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Old 11-20-2018, 03:40 PM
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My FitRV

As an avid cyclist, I want to do some traveling, and canít afford to stay in hotels or buy an RV or anything so I turned my Ď15 Honda Fit into a mobile camper.Iíve researched it a lot, watched countless YouTube videos about car camping. I was inspired by a post a few years ago that I found in this forum https://www.fitfreak.net/forums/general-fit-talk/90939-turning-my-fit-into-mobile-camper.htmlMy Fit is my every day driver, so I couldnít really do anything permanently. I still work full time so I really only have time to travel on the weekends. I plan on attending various bike rides scheduled throughout Texas, and plan on driving up the night before as some of the places are 4 hours away from me and usually the rides start very early in the morning. This way I can camp, have a leisurely breakfast and enjoy the ride. If I need to, depending on the distance and extent of the ride, I could camp another night or head back home.My requirements are not that extreme. A comfortable place to sleep and a way to cook my oatmeal and brew a cup of coffee. Maybe take a shower after the ride, perhaps sneak in a short nap.So my set up is simple. Itís just me. The intent also has to be absolute minimal set up and tear down time. Pull up, sleep, wake, eat, ride, return.I didnít want to build a platform as other Forum members have. I thought it might be heavy and cumbersome for me to take out and set up. I'm not so skilled with tools anyway. I don't think I would have any issue with sitting up heightwise if I added a platform, but I don't really need the extra storage option so it's not worth the effort for me.

Since the seats fold almost flat, I just cut out a 4Ē memory foam mattress to fit behind the driverís side. My cooler just happens to squeeze in that gap between the driverís side seat and the edge of the folded back seat so I get 6í and some change of stretching out space. I only need 5í!. I made it about 26Ē wide, so I can lift the smaller seat up if I want. Itís quite comfortable. I use a yoga mat folded under the mattress to even out the unevenness of the back seat and the cargo area. But I have to deal with the hinge and that hard piece that covers it. I can feel the lump a little, and itís right on my hip. I think I will cut out the hard piece so I can move it out of the way, and then stuff some foam to cover the hinge. Then when I set it back up I can add velcro to that piece to put it back in place.
Then for my camping ďkitchenĒ and storage, I just use plastic milk crates. Right now there are four, but thatís overkill for my one night getaways. I will drop down to 2. I like the milk crates as I can slide them forward if I want to cook using the passenger side. If Iím cooking inside the car, I can easily crack the window. I can slide it out the hatch, too, using a strap to hold it up. But I have my bike on a rack on back so Iíd have to take my bike off to lift up the hatch. It can work either way though.If I need more storage for dry food or snacks, I use a large fabric bag hung up on the back of the passenger seat as my ďpantry.ĒThe reason I want to be able to lift the small back seat up is twofold. If I need to have passengers I can take 2 without having to change my camper setup. I can also use it to sit in to eat or change or whatever. And secondly, I want to be able to lift the seat all the way up in case I have to use my porta-potty in the middle of the night. I have a cheap folding one that uses plastic bags and it comes in handy. I havenít mastered the use of the ďshe-weĒ so this just works out for me. Plenty of space for me to do my business when that seat folds up.I like my folding phone/tablet holder that fits conveniently in the rear passenger door. I use it for my tablet or phone, if I want to study the route before the ride or just surf the internet. But I also rigged a small table that will fit into it for when I want to prepare or eat my breakfast. Itís adjustable and can move to any position so I can use it when Iím in or out of the car.My bike gear and clothing easily go up front when Iím sleeping. All that dash space put to good use.I use reflectix for all the windows. I donít get 100% blockage on the front so I have to work on that; maybe make some curtains. This setup works great, but the weatherís been cooler here in Texas for right now. I have a propane heater and also a heater attachment to put on the butane stove, but havenít had to use either yet. I use a cold weather sleeping bag and itís kept me warm in the low-40ís.Iím more concerned about this summer when the car will get very hot. The reflectix will help keep the sun out, but I will need the windows open I think. Iím going to have to come up with something. Keeping warm is much easier than keeping cool when sleeping in a car.I also have accessories to add to the comfort of my camp, should I decide to set up more stuff. I have a pop up privacy tent for changing/showering/toilet and pop up screen tent for bug -







ree lounging. They fold down small and can fit easily under the cargo area in the spare tire holder. I also have a small profile fold up camp chair that folds up really small. The camp kitchen can also easily come out of the car and be set up on a table.So I just wanted to share how Iím enjoying my FitRV. I can always add things like a roof rack or hitch should I need more space or go for longer trips. But for right now, this ďFitsĒ for me. My gas mileage is still exceptional and Iím saving money while traveling without sacrificing comfort.Enjoy the photos and feel free to contact me with any questions. I would appreciate some suggestions as to how to handle the heat of the summerÖ
 
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Old 12-18-2018, 08:21 PM
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Cars now can be idled all night with little negative consequences. Modern fuel injection negates most idling problems. Crack a window of course. Depending on the temperature and duration of sleeping your idling time could be minimal. As a long time truck driver, the advent of fuel injection made a big difference in idling, both in fuel consumption and wear and tear. Granted gas is different but the same technology applies. A little “googling” should ease your mind.
 
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Old 12-19-2018, 08:55 AM
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But what if you have a friend over for... activities? ;D
 
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Just go al fresco
 
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Old 12-19-2018, 11:53 AM
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cool....i would just create/incorporate a stash for your stove etc (and maybe your cat) so you dont come back to it all missing after a bike ride. its unfortunate we cant just live and enjoy our belongings.

i keep forgetting i want to see how well i fit in the back of my car with them magic seats. ill just have to shimmy under my rear strut bar.
 
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Old 12-28-2018, 07:42 PM
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wow, for a second i thought those shelves were in the garage but its all inside your car! GL with your cycling ventures, have fun out there.
 
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Old 02-09-2019, 09:00 PM
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Years of travel with my 2009 Honda Fit

My wife and I have traveled all over the country in my 2009 Honda Fit. We have stayed in the back of the Fit with plenty of room for ourselves and our backpacks and have been quite comfortable. We have stayed at truck stops, national parks and big-box stores in many cities all over the United States for free. We have primarily traveled in the summer and our ventures have taken us from to many different climates.
During the summer months we keep our A/C running all night. This was freaky when we first did this in Texarkana in 90+ degree heat but it worked well. During the night we used about 1.5 gallons of gas and stayed very cool. We continued to do this in Roswell, NM and other cities during the hot and humid summer months with no problems. The car never overheated. We did use shiny silver reflective insulation covering over the windows from Loweís and that helped a lot.
For the winter months we just use 0 degree sleeping bags and that plus our body heat keeps the car warm. Weíve been doing this on multiple trips over the past 2 years and it has suited us well.

Originally Posted by dealwrite View Post
As an avid cyclist, I want to do some traveling, and canít afford to stay in hotels or buy an RV or anything so I turned my Ď15 Honda Fit into a mobile camper.Iíve researched it a lot, watched countless YouTube videos about car camping. I was inspired by a post a few years ago that I found in this forum https://www.fitfreak.net/forums/general-fit-talk/90939-turning-my-fit-into-mobile-camper.htmlMy Fit is my every day driver, so I couldnít really do anything permanently. I still work full time so I really only have time to travel on the weekends. I plan on attending various bike rides scheduled throughout Texas, and plan on driving up the night before as some of the places are 4 hours away from me and usually the rides start very early in the morning. This way I can camp, have a leisurely breakfast and enjoy the ride. If I need to, depending on the distance and extent of the ride, I could camp another night or head back home.My requirements are not that extreme. A comfortable place to sleep and a way to cook my oatmeal and brew a cup of coffee. Maybe take a shower after the ride, perhaps sneak in a short nap.So my set up is simple. Itís just me. The intent also has to be absolute minimal set up and tear down time. Pull up, sleep, wake, eat, ride, return.I didnít want to build a platform as other Forum members have. I thought it might be heavy and cumbersome for me to take out and set up. I'm not so skilled with tools anyway. I don't think I would have any issue with sitting up heightwise if I added a platform, but I don't really need the extra storage option so it's not worth the effort for me.

Since the seats fold almost flat, I just cut out a 4Ē memory foam mattress to fit behind the driverís side. My cooler just happens to squeeze in that gap between the driverís side seat and the edge of the folded back seat so I get 6í and some change of stretching out space. I only need 5í!. I made it about 26Ē wide, so I can lift the smaller seat up if I want. Itís quite comfortable. I use a yoga mat folded under the mattress to even out the unevenness of the back seat and the cargo area. But I have to deal with the hinge and that hard piece that covers it. I can feel the lump a little, and itís right on my hip. I think I will cut out the hard piece so I can move it out of the way, and then stuff some foam to cover the hinge. Then when I set it back up I can add velcro to that piece to put it back in place.
Then for my camping ďkitchenĒ and storage, I just use plastic milk crates. Right now there are four, but thatís overkill for my one night getaways. I will drop down to 2. I like the milk crates as I can slide them forward if I want to cook using the passenger side. If Iím cooking inside the car, I can easily crack the window. I can slide it out the hatch, too, using a strap to hold it up. But I have my bike on a rack on back so Iíd have to take my bike off to lift up the hatch. It can work either way though.If I need more storage for dry food or snacks, I use a large fabric bag hung up on the back of the passenger seat as my ďpantry.ĒThe reason I want to be able to lift the small back seat up is twofold. If I need to have passengers I can take 2 without having to change my camper setup. I can also use it to sit in to eat or change or whatever. And secondly, I want to be able to lift the seat all the way up in case I have to use my porta-potty in the middle of the night. I have a cheap folding one that uses plastic bags and it comes in handy. I havenít mastered the use of the ďshe-weĒ so this just works out for me. Plenty of space for me to do my business when that seat folds up.I like my folding phone/tablet holder that fits conveniently in the rear passenger door. I use it for my tablet or phone, if I want to study the route before the ride or just surf the internet. But I also rigged a small table that will fit into it for when I want to prepare or eat my breakfast. Itís adjustable and can move to any position so I can use it when Iím in or out of the car.My bike gear and clothing easily go up front when Iím sleeping. All that dash space put to good use.I use reflectix for all the windows. I donít get 100% blockage on the front so I have to work on that; maybe make some curtains. This setup works great, but the weatherís been cooler here in Texas for right now. I have a propane heater and also a heater attachment to put on the butane stove, but havenít had to use either yet. I use a cold weather sleeping bag and itís kept me warm in the low-40ís.Iím more concerned about this summer when the car will get very hot. The reflectix will help keep the sun out, but I will need the windows open I think. Iím going to have to come up with something. Keeping warm is much easier than keeping cool when sleeping in a car.I also have accessories to add to the comfort of my camp, should I decide to set up more stuff. I have a pop up privacy tent for changing/showering/toilet and pop up screen tent for bug -







ree lounging. They fold down small and can fit easily under the cargo area in the spare tire holder. I also have a small profile fold up camp chair that folds up really small. The camp kitchen can also easily come out of the car and be set up on a table.So I just wanted to share how Iím enjoying my FitRV. I can always add things like a roof rack or hitch should I need more space or go for longer trips. But for right now, this ďFitsĒ for me. My gas mileage is still exceptional and Iím saving money while traveling without sacrificing comfort.Enjoy the photos and feel free to contact me with any questions. I would appreciate some suggestions as to how to handle the heat of the summerÖ
 

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