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Just wondering if anyone has any experience with travelling long
distances (ie 500kms +) and camping out with a wife & young child
(1yr old approx.) in a Syncro or other camper as summer is on its
way and I am thinking of a trip up the coast somewhere if all things
work out as planned.
I am worried about my daughter waking up in the middle of the night
and deciding to crawl out of the roof bed whilst my wife and I are
asleep. Has anyone got any preventative measures for this issue?
Does anyone have any other sleeping arrangements for children in
their Syncro camper. I have limited other alternatives due to a lack
of floor space due to a sink, fridge cupboards stove & television my
wife's large quantity of clothes etc.
My daughter seems to like the kombi and falls asleep quickly on
freeways - probably due to the noisy engine, but for 2 -3 hours I
think I could be in trouble.
Any advice on what additional precautions need to be taken would be
P.S I am thorughly enjoying the fact that there so many other syncro
lovers around Australia and we may run into eachother on future
NSW Central Coast
I did a lot of travelling with lady and two children in a 72 T2.
We slept in the top bedroom because I could never see the point of
having to re-pack everything downstairs just to set up the bed. I
also did a lot of travelling with just the lady and myself and the
advantage of using the upstairs bed was that we could stop
(particularly after a long drive) and literally be in bed and asleep
in five minutes. Just pop the top, pull out the bedboards and
mattress and that was it. (I built my own bedboards that were more
than stong enough for two adults. Many conversions are only rated
for 75kg total.)
When we had the children with us, we made up small bunks downstairs
for them, one on the rear seat and one on the floor. I always
locked the vehicle at night for security and told the girls to wake
us if they wanted to go out. This worked well.
The age of your little one is a different case. If you want to
sleep her upstairs, I suggest that you velcro some cargo mesh at the
entry end of the upstairs bed. Use wide velcro around the entire
length. That is a long way beyond the capacity of a young child to
pull open. Just hooking it on is too much of a risk.
I had camping friends years ago who had a very energetic and
adventurous four year old boy. He let himself out of the van in the
dead of night several times and caused such a panic that they were
going to give up camping altogether. I fixed that for them by
wiring a (switchable) bell into the door light circuit. Open any
door and the bell rang. That brought his excursions to an abrupt