QOTD: Next Stop, Slumberville?

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
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Maybe self-isolation is getting to me. Maybe the lack of balcony, deck, backyard, or sprawling property rife with plant life and woodland critters is having an impact, forcing this urban writer with his small carbon footprint into wild daydreams of wide open spaces and the road less traveled. Maybe there’s not enough booze kicking around.

Come to think of it, that could be the problem.

Anyway, as we continue enjoying a springtime of fear, uncertainty, and vastly reduced travel options, let’s turn our minds to a less-talked-about aspect of personal vehicles.

Sleeping. Having your vehicle serve as shelter for the night. Once upon a time it was a selling feature for Nash, with images of young families enjoying camping trips without the need for a tent or travel trailer gracing ads for Airflytes and the like. That fold-down seat/twin bed was a bonus for penniless campers, drunks, and amorous couples, but bad news for the father watching his daughter dash out the Nash owned by her new boyfriend.

They won’t be back by 10:30.

Thankfully, fate or circumstance never made it necessary for yours truly to live out of a car for more than a day or two. For some, spending every night in their car is an unfortunate necessity; most others use it as a last resort. Maybe a lunch break nap or a little shut-eye on a long trip. Those, at least for yours truly, are familiar things.

And when the time comes to sleep in my own car, I instantly wish I was in someone else’s ride. A larger car, a plusher car… ideally, a minivan with the rear seats removed. A panel van. A long-bed pickup with a cap. Anything that could actually accommodate my lengthy frame.

Depending on when you last folded down a front bucket (probably with insufficient lower back support and cumbersome headrests) or attempted to curl up on a hard rear bench, you know what I’m talking about. Restful sleep eludes me in a conventional sedan or hatch. I’d have to find something far bigger or older in order to really knock off for the night (or even an unbroken span of a few hours). I’ve often wondered just how I’d fare in, say, a ’71 Imperial LeBaron or some other mile-wide car from the Landau Era.

Sweet dreams and baby-making, those vast benches seem made for.

So, as we dream of a future in which our cars no longer contain surgical gloves for grocery store trips, can you tell us about the most comfortable car or truck you ever slept in?

[Image: Murilee Martin/TTAC]

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  • -Nate -Nate on Apr 03, 2020

    I've slept in my old Mercedes front passenger seat many times, usually when out camping in Death Valley with a vintage Motocycle club becuase my injuries preclude me from sleeping in beds . I remember stretching out on the spacious back seat in my step father's 1965 Plymouth full size station wagon when he took me sailing, I'm sure it wasn't smart to lie down and sleep on the open highway with my feet out the window but it was relaxing, the hum of the tires and the 225 slant six purring along . Times have changed, sleeping in vehicles used to be part of traveling . -Nate

  • Stacyyoung Stacyyoung on Apr 06, 2020

    In 2009 took a road trip from Florida to Arizona in my 90 Acura Integra 4dr and managed to sleep in this car for the entire 5 weeks. It was winter so the low temps were in the 20's most night. I had lots of blankets and covered the floor around my feet and used others to make the seat comfortable and cover myself. I also slept layered in warm clothes. Somehow I pulled it off and I'm even normally a stomach sleeper, which was the position I was able to get into with the right strategic placement of blankets and pillows. Here's a little video I made of it back then. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqcyonvMWQU&t=114s

  • Dusterdude @El scotto , I'm aware of the history, I have been in the "working world" for close to 40 years with many of them being in automotive. We have to look at situation in the "big picture". Did UAW make concessions in past ? - yes. Do they deserve an increase now ? -yes . Is their pay increase reasonable given their current compensation package ? Not at all ! By the way - are the automotive CEO's overpaid - definitely! (That is the case in many industries, and a separate topic). As the auto industry slowly but surely moves to EV's , the "big 3" will need to be producing top quality competitive vehicles or they will not survive.
  • Art_Vandelay “We skipped it because we didn’t think anyone would want to steal these things”-Hyundai
  • El scotto Huge lumbering SUV? Check. Unknown name soon to be made popular by Tiktok ilk? Check. Scads of these showing up in school drop-off lines? Check. The only real over/under is if these will have as much cachet as Land Rovers themselves? A bespoken item had to be new at one time. Bonus "accepted by the right kind of people" points if EBFlex or Tassos disapproves.
  • El scotto No, "brothers and sisters" are the core strength of the union. So you'll take less money and less benefits because "my company really needs helped out"? The UAW already did that with two-tier employees and concessions on their last contract.The Big 3 have never, ever locked out the UAW. The Big 3 have agreed to every collective bargaining agreement since WWII. Neither side will change.
  • El scotto Never mind that that F-1 is a bigger circus than EBFlex and Tassos shopping together for their new BDSM outfits and personal lubricants. Also, the F1 rumor mill churns more than EBFlex's mind choosing a new Sharpie to make his next "Free Candy" sign for his white Ram work van. GM will spend a year or two learning how things work in F1. By the third or fourth year GM will have a competitive "F-1 LS" engine. After they win a race or two Ferrari will protest to highest F-1 authorities. Something not mentioned: Will GM get tens of millions of dollars from F-1? Ferrari gets 30 million a year as a participation trophy.