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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 04-13-2016, 12:48 AM Thread Starter
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Cold Weather Truck Bed Camping

I am going on an out of state DIY whitetail hunt in mid-November. I'm going to be camping in the bed of my truck.

I don't have a generator to run anything electric and was wondering if anyone has any kind of heat source where carbon monoxide is not an issue? My sleeping setup is pretty warm, so I don't need much heat, depending on what the weather is at the time. Just kind surfing for ideas right now.
I may even cook on the tailgate before bed and just run the Coleman stove enough to warm things up inside and then get all tucked in. Any suggestions appreciated.
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This is my setup, and I use a Coleman Black-Cat catalytic heater in there. I leave some vents open, but still turn it off before I crash. Heats it up nicely in there, and with the electric igniter it fires up quickly in the morning.


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Re: Cold Weather Truck Bed Camping

I looked at those truck bed tents. But I picked up this cap instead in case I drove into town for something I wouldn't have to tear it down.

I have one of those catalytic heaters too.
I have two carpets laid in the bed of my truck to get off the metal. Then I have a 6 inch piece of foam for a mattress. Then I have a full tanned caribou hide that I'll lay on top of the foam mattress. My mummy bag goes on top of the caribou hide and I have another sleeping bag that I unzip and use as a blanket if it gets colder. I'll most likely be good to go but just want to be prepared if we'd get some really cold weather.
When I was in Alaska, we'd light the stove to warm things up a bit in the am before getting out of our bags. Same as in the evening, cook dinner in the tent and get in your bag while it was still warm after the stove was shut off. I plan to do the same on this trip. You just never know what kind of cold snap you'll get at that time of year.
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Sounds like you should be warm enough, as is!

If I wasn't in Germany I'd have bought a cap instead too, and didn't think of it before shipping the truck here. They're possible to find here (not easily), but about triple the price as back home.

I pretty much only use the tent for one or two night hunts, so it's not a problem. But if I do stay longer and need to drop it occasionally I can have it down and stowed in about 10 minutes, and I've got setting it back up down to about 20 minutes.

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Thanks for posting that. Some good info in there.

I plan on taking pics and posting a thread when I get home this fall.
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Re: Cold Weather Truck Bed Camping

It looks like you have enough equipment for at least 20 degrees. I'm a backpacker with enough gear for 0 degrees but for extra warmth we place boiling water in a 32 oz Nalgene bottle placed in a heavy sock. It will stay warm for about 8 hrs and I'm pretty toasty with it in my down bag plus you don't have frozen water in the AM. There are precautions so you need to read up on it. Most of my camping is in winter in extreme conditions and I've been using this method for years
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Sounds like you should be warm enough, as is!
I hope that's the case.

I subscribe to the theory of: "I'd rather have it and not need it, than need it and not have it."
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Crack a window or 2 on the cap or you will get alot of condensation on the inside walls and roof.
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Re: Cold Weather Truck Bed Camping

Can buy a very small generator at Harbor Freight for around $110. that could run a small elect heater all night
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