The Honda Element urban camping experience

In February, some friends of mine were in town visiting from San Diego while SparkleGirl3348 was out of town. I wanted to have a few too many beers and not worry about driving home that night, so I threw a sleeping bag in the car so I could spend the night in our new Honda Element. I found a great parking spot in downtown San Francisco just a few blocks from my friend’s pricey hotel room. Here is the spot I found on Google Maps:


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I put the passenger’s side front and back seats down, making an almost flat sleeping space. The back seat rises up a small amount, which worked great as a pillow. A privacy curtain would be nice to cut down on the street lights coming in the window, but on the other hand it could bring a cop knocking on the window in the middle of the night. I pulled a beanie hat over my eyes, which was an adequate substitute. I woke up in the morning with fogged windows; the next night I solved that problem by cracking a window. In summary, the Honda Element is perfect for urban camping, especially after a few beers.