I just returned from a camping trip to Vermont (my first camping experience in the E), and I wanted to share some thoughts:
1. Sleeping on the folded-down seats was surprisingly comfortable. I didn't use a mattress pad or a sleeping bag; only a sheet and a thin blanket. It was pretty chilly at night, but warm inside the E. Another interesting note: The fact that you can adjust the seatbacks make it a lot easier when camping in an area that is not level. I was parked on a small hill, and by moving the seatback up, I didn't feel it at all. And then I was still able to lounge out while looking out the sunroof (the stars were amazing; it was like the glass wasn't even there.)
2. I need to bring in some kind of sunshade to use when I am done star gazing. Once the sun hit in the morning, it was pretty bright. My solution at the time was to roll over onto my side, but I need to come up with something more permanent. Someone once posted about those rolling screens that people use for kids in the back seat, but then I heard they fell off. Has this worked for anyone?
3. I have the Honda tailgate cabana, and it proved to be quite useful (even though it is expensive). For one, it feels like it opens things up inside, and you are not so cramped. Secondly, the screen "window" was a nice feature to use. Since it was cold in the evening, I left it closed, and then when things got warmer in the morning, I opened it up to get some additional ventilation. I left the side windows and sunroof completely closed, and no bugs got in through the cabana side either (and it was REALLY buggy in Vermont). The weather was dry, so I can't say how it would perform in the rain, but I have a waterproofing product that I plan to treat the fabric with anyhow.
So there you have it. A fine weekend of camping E-style.