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How can I improvise a camping lantern from my flashlight?

Have you thought about making a simple Milk Jug Lantern or similar? Find a clear or slightly opaque bottle of the light colour you want (a milk jug works perfectly for white light, but maybe a clear ...
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Advantage of truck tent?

I can think of a few advantages: You're off the ground, which means you're not at risk of getting flooded out or allowing animals access (ants, snakes, rodents, etc). You can set up wherever you can ...
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Is 8 miles of unpaved gravel road a lot for a old-ish consumer road car to take in normal weather?

Just about any car can handle a good gravel road, with the notable exception being low slung performance cars (cars with very little ground clearance). That being said, "gravel roads" vary a LOT. I ...
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Advantage of truck tent?

Easier to setup, pack up and keep in proper shape in my experience Much warmer during the cold months You can pre-setup a lot of things you going to need during the night The only 2 downsides I've ...
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Is 8 miles of unpaved gravel road a lot for a old-ish consumer road car to take in normal weather?

I can give you first hand experience with this. I have visited Goose Lake (and the Mount St Helens museum separately) over 5 times in the last 2 years. We drive a 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan with ...
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How much less efficient is a solar charger when on a car's dashboard instead of in direct sunlight?

Yes, the solar panel will be a little less efficient on the dashboard than outside because: Wavelengths absorbed by the windshield. The windshield absorbs most UV, which does still contribute to the ...
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How much less efficient is a solar charger when on a car's dashboard instead of in direct sunlight?

Shouldn't be less efficient at all - or at least, approximately as efficient. Solar panels generate energy utilising the band-gap structure inherent to semiconductor materials. This means that, to ...
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Hot water system as a heater for car camping?

In the outdoors, the way to deal with cold is not to heat the environment, but to insulate yourself. You say "snow line", so it appears you aren't asking about anything particularly cold. Just get a ...
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How to light a fire with wet firewood?

even wood that's been kept covered is often very wet and can be difficult to light. I will second that. Some people claim their wood is dry, but if you go look at how they "cover" it, sometimes you ...
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Advantage of truck tent?

A buddy of mine swears by his. He likes it because: Being off the ground means you're far less likely to get ants, snakes, scorpions, etc. in the tent. The chances of wildlife trampling your tent ...
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Is 8 miles of unpaved gravel road a lot for a old-ish consumer road car to take in normal weather?

I drove around Namibia in 2011 in a 2000 Ford Focus, put nearly 8,000 miles on that car during that three-and-a-half week trip - and most of that trip was on sand or gravel roads. The car was fine at ...
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Roof-top tents vs conventional tents?

I was a big fan of roof-top tents (and still am!) but they do have their numerous disadvantages. I like the fact that they are elevated. I don't necessarily think it's much safer, but they give you ...
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How to light a fire with wet firewood?

Since you mentioned pre-cut firewood, I'm assuming you're car camping or at some other location where you can easily bring some store-bought materials (not backpacking). By far the easiest way I've ...
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Camper van conversion sleeping width wise

Typically the widest part of a van is about a third of the way up (although this is usually only very slightly wider than at floor level) and they usually narrow a bit towards the roof. I happen to ...
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How can I improvise a camping lantern from my flashlight?

How can I improvise my flashlight for camping? Try using a magnetic similar to the one in this image: Simply lay down a thick piece of felt between the magnet and your car to avoid scratching the ...
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How can I improvise a camping lantern from my flashlight?

This is a problem we have never thought of! Even on the rare occasions when we split up so there was only one person at the camp, that person managed OK, albeit it awkwardly, by using a (drumroll !) ...
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How can I improvise a camping lantern from my flashlight?

If that car is actually yours, it's nicely reflective. My van is also silver. Prop the flashlight on a chair, bag, fence or stone pointing at the car from a few feet away and you'll get a decent area ...
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Camper van conversion sleeping width wise

As Chris says in his answer "widest part of a van is about a third of the way up". Everything in his answer is correct. I have slept many nights in a homemade conversion van. If you are sleeping ...
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Advantage of truck tent?

The downside you mention: The downside for me would be the loss of space in the truck box to store stuff and using the tailgate as a table. When camping solo, that leaves 3 seats for stuff. That ...
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Thermal insulation of truck cap

It makes more sense to insulate you than the whole back of the truck. Get a foam pad to put under your sleeping bag. You say there is a plastic liner, but a real sleeping pad should insulate much ...
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Roof-top tents vs conventional tents?

I drove a Toyota FJ Cruiser RTT for 14 days through Australia, 5300km from Sydney to Darwin (see pic below). Advantages: speed to set up (5min to open, 7min to close), not as much dirt as when in ...
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Is 8 miles of unpaved gravel road a lot for a old-ish consumer road car to take in normal weather?

As with all other kinds of roads, it depends on its condition. The only universal concern with all gravel roads is the incidence of pieces of gravel getting thrown up by the tires and spoiling ...
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Camper van conversion sleeping width wise

Putting a bed above the wheel arches is common, with storage underneath. The width you get is similar to the width behind the wheel arches, and that's often specified (it certainly could be found for ...
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Advantage of truck tent?

To be quite frank, I do not really see much of an advantage. And I say that as someone who has a roof-top tent mounted on a low rack just above my truck bed, with a tonneau cover in place over the ...
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Help with "car camping"

As a tall person, I've thought about this only for really long cars. I currently have a van converted to a camper, but I'm slowly planning its smaller replacement. Consider the surfaces you've camped ...
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Portable power generator ballpark fuel consumption

Generator run time per gallon varies greatly by manufacture. Just like gas mileage varies per vehicle. Not all small 4 seat cars, driving the speed limit get the same gas mileage, even though they ...
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Hot water system as a heater for car camping?

gas heaters are obviously unwise inside a sleeping space (due to exhaust) There are a lot of different types of gas heaters, many of which would be unsafe to use inside a sleeping space. An indoor ...
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How much less efficient is a solar charger when on a car's dashboard instead of in direct sunlight?

Yes, a solar charger will less efficient when you put it on the dash rather than outside for a couple of reasons that I can think of offhand in addition to the optical effects already mentioned. Some ...
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Is 8 miles of unpaved gravel road a lot for a old-ish consumer road car to take in normal weather?

A gravel road is not bad. We have a driveway that is gravel for half of its length, and I estimate we drove at least 275 miles on gravel during the last 5 years of our Volvo's life, when it was 12 to ...
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