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Old 13th June 2012, 12:37 PM
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"Subafalia", from the combination of "Subaru" and "Westfalia".

I grew up traveling with my parents in a Westfalia, sleeping pretty much everywhere from VW dealership parkings (waiting for parts, LOL) to actual campgrounds or random forest roads. So naturally when I got my Forester, I wanted to get as close to that as possible so I could sleep at trailheads parkings before hikes. Or so I could sleep comfortably if I was too drunk to drive after a party, LOL!

So in that spirit, for everyone to get ideas for their setups, post pics of your sleeping setups here! Especially if you custom-made some parts (drawers? curtains? etc)

(My own will be coming shortly although it's nothing super sophisticated yet, I'm working on it)

I know there are some pics in various threads, but this aims to consolidate them in one place.

Those who have journals for their builds are welcome to post their pics here, and link to the journal so people can go there for more detailed info!
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Old 13th June 2012, 09:05 PM
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this is my setup on my 99 forester also goes on my 04 forester. i have googled subaru forester roof top tent/camper and mine is the only one i can find that is like this
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I call it "Scamping", but I like yours, lol.

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I lay down the passenger seat, roll out a mattress, and sleep in the car. Surprisingly comfortable, and I don't need to move anything around. I wind down the rear windows and put mesh screens over the doors to keep the bugs out - see the second photo. I can wake up and drive away without even getting out of the car. I've had this car about 9 months now, and have so far spent more than 30 nights sleeping in it.


Here you can see the mesh screens, and also my custom drawers.
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For members with OBS, L wagon, etc, a fellow RS25.Com member made this handy bed for the back of his OBS. He can still fold up the seats and such, it is not permanent.


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I like it!
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It must be good getting a hit from that strut brace in the middle of the night when you roll over!

Here's Subaruby on our last outing together:



And from the same trip, here's my setup that still in the "refining process"



I love the roof top tent, so easy! I'm yet to try it out in the wet, that'll be an experience.

Things to do now: build a rear cargo storage area incorporating the engel (fridge) and second battery, spare parts storage, recovery gear with easy access, food storage, clothing storage and a "kitchen bench" arrangement that'll hopefully swing out and stand independent of the vehicle if need be...

It's all drawn up in my head! (hopefully it'll work!)

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I should also say that I've slept in the back with the seats folded down, but find it not long enough. The solution has been to sleep on a banana lounge with the front seat folded forward, add a sleeping mat and it's the best sleep while only carrying a little bit of gear. No photos I'm sorry!

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For members with OBS, L wagon, etc, a fellow RS25.Com member made this handy bed for the back of his OBS. He can still fold up the seats and such, it is not permanent.



Looks good, wouldn't it take up a fair bit of room though?

Wouldn't the strut brace get it the way? especially if there is two of you

I usually through my swag down on the ground or do what SJM does and lay-back the front seats, jump in a sleeping bag and go to sleep.
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I should also say that I've slept in the back with the seats folded down, but find it not long enough. The solution has been to sleep on a banana lounge with the front seat folded forward, add a sleeping mat and it's the best sleep while only carrying a little bit of gear. No photos I'm sorry!
Same with my Forester, it's about half a foot not long enough, guess that's where the Outback or Lib is a winner.
I find I usually have too much gear too and it's too much effort to take it all out to sleep in there.
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