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Old 05-06-2015, 08:22 PM
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My wife and I recently purchased a used Subaru Outback Limited AWD 1999
We are looking to travel and we bought this vehicle in order to sleep in the back with the seats folded down.

We have yet to do so but I am wondering:

Will a few blankets be enough? In really cold temperatures, a few good blankets should be good right?

We plan on having the windows tinted.

I am really wondering, when sleeping in a turned off vehicle, what are some additional items we may want for our travels, specifically for comfort and sleeping.

Any other suggestions are great.
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Old 05-06-2015, 08:44 PM
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Definitely get the windows tinted dark (5%). It will keep the inside much darker as well as provide more privacy. I would be sure to have waterbottles and a sheet to throw over the seats so your can kind of block the view from being able to see in from standing in front of the car.
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Old 05-06-2015, 10:46 PM
Location: Victoria TX
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Window tint is regulated by the state in which your car is licensed, and no two states have exactly the same limits. Make sure you know what your state allows, the police enforce tinting law scrupulously, while you are in your own state, but never bother an out of state car for that reason.

A quilted sleeping bag and a couple of blankets will be fine in temperatures down to about 45F, especially two people sleeping intimately. If you get too cold, stop at a thrift shop the next day and buy another blanket. It never hurts to carry too many, blankets can be useful during the day to wrap things that you want to keep cool.

In warm places, you might want to buy mosquito coils. Plan ahead where to place them while sleeping, so you don't knock them over in the night and set your car on fire, which can be a disconcerting way to be awakened in the middle of nowhere. You'll want to leave windows ajar.

Stealth camping can be challenging, your only enemy is the police, who will regard you as suspect, at best. For authorized camping, the best and cheapest places are National Forest campgrounds, marked in green in the Rand McNally road atlas. NF grounds are usually self-pay, so make sure you have small bills. It's worth planning your itinerary to be near one at quitting time. Generally, you can sleep without being harassed at public boat landings, being sure to not block access to the ramp. People fish at night, so a car parked there is not suspicious. Most states will not bother you if you sleep in your car at roadside rest areas, even if posted as illegal. The police will not run sleepy drivers out onto the highway.

If you have to sleep in a town, WalMarts welcome campers in their parking lot, but as a courtesy, tell someone at the service desk, and park where they tell you to. You can also park in hospital parking lots in cities small enough to have free ones. But not in parking lots of schools or businesses that are closed, the police will wake you up.
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Old 05-07-2015, 09:21 AM
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Buy a 12 volt electric blanket.
Put it in your bed for the last 45 minutes of driving.
Crawl into a toasty bed.
Do not use overnight or you will wake up to a dead battery.

Would be easier to give info if you stated area of country and time of year.

I have a minivan with tinted windows and have spent 100s of nights sleeping all
over the western US and never been bother by police or others.
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