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Propane heaters don't have to be fatal. I've got a buddy heater that works great in the back of the truck, and the specs says it only needs nine square inches of vent space. I cracked a window a couple inches, and if I woke up cold, I just reached over and turned the heater on for a few minutes. I slept great and there was almost condensation.

Oh, and by the way...the buddy heater has a low oxygen shut off and I kept a CO detector right there next to me. I'd never sleep with a propane heater anywhere without one.

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I was hunting with a friend years ago in Montana and it was cold out. That night I thru my sleeping bag on the ground under a Whelan shelter I'd built. My friend, from California, wasn't about to sleep out in the cold so slep in the back of the scout. He froze his buns off in that thing. It not only condensated in there, it froze and he ended up sleeping in the freezer! Sleeping in a vehicle is not such a good thing sometimes.

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I have a buddy who uses one of those tents that are made for the back of a truck and a blow up mattress. Works pretty well for him.

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Don wrote:
Sleeping in a vehicle is not such a good thing sometimes

Been there, done that, in a Bronco2, with about 95 lbs of panting German Shepherd, now that's condensation if I ever seen it

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Just came back from a moose hunt, slept in a tent alone in below-freezing temperatures.

Used a catalytic propane heater only before falling asleep for 30 minutes, left a vent open on the side for lower draw and top of tent is 3x3 foot mesh. No problems with carbon monoxide, no problems with humidity from breath.

I did the sleeping the back of the truck thing for years...I find the tent a much better approach in all respects, even when sleeping on rock.

That's just my 2 cents, the tent cost me next to nothing and was very happy despite below 0, ice, snow and high winds.

YMMV

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For the first time this year I had this baby for sleeping in while hunting. Ahh!!! All the comforts of home!

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Nice! I once had a buddy that I hunted with in Idaho that had one of those -- felt like I was at the Ritz Carlton. I just have to ask, and I know it's personal, but...

How did you convince the Mrs? I got mine to agree to the quads...and the flatbed trailer...and the new rifle...and all the other stuff, but she's still slapping me any time I ogle an RV.

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Ah, well, you see, she enjoys camping also. She's not big on hunting, but she does enjoy camping. And, to be honest, she is just a darned understanding wife.

DANG! I am lucky!

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