Why sleeping in your Jeep JK/JL 2-Doors
Wrangler JK JL 2D Sport I Sahara I Rubicon I 2007-2020
1. Feel safer and have a better rest : At night, a small 30-pound porcupine makes as much noise as a large black bear. Everything is amplified, eerie, strange—especially if you are new to all this. It’s easier to stop worrying about roaming wildlife if you are sleeping in your zipped and locked Jeep. Some guys are so scared that they prefer to urinate in a bottle instead of going outside. Whatever scares you (bears, cougars, wolves, serial killers, alien abductions, bigfoots, leprechauns, clowns...), no one could argue that it’s safer to sleep in your vehicle.
2. Be ready to leave in a minute : Choosing a campsite in unknown territory might expose you to a scary encounter. I’m thinking of roaming predators, of course, but also bad guys you don’t want to deal with. I must say that weirdos, roving gangs, or obvious criminals are super scarce in the North American wilderness (based on my experience in Alaska, Yukon, the Northwest Territories, BC, Alberta, Washington, Oregon, and Montana). The reason is certainly because wandering off-road in the remote wilderness requires preparation, costs money, and quickly takes its toll on vehicles. 95% of people I have met over the years were busy workers on duty, hunters or adventurers having the time of their life. But stay prepared to eventually face uncomfortable situations. I was once sleeping in my Jeep at the top of some hill when a convoy of pick-ups appeared in the middle of the night. They parked down the slope about 200 feet from me. Then, a bunch of drunks quickly built a fire and started discharging shotguns (for the fun of it) in the dark. They probably never noticed my presence, but I was glad to be able to quietly leave the area in a minute.
3. Don’t waste time (and energy) : Setting up the tent (or the tarp), packing/unpacking, pumping up/deflating the air mattress, cleaning/drying/repairing camping gear... I did that for quite a while until I just got fed up. I was wasting hours of my life. I prefer to spend that valuable time taking care of my Jeep.
4. Better shelter in case of severe weather : Strong winds, showers, puddles of water, heavy snow, ice... You won’t worry anymore. Particularly in case of a lightning storm. Technically speaking, science says that your four big tires are no significant insulators between your Jeep and the ground. And the sports bar, body, and frame of your Jeep won’t work perfectly as a Faraday cage. But you are safer for the following reasons: 1) The sports bars are poor conductors because there is a very small quantity of metal in there. And having a soft-top or a hardtop doesn’t make any difference because the hardtop is just made out of fiberglass anyway. 2) Compared to a hiker on foot, a Jeeper can move quickly to get better cover. You can move away from high peaks, lakes (you need to avoid the cover of tall shoreline trees), or glades in minutes. My advice: find a spot in the middle of a dense and low stand of trees, ideally located down the trail in the lowest area you can safely reach with your Jeep.