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Old October 16th, 2002, 06:43   #1
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Default Sleeping in the back of my Golf

I was up in DC this past weekend for a conference. I was not excited about paying $50 or more per night for a motel room. In the interests of science and saving a few bucks, I slept in the hatch of my 99.5 Golf GL.

There have been a few threads in the past about how comfortable it would be to sleep in the back of an A4 VW. The Jetta wagon seemed to be the preferred choice, and there was skepticism about how well a Golf would work.

Technique: Pulled into the Travel America truckstop. I threw a sheet of 3/4" dense foam rubber across the luggage compartment floor and rear seats, which had been pulled down. Left the luggage compartment cover in place, to provide a bit more darkness. Used a sheet, blanket, and a couple pillows. Slept diagonally with head in direction of hatch, under luggage compartment cover. C-SPAN radio is broadcast in DC, and the dreary political voices in stereo lulled me to sleep in no time. [img]images/icons/cool.gif[/img] In the morning, my cell phone alarm woke me, and I went into the truck stop and took a $7 shower.

Problems:
1. The rear seats are a couple inches higher than the luggage compartment floor. The 3/4" foam wasn't enough to overcome this problem. A second pad doubled over would have done the trick.
2. It's easy to bop your head on the compartment cover, but this is a minor annoyance.
3. The diagonal is not quite long enough for a 6-foot tall human, and I was a bit stiff the next day. But if you sleep on your side, usually you bend a bit anyway, and this is enough, provided you don't want to stretch out at all during the night. Alternatively, you could sleep on your back, with a few pillows under your knees.
4. Exit strategy: the hatch doesn't open from the inside, and it's a chore to climb into the front seat. A 4-door would probably help.
5. The foam pad was actually a bit too firm. A couple of standard egg crate pads woud probably work better.
6. My radio shuts off after a couple hours, so noise outside could have awakened me easily. Actually, this may not be the case with the stock radio. YMMV.
7. In light of recent events, some have questioned the wisdom of spending extended periods of time at DC-area service stations. [img]images/icons/rolleyes.gif[/img]

On the second night, I had a big crate of materials which basically filled the luggage compartment. I was forced to sleep sideways across the stowed rear seats, on the doubled-over foam pad. No surprise, I slept very poorly.

Other notes: With mostly 78 mph highway travel, with some stop and go rush hour traffic toward the end, got 46.6 mpg on the way up. Made a pilgrimmage to Tevis for a tank of B100, and got 44.8 under the same conditions on the way back. [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]

Conclusion: Sleeping in the back of a Golf is definitely feasible. However, it is much more comfortable if you are under 6' , fairly limber, not especially heavy, and take measures to raise the level of the luggage compartment, and possibly to raise your legs if you plan to sleep on your back. All in all not the best choice for catching some Zzzz, but IMHO worth the $50 I saved per night; likewise if you're not feeling neighborly towards the local Grizzly population.
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Old October 16th, 2002, 07:25   #2
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lol. I spent two days sleeping in the back seat of my mercedes, with it running, when the starter died and I couldnt turn it off. Nothing like trying to sleep with a 5 cylinder MB diesel klanking away.
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Old October 16th, 2002, 08:21   #3
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A few summers back I was in some tiny town north of Yellowstone in the 1983 240D and really tired but it was so unbelievably hot that I did what I usually do in those situations: crank the A/C, recline the big driver's seat to full horizontal, close the eyes and sleep a pleasant night with the 2.4-liter four banging away, gently shaking the rust flakes off the rockers and fenders.

At about 2:30 I awoke to banging on the glass. I crack the window an inch and the guy says "You know your engine's on?!"

"What?! I can't hear you over the engine!"
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Old October 16th, 2002, 09:39   #4
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I slept in my old 78 RabbitL, Was sleeping in Texas when a officer tapped on my window and told me that an armed robbery had taken place 5 miles down the road. Kept me awake for 200 more miles.

Sam '02 Wagon
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Old October 16th, 2002, 10:37   #5
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Have never tried sleeping in the hatch area, but usually use the passenger side front seat and have found that to be very comfortable. I have on many occations gotten 6-8 hrs of unenterupted sleep especially easy in non-summer months.
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Old October 16th, 2002, 11:11   #6
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Quote:
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4. Exit strategy: the hatch doesn't open from the inside, and it's a chore to climb into the front seat.
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Something wrong with hatch release on the key FOB?

You don't need to key for the radio, you know.
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Old October 16th, 2002, 11:19   #7
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Something wrong with hatch release on the key FOB?
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Even with the hatch unlocked it is still difficult to reach the handle for the hatch on the outside of the car when you are on the inside.
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Old October 16th, 2002, 16:07   #8
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"What?! I can't hear you over the engine!"
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">LOL. That is great Ted! Diesel on.

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Old October 16th, 2002, 20:54   #9
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Myself, my cousin and a friend slept in the box of my cousins 82 Diesel Toyota 4x4 once.

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Old October 16th, 2002, 21:48   #10
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was waiting for tickets overnight and passed out in my 240D for about 5 hours with it running. the rumble lulled me to sleep. the damn jetta isnt nearly as comfy for snoozing.
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Old October 17th, 2002, 01:08   #11
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Conclusion: Sleeping in the back of a Golf is definitely feasible. However, it is much more comfortable if you are under 6' , fairly limber, not especially heavy, and take measures to raise the level of the luggage compartment, and possibly to raise your legs if you plan to sleep on your back. All in all not the best choice for catching some Zzzz, but IMHO worth the $50 I saved per night; likewise if you're not feeling neighborly towards the local Grizzly population.
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">When I'm on the road and tired, I just pull into the nearest rest stop/truck stop whatever, pull the curtains, make up the bed, and go to sleep in luxury. I may even cook up dinner too.

Damn Westfalia's are da bomb!
[img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]

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Old October 17th, 2002, 01:17   #12
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A nice fluffy sleeping bag helps a bit. The headrests make great pillows.

I need to get tinted windows and a sunshade for the hatch to provide more darkness.
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Old October 17th, 2002, 01:24   #13
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A nice fluffy sleeping bag helps a bit. The headrests make great pillows.

I need to get tinted windows and a sunshade for the hatch to provide more darkness.
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">All helpful items.

What you really need however, is a nice loooooong Passat Wagon. [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]
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Old October 17th, 2002, 01:48   #14
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You said that you couldn't open the hatch from the inside. Do the new Golfs have the child safety release on the inside of the hatch? I know federal law mandated that all new cars have them in the trunk, but a Golf technially doesn't have a trunk. I know new Jettas come with them.

[ October 16, 2002, 12:48: Message edited by: robgti ]
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Old October 17th, 2002, 09:11   #15
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...What you really need however, is a nice loooooong Passat Wagon. [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Or, perhaps one that has been shortened slightly from its original length?... hmmmm? [img]images/icons/tongue.gif[/img]

I'm sorry old chap... I just couldn't stop myself. [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]

Speaking of not being able to stop... oh darn, I've done it again, haven't I? [img]images/icons/blush.gif[/img]

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