Camping and sleeping in a Kia Soul
When Amanda and I were getting ready to take a trip to West Texas, we knew we didn't want to spend money on a motel. We planned to be gone for at least a week, and paying to sleep would have cost us, well, pretty much all the money we had. Camping was considered, but a tent, sleeping bags, camp sites…these things also cost money. Besides, I actually enjoy sleeping in a car more than a tent. For one thing, it keeps you off the ground, and thus away from creatures and moisture. Another thing, it protects you from wind, rain, and other elements. Finally, its just easier to pull into a parking lot, or off the road and have everything ready to go for spending the night without drawing attention to yourself.
There was a time in my life when I traipsed around North America for a stint, picking up odd jobs here and there to get by, and sleeping in the back of my '88 Toyota Pickup. I had a nylon camper over the bed and a sub-40 degree military surplus sleeping bag to fend off the cold. But alas, the camper is gone, and the Toyota is lacking some of the comforts I've come to expect since being married to a girl with a nice car--namely windows that shut, air conditioning, and reclining seats. Ah yes, the Kia Soul has spoiled me! And so, for our trip, I was destined to turn it into a travel-ready camper. Here is what I did:
What you'll need:
- 1 - board of ply wood cut 51" Wide X 42" Long - Then cut in half so you end up with two 25.5" x 42" boards. (they do this free at most lumber yards / home depot etc...
- 1 - 30" Piano Hinge
- Some foam pipe Insulation - I forget what size.
- Coleman Single High Quickbed - Full Size (not twin, queen, or king)
- Air pump
All told, it cost about $90 for everything, including bed and pump.
And there you have it! Your ready to go. Feel free to ask any questions in the comment section. Happy Trails!