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Bolt car camping/glamping

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My wife and I went camping with the Bolt after I tested it out in the driveway to make sure it fit with the Napier SUV Tent 84000. I hate sleeping on the ground so the plan was to sleep in the car and we'd put the dogs and luggage in the tent. Then, depending on the weather, we'd have heat/air conditioning and power to plug things in.

I found some random things around the house that fit in the foot well and were tall enough to line up with the seats. So with the seats down, there was plenty of room to lay flat - especially with the hatch open. This is what I ended up using: 1) a clothes hamper and 2) two of these 33 quart dog food containers

Other than that, the Napier 84000 tent fit perfectly with no issues. It's meant for SUVs but it fits. The windshield was covered by a Heatshield and the side windows were covered with blankets. The only issue I had was that I didn't know which fuse to pull for the hatch light and the manual wasn't particularly helpful (anyone know?). So I just ended up pulling the bulb... :confused:

Next time, I'll try it with my cargo box now that people have found some cheap cross bars. Plus I ended up with 50 miles leftover after driving 160 round trip and running the car and A/C for about 3-4 hours over the weekend.

Enjoy car glamping!


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Saw a white Tesla heading towards the Blue Ridge today, pulling one of these.
With all the flat angles that thing looks like it's designed for cheap manufacture - but I suspect that hurts the aerodynamics of it. I wonder how something like a Boler trailer would compare in terms of efficiency.

Perhaps EV adoption will motivate some manufacturers to design for efficiency and then start comparing their trailers vs the competition in terms of range...
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You'd think so, but you would be wrong. Read the part down the page about the aerodynamics.
The reads like marketspeak to me, probably designed to assuage the very people who are skeptical about all those flat panels. It might be true, but I'd need something more than a paragraph on a web site to convince me.
I installed a switch just below the light by removing the light, cutting one of the wires to the light (it does not matter which one) wiring a small switch between the cut wires and drilling a 3/4" hole to mount the switch. Hope this helps.
You just need to remember that this will turn the light off if it's on, but it won't turn the light on if it's off.
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