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We can lay all of the seats flat in the CRV. I am wondering if anyone has actually spent the night inside the CRV with the seats used as a bed. Is it comfortable? Is it better than a tent? We love to camp but have been using a tent and all the stuff you need to bring along with it. If I could camp in the CRV it would help reduce the amount of stuff I needed to bring.

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Though I haven't slept in my CR-V yet, there is a decent amount of room back there. At the risk of sounding dumb, are you sure you have a CR-V and not an Element? As far as I know, the CR-V seats don't lay flat, but rather fold up to the front row of seats where the seats on the Element actually do lay flat. Unless the gen 3 seats are different and I didn't know about it.
Oh, and car camping still requires a lot of gear. And you need a place to put it when you are in the car sleeping. So you almost have to bring a tent anyway.
 

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No it's a CRV. The front seats lay back until flat and the rear seats do the same so that the whole cabin is flat. It looks like it would be comfortable. I understand what you are saying about the amount of stuff to bring. However if I could sleep inside the CRV I could eliminate the tent, cots or mats and groundsheet. The only things left outside would be our food/drinks cooler and kitchen box with all of the pots/pans and other camping stuff. These could be carried in the rear and then put on the picnic table once we get to the campsite. Judging from the amount of room available there would still be cargo space free inside too.

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Very much a late post but to answer your question, yes. In a G1 CR-V only the EX model - which I have - can do this.

My wife and I camp/sleep in our V often and it truly is more comfy than a tent. That is not to say that it should always take over for it, but its much better when you need to stay warm/off the ground/dry...etc

The only issue with doing this is you should bring an extra hard pillow or two to stuff in between the drivers seats as thats the only "non padded" area when the seats are all flat. So long as you do that its really easy to roll around and be quite comfy in there; plenty of space.
 

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Wouldn't the moisture (from breathing, etc.) create a rather warm and not so pleasant place for sleep? I would think I would be happier in a tent?
 

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Wouldn't the moisture (from breathing, etc.) create a rather warm and not so pleasant place for sleep? I would think I would be happier in a tent?
Warm, yes that is part of the point.
Moist, sure... the windows sure fog up.
Unpleasant, not at all.

With good weather and some good gear I just assume use a tent. Inclimant weather and the CR-V makes a good shelter. Window cracked can solve most of it.
 

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I've had my '97 double as a tent on 3 occasions now without any problems. The last time I was out tenting in the back of the V, I left the hatch open, and rigged up a crude bug screen that was duct-taped to strategic parts of the body. I'm sure this could be done much less shrewdly however.

The one problem I have with tenting in my V is that I am 6' 2" and I kinda have to sleep on an angle to fit my whole self in. I usually bring a large "Body" pillow and squish it up against the driver and passenger seat. When the bottom of the back seats fold up against the front seats, they are about 6" higher than the folded down part of the rest of the back seats. It can give a good crick in the neck otherwise!

Another fantastic part about the '97 V (not sure about later models) for camping is the utility plugin in the back trunk of the cabin. I have a small 75w inverter that powers an alarm clock and a one-cup coffee maker. I have left the ignition on ACC for a 9 hour night with these and other implements and never found that it has drained the battery more than starting capacity.
 

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I camped a few times in the 04 CRV but did not sleep in it. It hauled more than enough stuff for two people for several days.

I want to do some camping with the 08 but haven't decided yet what particular role it will play, other than fairly luxurious transportation, in my camping kit.

But I've checked out a few options. The front and back seats can be positioned and reclined until they are horizontal but the resulting "sleeping" surface is far from flat. Maybe the right kind of mattress or padding would make it comfortable.

Another option is an SUV tent. They attach to the back of the vehicle so the interior space of the car is accessible from the tent. Lots of online sporting goods stores sell them. Tentsontrucks.com has quite a few of the Sportz Suv tents and Sports Authority sells the Texsport line. Tentsontrucks also sells magnetic screens so the car can be ventilated and bug-free.



There are also several makes of roof top tents for SUVs.

I'm undecided about some of this because I'm also thinking about camping trailers and CRV towing specs. There are a few trailers that definitely comply with Honda USA's very conservative tow rating and there are a few that exceed it, but are also well below the European limits. For the time being however I'm keeping my own counsel on towing limits.

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I've camped in my CR-V once, I found the floor too stiff for my liking, but a nice comforter under you should fix that. :)
 

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I've just had my CR-V for about 10 days now, I realized coming home from work that I could single-fold the larger seat on the right (fold the back down forward, but don't rotate forward into the front seats off the rear latches) and have a bed platform that would be level with the top of the seat back so that you have storage under the bed platform, but my height requires me to fold the passenger seat forward. Also, there's the option to make it only as wide as the right rear seat so that I have a "dressing area" all the way down to the floor, behind the left rear seat. I have yet to figure out how I'm going to multisection the platform so that I can fold it back up and return the seats back to their normal positions after breaking camp.

There is the option to build a platform that extends out the rear cargo threshold and is supported by legs that are on the ground and support the rear end of the bed platform, and the whole thing is somehow protected by no-see-um mesh. A third option is to get a deal on a Yakima rack from work (I work for REI) and mount a roof top tent (RTT) on it. The idea is staying off the ground and making it quick and easy to break camp.

Or, how about a hard-shell extension that is pulled out through the rear opening and has clamps that clamp down around the opening on the body without interfering with or cutting the rubber gasket for the rear door? It would be a shell sticking out the rear opening, but would be sealed to keep bugs out, and it would have a door to get in and out and have small window screen vents to help with ventilation.

What has been built for the CR-V as far as completely-contained camping is concerned?

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What has been built for the CR-V as far as completely-contained camping is concerned?

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Not a whole lot. Unfortunately, manufacturers of car accessories and camping gear have seemingly taken the approach that Honda made 2 different small SUVs to fit 2 different demographics. The Element for the adventurous, camping type and the CRV for city going moms and dads.
When I bought my CRV, I figured they are comparable off-road and the CRV gets slightly better mpg and sits a tad higher. Universal products, like the adjustable SUV tent should fit, but I haven't been able to find many CRV specific camping products.
Regardless, necessity breeds invention, so I have been able to improvise and design/make/build what I needed most of the time, to I learned to do without
 

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Regardless, necessity breeds invention, so I have been able to improvise and design/make/build what I needed most of the time, to I learned to do without
Right, and I have an idea, but it would work for one person. I have already tried the front-seat-down idea, but I'm too tall for it to work right. I don't want to remove my rear seats to camp inside (however, it would not be a bad idea if I had one CRV for general use, and another one for camping only). I certainly don't want to deal with a roof-top tent (RTTs) because of weight and getting it up there by myself. I also want to get off the ground without having to borrow, rent, or buy a small trailer.

The best solution I came up with is making a bed platform that is as wide as the 60 seat on the right side. Because I'm lightweight and because there is a plastic picnic table under the horizontal line that runs front to back along the width of the left edge of the right seat (this line of sight would put a weight-bearing leg right on top of the picnic table, which I don't want to do), I have an idea. Build the bed platform so that it covers the width of the right seat (so that I can double-fold the left rear seat and make the area behind it a "changing space"). The height of the platform is so that it's just above the topmost edge of the right seat when it's single-folded. The rear legs go right behind the rear edge of the picnic table, and the front legs go to the floor in front of the rear seats, and I might put one middle leg only on the right side, or I might do without. To keep the plywood from bending and breaking, I might attach 2X4s on their narrow sides to the bottom edge of the plywood panel to keep the plywood straight and level, and attach the correct length legs at each corner. The idea is a level platform high enough to not put any downward stress on the seat back, but also low enough that I can actually get in and out of bed without feeling like I'm in an MRI machine (which I will not get into again without sedation). And a bonus is storage space underneath the bed platform, behind the right seat and keeping the left area open. It's simple, effective, and does the job in a pinch.

Plywood
A few pieces of 2X4s
Screws
Legs, attachments for them, and feet from IKEA

I don't have time to put this together before my next trip coming up, so it might be done later in the fall, depending on whether I'm up to camping this winter.

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i've camped once inside my CRV. we just folded the rear seats forward as you would for cargo, and slept back there. it was surprising roomy enough, but then i am only 5'-7", and my friend isn't much taller than me. to make room in the cargo area, we had to shift all our gear into the front seats.

normally my tent of choice is a Hennessy Hammock.

my first CRV was a 1st gen 1998 EX. i was wow'ed by the fact that all the seating could flatten and join together to make a massive bed. but i was annoyed that in that configuration it was at a slant. i never got to sleep in it cause it was totaled not long after i got it (long story, wasn't my fault).

my next and current CRV is still a 1st gen, but a year younger and only an LX. i was disappointed to learn i lost the option. i figured i would try it parked on a hill someday. oh well, no biggie, i have my Hennessy now anyway. as long as i can find two sturdy trees between 12 and 20 feet apart, i have a campsite.
 

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re Hennessy Hammock

... normally my tent of choice is a Hennessy Hammock...
as long as i can find two sturdy trees between 12 and 20 feet apart, i have a campsite.
Actually, you only need ONE tree -- if you tie the other end to the CR-V!

(I'm a CRV newbie so haven't tried it yet with my HHammock... hope to when the weather gets a little cooler here in Arizona!)
 

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I have gone a bit overboard with the concept of camping in the CR-V, having removed the rear seats entirely, but I know that there are different variations on the sleeping platform that allow you to keep your rear seats if you construct a platform that folds to a compact size to fit entirely in the cargo area when not in use. Overall, sleeping in it in this fashion makes for a really pleasant night!
 

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Has anyone purchased the add on tent for their CR-V ????? Am going to take my 2010 to Burning Man next year and am looking for the right tent add on product.
 

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Has anyone purchased the add on tent for their CR-V ????? Am going to take my 2010 to Burning Man next year and am looking for the right tent add on product.
If you've done any camping, you'd buy a real tent from REI, Cabelas, or the like. Even a cheapo tent from WallyWorld is a better choice than the Honda tent. You'll also need sleeping bags, down is most versatile, and mattress pads. Insulated inflatable are the most comfortable. I pack all this stuff (and more) on a motorcycle so I buy the products that pack down to the smallest dimensions. They tend to cost more. Packing them in the car, you have no such restriction.
 

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I have gone a bit overboard with the concept of camping in the CR-V, having removed the rear seats entirely, but I know that there are different variations on the sleeping platform that allow you to keep your rear seats if you construct a platform that folds to a compact size to fit entirely in the cargo area when not in use. Overall, sleeping in it in this fashion makes for a really pleasant night!
Looks like a tight fit, but cozy!
 
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