Sleeping in an Astro/Safari?

Forum rules
This is NOT the place to post topics that could be better classified in another category. Please make every attempt to post in an appropriate category before posting here.

Please help us keep topics organized by making an effort to find an appropriate category before posting here. More often than not the posts in this forum could be moved to a better suited category.

Sleeping in an Astro/Safari?

Postby Drifter [OP] » September 11th 2011, 2:47pm

Im sure some of these vans get used for adventures, camping or travel so who has slept in them and how does it work out.
Have you done any mods or added convenience items to make life more comfortable?
Original Poster [OP]
Drifter
Fueling (1/8 tank)
Fueling (1/8 tank)
Years of Membership: Drifter has been a member for 3 full yearsDrifter has been a member for 3 full yearsDrifter has been a member for 3 full years
Posts: 15
Topics: 5
Joined: September 2011
Gender: Male
Van Make/Model: GMC Safari

  • Similar topics
    Replies
    Views
    Author

Re: Sleeping in an Astro/Safari?

Postby chevymaher » September 11th 2011, 9:21pm

When mine still had second row bench seats I would camp in it.Take the seats out.A coleman twin air mattress,A decent TV and DVD player extension cord and a fan.Open the back windows put the the box fan in the passenger seat to draw air through.A cooler and your at the hilton.10 bucks at the campground got toilet and shower, electric, hike and fish all day.At night comfortable as being at home.Drink a brew, tie them flies while your watching a movie.
User avatar
chevymaher
Team Leader
Team Leader
Firing on 8 Cylinders (L7)
Firing on 8 Cylinders (L7)
Years of Membership: chevymaher has been a member for 3 full yearschevymaher has been a member for 3 full yearschevymaher has been a member for 3 full years
Posts: 9100
Topics: 61
Images: 93
Joined: November 2010
Gender: Male
Alias (AKA): chevymaher
Year: 1994
Van Make/Model: GMC Safari
Extra Info: SLE RWD cam ported

Re: Sleeping in an Astro/Safari?

Postby paintdrying » September 11th 2011, 9:38pm

i just complained to a friend that these astro vans are going up in price by the day. He claimed people were probably buying them to live in. Why would you want to sleep in a van? Lose your job? Or just for fun? These vans beat a short bed s-10 anyday.
1999 chevy astro van awd ls 108,000 miles
parts van 2000 astro rwd 279,000 miles
User avatar
paintdrying
Firing on 3 Cylinders (L2)
Firing on 3 Cylinders (L2)
Years of Membership: paintdrying has been a member for 3 full yearspaintdrying has been a member for 3 full yearspaintdrying has been a member for 3 full years
Posts: 1384
Topics: 94
Images: 1
Joined: November 2010
Location: vermont
Gender: Male
Van Make/Model: Chevrolet Astro
Extra Info: 108 000

Re: Sleeping in an Astro/Safari?

Postby Lumpy » September 11th 2011, 10:03pm

chevymaher wrote:
... I would camp in it.Take the seats out.A coleman twin air mattress,A decent TV and DVD player...



Ah nothing like camping out under the open sky. The fresh air, the newly released DVDs,
the sound of someone's generator and TV running.

:poke:


Lumpy
Image
User avatar
Lumpy
250k+ Miles
250k+ Miles
Firing on 8 Cylinders (L5)
Firing on 8 Cylinders (L5)
Years of Membership: Lumpy has been a member for 4 full yearsLumpy has been a member for 4 full yearsLumpy has been a member for 4 full yearsLumpy has been a member for 4 full years
Posts: 4934
Topics: 159
Joined: April 2010
Location: Phoenix AZ USA
Gender: Male
Year: 1989
Van Make/Model: Chevrolet Astro
Extra Info: 11 in. lift Camo

Re: Sleeping in an Astro/Safari?

Postby Jasen » September 11th 2011, 10:13pm

Lumpy wrote:
chevymaher wrote:
... I would camp in it.Take the seats out.A coleman twin air mattress,A decent TV and DVD player...



Ah nothing like camping out under the open sky. The fresh air, the newly released DVDs,
the sound of someone's generator and TV running.

:poke:


Lumpy


Lumpy, your probably one of those jerks that just sits there tending you fire, drinking a beer your keeping cool in the river and won't even lift a finger to help a guy get the Sat dish on his camper aligned properly :roll: :poke:
Last edited by Jasen on September 11th 2011, 10:24pm, edited 1 time in total.
I'm a Journeyman woodworker,
Every projects a journey man.

200k
Ultra gauge

Being a mad scientist IS NOT as easy as it look's on TV



Image
Jasen
Site Contributor
Site Contributor
Firing on 8 Cylinders (L7)
Firing on 8 Cylinders (L7)
Years of Membership: Jasen has been a member for 5 full yearsJasen has been a member for 5 full yearsJasen has been a member for 5 full yearsJasen has been a member for 5 full yearsJasen has been a member for 5 full years
Posts: 7050
Topics: 261
Images: 101
Joined: July 2009
Location: Seattle, Wa
Gender: Male
Year: 1997
Van Make/Model: Chevrolet Astro
Extra Info: AWD cargo Dutch door

Re: Sleeping in an Astro/Safari?

Postby chevymaher » September 11th 2011, 10:21pm

Lumpy wrote:
chevymaher wrote:
... I would camp in it.Take the seats out.A coleman twin air mattress,A decent TV and DVD player...



Ah nothing like camping out under the open sky. The fresh air, the newly released DVDs,
the sound of someone's generator and TV running.

:poke:


Lumpy

No generator just plug in at the campsite like everyone else.My idea of roughing it is not that rough.If I want it rough I can just sleep on the pile of sticks and brush in my back yard and let the bugs eat me.Then walk to the lake and fish in the morning. :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :poke:
User avatar
chevymaher
Team Leader
Team Leader
Firing on 8 Cylinders (L7)
Firing on 8 Cylinders (L7)
Years of Membership: chevymaher has been a member for 3 full yearschevymaher has been a member for 3 full yearschevymaher has been a member for 3 full years
Posts: 9100
Topics: 61
Images: 93
Joined: November 2010
Gender: Male
Alias (AKA): chevymaher
Year: 1994
Van Make/Model: GMC Safari
Extra Info: SLE RWD cam ported

Re: Sleeping in an Astro/Safari?

Postby rev_les » September 11th 2011, 10:24pm

The nerve of some people!! :lol:
If you get the right camp site, you don't need the generator.
Figure out the problem before buying parts
NRA Lifetime Member
2'nd amendment supporter
'13 Jeep Patriot
'01 Safari 150K 4.3 "W" 3.42's
'87 Monte Carlo SS
'79 Avco 32' RV
User avatar
rev_les
Site Contributor
Site Contributor
Firing on 2 Cylinders (L3)
Firing on 2 Cylinders (L3)
Years of Membership: rev_les has been a member for 5 full yearsrev_les has been a member for 5 full yearsrev_les has been a member for 5 full yearsrev_les has been a member for 5 full yearsrev_les has been a member for 5 full years
Posts: 2224
Topics: 38
Joined: February 2009
Location: Pinehurst TX
Gender: Male
Alias (AKA): Les
Van Make/Model: Chevrolet Astro
Extra Info: LS 4.3 RWD

Re: Sleeping in an Astro/Safari?

Postby RECox286 » September 12th 2011, 12:29am

Aw gee, now the cat's out of the bag...

Bob
Start a fire for a man and he will be warm for a day.
Set a man on fire and he will be warm the rest of his life.

Sent using two Progresso soup cans and a string
User avatar
RECox286
U.S. Armed Forces
U.S. Armed Forces
Orange Status (L5)
Orange Status (L5)
Years of Membership: RECox286 has been a member for 4 full yearsRECox286 has been a member for 4 full yearsRECox286 has been a member for 4 full yearsRECox286 has been a member for 4 full years
Posts: 4016
Topics: 31
Images: 0
Joined: July 2010
Location: South Jersey
Gender: Male
Alias (AKA): Uncle Bob
Year: 1993
Van Make/Model: Chevrolet Astro
Extra Info: RWD V6 [325K mi]

Re: Sleeping in an Astro/Safari?

Postby Lumpy » September 12th 2011, 4:49am

Jasen wrote:
Lumpy, your probably one of those jerks that just sits there tending you fire, drinking a beer your keeping cool in the river and won't even lift a finger to help a guy get the Sat dish on his camper aligned properly :roll: :poke:


Naw. I just sit under my camo netting, wearing my camo gear and face paint, and sharpen my K-Bar while my neighbor is vacuuming their astro turf and operating their electric roll up mosquito netting.

:character-jason:


Lumpy
Image
User avatar
Lumpy
250k+ Miles
250k+ Miles
Firing on 8 Cylinders (L5)
Firing on 8 Cylinders (L5)
Years of Membership: Lumpy has been a member for 4 full yearsLumpy has been a member for 4 full yearsLumpy has been a member for 4 full yearsLumpy has been a member for 4 full years
Posts: 4934
Topics: 159
Joined: April 2010
Location: Phoenix AZ USA
Gender: Male
Year: 1989
Van Make/Model: Chevrolet Astro
Extra Info: 11 in. lift Camo

Re: Sleeping in an Astro/Safari?

Postby redfury » September 12th 2011, 5:01am

I'm actually going to take my daughters old twin bed mattress which happens to be 100% foam and turn that into the van mattress. Depending on fit, I may take and cut it to shape and reupholster it for camping.
A temporary fix usually becomes a permanent solution, therefore it does not exist.
doghouse removal by me!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIJ0kuROlbU
User avatar
redfury
U.S. Armed Forces
U.S. Armed Forces
Firing on 2 Cylinders (L3)
Firing on 2 Cylinders (L3)
Years of Membership: redfury has been a member for 3 full yearsredfury has been a member for 3 full yearsredfury has been a member for 3 full years
Posts: 2200
Topics: 43
Images: 13
Joined: December 2010
Location: isanti, mn
Gender: Male
Alias (AKA): Mike
Year: 1998
Van Make/Model: Chevrolet Astro
Extra Info: LT 5.7L 4wd

Re: Sleeping in an Astro/Safari?

Postby Lumpy » September 12th 2011, 5:58am

Practice camping at home. Sleep in it in your driveway. Get a feel for how the bed/cot
situation works. Which direction should you point when parking so that the morning sun
does/doesn't hit you in the face. What kind of little creaks and clicks happen to your van
at night as it cools that you will hear when camping and think it's a scary monster. In
chevymaher's case, find out how long your extension cord needs to be so you can run
your DVD player.. :mrgreen:


Lumpy
Image
User avatar
Lumpy
250k+ Miles
250k+ Miles
Firing on 8 Cylinders (L5)
Firing on 8 Cylinders (L5)
Years of Membership: Lumpy has been a member for 4 full yearsLumpy has been a member for 4 full yearsLumpy has been a member for 4 full yearsLumpy has been a member for 4 full years
Posts: 4934
Topics: 159
Joined: April 2010
Location: Phoenix AZ USA
Gender: Male
Year: 1989
Van Make/Model: Chevrolet Astro
Extra Info: 11 in. lift Camo

Re: Sleeping in an Astro/Safari?

Postby Drifter [OP] » September 12th 2011, 3:43pm

It seems to me a great place to catch some shut eye while traveling, it beats leaning back the drivers seat, done that to many times.

Yes alot of people in hard times live in there car, truck, camper etc. It seems a few on here are Grumpy for no reason, Why? I was taught if you have nothing good to say, say nothing and move on! Have a cold one or 4 and relax!.

Sleeping in a van during a storm or a really cold night beats a tent anytime. I traveled the country one year in a van pulling my bike on a trailer, it was a great time met alot of nice people in tents and motorhomes. Its universal campers are usually in a good mood and friendly. More than once i had tenters say i wish i had that warm dry bed to sleep in...... :cheers:
Original Poster [OP]
Drifter
Fueling (1/8 tank)
Fueling (1/8 tank)
Years of Membership: Drifter has been a member for 3 full yearsDrifter has been a member for 3 full yearsDrifter has been a member for 3 full years
Posts: 15
Topics: 5
Joined: September 2011
Gender: Male
Van Make/Model: GMC Safari

Re: Sleeping in an Astro/Safari?

Postby Lumpy » September 12th 2011, 4:53pm

Drifter wrote:
...It seems a few on here are Grumpy for no reason, Why? I was taught if you have nothing good to say, say nothing and move on! Have a cold one or 4 and relax!.



I think you're misinterpreting. No grumps.


Lumpy
Image
User avatar
Lumpy
250k+ Miles
250k+ Miles
Firing on 8 Cylinders (L5)
Firing on 8 Cylinders (L5)
Years of Membership: Lumpy has been a member for 4 full yearsLumpy has been a member for 4 full yearsLumpy has been a member for 4 full yearsLumpy has been a member for 4 full years
Posts: 4934
Topics: 159
Joined: April 2010
Location: Phoenix AZ USA
Gender: Male
Year: 1989
Van Make/Model: Chevrolet Astro
Extra Info: 11 in. lift Camo

Re: Sleeping in an Astro/Safari?

Postby safari kev » September 12th 2011, 6:10pm

I've slept in my van- but never in the bed. the bed must be made for kids or something. I'm 6 foot and even if I lay diagonally, my feet hang off the end (hitting the wall) and my head is hitting the wall of the van. it's not very comfortable. so pretty much I sleep in the drivers power captains chair. since the back doesnt recline very far, I end up tilting the seat base all the way back.
I've found some decent power beds, but unfortunately they're always in a full size van, which means its a little bit too wide for a safari. I can't say I've ever found a usable bed in a safari, which sucks because I'd really like to have a usable bed in my van.
00 safari high top conversion- 219k
95 astro conversion- 114k
97 safari slx- totaled "surfin' safari"
86 cadillac fleetwood brougham 67k 350/built 200r4, turbine rims, buckets and console
83 buick lesabre 69k miles
safari kev
Fueling (3/4 tank)
Fueling (3/4 tank)
Years of Membership: safari kev has been a member for 3 full yearssafari kev has been a member for 3 full yearssafari kev has been a member for 3 full years
Posts: 81
Topics: 9
Joined: February 2011
Location: St. Louis, MO
Gender: Male
Van Make/Model: GMC Safari
Extra Info: explorer hi top

Re: Sleeping in an Astro/Safari?

Postby kennyj » September 13th 2011, 12:43am

Drifter,
I recently spent 3 1/2 weeks camping in the Astro after a quickie camping conversion. Here's a link to my thread on the work I did:
viewtopic.php?f=127&t=12268

It seems to me a great place to catch some shut eye while traveling

There were several times I got drowsy on the road; it was really nice to be able to just pull over, draw the curtain, lie down and catch a power nap.

This video is for Lumpy... :D
ImageImage
kennyj
Site Contributor
Site Contributor
Firing on 8 Cylinders (L1)
Firing on 8 Cylinders (L1)
Years of Membership: kennyj has been a member for 4 full yearskennyj has been a member for 4 full yearskennyj has been a member for 4 full yearskennyj has been a member for 4 full years
Posts: 952
Topics: 34
Images: 1
Joined: February 2010
Location: Galena, Illinois
Gender: Male
Alias (AKA): Kenny
Year: 1998
Van Make/Model: Chevrolet Astro
Extra Info: RWD 190k miles

Re: Sleeping in an Astro/Safari?

Postby rev_les » September 13th 2011, 12:58am

We're not grumpy, just being smart arses. :mrgreen: I've camped in mine a few times in the Florida Keys on lobster diving trips.
For the record, I've also been known to put a small window AC unit on some blocks blowing into my tent during the summer.
Figure out the problem before buying parts
NRA Lifetime Member
2'nd amendment supporter
'13 Jeep Patriot
'01 Safari 150K 4.3 "W" 3.42's
'87 Monte Carlo SS
'79 Avco 32' RV
User avatar
rev_les
Site Contributor
Site Contributor
Firing on 2 Cylinders (L3)
Firing on 2 Cylinders (L3)
Years of Membership: rev_les has been a member for 5 full yearsrev_les has been a member for 5 full yearsrev_les has been a member for 5 full yearsrev_les has been a member for 5 full yearsrev_les has been a member for 5 full years
Posts: 2224
Topics: 38
Joined: February 2009
Location: Pinehurst TX
Gender: Male
Alias (AKA): Les
Van Make/Model: Chevrolet Astro
Extra Info: LS 4.3 RWD

Re: Sleeping in an Astro/Safari?

Postby chevymaher » September 13th 2011, 1:19am

Besides if nobody had anything smart to say........Well I would feel like nobody liked me anymore. :crying-blue: :crying-blue: :crying-blue:
User avatar
chevymaher
Team Leader
Team Leader
Firing on 8 Cylinders (L7)
Firing on 8 Cylinders (L7)
Years of Membership: chevymaher has been a member for 3 full yearschevymaher has been a member for 3 full yearschevymaher has been a member for 3 full years
Posts: 9100
Topics: 61
Images: 93
Joined: November 2010
Gender: Male
Alias (AKA): chevymaher
Year: 1994
Van Make/Model: GMC Safari
Extra Info: SLE RWD cam ported

Re: Sleeping in an Astro/Safari?

Postby Jasen » September 13th 2011, 2:25am

Liked you?!?!?!, where'd you come up with that notion :poke:
I'm a Journeyman woodworker,
Every projects a journey man.

200k
Ultra gauge

Being a mad scientist IS NOT as easy as it look's on TV



Image
Jasen
Site Contributor
Site Contributor
Firing on 8 Cylinders (L7)
Firing on 8 Cylinders (L7)
Years of Membership: Jasen has been a member for 5 full yearsJasen has been a member for 5 full yearsJasen has been a member for 5 full yearsJasen has been a member for 5 full yearsJasen has been a member for 5 full years
Posts: 7050
Topics: 261
Images: 101
Joined: July 2009
Location: Seattle, Wa
Gender: Male
Year: 1997
Van Make/Model: Chevrolet Astro
Extra Info: AWD cargo Dutch door

Re: Sleeping in an Astro/Safari?

Postby chevymaher » September 13th 2011, 2:42am

Jasen wrote:Liked you?!?!?!, where'd you come up with that notion :poke:

I can dream cant I.Its okay dont worry about me. :banghead:
User avatar
chevymaher
Team Leader
Team Leader
Firing on 8 Cylinders (L7)
Firing on 8 Cylinders (L7)
Years of Membership: chevymaher has been a member for 3 full yearschevymaher has been a member for 3 full yearschevymaher has been a member for 3 full years
Posts: 9100
Topics: 61
Images: 93
Joined: November 2010
Gender: Male
Alias (AKA): chevymaher
Year: 1994
Van Make/Model: GMC Safari
Extra Info: SLE RWD cam ported

Re: Sleeping in an Astro/Safari?

Postby Jasen » September 13th 2011, 2:44am

Maybe you should go sleep in your van ;) ;)
I'm a Journeyman woodworker,
Every projects a journey man.

200k
Ultra gauge

Being a mad scientist IS NOT as easy as it look's on TV



Image
Jasen
Site Contributor
Site Contributor
Firing on 8 Cylinders (L7)
Firing on 8 Cylinders (L7)
Years of Membership: Jasen has been a member for 5 full yearsJasen has been a member for 5 full yearsJasen has been a member for 5 full yearsJasen has been a member for 5 full yearsJasen has been a member for 5 full years
Posts: 7050
Topics: 261
Images: 101
Joined: July 2009
Location: Seattle, Wa
Gender: Male
Year: 1997
Van Make/Model: Chevrolet Astro
Extra Info: AWD cargo Dutch door

Next

 
  • Related topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post

Return to Uncategorized

It is currently October 25th 2014, 5:46pm

Uncategorized Forum
UncategorizedAn all-purpose area for Astro/Safari van related discussion. These forums typically contain van-related but ill-assorted topics unfit for any other category. General questions and information relating to Astro & Safari Vans only.
Moderators: Leeann_93, icebrrg3rd
To create a new topic in Uncategorized, click this button:
Previous topic Next topic
Recent Image Attachments
Attached by:
Attached by: 97cargocrawler
97cargocrawler
in Uncategorized
Views: 195150
Comments: 10232
Date: Oct 20 '14
Time: 7:33pm
» Read last comment
Attached by:
opelbits
in Uncategorized
Views: 1849
Comments: 18
Date: Oct 20 '14
Time: 4:39am
» Read last comment
Attached by:
MrBob
in Uncategorized
Views: 195150
Comments: 10232
Date: Oct 19 '14
Time: 5:49pm
» Read last comment
Attached by:
Attached by: icebrrg3rd
icebrrg3rd
in Uncategorized
Views: 195150
Comments: 10232
Date: Oct 14 '14
Time: 6:59pm
» Read last comment
Attached by:
Attached by: chevymaher
chevymaher
in Uncategorized
Views: 5834
Comments: 95
Date: Oct 09 '14
Time: 3:26pm
» Read last comment
Sponsors
 

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: xitxit is online!, Yahoo [Bot] and 11 guests