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Recent camp setup using a Napier SUV/minivan hatch tent. It works pretty well and is very easy to set up. After reviewing this site for sleeping ideas, we went with an 8" memory foam mattress. We used an electric turkey carving knife to cut out for the wheel wells, fuel filler bump-out and centre console. We then cut the top third of the mattress off so we could stow it when travelling. We sewed mattress covers out of sheets with integral handles so we could move them around easier. Then with the seats slid forward and the Rubbermaid Action-Packers in place, the top section set tightly in place over the centre console. We then used a full size queen fitted sheet to cover everything.
The set-up works good for a few days, but I would want more storage for longer trips.
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Recent camp setup using a Napier SUV/minivan hatch tent. It works pretty well and is very easy to set up. After reviewing this site for sleeping ideas, we went with an 8" memory foam mattress. We used an electric turkey carving knife to cut out for the wheel wells, fuel filler bump-out and centre console. We then cut the top third of the mattress off so we could stow it when travelling. We sewed mattress covers out of sheets with integral handles so we could move them around easier. Then with the seats slid forward and the Rubbermaid Action-Packers in place, the top section set tightly in place over the centre console. We then used a full size queen fitted sheet to cover everything.
The set-up works good for a few days, but I would want more storage for longer trips.
Thanks for looking!

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Awsome locations... can you show us your sleeping platform. was it DYI.
 

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Looks comfortable. How long does it take to set up & break down the hatch tent?
Thanks - it is very comfortable. We are used to a King bed, but we sleep fine in the Xterra. Once you have the straps that go around your roof racks and attached to the wheels (or where ever you want to hook them) adjusted for your vehicle the first time, it takes about 3-5 minutes. I little more to take it down and roll it in the bag - which is about the size of a folding camp chair - but a little shorter.
 

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Awsome locations... can you show us your sleeping platform. was it DYI.
We basically followed this thread:
How-to: Modify a Memory Foam Mattress for a Cargo Camping Bed | Second Generation Nissan Xterra Forums (thenewx.org)

Same mattress cut out the same way. Only difference is we cut the top 1/3 completely off and made a separate sleeve for it. That way we didn't have the 'fold' it over when we put the seats back in the normal position - we just popped the top section out and stowed it in the back. We did make some video with the intent on doing a 'how-to' so we will see how the editing goes.
 
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