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Old 11-23-2011, 11:12 PM   #1
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Anybody ever slept in the back of a JKU?

Well the burn bands finly got lifted here in East Texas so that means that its time to go camping!! Im thinking about trying to sleep in he back of my Jku but Im not to sure if it will be comfy enough for me and my six year old daughter. I would love to hear from someone who has done this and see if it can be done for 4 or 5 days without killing my back.
OBTW im 6' even.

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Old 11-23-2011, 11:14 PM   #2
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I brought a memory phone mattress and threw it in there and that worked good enough I was alright make sure to leave s window cracked have fun

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You're going to hate it. (if you are talking back seat)

I spent one night in sleeping in the back seat (not folded down because I had gear in the back) and it sucked.

I'm 6 ft tall and was totally cramped up.
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Old 11-23-2011, 11:21 PM   #4
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Yes. Quite a few times now. If I don't have time to set up a tent, or I just don't need to... I use a waffle pad and a therma rest light pad. (I have them for backpacking). Then I use my sleeping bag, and 2 pillows... car camping after all... room for pillows! I find it very comfortable. BUT... I have removed the rear seats and installed a Kilby JK Floor Kit... AND I have issues with my back (broken vertebrae in the past etc... ) I find it very comfortable.
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Old 11-23-2011, 11:23 PM   #5
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No Ill set the gear outside under a tarp. I will be laying the seat down. Used to have an air mattres that fit perfect in the back of my oll Burban that worked great for camping. But looking in the back of my jeep just makes me wonder.
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Old 11-23-2011, 11:25 PM   #6
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Slept in my Liberty many times, mostly by necessity, rather than choice. Not too bad. I use a foam sleeping bag pad that rolls up fairly well.

Sure I'll do it in my Wrangler at some point.

You're daughter's all for it, I'm sure. Maybe take a hammock, just in case.
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If by "slept" you mean "passed out", then yes.
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No Ill set the gear outside under a tarp. I will be laying the seat down. Used to have an air mattres that fit perfect in the back of my oll Burban that worked great for camping. But looking in the back of my jeep just makes me wonder.
You will be just fine. I have taken my wife's 08 out on hunting/camping and photography trips many times with a big Agnes sleeping pad and a barneys bag and was very comfortable.
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Seriously? I mean... Seriously? Sleep in the Jeep? Hell I have a 2000 Montana minivan with a flat floor that will accompany a twin air mattress and I won't sleep INSIDE of it. You Jeep but sleep inside of it? Tent... Air mattress for bad backs (I have one, bad back that is), and double height one if you can't get up easy. Speed or bad weather set up? Easy..Cabela's cot tent..sets up in 60 secs if you know what you are about. Really? I'm so ... no words. And I'm camping at Bryce in the next week or two, in a tent. -5 to 15 if I'm lucky. In a Jeep? Seriously.

Barmanvarn said it right.. If passed out, then yes. Otherwise hand over your mancard and put on your granny pants. LOL
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Perhaps that was tacky. BUT..on a comfort level I can't see squeezing one self into a jeep. My late wife, after 3 back surgeries demanded a tent and air mattress, my back demanded one. I can't see sleeping on an uneven circumstance. I couldn't bring myself to be that lazy to not pitch a tent. If its raining, I suck it up, get wet for a couple of minutes, toss everything into the nylon house and set up shop and dry off. Kids are comfy (grown up now but from past experience), no smelly feet in your nose or being kicked in the nadgers. As a bad back affiliate I couldn't sleep in a jeep or any other vehicle that wasn't a motor home even if I was beset by zombies, werewolves, vampires, and wallstreet picketing libs.
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To each there own. I wont camp in a tent anymore. Around here there is allways tons of moister on the outside and inside in the mornings. Put up with it my hole life and a few years ago I swore tents off when camping around here. Yes I know it sounds silly but thats just the way it is. I got spoiled by "camping" in a small.camper trailer but that all went out the window when I got a devorice. So now me and my daughter just sleep in whatever we drove to get to where we are going and this will be the first time we will be doing it in the jeep. Oh BTW we will be going on family land that your "wifes" minivan couldnt even be drug to by two jeeps so I think Ill hold onto my mancard a bit longer. ;-)
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I don't have a jku, but I do have a jk and when I make the road trip from nj to Missouri instead of staying in a hotel over night, I save some.money and sleep in the jeep, not the most comfortable, but not the worst place I've ever slept either. As long as you're not super tall it won't be too.much of a problem
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6th post down.....not my Jeep, but looks comfy to me

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Perhaps that was tacky. BUT..on a comfort level I can't see squeezing one self into a jeep. My late wife, after 3 back surgeries demanded a tent and air mattress, my back demanded one. I can't see sleeping on an uneven circumstance. I couldn't bring myself to be that lazy to not pitch a tent. If its raining, I suck it up, get wet for a couple of minutes, toss everything into the nylon house and set up shop and dry off. Kids are comfy (grown up now but from past experience), no smelly feet in your nose or being kicked in the nadgers. As a bad back affiliate I couldn't sleep in a jeep or any other vehicle that wasn't a motor home even if I was beset by zombies, werewolves, vampires, and wallstreet picketing libs.
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Seriously? I mean... Seriously? Sleep in the Jeep? Hell I have a 2000 Montana minivan with a flat floor that will accompany a twin air mattress and I won't sleep INSIDE of it. You Jeep but sleep inside of it? Tent... Air mattress for bad backs (I have one, bad back that is), and double height one if you can't get up easy. Speed or bad weather set up? Easy..Cabela's cot tent..sets up in 60 secs if you know what you are about. Really? I'm so ... no words. And I'm camping at Bryce in the next week or two, in a tent. -5 to 15 if I'm lucky. In a Jeep? Seriously.

Barmanvarn said it right.. If passed out, then yes. Otherwise hand over your mancard and put on your granny pants. LOL
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6th post down.....not my Jeep, but looks comfy to me

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I have a pretty extensive history with sleeping in non traditional places. This would be quite high on my comfort meter. I would absolutely give it a shot. If I had a JKU I would already have my system down pat and would upload pix/suggestions for you. I have spent some nights in my TJ but that's a different thread altogether.
I imagine a 6yo would love this!
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Old 11-24-2011, 09:19 AM   #16
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6th post down.....not my Jeep, but looks comfy to me

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That looks really comfortable actually. Looks like it would work really well. Reminds me of my brother who throws an air mattress in the bed of his truck when he goes camping. I sleep wherever works and what will keep me dry and comfortable whether that is a tent, a hammock, or a
JKU if I had one.
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If your leaving your back seat in, I would think a good thing to do is build a box behind the rear seat that is the same height as the rear seat folded down and fill the cargo area. Keep the mattress in the box. When you get ready to camp, pull the mattress out and store gear in the box. This will give you the full length of the back for a more comfortable sleeping experience. IMO
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Old 11-24-2011, 09:35 AM   #18
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We have slept in the back of my JKUR, with the seats down, queen size airmattress and and "hatch" tent-

Usually have the tent/trailer and base camp setup !!

With the gear out, rear seats down and front seats all the way forward--plenty room !

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If your leaving your back seat in, I would think a good thing to do is build a box behind the rear seat that is the same height as the rear seat folded down and fill the cargo area. Keep the mattress in the box. When you get ready to camp, pull the mattress out and store gear in the box. This will give you the full length of the back for a more comfortable sleeping experience. IMO
I haven't much experience with the JKU but this sounds like good advice - I've seen a similar box in a hatchback, my friend was in a band and his equipment moved less on the flat surface and some of the loose items were much more tidy inside the box.
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My 54 Willys Overland rear cargo space was nearly the same size as the back of the JKU. If you get the floor space level enough it can be comfy. Sounds like fun. Depending on age/size of your daughter, she'll probably sleep better than YOU will.
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If you remove your rear seat: Kilby JK FLoor Kit. Plus, 2 extra rectangular pieces of steel, flat except one (long) edge bent at 45 degrees. Move front seat(s) all the way forward, and the 90 degree bend sits on the seat track, to the floor kit. Extending the length around a foot or more.

The piano hinges where the Floor Kit attaches to the tub, allows the 2 sides to open independently, for storage underneath.

If this fits your needs.... I highly recommend it.
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I would hesitate. In fact I PLAN to sleep in my 2 Dr this summer. It helps with bonding haha

I think for a 6 year old it would be really fun, but for you it would be hard work but worth it cause she'll probably always remember that.
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I sleep in my 2 door all the time. (no passenger seat)
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I slept in the back with the 2nd row seat folded down and front all the way forward.I used a sleeping bad as my bed and a jacket as my blanket.Needless to say i froze my ars off but if i had an extra blanket i would have been comfortable.

Would i do it again?? Probably not for i like it better outside on my cot but it was raining at the time.
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I'm not getting the *it would be hard* thing... there's tons of room in the 4 door - at 5'9" I fit straight, if I were over 6', I'd just lay a bit off kilter... With the rear seat left in the jeep (but folded down) it gives a natural gentle up slope that is quite comfortable. I don't have that anymore, because I removed the rear seats...
I've had multiple back injuries (and neck)... and as long as I have good padding (think back pack pads... get car camping pads they are larger and more comfortable or maybe one of those memory foam pads mentioned above) good down bags and pillows... an iPad to read from, or headlamp and a good book.... keep my water bottle handy and my sig sauer close.... geez - I'm 60 - and to me it's a palace
Well - maybe not a palace, but it sure is doable. And all my sleeping stuff fits in an army gear bag
Just do it. You and your daughter will love it.
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I have used an electric blanket with a power inverter. The blanket doesn`t draw much ,(70 watts), so no problems.
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I'm old. I like to sleep in my TJ support vehicle seen in photo.
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Heh Heh as I said earlier, with a Queen sized Truckbedz air mattress-can't get much better-

Using a "O" degree dual sleeping bag, we don't get cool or cold !!

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I nap in the front seat almost everyday at lunch for about 20-30 minutes. Most of the time I'm just leaned back relaxing with my eyes closed but I do have an alarm on the phone for when I go completely out. I believe if I needed to I could sleep that way for a few hours.
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I'm old. I like to sleep in my TJ support vehicle seen in photo.
It looks like the TJ can sleep in the TJ support vehicle too. Nice rig.

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