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Old 04-08-2012   #1
 
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Car life

So many people it seems take months, or even years to live life out of a car or truck traveling, paddling, and loving life. I had a few questions, not about car set up (plenty on other posts already), but more for treatment of gear.

First, to the kayakers!: I know UV can be hard on plastic, but so can the heat of being in a baking car. So how do you move around with your boats? On the top of the car, exposed to the sun, rain and other elements? Or in a van/truck where temps will be hot enough to... well... hot! Lesser of two evils?

Now for everyone!!: What about clothing... I have concern for the longevity and quality of dry suit / top gaskets, as well as any other glued products (fishing waders as well???) being stuck in a baking car during those late summer paddles. Is this really an issue? Any solutions to the problem?

And who can forget the rafters: Obviously being in a hot car is not good for the glue on boats and most likely not good for the fabric itself. Any way to bring along the boat on these adventures?

Thanks to all posters for your wisdom and advise!!!

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Don't overthink it. Just go.
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Gee thanks for your help!!!
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I don't think the heat itself is as much of an issue as the UV rays.

I would keep the clothing type gear in a large plastic tub with a lid. If you can store your boats somewhere out of the sun, go for it, but if not it's not that big of a deal. I have boats I leave outside year-round, and their still fine.
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Check out the river gypies guide.

the river gypsies guide to north America.

It has good tech tips for car living. What kind of vehicle do you have?
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Mini van. I think I'm most concerned for gaskets and such.
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Gaskets are replaceable and just a part of a paddlers life. Learn to do them yourself and carry spares. Kayaks go on the roof. Wash your gear once and a while or it will smell as bad as your dreads. Mini vans are great, reasonably fuel efficient, carry a lot of gear and paddlers, and they fly under the radar, unless loaded with kayaks...
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Check out the river gypies guide.

the river gypsies guide to north America.

It has good tech tips for car living. What kind of vehicle do you have?
of course, it helps to have good friends to live out of your car with!
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Don't forget, you CAN park in the shade at all times and you can also migrate to cooler temperatures as you are not tied down geographically in a car living situation.
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Gee thanks for your help!!!
Sorry, wasn't trying to push your buttons, was trying to get you psyched to go. I spent about 8 months living on the road put of an old trooper. Great time, great adventure.
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