
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Some thoughts on simple camping for two. Where to store stuff when you sleep? The ice chest, Primus two burner stove can store on the front seats at night. The real key is the "soft cupboards" available from jeep.com for $30 each. They each are 3 cubic feet with top two shelves for clothing and bottom shelf for cookware and food. They are hung with a "hook" to the ceiling grab hanger and a 6" angle bracket "band clamped" to the rear seat belt hanger. They remove with one wingnut for inside packing. Note that they allow plenty of footroom space for sleeping!
The Honda Cabana has web loops and gromments to use the modified External poles to guy out the cabana in winds using the tailgate as a camp kitchen.
The cargo floor has clip on covers over those nasty rear seat loops and a simple flat cover to replace the between seats console. this provides full width shoulder room (52"+) at the doors by 72"+ long. The rear door pockets are great for water bottle, watch hung on door latch, wallet & keys in armrest well! Two Thermorest 2" LX pads fit great and are very comfortable over the cushioned floor.

Inside view shows the porti potti in the cabana changing room although this setup also works great without the cabana. The Honda Privacy curtains are used forward with two corrugated plastic panels cut to fit the rear door windows. Still working on bug proof ventilation - not yet a problem in Washington state.

This setup really makes a very comfortable camper - much like our old beloved VW campers! Ron Mueller




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Old 04-12-2004, 11:01 PM   #2
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I store my stuff in the car. Then sleep in the tent...Very comfortable.
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Old 04-12-2004, 11:17 PM   #3
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Same here. Loads of room in the E for tent and all gear.

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Old 04-12-2004, 11:20 PM   #4
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Some very interesting ideas. Where did you get the covers for the rear floor seat attach points?
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Old 04-12-2004, 11:22 PM   #5
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Hey there wayland -
That's a great looking setup! I'm on my way to jeep.com to look into those cupboards now!

Since you obviously like camping...check out the post on our upcoming Seattle area meet!

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Old 04-13-2004, 02:53 PM   #6
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Its easy to tent camp with the Element - just load up and go. That was last summer and many, many summers in the past. No need to say why tents (or anything else) are the best way to go on this thread. It takes a bit of thought and imagination to make use of the Element for self-contained camping. Lots of people are interested. Lets use this thread to share these ideas with others...ok?

I'll post more pics on the Jeep cupboards and covers soon. Meanwhile, any thoughts on insect screening for the side windows?

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Old 04-13-2004, 10:34 PM   #7
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Could you elaborate on 'a 6" angle bracket "band clamped" to the rear seat belt hanger'?
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Old 04-14-2004, 09:28 AM   #9
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I'll get some more pics on the moutnign bracket. I spent many hours thinking about how to modify the Element to mount those cupboards, then eureka, figured a way to modify the cupboards to mount on what was already there! Thanks for the thread to screens.
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Old 04-14-2004, 09:18 PM   #10
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How simple is the flat console replacement? Just a board with a notch for the brake, or did you add some sort of rim or inner spacer? Did you try to accomdate the upturned edge of the floor liner?

Here's my current console modification - a plastic box cover.

http://www.hondaelement.org/showthre...&threadid=4496

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