It's my goal to use our Mazda CX-9 as a "camper" for trips, outings, and adventures where it's either difficult to tent or is simply preferable or desirable to have a "camp" vehicle option.
I'm not going to convert our compact SUV into a camper with any permanent changes. We are a one car family and that car gets a lot of use hauling people (family of five, with 3 young adult kids - so basically 5 adults), hauling groceries for all those people, and hauling gear and sundry for adventures and family life.
I love the versatility of this vehicle to meet the needs of our family life (which have included road trips and long drives with 5 people and a cat). But as the kids have grown and are my husband and I do more couple-only and solo adventuring it occurred to me that I could also use the this car as a camper vehicle, laying down the seats creates ample space for 2 of us to sleep.
So now I'm on a mission to test and trial our car as a camper, figuring out what kind of modifications/additions and gear we need to convert our car, on a temporary basis only, into a camper vehicle.
This is a journal of that figuring out process and the trips we do with our car as the camper.
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I was not expecting to find such a nice site for this one night trip.
Part of the reason for using my car as a camper is to have the ability to park and sleep wherever it is safe to do so.
It’s called boondock camping or Boondocking, which means to camp for free at sites with zero or limited facilities.
This is my first night boondocking and I struck gold.
This is an actual campground that is “closed” for the season. You can no longer make reservations (and pay) but the sites are still open. And probably stay that way till the road is snowed in.